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

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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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101TheBest 8 måneder siden
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
Justin y.
Justin y. 6 dager siden
@Hudde ik I'm just hammering it in that humanity is already in ruins
Hudde 6 dager siden
@Justin y. ya i think he got it by now and this was like 8 months ago
Justin y.
Justin y. 6 dager siden
Hudde 7 dager siden
13:40 yes but actually no
Hudde 7 dager siden
you got pin good job
Mr. Depth Leviathan
Mr. Depth Leviathan 3 timer siden
2.5 million deaths back in April. In January of 2021 we have almost 100 million...
Rainbow Films
Rainbow Films 7 timer siden
that 41 people thing made me happy. I feel happy knowing that I'm saving someone, someones family, and someones friends.
kye taaffe
kye taaffe 11 timer siden
I think it was you who did a theory years ago about how WoW can help with the economy and how it already at times acts as a sort of simulation for real world economy ... Or something to that effect so I say why not act as a simulation for Virus management too? Sounds like a great idea if it works.
Tuva Nelborg
Tuva Nelborg Dag siden
My mom has gotten the vaccine 💉
Random Child
Random Child 22 timer siden
Great m8
Ryan Shamrock
Ryan Shamrock Dag siden
13:40 nah she wanted that xp and loot (on a real pont she should go to prison for attempt murder)
Ryan Shamrock
Ryan Shamrock Dag siden
I have never played world of Warcraft I play Playstation
Kareen Joy Andal
Kareen Joy Andal Dag siden
I on 1:00 and im gonna guess the black death in europe that wiped out half tye population
Agnes Seroco
Agnes Seroco Dag siden
Him:call me mousepat My mind:no no no.................…………rat pat
Iamthesenate Dag siden
The Young have the least chance of getting covid btw.
Devjeet Mishra
Devjeet Mishra Dag siden
The sad thing is that when this video was made, 2 million people were infected world wide, but now 2 million people have died
Natto Jelly
Natto Jelly Dag siden
The 80% mask rate thing....i live in japan. I am sure we have about 80% of mask wearers in Tokyo. But if people start to feel comfortable with their friends and coworkers they will still take of the mask at least a short time once a day. People will infect their families because they feel save in their homes and are letting down theirs guards
Roren yeet
Roren yeet Dag siden
ratpat not mouse pat
The Plague Doctor
The Plague Doctor 2 dager siden
That me
Rxdu. 2 dager siden
So China copied WoW without giving them credits? Look what this world became
Omri Aviv
Omri Aviv 2 dager siden
11:09 I'm from Israel and it's really cool to find a NOpostr like you talking about it
Greyson George
Greyson George 2 dager siden
Fun fact:World of Warcraft spells WoW
Dean Mockett
Dean Mockett 2 dager siden
So being an introvert saves 41 lives God 2020 was very strange
Μαρια Μαρκακη
Μαρια Μαρκακη 2 dager siden
Sheesh.They did knew about Co19
Mantic Ore
Mantic Ore 2 dager siden
so basically people care more about in game avatars then real people, nice.
Jester 2 dager siden
MatPat have you ever even played WoW before
EvanNebula 2 dager siden
Nicole Bell
Nicole Bell 2 dager siden
Me: corona has only been here for a few months! The video: posted *8 months ago* Me: aw shiz😭
Combat Comet
Combat Comet 3 dager siden
10:30 Damn those loading speeds tho.
SJ J 3 dager siden
What is your 4th channel going to be because of the 4 lines around your logo
Cronavirus 2
Cronavirus 2 3 dager siden
Honestly I think book theroy is a good idea to fill out the last bar
Squiggley 4 dager siden
e l i z a b e t h
e l i z a b e t h 5 dager siden
"2 million people have the virus" Oh- Oh wait- It got way worse-
Brendan LeFevre
Brendan LeFevre 3 dager siden
Yep lol, estimated that the US alone has had 100 million cases of covid per the CDC.
Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith 5 dager siden
Does every MMORPG need one gigantic glitch/oversight that affects players in terrible ways? I mean WoW had this, RuneScape had the Falador Massacre, seriously this is fascinating.
Budget Gold Cowboy
Budget Gold Cowboy 6 dager siden
I cant believe its been 8 months
destroyer playgames
destroyer playgames 6 dager siden
ha lol rat pat
this is y m
this is y m 6 dager siden
oh mat pat I really want to stay at home but my mom she want me to get out
- Asilow -
- Asilow - 6 dager siden
"Helpful Matpat is helpful" -Matpat 2020
Caleb Hurst
Caleb Hurst 7 dager siden
You wasted three minutes of my time in the beginning talking about Covid 😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡 also masks don’t work at all and people said staying inside quarantine is killing more people and the virus is not the most spreading or the fast killing the flu is actually worse
Alex Bartholoma
Alex Bartholoma 13 timer siden
this HAS to be bad satire, right?
Vanguard King Bt
Vanguard King Bt 3 dager siden
How dumb can you be
s Man
s Man 7 dager siden
4:00 starts
Xavier_Isaac Castro
Xavier_Isaac Castro 7 dager siden
Jacob Ponce
Jacob Ponce 7 dager siden
A matter of weeks. A Matter Of Weeks. A MATTER OF WEEKS. *ITS BEEN A YEAR*
Mr. Marble
Mr. Marble 7 dager siden
Me watching the beginning looks how old the vid is oh that makes sense
Creepypastime 7 dager siden
Wait, only 80% to have this over in three weeks?! How many people haven't been wearing their masks then?!
Brendan LeFevre
Brendan LeFevre 3 dager siden
Recent studies have come out showing that just weating masks isnt enough to stop covid, it does reduce it, but the infections will still grow since the R value is still above 1 even with masks.
Joseph Spencer
Joseph Spencer 7 dager siden
My dad and my brother always play WoW we are always playing
j2cinvestments 8 dager siden
me clicks video to just go to another one of your video's Meanwhile me looking at the vid: a video game preventing a irl crisis??? :Mind explosion:
abby cuthbert
abby cuthbert 8 dager siden
Who us here in 2021 when the vacation is here
Alien 8 dager siden
Bearded Matpat scares me
איש האש
איש האש 8 dager siden
I from Israel
Jett H.
Jett H. 9 dager siden don’t need to wear a mask if you’re simply also don’t need to wear a mask if you’re outside and keep respectful distance... if staying home a day saves 41 lives, then schools are responsible for killing millions every day..
Bigtunafish Call911
Bigtunafish Call911 9 dager siden
Plague doctor boi
Aaron_GKV 9 dager siden
For those who doesn't know, as i lived that event myself, starting to play WoW in 2004, the Blood Plage was a debuff that "you needed to have" because Hakkar had a skill wich drained blood from players in order to heal himself, and if you had the debuff, he will drain *poisonous blood* and will hurt him instead of healing him. That's why that debuff intended, it wasn't just another boss mechanic, and yeah, cities would lag some PC's just because of the sheer amount of bones and corpses...
Yeet Plays
Yeet Plays 9 dager siden
It’s 2021 so boring
Beez Teevee
Beez Teevee 9 dager siden
I DONT PLAY Animal crossing!
Daniel Turner
Daniel Turner 9 dager siden
I am all for the idea of using games for scientific models and building effective parallels of how diseases can spread as well as other fields of study. and while I would highly encourage game studio's to comply with opening their systems up to scientific experimentation especially MMO's that are wildly popular. I have to also hope and encourage that if any of these companies did actually agree, that they would run this as a side server with clear disclaimers that there is content that may mirror issues in the real world and that players should be acutely aware that it may even relate to current events and that they should understand that they should be mentally healthy before playing in that particular server, as many gamers play games to escape the real world or to de-stress. I can only imagine the mental and emotional health effects this would have on an unsuspecting group of depressive WOW players and how it could exacerbate depressive symptoms. obviously playing on a scientific data collection server that potentially could affect your mental and emotional well being there should be some incentive but that incentive also needs to be within a certain level of reasonable attainment for nonunique server players, as if something can only be achieved via the special server then many people will ignore that aforementioned warning.
some Scottish lassie
some Scottish lassie 10 dager siden
It's nearly been a year since this all started and barely anything has changed, no one is listening no one is wearing a face covering and everyone is just out and about like none of this matters, no one cares and it's scary i hate people nowadays.
Rintluangi Renthlei
Rintluangi Renthlei 9 dager siden
The Joe
The Joe 10 dager siden
I wonder if MatPat still gets a revenue for this video?
Explosiverakk72 10 dager siden
Please keep the beard
no one
no one 10 dager siden
Annika F W
Annika F W 10 dager siden
Have you ever just gone back, like WAY back, when you get bored and decide “I’m gonna go watch videos from years ago, maybe one, two or even three years” and when you do that it just makes you happy, it’s heavily raining outside and I’m watching this on 10/12/2021, it’s nice, I like this, its fun, it makes me happy...
DasMax Innit
DasMax Innit 10 dager siden
Yeahhhhhh, Blizzard never patched the Corrupted Blood update into WoW. Would’ve been helpful, but y’know, Global Pandemics in the “real” world couldn’t be that serious, right?
Joshua Kirby
Joshua Kirby 10 dager siden
Laughs in 2021*
Mr. Mirage 2
Mr. Mirage 2 11 dager siden
Starts at 4:05
JACK SKILIL 11 dager siden
The Intro Never Get Old Never Get Old
Paul the MUTO
Paul the MUTO 11 dager siden
We can all blame WoW for rejecting the CDC from researching the CB debuff because we could have just killed the virus pretty fast if WoW didn’t reject them
Eli McKenna
Eli McKenna 11 dager siden
Hey, at least we don't have to tunnel our way through dead orcs and elfs to get down the street
ddfortune 11 dager siden
Lulu Goh
Lulu Goh 11 dager siden
Funny Stuff
Funny Stuff 11 dager siden
I actually want some online rpg games or similar to have a plague but not as contagious but just to see how people would react and people would learn aswell and then people would be more knowledgeable on how to react or well at least gamers would be smarter
khalid farid
khalid farid 11 dager siden
In the intro before it goes in the computer there is a small springtrap doll/funko pop there
the 23rd Bros
the 23rd Bros 11 dager siden
Me watching this in january 2021: Yeah, um it's 40,000 cases now
Infinite The Jackal
Infinite The Jackal 12 dager siden
Project Zorgo is watching...
Spinosarus 12 dager siden
12:10 ratpat sounds more catchy
GanaaPlayz 12 dager siden
Remember when there was corrupted blood OTK? Good times..
Pearl DiLucchio
Pearl DiLucchio 12 dager siden
Speaking from the “ if you stay at home you’re saving an entire football team of people” you might actually be saving your favorite football team
iMyri faKyri
iMyri faKyri 12 dager siden
I'm just wondering how this happened. When the weather was perfect, the world was beautiful, when we had the best opportunity to enjoy life. We stayed home. And now when all we had to so was sit on our couch, watch some TV and go to the toilet for a couple of weeks everyone decided they're exploring the world. Like what is this toddler logic????
Demonic Nihilist
Demonic Nihilist 12 dager siden
No one says gg or gratz in dg anymore though
the long minecart
the long minecart 12 dager siden
oh boi were we wrong
Jaccofspades92 13 dager siden
Mousepat? Come on you had Ratpat right there
Austin Donle
Austin Donle 13 dager siden
Who disliked this though
MrBurrito 13 dager siden
mouse pat? more like a mousePAD
Phillip Cole Jr
Phillip Cole Jr 13 dager siden
I remember logging on during this in game pandemic. I was a paladin so I was able to heal myself, and guide lower levels to exit cities alive
Zonia Manzo
Zonia Manzo 13 dager siden
Who's watching in 2021?
Doom Horizons
Doom Horizons 14 dager siden
My parents: YOU NEED TO GO OUTSIDE MORE OFTEN INSTEAD OF PLAYING GAMES ALL DAY! Me: So yall want me to be a murderer!
Emil Gibin
Emil Gibin 14 dager siden
WoW player after covid starts : just like the simulations
Red Scout
Red Scout 14 dager siden
Me: *reads title* Also me: i guess World Of Warcraft isnt going anywhere Also me after watching the video: ooh that yeah
9A-RAMA 14 dager siden
Well that blizzard guy that say no is should be responsible
BRANDON LONGORIA 14 dager siden
WOW should’ve helped the scientists
Takeshi Akuma悪魔武士
Takeshi Akuma悪魔武士 14 dager siden
... is this a coincidence from WoW or they just predict the future?
The Polar Bear
The Polar Bear 14 dager siden
We have max stupid
Vanguard King Bt
Vanguard King Bt 3 dager siden
Not everybody
Rintluangi Renthlei
Rintluangi Renthlei 9 dager siden
chloe ellis
chloe ellis 14 dager siden
Wow a game almost stop covid crisis
Oliver Holm
Oliver Holm 15 dager siden
"At the end of the day, I'm not gonna let it stop me from partying" A true inspiration, absolute king, role model for the future generations
Xiaver Lucio
Xiaver Lucio 15 dager siden
10:21 #tierzoo would not approve
KingPickaxe124 16 dager siden
BrontoSmilodon1 16 dager siden
Why do I get the feeling that in an alternate universe where the movie was an extreme success that a third film was going to be filmed with this plague being a central focus but was canceled because of COVID-19
JakeCanAnimate 16 dager siden
tigzhalas 17 dager siden
I tried to heal them with my Druid. 🤣
James en Ramses
James en Ramses 17 dager siden
Welp not my fault i wasn't even born in 2005 feel old?
Alfonso Bangayan
Alfonso Bangayan 17 dager siden
WoW sitting in their seats wondering where they went so wrong; :/ Ok who was the idiot who said no to those scientists back in 2005?
Logan Wolverine
Logan Wolverine 17 dager siden
Pandemic mobile games- Am I a joke to you...
Slevin Channel
Slevin Channel 18 dager siden
ITS JUST A GAME, the idiots said. Wow. How embrassing.
Vanguard King Bt
Vanguard King Bt 3 dager siden
Trent Morrison
Trent Morrison 18 dager siden
At least in WOW, there was no CCP to murdure people who exposes them for there cover ups of carona.
Nick Salvador
Nick Salvador 19 dager siden
I just realized my sis is younger that world of warcraft by 1 day🤣
FatalKenshen 19 dager siden
gamers ''we have to stop the spread of this blood plague by quarantining the major city areas'' *some players proceed to spread it to old and new players on purpose* ....sensing some dejavu right there *goes into a second lockdown* ahh now i remember
Just Normal Gaming
Just Normal Gaming 19 dager siden
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