Reddit tricks an AI news site into falsely reporting a made-up “Glorbo” World of Warcraft feature

Posted on July 22, 2023

A World of Warcraft Reddit thread has baited an AI-powered news site into posting an article full of nonsense about a future update featuring a character called “Glorbo”. The site was fooled into thinking the update was real, and has generated perhaps the most hilariously bad article of all time.


The AI article states, “World of Warcraft (WoW) players are eagerly anticipating Glorbo’s introduction and the potential impact it will have on the game. Reddit user kaefer_kriegerin expresses their excitement, stating, ‘Honestly, this new feature makes me so happy! I just really want some major bot operated news websites to publish an article about this.’ This sentiment is echoed by many other players in the comments, who eagerly anticipate the changes Glorbo will bring to the game.”

Other Reddit users were quick to join the joke, posting about fake features in the replies. The AI, of course, picked up on these as well. Some highlights include “Making Klikclac a mandatory item is a huge punch in the gut for casual players. I don’t have the time to farm Zoop for that!” and “The best change since the quest to depose Quackion, the Aspect of Ducks”. The article also constantly re-uses phrases and reiterates the same information. Basically, there was no way a human being laid eyes on this monstrosity before it was released onto the internet.

The AI-written article has since been deleted, but not before it was archived, so check it out if you want a good laugh. Meanwhile, the original Reddit users who contributed to the post are celebrating just how easy it was to bait an AI website into posting their easily detectable lies.

World of Warcraft and other MMOs are prime targets for AI articles as a constant source of reportable updates and bugs. It’s easy to see why players are getting increasingly frustrated with them if this is the kind of quality, or lack thereof, they produce.