Not sure how to preface this, suffice to say that WoW was hacked and thousands died. Yesterday, people’s characters (and NPCs) would literally drop dead for no apparent reason causing a laughable amount of carnage, and have the bodies of player pile up. It took about 30 minutes for the first account using the exploit to get banned, and after about four hours Blizzard was able to resolve the issue completely, and they also issued a statement:
Earlier today, certain realms were affected by an in-game exploit, resulting in the deaths of player characters and non-player characters in some of the major cities. This exploit has already been hotfixed, so it should not be repeatable. It’s safe to continue playing and adventuring in major cities and elsewhere in Azeroth.
As with any exploit, we are taking this disruptive action very seriously and conducting a thorough investigation. If you have information relating to this incident, please email email@example.com. We apologize for the inconvenience some of you experienced as a result of this and appreciate your understanding.
A hacker named “Jadd” claimed responsibility for the hack on the Ownedcore forums. What’s more interesting is his justification for the hack, “We didn’t do any permanent damage. Some people liked it for a new topic of conversation and a funny stream to watch (sodapoppin), and some people didn’t. The people who didn’t should be blaming Blizzard for not fixing it faster (4 hours of obvious use is sad). It’s not like I added 20000000 gold to everyone’s inventory, and broke the economy; but look at the big Chinese gold seller companies, who are doing this every day. Now ask yourself who is really ruining the game. It’s not us.”
Captivating thought. You know what else helps to not ruin my gaming experience? Not randomly dropping dead.