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Blizzard Entertainment cracks down on online 'flame wars'

July 8, 2010 | 12:29 pm

An image from Blizzard Entertainment's upcoming expansion to its popular game World of Warcraft. Credit: Blizzard Entertainment

Blizzard Entertainment, the maker of many popular video games including World of Warcraft, has irked a portion of its online community. The company announced that, in an effort to stop "trolling" and other bad comments, it will associate people's real names with comments on its online forums. The Orange County Register reports:

The company says that its forums have "earned a reputation as a place where flame wars, trolling, and other unpleasantness run wild" and that "removing the veil of anonymity typical to online dialogue will contribute to a more positive forum environment, promote constructive conversations, and connect the Blizzard community in ways they haven't been connected before.

Other goings-on around Web L.A.:

Preferred parking in Hancock Park?: Curbed L.A. and the Larchmont Chronicle report that Hancock Park residents are frustrated by too many people parking in their neighborhood when they pick up food orders from Mozza 2 Go. From Curbed:

The Hancock Park homeowners wants a preferred parking district for the homeowners, but the broke city has a hefty backlog of such requests and can't consider the application for a while.

Food truck task force in Venice: Food trucks continue to draw controversy, this time in Venice. The Argonaut reports that a task force has been mobilized to explore how food trucks are affecting First Fridays in Venice (via LAist):

On the first Friday of every month, throngs of people young and not so young can be seen strolling down the eclectic boulevard. ... It is also a time when food trucks know they have an ideal opportunity to attract people cruising the street to their wide range of offerings.

New blog in Long Beach: There's a new blog on the scene, Out in the 562, covering gay issues in Long Beach.

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Photo: An image from Blizzard Entertainment's upcoming expansion to its popular game World of Warcraft. Credit: Blizzard Entertainment