Well, it seems I may have been too hasty in jumping on the 'omgblizzardgmsaretehsuckzorz" bandwagon last week
. Merely a handful of hours after logging back on to my World of Warcraft
account and submitting a GM
ticket after reformatting my PC, not only had my deleted characters been restored, but all of their gold and items had been recovered.
Colour me chuffed.
I was correct in my suspicions, and whoever had managed to compromise my account had indeed stripped and deleted two of my level 70 characters. The last time I had logged on, I had three characters at level 70; a Horde Druid and Priest and an Alliance Warrior. On checking the Armoury
, both the Priest and Warrior were missing, and the Druid was naked – which, as I'm sure any other Tauren player can attest, is rarely a good look.
Now, as much as I deplore it, I can understand the concept of hacking a person's account in order to sell their gear, then pass that money along via a Goldseller – that's simply business, but I don't understand why you would delete a character completely – while the first is an undeniably rotten thing to do to a person, it's generally something that can be recovered from, or (in the worst-case scenario) rebuilt. New gear can be acquired, gold can be earned once again, and if your guild happens to be chock-full of good folk like mine, you'll maybe get some help along the way.
Still, while I realise how ridiculously lucky I've been in having everything I lost returned to me in the space of two or three hours; instead of putting the incident behind me and carrying on, I find myself mulling over what might have been.
My guildies totally stepped up to the plate for me, and inundated me with offers of help, so I wouldn't have had to start completely from scratch, but I wonder what it would have been like – indeed, some strange, masochistic part of me wishes that none of my stuff had been recovered, and that I did have to start over, with or without help.
Lots of players have alt-itis, and seem chronically unable to focus on one character at a time (there's an idea for a medical study – ADD
and its comparisons in the MMO-verse) but I'm thinking that this is something different – a desire to wipe the slate clean completely and rebuild from the ground up. Maybe it's because I'm from the scorched-earth school of PC repair, where nothing less than a full reformat and perfect reinstall will leave me feeling satisfied and I'm just a little strange, but I imagine that there's something in this; while it's a completely understandable reaction to call quits and cancel one's account if a compromised account can't be recovered to its previous state, what does it take to carry on regardless?
I asked last week for readers to share stories of times you had found yourselves in a similar situation, this week I'd like the opposite – clearly I've been lucky this time around, but what happens when things go the other way
? Have you been hacked but failed to get your account back to the way it was? What did you do – did you start over, or just give up? Hit the comments, and let us know.