Game Theory: How WoW Almost Prevented the Coronavirus Crisis! (World of Warcraft)

25 Th04, 2020
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Years ago now, World of Warcraft had an event that changed the landscape of the ENTIRE game for the players. Hundreds of thousands of skeletons littered the cities, all player characters who had perished to what was called the "corrupted blood plague". Now, some experts are saying that they could have used this event to better understand how viral pandemics spread in societies and how individuals react. What I want to know is, could this historic WoW moment have helped prevent the spread of our current pandemic? Let's find out!
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  • 9:20 Wow. Hearing that, even in games, there is still people trying to help others is one of the best things I have heard in a while. That’s awesome. Maybe humanity isn’t doomed... yet

    101TheBest101TheBest7 tháng trước
    • Huge exageration

      Raphaël GaudetRaphaël Gaudet4 giờ trước
    • *WoW

      Jack LuoJack Luo14 ngày trước
    • Honestly if I´d see something like this happen, I´d either hide or if as usual I´d play a support class that can heal, I´d prolly just well, try to somehow help with that sort of mess, never played WoW tho u.u

      Zuxun GoldZuxun Gold26 ngày trước
    • @Anonym0us554 lol

      AleckoGeckoAleckoGecko29 ngày trước
    • knock on wood

      Anonym0us554Anonym0us554Tháng trước

    Sweet Caty27Sweet Caty272 giờ trước
  • Lost all respect with your fake news

    tomaž čožtomaž čož8 giờ trước
  • it would be pretty cool if roleplay games sometimes have virus outbreaks on the most random times

  • I was 4yrs old during this WoW pandemic

    Deimos 069Deimos 069Ngày trước
  • I now realize that epic games puts new games in so he can give em all but not the cool games

    PokédroidPokédroidNgày trước
  • I'll call you Ratpat, it's much better.

    Rat ChitRat ChitNgày trước

    Art's LifeArt's LifeNgày trước
  • Moral of the story: A few video game developer could of stop a worldwide plague if they didn’t say no to science.

    Twenty One Chemicals Panic!Twenty One Chemicals Panic!Ngày trước
  • just curious where’re did you hear it was 100x more deadly than the flu?

    Anthony FuentesAnthony Fuentes2 ngày trước
  • mousepat why did u changed ur real name to mousepat for this vid

    AohonAohon4 ngày trước
  • Hey..... Guess what... RatPat

    John AndersonJohn Anderson5 ngày trước
  • Come on, mouse pat? Rat Pat was right there

    Jonathan AbtJonathan Abt7 ngày trước
  • CDC is like bruh I called it

    Mr. BruhMr. Bruh7 ngày trước
  • Unpopular opinion we need VIworldr theory

    Mr. BruhMr. Bruh7 ngày trước
  • You make me so mad

    Metal MergeMetal Merge7 ngày trước
  • Ok I’ll teel u the truth I didn’t see that coming

    Joshua ScheerhoornJoshua Scheerhoorn7 ngày trước
  • My parents telling me about their first date:pfft Me telling my kids i survived a global pandemic that was basicly an apocalypse:*happy adult noises*

    Ognen MihajlovskiOgnen Mihajlovski8 ngày trước
  • ok but its nice having the option to go outside with people

    THATDUDnum67 potatoeTHATDUDnum67 potatoe9 ngày trước
  • Well they're going to creating here and I come from the future so

    Reaford SyckReaford Syck9 ngày trước
  • You really missed the ratpatt joke bad with that mousepatt joke

    The Real Bat ManThe Real Bat Man9 ngày trước
  • Maybe you can get all games free maybe

    Godzilla KijauGodzilla Kijau9 ngày trước
  • “two weeks to slow the spread” me in november: 👁👄👁

    ChannartChannart9 ngày trước
  • You would be ratpat

    Taylor YorkTaylor York9 ngày trước
  • i cant wear the masks,so people just scream at me for no reason,i have a disability that they dont know about and scream at me because im not wearing a mask.

    Francis MaguireFrancis Maguire10 ngày trước
  • Karen's be like that is bs

    Pranita KhakhalaryPranita Khakhalary10 ngày trước
  • Both my mom and my dad have got the virus, and they both play WoW, honestly the only reason I'm back to playing WoW bc the virus..

    pebbles catpebbles cat10 ngày trước
  • KAREN: video games cause violence KAREN: coughs on peoples food to prove a point that doesn't exist

    SmiccSmicc10 ngày trước
  • wait thats actually a really good idea!! MOM IM PLAYING VIDEO GAMES FOR SCIENCE!! IM BEING HELPFUL!!

    pheonixthepandapheonixthepanda11 ngày trước
  • This is how I will always beat anyone at school. I don't have a social life really. The only people I know/have a social life with are expendable...

    Rooster gamerRooster gamer11 ngày trước
  • You know monika from ddlc being in the intro will always be a tease for another ddlc theory

    Dragon AceDragon Ace12 ngày trước
  • RatPat!

    A RodriguezA Rodriguez12 ngày trước
  • Watching the intro in November 2020 really is... and experience

    Lexi NLexi N12 ngày trước
  • What is the music at the end of the episode

    Paul ZawkiewiczPaul Zawkiewicz12 ngày trước
  • >Having to order in and have meals delivered to your door Oh, yes. How terrible to not even need to cook.

    Speedybug BrylythSpeedybug Brylyth13 ngày trước
  • Showed this to my Mom, she said it was easier to understand then the explanations from news stations and experts.

    KerwarshKerwarsh13 ngày trước
  • I love how this video is 6 months old but Corona is still a thing -_-

    no nameno name13 ngày trước
  • What if this happened in FFXIV? I can honestly see my FC(a clan) organizing the server into lines, casting Esuna on players to cleanse them and then one by one escorting them to safe zones far from fast travel points... interesting.

    Director 00DonutDirector 00Donut14 ngày trước
  • Use the original matpat cutout only

    Κοκόλας ΜπκρήςΚοκόλας Μπκρής16 ngày trước
  • Did matpat just say that corona is 100x more dangerous than the flu? I thought he knew his stuff but i guess he doesn’t

    DeathStroke X99DeathStroke X9916 ngày trước
  • Pally's made bad healers in 2005. Well Pally's made bad everything in 2005.

    Clarence SnyderClarence Snyder16 ngày trước
  • the shirt that the baby has in 8:17 is the bulgerian flag

    SThunSThun16 ngày trước
  • Ah yes, the "it's just a game" line that even the developers played along with... too bad none of them at Blizzard had vision.

    FrancoFranco17 ngày trước
  • Well if sweaty no-scopes help the world, then count me in.

    Donald NguyenDonald Nguyen18 ngày trước
  • Game: PK! PK! PK! RL: Dor! Dor! Dor! at the end of the day, they're human. face to face or behind screen everyone's human and it's ridiculous to claim it otherwise.

    Edgar SantosEdgar Santos18 ngày trước
  • 1:35 Just one day earlier would have been perfect

    Cristobal ColichonCristobal Colichon18 ngày trước
  • Did this actually happen in world of warcraft?

    Juan RodriguezJuan Rodriguez19 ngày trước
  • This plandemic would be over if we didn't wear masks.

    Bobby HempelBobby Hempel20 ngày trước
  • i dont have aneml croseng

    ohad oohad o21 ngày trước
  • Hello, strangers of the internet! Random question:sometimes, when you wake up in the morning, does your brain say really weird random things out of nowhere?

    Petra DunningtonPetra Dunnington21 ngày trước
    • Hello, and yes.

      Rey Ivander willandoRey Ivander willando14 ngày trước
  • Just. The . Best.

    Shepherd 921Shepherd 92121 ngày trước
  • Fun fact: most of the "city paved with skeletons of dead players" screenshots shown in this video were not actually made during the actual event, and most likely a result of a hostile faction raid. Though the imagery is generally similar

    MakujahMakujah21 ngày trước
  • will get better if "I get it, i get it" 2020 is almost over AND IT'S NOT GETTING BETTER

    The mysterious NOOBThe mysterious NOOB21 ngày trước

    Luiza AveiroLuiza Aveiro21 ngày trước
  • 100 times as deadly... Children getting the flu unvaccinated: guess ill just die Children getting corona unvaccinated: not dying and being perfectly fine Kinda seems like the flu is way more deadly

    Lagum LemoniLagum Lemoni22 ngày trước
    • @The Bearimator oh no thats cool. Anti vaxxers are the only people that think the flu is less deadly. Corona is more dangerous but not deadly. • 4.1 Twitch This Discord is a server for a partnered Twitch channel, and thus adheres to the Twitch Terms of Service, found linked below. Also theres this guy that makes homemade sausages his channel name is ordinary sausage check it out

      Lagum LemoniLagum Lemoni12 ngày trước
    • @Lagum Lemoni while yes the flu is more dangerous than corona without a vaccine we don’t have a vaccine for Corona right now. I thought you meant in your original comment that the flu was more deadly now than Corona is now. Sorry for the mistake

      The BearimatorThe Bearimator12 ngày trước
    • @The Bearimator we have a vaccine for the flu and more people die from flu than corona each year but we dont have a vaccine for corona. If someone gets corona they are very likely to live yet if someone gets the flu unvaccinated they have a much higher chance of death

      Lagum LemoniLagum Lemoni12 ngày trước
    • @Lagum Lemoni the corona virus is more deadly, especially since our immune systems are used to it yet, that’s why vaccines work

      The BearimatorThe Bearimator12 ngày trước
    • @Rey Ivander willando what part of that wasnt true

      Lagum LemoniLagum Lemoni14 ngày trước
  • ok matpat =0

    Thomas AdamsonThomas Adamson23 ngày trước
  • That is actually a super cool glitch! Holly crap you could use that as a form of world building for any video game, it is kind of terrifying. That would be a fascinating game mechanic, it reminds me of this one anime called “Rising of the Shield Hero.” A dragon infects a small town with a plague after being killed by another hero who didn’t clean it up after it died.

    Bastion RobinBastion Robin23 ngày trước
  • Percentage wise, the Rona is actually way less fatal than the Flu, its mostly the fact that it's infectious that makes it scary

    Maxter_ZapMaxter_Zap23 ngày trước
    • I think he meant the fact that we aren’t used to it yet. Unlike the flu which Vaccines help with

      The BearimatorThe Bearimator12 ngày trước
  • My sister just got COVID-19

    Caden SpaersCaden Spaers23 ngày trước
  • I mean, we do have a massive scourge pandemic on the way for the latest expansion pre-patch.

    BlobskyBlobsky24 ngày trước
  • ahh the great plague

    Mr. GoodSirMr. GoodSir24 ngày trước
  • Welp we stil here huh

    Lemmeroi in undiesLemmeroi in undies24 ngày trước
  • rat pat

  • lol it is not 100x mroe deadly who tf said that

    SergSerg25 ngày trước
  • wow

    Not TraxNot Trax26 ngày trước
  • I agree that they should bring it back, I shared this video with people I know and I am spreading the awareness, This could really benifit the world and help save billions, If someone were to start a Charity to raise money to get Blizzard to have The devs of WoW to bring it back, id donate every penny of mine, because as a teenager, becoming a young adult and having to Graduate High School during this world wide tragedy and possibly college, its difficult, Im struggling a lot, 2020 overall has been a crazy and bad year for me. Though I prefer to stay at home anyways and not go out, Im realizing more and more of how Its important to have a social life, how important family is, and how your life can change in a snap. All I have to say, is make the best of every day, cause any day could be our end.

    Angel X AceAngel X Ace26 ngày trước
  • I got the thing, my family got it. 0.0001 death rate man

    Alyssa VelaAlyssa Vela27 ngày trước
  • Karens at the beginning of the vid: *no*

  • This shows that not everyone's a gamer.

    Thant Synn WinThant Synn Win27 ngày trước
  • pls stop telling them that we are hermits. let us get more games

    Inferno BusterInferno Buster27 ngày trước
  • Pfft, c'mon guys, quarantine isn't that hard. I've been social distancing since BEFORE covid

    Rhodri Johannson-MillerRhodri Johannson-Miller27 ngày trước

    Jun GamJun Gam27 ngày trước
  • Seriously... you go with 'MousePat' and not 'RatPat'...

    CarhillCarhill27 ngày trước
  • we sure failed ;]

    Kaylab KingstonKaylab Kingston28 ngày trước
  • Wow. The “Coronavirus is sooooo scary” bullshit didn’t hold up very well.

    bravo1IsixIbravo1IsixI28 ngày trước
  • "the socializers" (extroverts): oh no!! i cant go outside or to the beach!!! gamers: bro lets play minecraft and stream twitch, same as yesterday

    Mar SixtoMar Sixto28 ngày trước
  • Hehe I’m currently at risk for COVID due to asthma. Of course I’m staying home because of that.

    Spaztastic06Spaztastic0628 ngày trước
  • Parents: Videogames causes violence. CDC: Videogames are beneficial for future disease strategies.

    Oliver CarlssonOliver Carlsson28 ngày trước
  • Proof that games don't cause violence _They instead help_

    GoofCrafterGoofCrafter28 ngày trước
  • Dont worry about me i didn't leave my house for 7 month

    DinoDino29 ngày trước
  • and now it’s halloween and i still can’t go to school

    Megan DavisMegan Davis29 ngày trước
  • Yayy free games

    Maddie Gacha Tik TokerMaddie Gacha Tik TokerTháng trước
  • “Call me Mouse Pat” dang, really missed RatPat

    Hamish CullenHamish CullenTháng trước
  • When I saw the title I was confused I thought if we had said WoW it would’ve stopped this

    Anthony EspinosaAnthony EspinosaTháng trước
  • how avout a book theryory

    gaming with burning x calibergaming with burning x caliberTháng trước
  • It'd be nice to have had friends before all of this, but I I have no outside of work friends! Actually, since this started, I've been playing less video games. Almost not playing at all.

    Mark TraversMark TraversTháng trước
  • Coronavirus the real life final boss

    Flipperfire113 The flaming sealFlipperfire113 The flaming sealTháng trước
  • the ark survival evolved sickness is worse then this

    Georgio AzziGeorgio AzziTháng trước
  • 2020 Washington sucked camases principal first cases, fun for us that live there.

    Banana Bro PostmanBanana Bro PostmanTháng trước
  • What did Tom Nook do to hurt Matpat so badly

    ElyssaJMElyssaJMTháng trước
  • Honestly mats been rolling in the content on film and food theory but not game theory very often so I kind of forgot the intro and thought "wow matpats got a new intro cool" but no

    Monsterboy gamingMonsterboy gamingTháng trước
  • Safe and sound

    Julianne KnuthJulianne KnuthTháng trước
  • Song at 11.10

    Vlado AtanasowVlado AtanasowTháng trước
  • forbidden?

    Cron SolaCron SolaTháng trước
  • Nice b8

    Christopher KelleyChristopher KelleyTháng trước
  • I really did think that some part of the theme was an opening theme for Jojo's Bizarre Adventure

    Samurai AvilesSamurai AvilesTháng trước
  • This blew my mind.

    Shawn FlanaganShawn FlanaganTháng trước
  • It’s sounds like you’re grasping at straws

    Jojo GinJojo GinTháng trước

    Dedicated RandomDedicated RandomTháng trước
  • This is getting ridiculous at this point

    Rodrigo LealRodrigo LealTháng trước