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below is a News article (one of many) that tells of the plague that has hit the realms of World of Warcraft. While this is a virtual plaigue, game developers are having a very difficult time eradicating it. What does this have to do with preparedness? Well, this could very well happen in real life. The ironic thing is that this plaigue was perpetrated by "Griefers" basically WOW Terrorists. What they did is deliberately infect themselves by attacking and killing this online demon who throws this curse, a self propagating program plaigue called "Corrupted Blood" designed to kill the player characters who kill this Demon by turning those infected into zombies who then go and infect others, the amazing thing is that the players retain control over the Zombie and can fight against their own party members, thus infecting them. The Griefers/WoW terrorists intentionally contracted this curse and then teleported themselves into major cities such as Stormwind and Ironforge. They then infected massive amounts of other player characters and Non Player characters who then spread it further...and so on...and so on... The result is that major cities are becoming dead zones where anyone who enters gets infected. Those characters who are too low in level die instantly but anyone over level 50 is able to live for quite a while. Long enough to spread this plague...which is contagious even before its symptoms become apparent. I know this for a fact as my character was infected and I infected half a raid party before they killed me.
Now heres where real life takes hold: THIS COULD BE US! Just by reading what I wrote above, any thinking person can see how someone could, either intentionally or unintentionally do the same thing with something like smallpox, Ebola,Bubonic plague or any other natural or man made disease and pretty much take out every major city in the US.

This is a very scary disaster scenario that can happen and has in the past. Something to think about..

Anyway here is the article...and like the CDC and the government would do in a real situation, Blizzard Entertainment is telling one big lie in it to quell peoples fears...they say Blizzard has it under control as of a couple of days ago...Im here to tell you "Corrupted Blood" Is alive and well and WORSE than it was before...and continuing to spread.


Deadly plague hits Warcraft world
By Mark Ward
Technology Correspondent, BBC News website

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Players get the chance to be heroes in World of Warcraft
A deadly virtual plague has broken out in the online game World of Warcraft.

Although limited to only a few of the game's servers the numbers of characters that have fallen victim is thought to be in the thousands.

Originally it was thought that the deadly digital disease was the result of a programming bug in a location only recently added to the Warcraft game.

However, it now appears that players kicked off the plague and then kept it spreading after the first outbreak.

Since its launch in November 2004, World of Warcraft (Wow) has become the most widely played massively multiplayer online (MMO) game in the world.

Its creator, Blizzard, claims that now more than four million people are regular players.

Last rites

Wow is an online game that gives players the chance to adventure in the fantasy world of Azeroth that is populated by the usual mixture of humans, elves, orcs and other fantastic beasts.

As players explore the world, the characters they control become more powerful as they complete quests, kill monsters and find magical items and artefacts that boost abilities.

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The Warcraft world is a familiar fantasy setting
To give these powerful characters more of a challenge, Blizzard regularly introduces new places to explore in the online world.

In the last week, it added the Zul'Gurub dungeon which gave players a chance to confront and kill the fearsome Hakkar - the god of Blood.

In his death throes Hakkar hits foes with a "corrupted blood" infection that can instantly kill weaker characters.

The infection was only supposed to affect those in the immediate vicinity of Hakkar's corpse but some players found a way to transfer it to other areas of the game by infecting an in-game virtual pet with it.

This pet was then unleashed in the orc capital city of Ogrimmar and proved hugely effective as the Corrupted Blood plague spread from player to player.

Although computer controlled characters did not contract the plague, they are said to have acted as "carriers" and infected player-controlled characters they encountered.

Body count

The first server, or "realm" as Blizzard calls them, affected by the plague was Archimonde; but it is known to have spread to at least two others.

The spread of the disease could have been limited by the fact that Hakkar is difficult to kill, so some realms may not yet have got round to killing him and unleashing his parting shot.
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In World of Warcraft players can be orcs, humans or other fantastic creatures

The digital disease instantly killed lower level characters and did not take much longer to kill even powerful characters.

Many online discussion sites were buzzing with reports from the disaster zones with some describing seeing "hundreds" of bodies lying in the virtual streets of the online towns and cities.

"The debate amongst players now is if it really was intentional although due to the effects of the problem it seems unlikely," Paul Younger, an editor on the unofficial worldofwar.net site, told the BBC News website.

"It's giving players something to talk about and could possibly be considered the first proper 'world event'", he said.

Luckily the death of a character in World of Warcraft is not final so all those killed were soon resurrected.

Blizzard tried to control the plague by staging rolling re-starts of all the servers supporting the Warcraft realms and applying quick fixes.

However, there are reports that this has not solved all the problems and that isolated pockets of plague are breaking out again.

The "Corrupted Blood" plague is not the first virtual disease to break out in game worlds. In May 2000 many players of The Sims were outraged when their game characters died because of an infection contracted from a dirty virtual guinea pig.
 

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Not to sound like a nerd here...I know I shall fail at this but ahem.

That is quite old as the Zul' Gurub dungeon is now quite obselete. I remember this from when I was still playing (I may start again when the expansion comes out) but this was more of a comical matter than anything serious unless you went to lowbie areas and even then, all that would get you is a /log or massive spam/ gm report (aka for the non-gamers the people with the plague get banned).

Sorry I had to s#$! on your post like that, WoW is an ok game, but thats just it a game. I like to live my life to the fullest every day I have been given.
 

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I have read those, the scary thing is how fast this thing spreads.. and that its in real time with real people controlling the characters. World of Warcraft is whats called a MMO or Massive Multiplayer Online game, literally thousands of people are playing on any given server. I have heard just a few mins ago that this plague is intentional and might be some kind of experiment. Apparently this is from outside the main game, some sort of special thing, I don know.
I dont know how it originated but apparently it was part of a patch recently done. Its quite a new thing..even though the dungion is old. The reason I posted this was to use it as an example of what could happen if someone decided to do this...
 

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imagine if something like the spanish flu hit today with all the passenger jets flying around the world. is the point that i think ridgerunner was trying to make
 

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Nerd here ... When I have down time, yes I play WOW. Pernolde realm and its infected. Luckilly I havent been hit with it, but like the real world ... you have idiot players whom thinks it "cool" to be infected with out realizing it may destroy this toon you spent so much time in creating and tweaking. It reminds me of the vampire movies where the teens think it would be cool to be a vampire. I always thought .. "what stupid kids.. that would never happen" Well although its not reality ... I see the same mentality and have concluded such a possibility could happen in real life ... and thats pretty spooky. ok nerd out.... just my .02 .... (where the hell is the cents sign on a keyboard??? ) LOL wow im old
 

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That "Corrupted Blood" senerio sounds bad, almost like when AIDS first hit the street, weaker people dying first and the stronger ones spreading it to other people,

I have never played the game, but it sounds cool. I have heard of people losing thier jobs and getting divorced because of the hours some play this game.

When I was in the Army I had a soldier come to work tired everyday, I asked him what the deal was and he would say he was playing WOW all night because hes a squad leader of a bunch of players online, Well I said I am your squad leader in the real Army and get your tired azz the motorpool. (true story)

Take care and prepare Ray and Maria
 

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i remember reading an article that was on this bosted in our bio dept. and math dept. bullitin board at university. seems like it would be a valuable tool to see how biological attacks could spread out and be controled.
 

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I kinda wonder if its not why they are doing it. There are plague ridden crates in some of the cities, I guess its an intentional thing. Someone in my guild told us WoW was being used as a test bed for CDC stuff...I don't know if its true but it seems to be a decent way to figure this stuff out...hmm
 

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I kinda wonder if its not why they are doing it. There are plague ridden crates in some of the cities, I guess its an intentional thing. Someone in my guild told us WoW was being used as a test bed for CDC stuff...I don't know if its true but it seems to be a decent way to figure this stuff out...hmm
It's just a fun zombie adder for Halloween. (you forgot to mention that the "plague" turns you into a zombie 10 minutes after exposure, unless you find a cure). I doubt very much the CDC is using a zombie plague in WOW to test anything.

a) In the cities, you can't get the plague unless you intentionally go mess with one of the plague bugs. Show me a plague where initial infection is voluntary.
b) My level 16 Priest can cure the plague with a spell. Is the CDC also testing for magical cures?
c) It's a game, man.
 

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Well I told you I was not sure, it was just a rumor and why not test using this medium, you can still test how something moves through the system.. But yes, any way you look at it, its quite silly.
My point is was made when I spoke of the original plague which (was apparently an old piece of news that I hit on while looking for the info on this one ( I was not playing the game at the time the first one came out so I naturally assumed it was the same one. That combined with being pretty much sleep deprived over the past three months due to school, cut me some slack. :sleep:
Anyway, point still stands, things like the original plague spoken of above, however erronious the intended date was, could in fact happen in real life, and with some rather serious consequences.
Just an FYI, the military, CDC, and FEMA use "Games" to study things all the time, they just usually make their own. Its not beyond the realm of possiblity for such a group to use a hugely populated game like WoW as a variable in an experiment. The first ( and apparently the only real) outbreak was hugely viralent and therefore effective in demonstrating the nasty way this crap can be perpetrated on an unsuspecting or under prepared society.
Forget about the game aspect and lets talk about how this could really happen. This is the sort of thing we are all preparing for right?:thumb:
 
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