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Entire Cities In World of Warcraft Dead, Hack Suspected

timothy posted about a year and a half ago | from the just-some-reamde-plotlines-nothing-to-worry-about dept.

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hypnosec writes "Entire cities in the World of Warcraft have been destroyed with no one spared, not even the NPCs. About 13:00 GMT, forums on WOW started getting the first comments from users regarding players and NPCs dying on the Ragnaros-EU realm in Orgrimmar. Users of the online game started reporting that Draenor had a similar sight to offer. Some of the other realms where this was reported include Tarren Mill, and Twisting Nether." Also at Joystiq, and (with more screenshots) at WCCF Tech, which reports that "it appears the damage is most severe in World of Warcraft European servers."

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WoW news? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41578971)

Really?

Re:WoW news? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41578981)

And nothing of value was lost.

Re:WoW news? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579013)

News for Nerds. Nothing that matters.

Re:WoW news? (1)

Seumas (6865) | about a year and a half ago | (#41579259)

Yes, because now all those girlfriends and elderly mothers that make up the majority of the WoW player-base some eight years later are going to need something to occupy themselves and will likely be coming for all of us to entertain them and spend "quality time" with them. :)

Re:WoW news? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579275)

Yeah, you have fun with that. I don't do fat chicks.

Re:WoW news? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579405)

A four digit Slashdot poster is probably quite the catch.

Re:WoW news? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579319)

People are dying. Have you no shame?

#firstworldproblems (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41578975)

sounds like a first world problem

Re:#firstworldproblems (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579323)

THIS IS NOOO JOKE! lives have been LOST!! NPC Lives!!! they must be AVENGED!!

Re:#firstworldproblems (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579545)

More like a second life problem.

To quote Triumph... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41578979)

"WHO GIVES A SHIT!!?!?!?!?!?"

Who would destroy entire worlds? (4, Funny)

Freshly Exhumed (105597) | about a year and a half ago | (#41578985)

G A L A C T U S ! ! !

Re:Who would destroy entire worlds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579021)

Those were clearly ninja pandas, not kung-fu pandas.

Re:Who would destroy entire worlds? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579033)

Dude I'm in your cities deleting all your dudes.

Stop playing that shit (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579003)

That's not a game, that's a job, a very shitty one.

It's the end of the World (5, Funny)

Andrio (2580551) | about a year and a half ago | (#41579007)

...of Warcraft.

Re:It's the end of the World (0, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579055)

and I feel fine.

Re:It's the end of the World (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579057)

I feel fine

Re:It's the end of the World (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579095)

And I feel fine! : ) - a.b.

Re:It's the end of the World (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579129)

Was anyone spared? Were there any piles of clothes laying around?

Re:It's the end of the World (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579173)

Yes, your momma's clothes were laying around.

Re:It's the end of the World (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579311)

Too bad they couldn't wait to do this until December 21.

CAPTCHA: Sedition

Re:It's the end of the World (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579677)

...And nothing of value was lost.

What's happening to the World?! of Warcraft!? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579023)

We must find the chosen one and deliver to him the Sword of a Thousand Truths.

wrong pill...? (1, Funny)

the_B0fh (208483) | about a year and a half ago | (#41579051)

did someone take the wrong pill...?

Re:wrong pill...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579209)

It's panda AIDS.

Re:wrong pill...? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579753)

That was a pill? I thought it was a suppository.

Don't worry, we've dealt with him before! (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579059)

Let's just hope the Chosen Four will again rise, wielding the Sword of a Thousand Truths, to save the World of Warcraft!

Here's hoping... (1)

Black Parrot (19622) | about a year and a half ago | (#41579061)

...that they have a good backup system in place. I'd hate to face the wrath of *one* user who lost his character.

Re:Here's hoping... (5, Informative)

jeffasselin (566598) | about a year and a half ago | (#41579687)

They're killing characters and npcs, not deleting them. Death is only a short-lived inconvenience in wow.

Killing npcs is more annoying actually since some can take a while to respawn.

The issue appears to be a combination of a teleport/wall-hack and the ability to kill any creature, npc or character with a single hit which obviously trivializes the whole game and enables griefing on this kind of epic scale. The hack was apparently found a couple weeks ago but only fixed today with a server restart.

oblig (5, Funny)

ryen (684684) | about a year and a half ago | (#41579071)

"I felt a great disturbance in the 'Craft, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were forced to come out of their parent's basement. I fear something productive has happend"

Re:oblig (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579127)

Guild wars 2 happened! Must be a sale on steam?

Re:oblig (5, Funny)

EdIII (1114411) | about a year and a half ago | (#41579797)

If by productive you mean that Internet porn usage went up thousands upon thousands of percentage points in use... yes.

What does it all mean? (-1, Flamebait)

roman_mir (125474) | about a year and a half ago | (#41579075)

What is an NPC? How are 'cities dead'? Should everybody know what esoteric abbreviations and meanings are? If a city is dead, does it mean people lost their game characters or something (I really don't know anything about this game). Maybe a better summary is in order or is this story aimed at the gamers in that game only?

Re:What does it all mean? (5, Insightful)

Atzanteol (99067) | about a year and a half ago | (#41579099)

If you're on /. and don't know what NPC is, or how to find out, you're probably not the target audience here.

Re:What does it all mean? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579135)

If you're on /. and don't know what NPC is, or how to find out, you're probably not the target audience here.

If you're on /. and don't like answering peoples' questions, even when it would have taken you less time to type than the snide remark you chose, you're probably the target audience here.

Re:What does it all mean? (5, Insightful)

Teancum (67324) | about a year and a half ago | (#41579191)

It was a troll reply to a troll question... thus very much deserved.

Besides, I agree 100% that if you neither know what an NPC is nor how to look it up on Google or Wikipedia, the story is largely irrelevant to you. Then again I would even wonder why "news for nerds" is even interesting for somebody like that?

Re:What does it all mean? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579267)

Because it's supposed to be "news for nerds" not "news for losers". Seriously, who the fuck cares about or even knows what shit like "Orgrimmar" "Draenor" mean?

Aww, you lost your little man in a video game. Grow the fuck up or GTFO.

My My (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579285)

Sounds like somebody is butt hurt

Re:What does it all mean? (1)

nedlohs (1335013) | about a year and a half ago | (#41579833)

WTF does knowing what the term NPC means or how to look it up have to do with losing a little man in a video game?

Re:What does it all mean? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579793)

LFM NPC at AH last ones got pwned

Re:What does it all mean? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579195)

If you're on /. and would rather take the time to type a clever response to someone who chose to make a snide remark instead of answering the question, you're probably the target audience here.

NPC = Non-Player Character - ie a character in a computer game controlled by the computer.

definition added to prevent infinite recursion

Re:What does it all mean? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579205)

Yours was even more helpful to the OP. We're all such a loving bunch of helpful people here at /.

NPC means it's a character which doesn't take up any room in the basement, and is more productive.

Re:What does it all mean? (5, Insightful)

causality (777677) | about a year and a half ago | (#41579237)

If you're on /. and don't know what NPC is, or how to find out, you're probably not the target audience here.

If you're on /. and don't like answering peoples' questions, even when it would have taken you less time to type than the snide remark you chose, you're probably the target audience here.

A little definition is in order. A stupid question is one you could easily answer yourself in less time than it would take to request hand-holding you don't really need. A stupid question is rude because it is effectively a claim that someone else's time is worth far less than your own, and therefore they should serve you (as if you are some kind of king) and do your own minor legwork for you. That is absurd. I notice you did not submit to it yourself -- you did not answer the question either -- so whether you like it or not, your actions are in agreement with me.

Stupid questions from literate adults who obviously have Internet (thus Google) access ... they deserve the snide remarks they receive. When you consider he could have Googled "NPC" in less time than it took to ask a stupid question, the remark was actually rather polite.

Sorry if you are too soft to recognize the good that comes from not lowering the standards to suit the intellectually lazy. Intellectual laziness and the choice to knowingly embrace helplessness are character flaws. They are not supposed to be validated. They don't deserve it.

Now then, go ahead and launch your personal attacks and invective. That's what those of your emotionally-goverened, offense-driven mentality usually do when the following two conditions have been met: a) they cannot formulate an effective counter-point, and b) they are too haughty to admit when a good point has been made.

Re:What does it all mean? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579305)

A stupid question is rude because it is effectively a claim that someone else's time is worth far less than your own, and therefore they should serve you

I think you're looking far too much into this.

so whether you like it or not, your actions are in agreement with me.

No, you can't tell other people what they believe. That said, he did not reply to the original poster's comment with an insult; he replied to the insult. The comment he replied to asked no such questions, so that doesn't even apply there.

Re:What does it all mean? (2)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579817)

Counterpoint: I find it incredible that you are able to live in a society. People ask questions about everything and anything all of the time and most people don't have a problem with it. Maybe it's because they don't have Google readily available, maybe they are making conversation or maybe they just don't expect you to be a complete dick about something that would take a few seconds to answer and, on a forum, could potentially be beneficial to multiple people.

BTW, nice try with the preemptive, catch-all deflection. The problem is people like you.

Re:What does it all mean? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579273)

I had to look up what a NPC was. I'm on Slashdot but I don't game, at all. Believe it or not, this is a diverse group of people.

Re:What does it all mean? (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | about a year and a half ago | (#41579203)

Non-player character. Basically the program-driven characters in the game. Usually vendors and quest givers. Back in the old days before all of the battlefields, we'd state impromptu raids on enemy cities and kill NPCs just for the fun of it. Of course, I was so low level I was just a spectator.

Re:What does it all mean? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579667)

YHBT YHL HAND

Re:What does it all mean? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579213)

Non-player Character. In modern terms, a "bot".

If a character is "dead", it lost all its hit points. Since this is an online game with massive amounts of mutlitudes of players participating simultaneously, if many tens or even hundreds of thousands of characters lose all their hit points at once, well... that's the equivalent of a small city. Yes?

Re:What does it all mean? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579249)

An NPC is a Non-Plussed Character. How the cities are dead is that they have become the very embodiment of destruction, eliminating the life force of any who were present. If a city is 'dead' it means about the same as when a party is 'dead' -- There's no one worth mentioning is in attendance. They people didn't lose their game characters, just their "alive" status -- They can now play a sub-game designed to teach the meaning of life-after-death and why one would rather be reincarnated. Yes, the story is aimed at gamers, that's why it says games.slashdot.org in your address bar.

Note: If you didn't already know what the story meant... WoW, just WoW. Why would you even care?

Re:What does it all mean? (2)

madprof (4723) | about a year and a half ago | (#41579297)

That is awesome - a Non-Plussed Character. This would be like someone who wanders through the world, not giving a fig for anything that is going on, mooching about, generally being relaxed and at ease with all they see. What a great idea.

Re:What does it all mean? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579257)

Seriously?

NPCs - Non-player characters

GMT - Greenwich Mean Time

WOW - World of Warcraft

EU - European Union

WCCF - The name of some tech site with an article about it

Except the last, which is linked, those are all extremely common acronyms... The various names are arbitrary, but even as someone who doesn't play WOW I found it trivial to recognize that they were proper place names from context (or server names, realms, etc.). As for not knowing anything about WOW (9 million subscribers, 12M at peak), that's like not knowing a single Broadway Theatre show (12M tickets), or a single book on the New York Times Bestseller's list (excluding huge sellers like Harry Potter or 50 Shades of Grey).

Re:What does it all mean? (-1, Troll)

AK Marc (707885) | about a year and a half ago | (#41579399)

What is an NPC?

Non-Player Character. The same term used for the past 30 years in nearly all RPGs, MMO, tabletop, and otherwise.

Pretending to not know something in order to prove a point is lying. Are you a liar, or did you honestly have no idea what an NPC was? Given your "devil's advocate" positions, I'll presume liar.

How are 'cities dead'?

They can't be. But apparently something happened that instantly killed everything within a city, even things that are, for practical purposes, unkillable (people in their home city that are not PvP should be immortal, but maybe this was a PvP server and the rules are different). Also, the leaders of the cities are very hard to kill.

Should everybody know what esoteric abbreviations and meanings are?

Everyone on a nerd site should have heard of RPGs, or do I need to spell that one out for you? http://lmgtfy.com/?q=npc [lmgtfy.com] NPC gets about 100,000,000 hits, the first ones all being definitions of the word. Not only are you ignorant, but you are willfully ignorant and proud of your ignorance.

They should come up with a good term for "willfully stupid", but teabagger is already taken.

If a city is dead, does it mean people lost their game characters or something (I really don't know anything about this game).

It looks like nothing was lost, but the final answer is not in, so likely no, but maybe.

Maybe a better summary is in order or is this story aimed at the gamers in that game only?

There's that willful stupidity again. Could the summary have been better? Probably. Could every other summary on the front page be better? Probably. Did you already know that? Probably. So, why are you complaining on this one? Thought you'd troll for some gamers? You seem to do nothing but professional trolls these days anyway.

Re:What does it all mean? (4, Informative)

LMahesa (1582059) | about a year and a half ago | (#41579415)

In Role Playing Game (RPG) parlance, an NPC is a Non-Player Character. Anything beyond the scenery and objects that is not directly controlled by a player, in other words. A 'city' is just that - an in-game hub of sorts, which, I think, is usually represented by a dedicated server in online games. Or the other way round. *shrug*.

Whether or not there's any actual role-playing going on in these online games is a different matter.

Re:What does it all mean? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579699)

YHBT YHL HAND. I eat bacon.

Re:What does it all mean? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579417)

What is an NPC? How are 'cities dead'? Should everybody know what esoteric abbreviations and meanings are? If a city is dead, does it mean people lost their game characters or something (I really don't know anything about this game). Maybe a better summary is in order or is this story aimed at the gamers in that game only?

Apparently you haven't heard of Google either.

Re:What does it all mean? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579719)

NPC means non-player character.

I didn't know what it means either and had to look it up. I thought I'd let you know rather than spend time tearing you down like the other posters. We can't know it all, and just because we used computers doesn't mean that we all know this stuff.

Oh, dear! (1)

pbjones (315127) | about a year and a half ago | (#41579079)

neeet! Not a fan of hackers, but if WoW had a way of doing this then sooner of later it would happen.

Re:Oh, dear! (2)

causality (777677) | about a year and a half ago | (#41579269)

neeet! Not a fan of hackers, but if WoW had a way of doing this then sooner of later it would happen.

I'm not a fan of much of anything, but I can't help feeling a certain amusement at such events. I imagine it really pisses in the cornflakes of the Type-A control freaks who tend to run large organizations. I think they need to be reminded once in a while that not everything can be commanded and made to comply.

What would be truly useful is a way to remind them of this without the need for unauthorized access or any other kind of criminal activity. Sadly, corporations are internally arranged as dictatorships or tyrannies, so this is not likely. What would really interest me is a corporation structured more like a democracy or a republic, where rank-and-file workers share at least some portion of the decision-making. I wonder if such a company would be competitive in the marketplace.

rohtaga (2)

mijkal (309880) | about a year and a half ago | (#41579701)

Maybe someone tried this exploit [wikia.com] : 'At Klaus's suggestion, (Hailey) kills Steve's amazing character by saying his name, Agathor, backwards.'

This ain't news!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579093)

What crap!!! Dumbass idiots lost their wittle world.

Find some medication, clear up that skin, get some sun and go out there and get laid!

Sheesh!

And if you do get laid and still play these effin' games, than you are truly lame.

On first viewing (0)

Jonah Hex (651948) | about a year and a half ago | (#41579117)

I immediately thought of a funny comment, view the thread, and... no point really. So I do something even worse, comment about comments! - HEX

thought of something after the immediate thought.. (1)

Jonah Hex (651948) | about a year and a half ago | (#41579167)

Thanks to Raph Koster

Never trust the client.
Never put anything on the client. The client is in the hands of the enemy. Never ever ever forget this.

Seriously, how does Blizzard, with Warden watching the client PC, forget that the client and ANYTHING coming in from the outside internet is coming from a possible enemy. - HEX

hmmm (1)

the_Bionic_lemming (446569) | about a year and a half ago | (#41579143)

Did anyone notice if a large bearded guy skipped thru the city? And will anyone band together and go into the forest to kill 1 hp creatures until they can level up to defeat the city slayer?

More dakka! (5, Interesting)

Animats (122034) | about a year and a half ago | (#41579201)

Apparently someone discovered a way to do an instant "kill everything" attack and published it. Enough players then used it to kill everything in entire cities. Management has announced that they are doing "rolling restarts" on each realm today. It's not clear if characters will be re-animated, or what.

Properly, once they fix the bug that allowed a "kill everything" attack, they should resolve the matter in-game. Send in disaster recovery crews with healers, security, carts to haul away the dead...

Re:More dakka! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579299)

Yes they should, but that would be awesome so it won't happen.

Didn't the Matrix have, like seven restarts? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579397)

Is there a Keanu Reeves character in this WoW thing? Will he see a glitch in the matrix if the city is reborn, complete with fake history? Maybe one of us should enter the new cities, tell them their world is not real, and offer them some colored pills?

Re:More dakka! (4, Funny)

muphin (842524) | about a year and a half ago | (#41579459)

and then install millimeter wave scanners at every port so all users will be scanned upon entry :p

Re:More dakka! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579629)

It's a video game. Dying is part of it. Click your mouse and respawn.

Who cares? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579215)

WoW is the dregs of real MMORPGs. It may have the most people but Coors Lite is also the most popular beer. Think about it.

Re:Who cares? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579429)

Well according to Wikipedia Bud Light is the best selling beer in the US. But your point stands. Those lager macro-brews are terrible. Something like Mac and Jack's African Amber or Mirror Pond is so much better than that garbage Bud and Coors.

Re:Who cares? (0)

MysteriousPreacher (702266) | about a year and a half ago | (#41579443)

I agree. Stuff that's popular sucks, except when thinking stuff that's popular sucks becomes so popular that it sucks to think that, in which case thinking that stuff that's popular sucks sucks until that becomes popular, when...

Server reboot (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579219)

There was an unexpected server reboot this morning when I was in the game. Hadn't seen any unusual deaths, but perhaps Blizzard was applying an emergency patch.

View the carnage [Video] (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579241)

A guildie found this and posted it on the guild forums:

http://youtu.be/B_vCFKuXrQo

Leeroy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579247)

Jenkins

Must Be A Real Badass (5, Funny)

Scarletdown (886459) | about a year and a half ago | (#41579309)

After speculating that the person responsible must be a real badass, police have released this composite sketch of what they think the culprit looks like...

A Real Badass [photobucket.com]

Re:Must Be A Real Badass (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579663)

After speculating that the person responsible must be a real badass, police have released this composite sketch of what they think the culprit looks like...

A Real Badass [photobucket.com]

Hey, that's Jay Wilson!!

It was a conspiracy after all...

who gives a shit (0)

Osgeld (1900440) | about a year and a half ago | (#41579381)

players affected will run around like morons for the next few hours while blizzard does a restore

Bring your dead! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579625)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=grbSQ6O6kbs :)

This could very well lead to the end of the World! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41579659)

.... of Warcraft! South Park saw it coming.

They went nuclear? (1)

jfdavis668 (1414919) | about a year and a half ago | (#41579681)

See what happens when you let technology go wild? Never should have let iron working into the game. Should have banned everything except magic and sorcery.
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