I stayed the hell away from everybody.
Actually, I happened to be working on getting my hunter to level 70 during most of the event, which meant hanging around in places like Netherstorm and Shadowmoon Valley.
It turns out that in a zone where most people are busy trying to accomplish something and are high level, trying to pull the zombie routine gets the crap beaten out of you the moment you show up.
Really. I’ve never seen people so cooperative and focused than when dealing with some zombie-tard trying to mess with their carefully laid plans. Obsessive-compulsive rage for the win!
And when it came down to it, Shattrath wasn’t so bad. But most everybody there could put up a fight, and your typical griefer isn’t looking for a fair fight.
Back on old Azeroth though, it was a disaster… or a lot of fun, depending on your level.
I rolled a new character to play with a friend who has been unimpressed with the idea of MMOs in the past. Of course, he picked the weekend when Blizzard gave noob griefing the green light. After less than an hour and many deaths, he was done. I might get him to try again in 4 or 5 years. Maybe. Well, probably not.
Reactions to all of this have varied. The word “whiner” seems to come up a lot when there are complaints about the zombies. These are often from people whom I suspect aren’t being killed by zombies whose levels show as ??. (That means “more than 10 levels higher” in WoW.) Of course, a good chunk of the time, I would characterize those responses as “counter-whines” really. Lame rationalization seems to be one of the defining human characteristics.
It has been pointed out that giving players the ability to grief noobs without consequence pretty much guaranteed that it was going to happen. I mean, we’ve all heard about Ultima Online, right? So what was Blizzard thinking?
Lume the Mad has a particularly good write up on the whole thing.
But it appears that we’ll wake up tomorrow and find the zombie menace gone.
Then we can all sit in the auction house in peace without having to constantly restart the auctioneer AddOn because the auctioneer keeps getting killed.