Final Fantasy XIV shuts down, will return next year as A Realm Reborn

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When Final Fantasy XIV came out in 2010, it was, it's fair to say, a bit of a mess. But in the two years since, Square Enix has been rebuilding the entire game from the ground up, in preparation for its impending re-launch as Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Before select players move on to the alpha this Winter, and the re-launch proper sometime in 2013, there was the little matter of euthanising the original game. Something Square Enix achieved today in typically understated fashion.

World of Warcraft: Orgrimmar and Stormwind temporarily wiped out

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Yesterday, an event of apocalyptic proportions hit the realms of Azeroth, as entire cities - players, NPCs and all - were summarily slaughtered by hackers. The entire populations of Stormwind and Orgrimmar were killed, as a number of hackers playing as Level 1 characters proceeded to insta-kill everyone in sight. You can see astonishing footage of the mass slaughter beneath this post.