News Blips: Blizzard Forum Plans, Dragon Age 2, Ubisoft on 3DTV, and More

When the accepted normality of Internet anonymity is jeopardized, people tend to get snotty. Anonymously, of course.

News Blips:

Blizzard nixes plans to use real names on its official forums. After enduring colossal uproar — both on and off the its forums — company cofounder and Chief Executive Officer Mike Morhaime stated that "at this time, real names will not be required for posting on official Blizzard forums." I'm sure we can all breathe a sigh of relief now, if not for that subtle "at this time" clause within Morhaime's post.

Ready for a return to Ferelden? BioWare announces Dragon Age 2 for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC. Players can resume the sweeping tale of fantasy and action via Hawke, a new character who plays a pivotal role within the kingdom of Ferelden. Sharpen your sword and prepare for battle for the game's current release date of March 2011. [BioWare]

Ubisoft forsees a 3D-enabled television in every household within three years. "The truth is I think it is a technology that's coming. We can't ignore it. It'll start slowly this year," said Ubisoft U.K. marketing head Murray Pannel. "But like HDTV I wouldn't rule out the fact that this will be installed in everyone's living room in three year's time, and for us to be in a position to have content that could really look absolutely amazing in 3D." I believe Pannel has conveniently forgotten the staggeringly expensive cost of purchasing a 3DTV and its accessories (such as glasses). [EuroGamer]

Testing begins for Star Wars: The Old Republic. BioWare and LucasArts kicked off the first batch of player selections today, with subsequent testing phases to follow over the upcoming weeks. Want to try your luck at being chosen? Make sure to have a community account, then head on over to the sign-up website!

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