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In a rather unusual case of games imitating life, World of Warcraft servers are being decimated by a virtual plague.

Interestingly enough, despite the plague killing a significant number of players on immediate contract, many of the MMORPG's community see this plague as a rather unique, interesting bit of content, and not the bug it actually is.

FileFront has a 20meg video of the WoW plague in action.

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I don't understand.

I'm assuming you know what a MMORPG is (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game).

In World of Warcraft (which has more than 4 million active accounts) there is a very high level enemy that when you kill, infects you with a disease. This disease was only meant to affect those close to it when it was killed. Well, due to a bug, the disease remained infectious in other players, if you got too close to them during the time the disease ran it's course.

Just like real world diseases, the in-game one started to spread, and the more it spread, the faster it spread.

Because the virtual disease was intended only to affect high level players, who had a decent ability to survive it, when it spread to places where lower level characters were, they began dying en masse.

Thus we have a virtual plague killing thousands of in-game players, and Blizzard has not had any success in stopping it from spreading.

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Sorry Zebb I couldnt help myself

CART MASTER:

Bring out your dead!

CUSTOMER:

Here's one.

CART MASTER:

Ninepence.

DEAD PERSON:

I'm not dead!

CART MASTER:

What?

CUSTOMER:

Nothing. Here's your ninepence.

DEAD PERSON:

I'm not dead!

CART MASTER:

'Ere. He says he's not dead!

CUSTOMER:

Yes, he is.

DEAD PERSON:

I'm not!

CART MASTER:

He isn't?

CUSTOMER:

Well, he will be soon. He's very ill.

DEAD PERSON:

I'm getting better!

CUSTOMER:

No, you're not. You'll be stone dead in a moment.

CART MASTER:

Oh, I can't take him like that. It's against regulations.

DEAD PERSON:

I don't want to go on the cart!

CUSTOMER:

Oh, don't be such a baby.

CART MASTER:

I can't take him.

DEAD PERSON:

I feel fine!

CUSTOMER:

Well, do us a favour.

CART MASTER:

I can't.

CUSTOMER:

Well, can you hang around a couple of minutes? He won't be long.

CART MASTER:

No, I've got to go to the Robinsons'. They've lost nine today.

CUSTOMER:

Well, when's your next round?

CART MASTER:

Thursday.

DEAD PERSON:

I think I'll go for a walk.

CUSTOMER:

You're not fooling anyone, you know. Look. Isn't there something you can do?

DEAD PERSON: [singing]

I feel happy. I feel happy.

[whop]

CUSTOMER:

Ah, thanks very much.

CART MASTER:

Not at all. See you on Thursday.

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