Virtual PlaguePosted: September 26, 2005
Wired has a humorous article about a plague that got out of control in World of Warcraft. Essentially, a “virus” that was meant to afflict higher level players only (but that could also spread to other players) ended up “travelling” to other areas of the game, where lower level players live. Since it was a higher level bug, it wiped out dozens of weaker players, wreaking havoc throughout the game. Blizzard's response? Initially quarantine, but when that failed (thanks to infected players warping around) it had to scramble for a cure and distribute it to the masses.