You`ve been Data Mined!

Over at Broken Toys, Scott has brought up an issue that was the butt of one of Blizzard’s April Fool’s Day gags. How much of a game’s data is public fodder?

Personally, there are only two valid reasons I can see for having the Armory work as it currently does.

  1. Virtual dick measuring. Some people love to compare gear, to lord over others the awesome gear they have. It is naturally inherant in any item-centric game.
  2. Harassment. I, personally, have already had one instance of someone telling me I should be able to solo certain content, then retracting that statement after they pulled up my Armory profile and began telling me how crappy my gear was. And the number of gold and item auction site tells and mails I have gotten has increased.

Honestly, I could do without the dick measuring. There already exists enough of it within the pre-Armory game, but localized to servers. Now you can pull up the inventory (including bags, bank and talent builds) of any character anywhere. Do we really need that?

As for the harassment, sure my story is anecdotal, but that doesn’t make it less true. And if its not being used for this widespread yet, it will.

There is really only one “good” use for this tool, and that is statistic gathering. No game has ever made available (that I know of) this level of character information to the public. But this one good function would not be hurt by allowing players to “opt-anonymous” of the Armory. Show my gear and talents and bank and everything, just keep my name and my guild out of it. That would solve both of the aforementioned problems and have no impact on statistics gathering.

I’d really like to see Blizzard offer this option.


  1. Kemayo says:

    “Now you can pull up the inventory (including bags, bank and talent builds) of any character anywhere.”

    I’d just like to point out that you can’t see the contents of someone’s bags or bank on the Armory. All you get is what they’re wearing right now.

  2. Jason says:

    You are right… I could swear it was there the first couple of days after it was released (the only time I’ve spent there until just now). But that doesn’t effect what I said all that much… its still a huge amount of information being supplied by the game about the players.

    And it doesn’t change that I have personally been harassed on three different characters in part due to the Armory. I really would like the ability to not be in it, or at least not have my names out there.

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