Plague Inc. Downloads Up 50% Thanks to Ebola Panic

Plague Inc. Downloads Up 50% Thanks to Ebola Panic

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As the Ebola virus outbreak dominates the news, Ndemic Creations' disease-simulating strategy game Plague Inc. has seen a rise in mobile downloads.

With the Ebola outbreak reaching new locations and seemingly endless news stories covering the panic over the deadly disease, you might be tempted to quarantine yourself in your house for the foreseeable future. If you choose to hunker down with a game that best simulates an apocalypse by disease, you wouldn't be alone: downloads of Plague Inc. have risen 50% in the last two weeks--not too shabby for a game that's been available on iOS and Android since 2012. Though the game's continual updates have led to spikes in the past, developer James Vaughan believes the most recent boost in downloads is all due to Ebola. Speaking with Polygon, Vaughan said, "This is the first time something in the real world has has an effect on the sales charts... People are curious about it and want to know more about infectious diseases. Plague Inc. can play a role because it's an intelligent look at how infectious diseases can spread."

With a user base of about 35 million people, Vaughan acknowledged that Plague Inc. could help raise awareness, and says he's "talking to major charities to see if Plague Inc. can be used as a tool to help in some way." The developer also pointed out that the game's diseases aren't like Ebola because "the algorithms are designed to assume that air transmission is possible and they also don't assume that it takes a number of days or weeks before people are able to spread the disease." Despite mutation fears, it's currently not possible to spread the Ebola virus by air.

Plague Inc. may not slow the spread of Ebola, but it could help raise awareness of infectious diseases in general, as well as the outbreaks facing many areas of the world. "A disease in one country affects us all," Vaughan stated. "People have been talking about quarantining West Africa so we [elsewhere in the world] don't have to be concerned about it, but that is absolutely incorrect. In out multi-connected world, a disease in one country is a threat to everybody."

Source: Polygon

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We already don't have to be concerned about it. You're far more likely to die of the flu than you are of ebola. One of the advantages of having a decent healthcare system and running water.

I'm pretty sure that people's amusement at the media hysteria, and general morbid humour about pandemics, might be more at play here than "ebola panic".

Let's not pretend that Plague Inc. is a tool for global healthcare awareness. It's a game that makes you smile about the destruction of continents, like Defcon before it.

Floppertje:
We already don't have to be concerned about it. You're far more likely to die of the flu than you are of ebola. One of the advantages of having a decent healthcare system and running water.

Unless you currently live in west Africa, but remember this more people were infected by Ebola in September than the previous 9 months of the current outbreak and all previous outbreaks going back to 1976 combined and October is already worse.

Goddammit. I'm pretty sure I'm a bad person for wanting to see an Ebola epidemic in Madagasgar.

P-89 Scorpion:

Floppertje:
We already don't have to be concerned about it. You're far more likely to die of the flu than you are of ebola. One of the advantages of having a decent healthcare system and running water.

Unless you currently live in west Africa, but remember this more people were infected by Ebola in September than the previous 9 months of the current outbreak and all previous outbreaks going back to 1976 combined and October is already worse.

If you live in west africa you're still way more likely to die from other diseases. or civil wars. or the panic caused by ebola. even with the outbreak it's still very rare. there's like 4000 casualties in the western part of the continent where the population numbers in the hundreds of millions. It's fear mongering. The media keeps writing about it because people want to read about it and they like making money. If people are that worried all they need to do is wash their hands more often.

I'm actually, genuinely, shocked that they didn't take advantage of the ebola scare by putting on sale.

I don't know if that's admirable or if they just didn't think of it.

This is how little faith I have in my fellow man.

As a virologist myself, I can say that in "Plague Inc. terms" Ebola has high visibility, extremely high lethality, and relatively low infectivity. Not a good combination.

Floppertje:

P-89 Scorpion:

Floppertje:
We already don't have to be concerned about it. You're far more likely to die of the flu than you are of ebola. One of the advantages of having a decent healthcare system and running water.

Unless you currently live in west Africa, but remember this more people were infected by Ebola in September than the previous 9 months of the current outbreak and all previous outbreaks going back to 1976 combined and October is already worse.

If you live in west africa you're still way more likely to die from other diseases. or civil wars. or the panic caused by ebola. even with the outbreak it's still very rare. there's like 4000 casualties in the western part of the continent where the population numbers in the hundreds of millions. It's fear mongering. The media keeps writing about it because people want to read about it and they like making money. If people are that worried all they need to do is wash their hands more often.

In the 3 infected countries they have a combined population of around 20 million with over 12 thousand officially infected plus 5000 dead but the WHO believes it to be 2-3 times higher due to those who die without making it to a hospital.

Also Ebola is currently the highest killer in those 3 countries plus due to the amount of health care worker deaths other diseases are killing more due to resource depletion.

As to 'washing your hands' you do realise if it was that easy to avoid there wouldn't be so many educated and wealthy people in those countries getting it but they are.

Can't wait until we hear on TV by all the paranoid pundits that we should all head to Madagascar. Tickets for gold! In these times of dangerous climate, why hold onto something that can't be of any service to you? You're jewelry doesn't prevent the spread of ebola, but with our new deal, you can be on your way to Madagascar in the luxurious hold of a cargo hold of a 747 today! The number to call is 1-800-244-7226! Hurry up people, before the cargo holds are at maximum capacity!

Lol.

This is like suggesting that a recent spike in sales of The Sims could be attributed to Big Brother.

FakDendor:
As a virologist myself, I can say that in "Plague Inc. terms" Ebola has high visibility, extremely high lethality, and relatively low infectivity. Not a good combination.

Which is why all the developed nations will not be in any danger except for the United States. The United States will be in danger because when you tell the public "Hey, wash your hands more often and avoid bodily fluids" people either go "Fuck you mom and dad!" and then go rolling in a pit of urine and feces, or they get in a hazmat suit and start attacking anybody who so much as looks in their direction while having the sniffles. Case in point, they grounded a plane in South Carolina because somebody got a nosebleed.

I've got an idea. I have severe seasonal allergies that induce nosebleeds this time of year, maybe I should just start hanging around airports :D

Shamanic Rhythm:
Lol.

This is like suggesting that a recent spike in sales of The Sims could be attributed to Big Brother.

When the NSA leaks occurred, 1984 became one of the best-selling books in the country for like two weeks. A real shame, since it shows that by doing that, people are missing many of the broader practices mentioned in the book that are much more worrisome than a computer going through your Facebook page and flagging keywords.

MarsAtlas:

Shamanic Rhythm:
Lol.

This is like suggesting that a recent spike in sales of The Sims could be attributed to Big Brother.

When the NSA leaks occurred, 1984 became one of the best-selling books in the country for like two weeks. A real shame, since it shows that by doing that, people are missing many of the broader practices mentioned in the book that are much more worrisome than a computer going through your Facebook page and flagging keywords.

I meant Big Brother the television show.

My point was, it's analogous to suggesting that an extremely poor example of domestic life is inspiring purchases of a domestic life sim.

Shamanic Rhythm:
I meant Big Brother the television show.

My point was, it's analogous to suggesting that an extremely poor example of domestic life is inspiring purchases of a domestic life sim.

But its not quite equivalant given Big Brother is a TV show, the NSA leak and the spread of ebola are events with global proportions with serious social, economic, and political concerns. Granted, downloading a videogame about it shows more in regards to morbid curiousity than serious concern.

MarsAtlas:
they grounded a plane in South Carolina because somebody got a nosebleed.

they what?

man I get nosebleeds fairly regularly...good thing the paranoia isn't here (I think we tend to assume ourselves safer from the follies of the western world being a relatively isolated island)

Floppertje:
If people are that worried all they need to do is wash their hands more often.

According to an epidemiologist I used to drink with... if you count the number of times 'proper hygiene' and 'thorough hand washing' are mentioned in an official health statement/briefing, the total is the score out of 10 for 'how fucked everyone really is' according to the people who put the statement together. You get 8 or more mentions and its time to stock up on food, water, toilet paper, ammonia and bleach.

RhombusHatesYou:

Floppertje:
If people are that worried all they need to do is wash their hands more often.

According to an epidemiologist I used to drink with... if you count the number of times 'proper hygiene' and 'thorough hand washing' are mentioned in an official health statement/briefing, the total is the score out of 10 for 'how fucked everyone really is' according to the people who put the statement together. You get 8 or more mentions and its time to stock up on food, water, toilet paper, ammonia and bleach.

The really sad part is that people think "thorough hand washing" is a quick 20-second rinse, sometimes but not always punctuated by a squirt of soap. I can't tell you how many people I've fired from restaurant jobs because I caught them doing exactly that before returning to the kitchen. People have no idea what proper hygiene is or are in too damn much of a rush to give a crap.
Granted I'm limited to my experience in America but in less developed countries I'd imagine there are even less people who understand the term.

Scrythe:
I'm actually, genuinely, shocked that they didn't take advantage of the ebola scare by putting on sale.

I don't know if that's admirable or if they just didn't think of it.

This is how little faith I have in my fellow man.

Makes me sad, i loved pandemic, and have been waiting forever for plague inc to go on sale.

Of course this game would see more sales. :v
#Thanks_Ebola

I'm moving to Madagascar now, "It's safer there".

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Svarr:
Of course this game would see more sales. :v
#Thanks_Ebola

I'm moving to Madagascar now, "It's safer there".

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Bah! Madagascar has an okay chance of being infected in Plague Inc. You really want to move to Greenland. It can get incredibly frustrating trying to infect them.

Still, good game even if I do have a minor grudge against Canada because of it.
Stupid Canadians bombing population centres to wipe out my disease

MiskWisk:
Bah! Madagascar has an okay chance of being infected in Plague Inc. You really want to move to Greenland. It can get incredibly frustrating trying to infect them.

Yep, Madagascar is comparatively easy to infect, especially if you start in India. Go Waterborne I, Insect I and a Cough. Boom. Madagascar is usually one of the first countries/regions infected.

Greenland, OTOH, is a massive pain in the arse to infect, even if you start somewhere like Russia. If I remember rightly, it takes Waterborne II and Cold Resistance II to be able to reliably infect someone in Greenland... after waiting 6 months in game for a ship to head there.

P-89 Scorpion:

Floppertje:
We already don't have to be concerned about it. You're far more likely to die of the flu than you are of ebola. One of the advantages of having a decent healthcare system and running water.

Unless you currently live in west Africa, but remember this more people were infected by Ebola in September than the previous 9 months of the current outbreak and all previous outbreaks going back to 1976 combined and October is already worse.

Not even then. there are more people dead in west africa from CAR ACCIDENTS in the same time than from Ebola. lets not even start comparing the malnutrition and water access related deaths. Ebola is really just a very very tiny speck in death totals.

RhombusHatesYou:

Yep, Madagascar is comparatively easy to infect, especially if you start in India. Go Waterborne I, Insect I and a Cough. Boom. Madagascar is usually one of the first countries/regions infected.

Greenland, OTOH, is a massive pain in the arse to infect, even if you start somewhere like Russia. If I remember rightly, it takes Waterborne II and Cold Resistance II to be able to reliably infect someone in Greenland... after waiting 6 months in game for a ship to head there.

no, start in Egypt, two airports, spread the plague via air to all airpaorts then use water and your golden without a single symptom.

RhombusHatesYou:

MiskWisk:
Bah! Madagascar has an okay chance of being infected in Plague Inc. You really want to move to Greenland. It can get incredibly frustrating trying to infect them.

Yep, Madagascar is comparatively easy to infect, especially if you start in India. Go Waterborne I, Insect I and a Cough. Boom. Madagascar is usually one of the first countries/regions infected.

Greenland, OTOH, is a massive pain in the arse to infect, even if you start somewhere like Russia. If I remember rightly, it takes Waterborne II and Cold Resistance II to be able to reliably infect someone in Greenland... after waiting 6 months in game for a ship to head there.

Then again i only really played the first version of the game where it was nearly impossible.

 

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