Human’s are clearly a morbid lot as Ndemic Creations virus simulation game, Plague Inc., has jumped to the top of the charts in China, Russia, and other countries across the globe. People are simulating the current outbreak in the game to discover the outcome and the bad news is that we’re all going to die.
Such is in the interest in Ndemic Creation’s game that their website has been crashing and they have released a statement.
The Coronavirus outbreak in China is deeply concerning and we’ve received a lot of questions from players and the media.
Plague Inc. has been out for eight years now and whenever there is an outbreak of disease we see an increase in players, as people seek to find out more about how diseases spread and to understand the complexities of viral outbreaks.
We specifically designed the game to be realistic and informative, while not sensationalising serious real-world issues. This has been recognised by the CDC and other leading medical organisations around the world.
However, please remember that Plague Inc. is a game, not a scientific model and that the current coronavirus outbreak is a very real situation which is impacting a huge number of people. We would always recommend that players get their information directly from local and global health authorities.
You can find out more about the CDC and Plague Inc. here: https://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2013/04/plague-inc/
You can find out more information about Coronavirus here: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
Gamers have also been startled to discover that there is a biological research lab near the city where the outbreak originated has a familiar logo. Shanghai Ruilan Bao Hu San Biotech Limited seems to be linked to the Umbrella Corporation from Resident Evil.
It has also been pointed out that Corona is an anagram of ‘Racoon’, fans of Resident Evil will know that the original outbreak in the game started in Raccoon city.