Amazing scenes of death and carnage were witnessed in the pretend World of Warcraft over the weekend, after an exploit of some kind was used to kill thousands of player characters.
Players began dying en masse late on Saturday night, with WoW forum posters reporting on the deaths of pretty much everyone in their realms, including human and computer controlled characters. Developer Blizzard issued an official statement on the matter, confirming it was a hack of sorts, saying:
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.
Death is pretty much only a temporary inconvenience in the Warcraft universe, so those impacted by the hack won’t suffer too much. They’ll just have some terrifying dreams about nuclear wars and apocalyptic flu pandemics for the next few weeks.