on Feb 20, 2006
A guild in World of Warcraft has decided to hold an entire server hostage. The guild has created the item that allows them to open up a great deal of content in the game, but they are refusing to use it until somebody pays them 5000 gold to do the deed.
I wouldn’t call these guys “terrorists”. Ever. (They are being called that by fellow players) People need to stop using the word “terrorist” to mean “a**hole”. Terrorists slaughter innocent civilians. A**holes mess up your computer game for their own amusement. There is a difference, and if you can’t spot it then you shouldn’t be writing headlines. Grow up already.
Anyway. These guys are being jerks, on purpose, for no other reason than they can and they want people to “remember” them.
This is just the sort of thing I was talking about a few days ago when I made the case that multiplayer gaming was not the magical future that some claim it will be.
UPDATE: The thread on Digg is now flagging this as a “hoax”. As in: The guys doing this were “just kidding”. The hilarity of the “joke” escapes me. Either way, they are being idiots. The people calling them terrorists were being melodramatic, and above all I’m glad I don’t depend on these people to take part in my on-line entertainment. Kids get bored with the game and decide to amuse themselves by spreading rumors, causing problems, perpetrating hoaxes, and being a bunch of drama queens. They make for poor playmates, and anyone who thinks the single-player experience is “an abberation” should spend a few hours locked in a room with these defective brats.
And while we’re all here: Happy President’s Day.
Shamus Young is an old-school OpenGL programmer, author, and composer. He runs this site and if anything is broken you should probably blame him.