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Game Theory: How WoW Almost Prevented the Coronavirus Crisis! (World of Warcraft)

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Years ago now, World of Warcraft had an event that changed the landscape of  the ENTIRE game for the players. Hundreds of thousands of skeletons littered the cities, all player characters who had perished to what was called the “corrupted blood plague”. Now, some experts are saying that they could have used this event to better understand how viral pandemics spread in societies and how individuals react. What I want to know is, could this historic WoW moment have helped prevent the spread of our current pandemic? Let’s find out!

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Sources:

https://www.mmo-champion.com/threads/1301971-The-lag-of-vanilla-WOW
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corrupted_Blood_incident 
https://wowwiki.fandom.com/wiki/Zul%27Gurub_(raid) 
https://wowwiki.fandom.com/wiki/Hakkar_the_Soulflayer 
https://classic.wowhead.com/npc=14834/hakkar 
https://www.sciencealert.com/more-evidence-suggests-pangolins-may-have-passed-coronavirus-from-bats-to-humans  
https://www.cdc.gov/onehealth/basics/zoonotic-diseases.html 
https://www.liberationnews.org/rich-flee-nyc-workers-deal-covid-19/ 
https://uk.reuters.com/article/us-flu-virtual/online-blood-plague-offers-lessons-for-pandemics-idUKTRE53Q4HI20090427 
https://archive.org/details/PC_Zone_163_January_2006/page/n137/mode/2up 
https://journals.lww.com/epidem/Fulltext/2007/03000/Modeling_Infectious_Diseases_Dissemination_Through.15.aspx 
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17301707/ 
https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4946772 
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/grocery-store-throws-out-35k-worth-food-woman-coughed-twisted-n1169401 
https://www.pcgamer.com/the-researchers-who-once-studied-wows-corrupted-blood-plague-are-now-fighting-the-coronavirus/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/video-games/2020/04/09/world-warcraft-experienced-pandemic-2005-that-experience-may-help-coronavirus-researchers/

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