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Deadly exploit briefly massacres World of Warcraft

Something goes terribly wrong in the most popular massively multiplayer role-playing game in the world as players fall waste to a megabug.

Ghost town. (Click to enlarge.)

Imagine your virtual character relaxing in the confines of the massive World of Warcraft city Orgrimmar, when suddenly, zero health points. Upon spinning the mouse cursor around, everything around you also simultaneously perishes. Not long after the death, countless skeletons of fallen players stack up upon the city streets.

While this sounds like a bad dream that might strike someone who plays World of Warcraft too much, the deadly scenario played out yesterday across many WoW servers around the world. Entire Horde and Alliance megacities -- including Stormwind -- suddenly became graveyards for thousands afflicted by an in-game exploit carried out by malicious players.

Parent company Blizzard quickly took action against the hack by hot-fixing the issue not long after numerous players griped on the social scene about randomly dying yesterday. An official comment from Blizzard staff noted that the exploit shouldn't happen again.

"As with any exploit, we are taking this disruptive action very seriously and conducting a thorough investigation," the Blizzard representative said. "If you have information relating to this incident, please e-mail hacks@blizzard.com."

Did the wipeout affect your character in World of Warcraft, or did you stop playing awhile ago like me? The video below shows the chaos as it happened.

(Via Joystiq)