This... Is My Boomstick!Okay, I know I'm all about hating the WoW and whatnot, but this story... This story is just too good.
Apparently, a WoW player somehow managed to get a hold of an in-game item that was designed to be used only for internal testing.
I.E. He wasn't supposed to have it.
I have no idea how he got the item. There may or may not have been some hacking and/or cracking involved.
Perhaps it was a prize for finding a new tower.
Now, you may be wondering what sort of item could be so important that it makes this whole story newsworthy.
Yes, you read that right. A shirt.
How exactly could a simple shirt be such a big deal?
Well, this shirt has the special ability to instantly kill anything within a thirty foot radius.
That's not a joke. That's what the shirt actually does.
Do not ask me why Blizzard would design a shirt that can kill anyone within a thirty foot radius.
Maybe it was commentary on the hygiene of your average WoW player.
Bah dump psshhhh.
My sources (read: the story I read on Kotaku) tell me that the shirt is called "Martin Fury". It is no doubt named after the inventor of the thermonuclear shirt.
Now available at your local Old Navy.
All questions of how he obtained this Omega shirt aside, a lot of people are saying that he should have given it back. People think that if, according to his story, he had obtained it honestly, then morally, he should have contacted Blizzard about it immediately.
This sounds exactly like what someone who did NOT obtain this shirt would say. It's overpowered and unfair. It's not for players and he should give it back.
This is both:
b) complete and utter crap
If you woke up one day and found out that you could fire energy beams out of your eyes, I don't think the first thing you would do is contact the government.
You'd start sewing a costume and deciding on an awesome superhero name.
I'd suggest Captain Eye Lazers. It's subtle.
Same thing goes for in-game items. It's really damned easy to say you'd give it back when you don't have the thing in the first place.
We both know if it was you that had the item, you'd lay waste to everything you saw.
Which is exactly what this guy did.
He went on an epic (no pun intended) rampage through Azeroth, kicking ass and taking names. He was killing everything he could think of and even took down a boss in one hit.
You'd be surprised how easy it is to rampage when to can kill anything with one press of a button.
Not that I'd know anything about that...
The part of the story that pisses me off though is that he got banned. Blizzard up and banned him for running rampant through their little virtual world, making with the raping and the pillaging.
Can you honestly blame him?
I don't care if he cheated to get the item. I don't care if he and a ragtag team of amateur hackers managed to hack their way into Blizzard's mainframe, all the while surrounded by flashy camera angles and techno music.
What he did was awesome.
I spend my day banning people from FFXI because they tried to steal a hat or tried to sell their gil for real money.
Or they got on my nerves.
Or ended a sentence in a preposition.
Or... Well, pretty much anything.
Do you know what I wouldn't ban them for? Going on a crazy murdering rampage with their newly acquired shirt of DOOM.
That shit is forgivable.
Hell, give that boy a job. He's got potential.