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posted by martyb on Wednesday January 29 2020, @01:30AM   Printer-friendly
from the how-about-a-nice-game-of-chess? dept.

Plague Inc. maker: Don't use our game for coronavirus modeling:

Interest in the continued spread of the coronavirus has had an unintended side effect for UK-based Ndemic Creations, makers of Plague Inc. The eight-year-old game—which asks players to shepherd a worldwide pandemic so it can destroy all of humanity—has seen a spike in popularity in recent weeks, becoming the most-downloaded iPhone app in China on January 21 and in the United States on January 23, according to tracking firm App Annie.

The surge in interest has led Ndemic to issue a statement urging players not to rely on the app for information on staying safe from the coronavirus' current spread. "Please remember that Plague Inc. is a game, not a scientific model and that the currentcoronavirus outbreak is a very real situation which is impacting a huge number of people," the statement reads, in part. "We would always recommend that players get their information directly from local and global health authorities."

[...] Ndemic points players to the WHO for up-to-date information about the coronavirus. The disease now has more than 2,800 reported cases worldwide and has led to at least 80 deaths.

Interesting educational tool: CDC: Solve The Outbreak

Previously:
China Battles Coronavirus Outbreak: All the Latest Updates
Coronavirus: Millions Quarantined in Wuhan City
China Confirms Human-To-Human Transmission of New Coronavirus; CDC Confirms First US Case
China Reports 3rd Death, Nearly 140 New Cases of Coronavirus


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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by takyon on Wednesday January 29 2020, @02:08AM (5 children)

    by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {soylentnews.org}> on Wednesday January 29 2020, @02:08AM (#950404) Journal

    Is the real modeling software freely available? Slap some fancy graphics on it and you're good to go.

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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 29 2020, @02:23AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 29 2020, @02:23AM (#950412)

    Who needs modelling software when you can run it for realz? [justice.gov]

    • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 29 2020, @03:25AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 29 2020, @03:25AM (#950437)

      Can the mod explain why they gave troll for the parent? I could see off-topic based on the news item linked.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 29 2020, @04:05AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday January 29 2020, @04:05AM (#950453)

        Inferred intentions - is it an off-topic with potential of inflaming the audience and getting it sidetracked? Then it's likely a troll [wikipedia.org].

  • (Score: 2) by Immerman on Wednesday January 29 2020, @05:04PM (1 child)

    by Immerman (3985) on Wednesday January 29 2020, @05:04PM (#950717)

    If real diseases worked the way Plague Inc. "models" them, we'd all be *so* fucked. Infect the whole world with a completely harmless, nigh undeteectable disease, that then simultaneously evolves lethal properties everywhere at once...