The Armory: prepare to judge everyone

Blizzard has rolled out a new site that has some players shouting with joy and others cursing loudly. It’s The Armory. And it will let anyone on the internet evaluate your character and judge you.

Click here for my profile.

The Armory lists every character and shows their equipped gear, profession evls, guild and guild roster. It shows your reputations with every faction, your talent build, your skills and your PvP record. It shows everything about you, except maybe what’s in your bags.

The first and most obvious question is: why? Services that do this have been around from the start (RPQoutfitter, for example) but they have all been opt-in services. Blizzard gives us no choice. We can’t opt-out of this. Everyone now knows that I have been ignoring my Sporeggar rep and that my gear is pretty crappy.

I expect the forum trolls to start using Armory to attack anyone they disagree with any second now.

How do you feel about this? Excited? Annoyed? Couldn’t care less?

11 Comments so far

  1. Sabocat (unregistered) on March 1st, 2007 @ 6:18 pm

    The only thing that the armory tells me is that my character names aren’t as witty and unique as I thought they were. :)

  2. Thomas (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 12:04 am

    The problem with the other(s) sites is that they require the users to download and execute a third-party-program, which could include a keylogger.

  3. Yashima (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 12:31 am

    I do like the site and my curiosity is great, I would also like to see statistics like the census stuff on warcraftrealms and the option to have my guild’s website included in the roster somewhere.

    But for those who want to not share their profile there must be a way out of this! Some people have laughed about the notion of “privacy” in an online game but it’s something I do in my spare time and it is part of my life and I want to be able to have privacy.

    For example I have changed servers with a certain character but kept the name, because well that is MY nick. Now it really does not matter that I told nobody which server I went to, they can just query the website. Even if people were not committed to finding me, they now can do it with 3 clicks …

  4. Xoruka (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 8:46 am

    Screw the PvPers. This is awesome2tehsauce.

  5. Krianna (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 11:36 am

    I’m having lots of fun with it– including teasing my guild leader because he’s still unfriendly with the Timbermaw.

    X, unless it’s a VERY unique name, they can’t.

  6. The Dane (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 1:33 pm

    I think it’s pretty hip. I don’t care if people know how lousy my characters are. It’s just a game, and it’s fun to see how other players gear themselves.

  7. Michael #1 (unregistered) on March 7th, 2007 @ 7:57 am

    Am I the only person that can’t get this site to load? I’m using Firefox and it’s the latest version. I’ve tried from two different computers, on 4-5 different days, from three links, typing it, nothing works???????

    Wtf, it just spins and spins.

  8. Greg (unregistered) on March 7th, 2007 @ 8:56 am

    Nah, I can’t get it to load in Firefox either. An issue with the Mac version of FF, maybe? It loads in Safari just fine.

  9. 5000! (unregistered) on March 7th, 2007 @ 12:42 pm

    Yeah, contrary to popular beliefe, Firefox isn’t totally infallible. I had some problems at first loading character profiles in Safari (vs. guild info, etc.), but works fine for me now.

  10. Hunter LFG PST (unregistered) on March 15th, 2007 @ 6:41 am

    If folks are that worried about people seeing what you gear is, log out naked.

  11. Flamey (unregistered) on March 16th, 2007 @ 8:09 am

    Hmmm…. you could always do what I did for a while (and will do again when bank space permits) just put on my MYOB gear. It’s all grey, and I wield a fishing pole. lol

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