World

Popularity of pathogen outbreak-themed strategy games surge as coronavirus spreads

ANI | February 17, 2020 04:46 AM
Representative image

Washington DC [USA], Feb 17 (ANI): The popularity of pathogen outbreak-themed strategy games have surged in recent weeks amid worldwide efforts to curb the spread of the new strain of coronavirus that has killed more than 1600 people.

Plague Inc., a strategy game of the kind mentioned, which was first released back in 2012, has risen to the top of Apple Store charts in China, the United States, and elsewhere. Developed by UK-based studio Ndemic Creations, the game asks players to play as a pathogen, helping it evolve to wipe out humanity.

"Games are a type of cultural expression -- they're part of how we make sense of the world," Washingon Post reported Carly A Kocurek, a cultural historian at the Illinois Institute of Technology, as pointing out. "For some people, horror films are a way to deal with anxiety, and games can be, too."

Interestingly, the surge in the downloads of Plague Inc. had previously been witnessed in 2014-2016 during the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

In a statement issued last month, Ndemic Creations noted that since the release of the game in 2012, it has seen an increase in players "whenever there is an outbreak of disease" 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 sensationalizing serious real-world issues," the statement read.

"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," it added.

Coronavirus first originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, in December, last year, and has since then killed more than 1600 people in that country alone, while cases have been registered in several countries across the world, including India. (ANI)

Have something to say? Post your comment
Must Read
Punjab villages show the way to combatting COVID-19 with self isolation
Punjab villages show the way to combatting COVID-19 with self isolation
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19):  Ex-commandant donates Rs 5 lakh out of his pension account for Punjab Chief Minister relief fund
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Ex-commandant donates Rs 5 lakh out of his pension account for Punjab Chief Minister relief fund
DC and CP for transforming ‘self home quarantine’, ‘social distancing’ and ‘Theekari Pehras’ into a mass movement
DC and CP for transforming ‘self home quarantine’, ‘social distancing’ and ‘Theekari Pehras’ into a mass movement
Punjab sets up transport control rooms to ensure smooth movement of essentials
Punjab sets up transport control rooms to ensure smooth movement of essentials
One more Corona Positive patient dies in Punjab
One more Corona Positive patient dies in Punjab
Administration pulls up socks for smooth and hassle free procurement of wheat from April 15
Administration pulls up socks for smooth and hassle free procurement of wheat from April 15
Lockdown : Radha Soami Satsang Beas prepares 'langar' for needy in Punjab, other states
Lockdown : Radha Soami Satsang Beas prepares 'langar' for needy in Punjab, other states
Technical Education Board to give Rs 5 crore in CM's relief fund: Channi
Technical Education Board to give Rs 5 crore in CM's relief fund: Channi
MP, MLAs, DC, CP and SSP join heads for further expediting distribution of relief material to the needy and underprivileged sections of society
MP, MLAs, DC, CP and SSP join heads for further expediting distribution of relief material to the needy and underprivileged sections of society
The Department of Consumer Affairs will issue daily list of essential commodities during lockdown
The Department of Consumer Affairs will issue daily list of essential commodities during lockdown
DC and SSP leads flag march in Nakodar Sub-Division
DC and SSP leads flag march in Nakodar Sub-Division
Capt Amarinder directs DGP to finalise security plan for smooth procurement
Capt Amarinder directs DGP to finalise security plan for smooth procurement