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

25 apr 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 місяців tagasi
    • *WoW

      Jack LuoJack Luo10 päeva tagasi
    • 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 Gold23 päeva tagasi
    • @Anonym0us554 lol

      AleckoGeckoAleckoGecko26 päeva tagasi
    • knock on wood

      Anonym0us554Anonym0us55426 päeva tagasi
    • *YET*

      AleckoGeckoAleckoGecko29 päeva tagasi
  • mousepat why did u changed ur real name to mousepat for this vid

    AohonAohon23 tundi tagasi
  • Hey..... Guess what... RatPat

    John AndersonJohn Anderson2 päeva tagasi
  • Come on, mouse pat? Rat Pat was right there

    Jonathan AbtJonathan Abt3 päeva tagasi
  • CDC is like bruh I called it

    Mr. BruhMr. Bruh4 päeva tagasi
  • Unpopular opinion we need EEworldr theory

    Mr. BruhMr. Bruh4 päeva tagasi
  • You make me so mad

    Metal MergeMetal Merge4 päeva tagasi
  • Ok I’ll teel u the truth I didn’t see that coming

    Joshua ScheerhoornJoshua Scheerhoorn4 päeva tagasi
  • 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 Mihajlovski5 päeva tagasi
  • ok but its nice having the option to go outside with people

    THATDUDnum67 potatoeTHATDUDnum67 potatoe5 päeva tagasi
  • Well they're going to creating here and I come from the future so

    Reaford SyckReaford Syck5 päeva tagasi
  • You really missed the ratpatt joke bad with that mousepatt joke

    The Real Bat ManThe Real Bat Man6 päeva tagasi
  • Maybe you can get all games free maybe

    Godzilla KijauGodzilla Kijau6 päeva tagasi
  • “two weeks to slow the spread” me in november: 👁👄👁

    ChannartChannart6 päeva tagasi
  • You would be ratpat

    Taylor YorkTaylor York6 päeva tagasi
  • 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 Maguire6 päeva tagasi
  • Karen's be like that is bs

    Pranita KhakhalaryPranita Khakhalary7 päeva tagasi
  • 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 cat7 päeva tagasi
  • KAREN: video games cause violence KAREN: coughs on peoples food to prove a point that doesn't exist

    SmiccSmicc7 päeva tagasi
  • wait thats actually a really good idea!! MOM IM PLAYING VIDEO GAMES FOR SCIENCE!! IM BEING HELPFUL!!

    pheonixthepandapheonixthepanda7 päeva tagasi
  • 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 gamer7 päeva tagasi
  • You know monika from ddlc being in the intro will always be a tease for another ddlc theory

    Dragon AceDragon Ace8 päeva tagasi
  • RatPat!

    A RodriguezA Rodriguez9 päeva tagasi
  • Watching the intro in November 2020 really is... and experience

    Lexi NLexi N9 päeva tagasi
  • What is the music at the end of the episode

    Paul ZawkiewiczPaul Zawkiewicz9 päeva tagasi
  • >Having to order in and have meals delivered to your door Oh, yes. How terrible to not even need to cook.

    Speedybug BrylythSpeedybug Brylyth10 päeva tagasi
  • Showed this to my Mom, she said it was easier to understand then the explanations from news stations and experts.

    KerwarshKerwarsh10 päeva tagasi
  • I love how this video is 6 months old but Corona is still a thing -_-

    no nameno name10 päeva tagasi
  • 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 00Donut11 päeva tagasi
  • Use the original matpat cutout only

    Κοκόλας ΜπκρήςΚοκόλας Μπκρής13 päeva tagasi
  • 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 X9913 päeva tagasi
  • Pally's made bad healers in 2005. Well Pally's made bad everything in 2005.

    Clarence SnyderClarence Snyder13 päeva tagasi
  • the shirt that the baby has in 8:17 is the bulgerian flag

    SThunSThun13 päeva tagasi
  • 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.

    FrancoFranco14 päeva tagasi
  • Well if sweaty no-scopes help the world, then count me in.

    Donald NguyenDonald Nguyen15 päeva tagasi
  • 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 Santos15 päeva tagasi
  • 1:35 Just one day earlier would have been perfect

    Cristobal ColichonCristobal Colichon15 päeva tagasi
  • Did this actually happen in world of warcraft?

    Juan RodriguezJuan Rodriguez16 päeva tagasi
  • This plandemic would be over if we didn't wear masks.

    Bobby HempelBobby Hempel17 päeva tagasi
  • i dont have aneml croseng

    ohad oohad o18 päeva tagasi
  • 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 Dunnington18 päeva tagasi
    • Hello, and yes.

      Rey Ivander willandoRey Ivander willando11 päeva tagasi
  • Just. The . Best.

    Shepherd 921Shepherd 92118 päeva tagasi
  • 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

    MakujahMakujah18 päeva tagasi
  • will get better if "I get it, i get it" 2020 is almost over AND IT'S NOT GETTING BETTER

    The mysterious NOOBThe mysterious NOOB18 päeva tagasi

    Luiza AveiroLuiza Aveiro18 päeva tagasi
  • 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 Lemoni19 päeva tagasi
    • @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 Lemoni9 päeva tagasi
    • @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 Bearimator9 päeva tagasi
    • @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 Lemoni9 päeva tagasi
    • @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 Bearimator9 päeva tagasi
    • @Rey Ivander willando what part of that wasnt true

      Lagum LemoniLagum Lemoni10 päeva tagasi
  • ok matpat =0

    Thomas AdamsonThomas Adamson19 päeva tagasi
  • 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 Robin19 päeva tagasi
  • 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_Zap20 päeva tagasi
    • I think he meant the fact that we aren’t used to it yet. Unlike the flu which Vaccines help with

      The BearimatorThe Bearimator9 päeva tagasi
  • My sister just got COVID-19

    Caden SpaersCaden Spaers20 päeva tagasi
  • I mean, we do have a massive scourge pandemic on the way for the latest expansion pre-patch.

    BlobskyBlobsky21 päev tagasi
  • ahh the great plague

    Mr. GoodSirMr. GoodSir21 päev tagasi
  • Welp we stil here huh

    Lemmeroi in undiesLemmeroi in undies21 päev tagasi
  • rat pat

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

    SergSerg21 päev tagasi
  • wow

    Not SusNot Sus23 päeva tagasi
  • 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 Ace23 päeva tagasi
  • I got the thing, my family got it. 0.0001 death rate man

    Alyssa VelaAlyssa Vela24 päeva tagasi
  • Karens at the beginning of the vid: *no*

  • This shows that not everyone's a gamer.

    Thant Synn WinThant Synn Win24 päeva tagasi
  • pls stop telling them that we are hermits. let us get more games

    Inferno BusterInferno Buster24 päeva tagasi
  • Pfft, c'mon guys, quarantine isn't that hard. I've been social distancing since BEFORE covid

    Rhodri Johannson-MillerRhodri Johannson-Miller24 päeva tagasi

    Jun GamJun Gam24 päeva tagasi
  • Seriously... you go with 'MousePat' and not 'RatPat'...

    CarhillCarhill24 päeva tagasi
  • we sure failed ;]

    Kaylab KingstonKaylab Kingston25 päeva tagasi
  • Wow. The “Coronavirus is sooooo scary” bullshit didn’t hold up very well.

    bravo1IsixIbravo1IsixI25 päeva tagasi
  • "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 Sixto25 päeva tagasi
  • Hehe I’m currently at risk for COVID due to asthma. Of course I’m staying home because of that.

    Spaztastic06Spaztastic0625 päeva tagasi
  • Parents: Videogames causes violence. CDC: Videogames are beneficial for future disease strategies.

    Oliver CarlssonOliver Carlsson25 päeva tagasi
  • Proof that games don't cause violence _They instead help_

    GoofCrafterGoofCrafter25 päeva tagasi
  • Dont worry about me i didn't leave my house for 7 month

    DinoDino25 päeva tagasi
  • and now it’s halloween and i still can’t go to school

    Megan DavisMegan Davis26 päeva tagasi
  • Yayy free games

    Maddie Gacha Tik TokerMaddie Gacha Tik Toker27 päeva tagasi
  • “Call me Mouse Pat” dang, really missed RatPat

    Hamish CullenHamish Cullen27 päeva tagasi
  • When I saw the title I was confused I thought if we had said WoW it would’ve stopped this

    Anthony EspinosaAnthony Espinosa28 päeva tagasi
  • how avout a book theryory

    gaming with burning x calibergaming with burning x caliber28 päeva tagasi
  • 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 Travers28 päeva tagasi
  • Coronavirus the real life final boss

    Flipperfire113 The flaming sealFlipperfire113 The flaming seal28 päeva tagasi
  • the ark survival evolved sickness is worse then this

    Georgio AzziGeorgio Azzi29 päeva tagasi
  • 2020 Washington sucked camases principal first cases, fun for us that live there.

    Banana Bro PostmanBanana Bro Postman29 päeva tagasi
  • What did Tom Nook do to hurt Matpat so badly

    ElyssaJMElyssaJM29 päeva tagasi
  • 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 gaming29 päeva tagasi
  • Safe and sound

    Julianne KnuthJulianne KnuthМісяць tagasi
  • Song at 11.10

    Vlado AtanasowVlado AtanasowМісяць tagasi
  • forbidden?

    Cron SolaCron SolaМісяць tagasi
  • Nice b8

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

    Samurai AvilesSamurai AvilesМісяць tagasi
  • This blew my mind.

    Shawn FlanaganShawn FlanaganМісяць tagasi
  • It’s sounds like you’re grasping at straws

    Jojo GinJojo GinМісяць tagasi

    Dedicated RandomDedicated RandomМісяць tagasi
  • This is getting ridiculous at this point

    Rodrigo LealRodrigo LealМісяць tagasi
  • MY GOD! how can we all be so blind!!!

    Knud's ChannelKnud's ChannelМісяць tagasi
  • I love free doom eternal

    Julian HawthorneJulian HawthorneМісяць tagasi
  • This was an awesome video

    Godspeed_ 0618Godspeed_ 0618Місяць tagasi
  • Dude i love rayman

    Luke HoffmanLuke HoffmanМісяць tagasi
  • What will the final the theory channel be

    mada alimada aliМісяць tagasi
  • Skip to 3:17 for the actual start of the video.

    Fabrizio OliveiraFabrizio OliveiraМісяць tagasi
  • Watching the ads for you and your team, matpat! Keep the excellent episodes coming ☺️😁👌

    Ra'aya SwidlerRa'aya SwidlerМісяць tagasi
  • 11:12 "Ran D." -_-

    RayRayМісяць tagasi
  • 3:08, No thanks, We had the 14 days to flatten the curve and we have seen where that got us. I won't live inside indefinitely out of the fear of a very low mortality virus.

    DmanDmanМісяць tagasi