The apocalypse has come to World of Warcraft, and it comes by way of hacking. According to WoW Insider, entire cities are being wiped out in a single blow by hackers that alter level-one characters to be able to take everyone out in one single AOE explosion. Quite literally, everyone in a town simply falls down dead after one of these hacking attempts. They have even been documented on Youtube.
These deathtraps began on European servers. They started in the cities of Ogrimmar and Stormwind, and have since spread to other cities and realms including locations on U.S. servers.
Currently, it seems as if these hacks are continuing, disrupting the normal play of the world’s biggest MMO. Blizzard has not yet officially commented, but you can be sure that they are taking steps to stop these hackers in the future.
Aside from the fact that these hackers are disrupting play, they are also creating an interesting social phenomenon. As of now, simply signing on to World of Warcraft puts you at risk of death. So the only way to win is to not play. An interesting paradox for a game that has caused so much MMO addiction over these past few years.