The Grapevine

Viral Video Game Provides Information About How To Best Deal With The Coronavirus

Need proof that during times such as this, the purchasing power of people is evidently shown more than ever? Then take a look at current supermarket shelves, a lot of which are now empty.

But because the coronavirus pandemic says we should stay inside and practice social distancing, then you can just take a look at other less essential buying choices, where you can see the impact of the virus as well.

One other example are video games, which, according to recent reports, are reaching record-breaking highs in the amount of people that are currently playing them due to the country encouraged to be in quarantine.

As a matter of fact, Plague Inc. is currently sitting at the top of the U.K.’s App Store's paid games chart, even managing to beat the long-lasting independent hit Minecraft, despite being a relatively old game. Originally released back in 2012, the game is a simulator for viruses, letting you spread them (along with diseases) across the world all while it tries its best to prevent the deaths of many.

Sound familiar? Well, it’s because we’re basically in a real-life round of Plague Inc. right now, only without a restart button.

What’s surprising, however, is that the game has become viral again in the past few weeks since it’s reportedly helping people understand the pandemic more, as well as better comprehend the complexities behind virus outbreaks such as the one we’re currently going through.

“An interesting fact is that it has also become an educational tool – teachers and professors often get in touch to let me know how they used Plague Inc. to illustrate biological and economical concepts to their students,” James Vaughan, one of the developers, said.

Nevertheless, the developers behind the game are still reminding everyone that Plague Inc. is a game, not a scientific model for actual viruses.

“We specifically designed the game to be realistic and informative, while not sensationalising serious real-world issues. 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,” the developers wrote.

Video Game For the troubled, video games can provide a lot of comfort through its visuals and beautifully-crafted stories and game worlds. Pixabay

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