My problem with the real name policy wasn't using my real name on Google+. When I had a Facebook account, I used my real name there.
My problem with the real name policy was that if you used Google+, it would retroactively change all your OTHER Google services to use your real name. Half of the people I use my GMail account to communicate with don't actually know my real name. Now, of course, I could get a Google+ account and continue using the same name I've been using on my GMail account for years.
Except that I don't actually use GMail anymore.
At the time, Google+ was sucking up other Google services and forcibly integrating them. I didn't see why GMail would be an exception to that in the long run and I wanted nothing to do with it.
So it's great that they've removed the real name policy and are no longer agressively integrating their other services into it, but...
Too little, too late. I've already left.