The Plague

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The Plague

Postby Burzum » Sep 21st, 2005 at 3:21 pm

http://www.geek.com/news/geeknews/2005Sep/bga20050921032371.htm
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http://www.davextreme.com/davextreme/2005/09/the_plague.html

In-game events are common to MMO games, but the latest World of Warcraft event has surprised even developer Blizzard Entertainment. The event involved the game character Hakkar, who just happens to be the god of blood. Anyone fighting Hakkar catches a plague, which is also highly-contagious to sub-Level 50 characters. It is thought the disease was made contagious to allow it to spread to nearby allies. No one--not even Blizzard--expected that a player would make it back to a populated area, though. Well, one did, and the character infected a whole city; the devastation went from there. The disease isn't limited to players either, as NPCs are also keeling over and dying. Quarantine methods are failing, since players carrying the disease are still free to move around the world as they please. It's not clear how long Blizzard will allow the epidemic to continue, or whether it will just sit back and watch the fun. The disease has nevertheless yielded positive responses due to its unpredictable outcome. It's nice to see things like this happening in the evolving world of MMO games. I'm sure there are a few players angry at catching a disease, but, for the real world experience, more events like this should be allowed to happen. Thanks to Ferrago for the heads-up and davextreme for more detail and a screenshot.


If this happens on my server I'm gonna make a killing selling cure potions :)
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Postby pyrox420 » Sep 21st, 2005 at 3:30 pm

I heard about that yesterday. I guess they already fixed it too.

Still... it's be sweet if they did something like that on purpose. It could add a whole new dynamic to the game!!!
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Postby Suck. » Sep 21st, 2005 at 3:38 pm

:lol: That's fucking hilarious. It's unfortunate that they didn't just let it run its course... It'd be interesting to see how long it lasted. It'd make the game a lot more realistic. :)


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Postby Khalil » Sep 21st, 2005 at 5:50 pm

Im wondering who was the bad ass player that make it back to the city.... he must be laughing even harder! :lol:
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Postby Suck. » Sep 21st, 2005 at 6:18 pm

You also have to wonder if it was intentional, or if the guy was just making a mad dash to grab some antidote. :P


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Postby Catalyst22 » Sep 21st, 2005 at 8:12 pm

There was a video on the net of it supposedly from the guy/group who did it. They said they did it on purpose.
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Postby silentdeath i roxor » Sep 21st, 2005 at 8:39 pm

link up the video i want to see it sounds awesome.
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Postby Catalyst22 » Sep 21st, 2005 at 9:02 pm

I don't play WoW a guy I work with does. He had the video. I'll have him post it tomorrow.
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Postby [Comrade]lanoldar » Sep 22nd, 2005 at 1:19 am

I play WoW, and I'll kinda explain what happened. I assume it happened on multiple servers as well, so the methods might vary, but basically, a guy went and fought Hakkar, got his pet infected, and dismissed it, which makes the pet go away for the time being, but it retains any effects, ill or beneficial that it has at the time. Then he just ported back to Ironforge, which consequently is always packed full of people in a tiny space in front of the bank, recalled his pet and just let it infect everyone. I don't think Blizzard really anticipated it, because it either kills you or runs it's course in 30 seconds, which they figured would be a short enough time to prevent widespread infection, not to mention they are nowhere near as clever and malicious enough to think up something like that. That guy is a genius for doing it, but poor level 20 people trying to check the mailbox and dying viciously :\
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Postby CyberPitz » Sep 22nd, 2005 at 3:35 am

That's quite funny. Too bad that sort of thing doesn't happen in guild wars :P

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Postby Mouser » Sep 22nd, 2005 at 3:52 am

Nothing's ever going to happen in GW. Wanna buy my account?

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Postby ParanoiaX » Sep 22nd, 2005 at 4:34 am

Yeah im begining to realize that mouser. :(

oh well its still free and I dont have much else to do. :?


I really want to go play wow but I dont have the money. :cry:
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Postby Catalyst22 » Sep 22nd, 2005 at 1:59 pm

“When you have the facts on your side, argue the facts. When you have the law on your side, argue the law. When neither is on your side, change the subject and question the motives of the opposition.â€

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Postby Catharsys » Sep 22nd, 2005 at 4:21 pm

There was one from MC that did that. Big nova bomb on a guys pet in IF bank.

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Postby Blaze » Sep 22nd, 2005 at 9:56 pm

A warlock got his pet hit with Geddon's bomb and blew it up in the AH. He got a 3 day suspension for it too.

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Postby Burzum » Sep 23rd, 2005 at 9:09 am

A 3 day suspension? They're kinda playing god by charging you all that $$$ and then saying "you can't play". But what can you do?
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Postby CyberPitz » Sep 23rd, 2005 at 3:54 pm

Did it even say anywhere that they coudln't take the desease back to town? I mean, woudln't it be their fault that they didn't prevent it?

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Postby Blaze » Sep 23rd, 2005 at 9:23 pm

He knew what he was doing with Geddon's bomb and knew it would kill everyone in the auction house so he was griefing others on his side, which is against the ToS. I don't think he should have gotten a suspension but whatever.

No one's been suspended for the plague yet, as far as I know. I think blizzard fixed it too.


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