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The Plague

Posted: Sep 21st, 2005 at 3:21 pm
by Burzum

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 :)

Posted: Sep 21st, 2005 at 3:30 pm
by pyrox420
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!!!

Posted: Sep 21st, 2005 at 3:38 pm
by Suck.
: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. :)


Posted: Sep 21st, 2005 at 5:50 pm
by Khalil
Im wondering who was the bad ass player that make it back to the city.... he must be laughing even harder! :lol:

Posted: Sep 21st, 2005 at 6:18 pm
by Suck.
You also have to wonder if it was intentional, or if the guy was just making a mad dash to grab some antidote. :P


Posted: Sep 21st, 2005 at 8:12 pm
by Catalyst22
There was a video on the net of it supposedly from the guy/group who did it. They said they did it on purpose.

Posted: Sep 21st, 2005 at 8:39 pm
by silentdeath i roxor
link up the video i want to see it sounds awesome.

Posted: Sep 21st, 2005 at 9:02 pm
by Catalyst22
I don't play WoW a guy I work with does. He had the video. I'll have him post it tomorrow.

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2005 at 1:19 am
by [Comrade]lanoldar
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 :\

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2005 at 3:35 am
by CyberPitz
That's quite funny. Too bad that sort of thing doesn't happen in guild wars :P

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2005 at 3:52 am
by Mouser
Nothing's ever going to happen in GW. Wanna buy my account?

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2005 at 4:34 am
by ParanoiaX
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:

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2005 at 1:59 pm
by Catalyst22

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2005 at 4:21 pm
by Catharsys
There was one from MC that did that. Big nova bomb on a guys pet in IF bank.

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2005 at 9:56 pm
by Blaze
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.

Posted: Sep 23rd, 2005 at 9:09 am
by Burzum
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?

Posted: Sep 23rd, 2005 at 3:54 pm
by CyberPitz
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?

Posted: Sep 23rd, 2005 at 9:23 pm
by Blaze
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.