Hurricane Sandy brings down Call of Duty, Guitar Hero online multiplayer

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Clean up in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy continues throughout the American northeast. While there are still millions without power and a huge number of homes have been flooded or destroyed, the vast majority of people affected by the storm are alive and well.

For those in the northeast that do still have power, but have also sat out from school or work over the past three storm-ridden days, it’s been prime gaming time. Inclement weather meant no going out to the store to pick up new releases like Assassin’s Creed 3, but that just meant catching up on some classics. Anyone that fired up Call of Duty: Black Ops on Tuesday looking for a refresher match ahead of the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 in November were sorely disappointed. Turns out that video games were affected by the storm as well.

Activision posted a comment on its support website that online multiplayer would be unavailable for a number of titles due to Hurricane Sandy. The games affected include Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: World at War, and all online versions of the Guitar Hero games.

The games went offline because of flooding at the New York-based data center Datagram. Datagram hosts services for a number of big clients including the Gawker network of blogs, AOL’s Huffington Post, and Activision. Activision uses Datagram for colocation services, hence why those games’ online modes are unplayable.

Datagram has been posting hourly updates on its status since Tuesday morning as it combated floods in its New York and Connecticut-based data centers. As of this writing, it’s working from other sites to help clients.

“We have been running our network operations out of contingency facilities for almost 48 hours now while techs on site remain in the dark ready to assist customers,” reads a statement, “Support teams are working remotely with customers to help migrate data or servers to our other locations. Food is in good supply and spirits are up.”

Other data center services including Peer 1 and Internap were affected by flooding at data facilities at 75 Broad Street in New York City.

Our thoughts are with those still cleaning up after the storm. Keep warm, keep dry, and keep safe.