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Swine Flu Pandemic Spreads To Azeroth

Clearly, no toon is safe.

In yet another instance of life imitating games, some fearless World of Warcraft players have pointed out that the ongoing Swine Flu pandemic has found its way into the fabled lands of Azeroth, as evidenced by this Wowhead page. Here's the photographic evidence.

Residents of Azeroth are urged to proceed to the nearest auction house and procure a Gleaming Surgical Mask of the Bear. Just like in real life, the ill effects of the virus include 120 Nature damage every two seconds, and a 70 percent reduction in movement speed.

To be fair, a Blizzard representative pointed out this spell has been in the game since Wrath of the Lich King went into beta and is certainly not a late attempt to capitalize on dire current events. This stuff has been around for a while, after all.
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Posted by Brad
In yet another instance of life imitating games, some fearless World of Warcraft players have pointed out that the ongoing Swine Flu pandemic has found its way into the fabled lands of Azeroth, as evidenced by this Wowhead page. Here's the photographic evidence.

Residents of Azeroth are urged to proceed to the nearest auction house and procure a Gleaming Surgical Mask of the Bear. Just like in real life, the ill effects of the virus include 120 Nature damage every two seconds, and a 70 percent reduction in movement speed.

To be fair, a Blizzard representative pointed out this spell has been in the game since Wrath of the Lich King went into beta and is certainly not a late attempt to capitalize on dire current events. This stuff has been around for a while, after all.
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Posted by Bigandtasty

Too bad it's not another Corrupted Blood. That was the stuff that made WoW fun.


Then again maybe it's not bad since I'm not missing much
Posted by CL60

Oh noes!

Posted by Ryu

I thought that was a real place until I read the article, haha :).

Posted by majnuker

lmao INFECT YOUR FRIENDS!

Interactive gameplay!

Posted by OmegaPirate
majnuker said:
"lmao INFECT YOUR FRIENDS!Interactive gameplay!"
I dont need a computer to do that ;)
Posted by RHCPfan24

Haha, more swine flu. How about "whine flu!"

yep, that's not a great joke.

Posted by GalvanizedNails

yeah, i dont find this funny, with the swine flu approaching my area quickly but whatever. i dont play wow so i dont really care. blizzard can do what they want

Posted by MatthewMeadows

I'm worried that swine flu might be so bad as to cause an a-pork-alypse.

Edited by Death_Burnout

Oh dude "Whine Flu" is excellent! it's not bad!

a-pork-alypse is terrible...

No i like that too.

Edited by DeavonW

My college shut down in Texas, things are Resident Evil over here

Tacky joke btw, people are dying here

Posted by CL60
Bigandtasty said:
"Too bad it's not another Corrupted Blood. That was the stuff that made WoW fun.

Then again maybe it's not bad since I'm not missing much
"
Yeah, that was fun.
Edited by Death_Burnout

people die from any old flu, all the time, so...but hey, it's not my place! they weren't my jokes!

This article is pretty bad though.

EDIT: i meant subject wise! also...why do MMO playes call their characters toons? i refuse to do it in all of my MMORPG game playing. It's like at that point, all they see is scrolling numbers, "character" become irrelevant .

Edited by alConn

13,000 people have died from the normal flu this year in the U.S., so yea, H1N1 mutated strain of influenza = not the end of the world.

"To be fair, a Blizzard representative pointed out this spell has been in the game since Wrath of the Lich King went into beta and is certainly not a late attempt to capitalize on dire current events. This stuff has been around for a while, after all."

Read that part as well, please everyone who is overreacting.

Posted by Jimbo

Now that's too soon! :D

Surely you should cure it with some kind of Oinkment? Right guyz??

Posted by MeatSim

Virtual swine flu ahhhhh!

Posted by ValkyrieGoddess

What won't WoW try to monopolize on???? Can anyone answer that...

Posted by Plasma

L2READ

He said that its been part of the game BEFORE the latest scare

Jumping to conclusions ....

Posted by Scooper

Blizzard actualy put out this swine flu around the world so more people would stay inside and play WoW.

Posted by MattyFTM

So what you're saying is that Blizzard Devs can predict outbreaks of dissease? Awesome. I'll be looking to starcraft 2 and diablo 3to see what medications to stock up on for future disseases will affect us.

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Edited by ZeroCast

omg let's find a vaccine quickly!!1 :p

Posted by CL60
ValkyrieGoddess said:
"What won't WoW try to monopolize on???? Can anyone answer that..."
Learn to read...please.
Edited by DukeTogo

People, it's a fucking magician trick getting you to look at this while economic shit is going down elsewhere.  It's not Resident Evil, it has nothing to do with pork, and if you get it, it's nothing different than regular influenza as far as symptoms.  While keeping it way from the young, old and areas where medical care is lacking is important, that goes for any virus.

This is proof that all you need is a sound bite and a headline to instill mass hysteria since nobody reads the fucking article anymore.

As for the WoW thing, it's old because swine flu is old.  It just happens to be bad timing to get noticed again when the masses are panicking.

Posted by giyanks22

Wow....WoW's thought of everything...

Edited by Weltal

Wow, a lot of people certainly don't actually read the articles they post in.

Anyways, even if this had been in response to the recent 'epidemic' I'd still think it's pretty funny.

Posted by Kohe321

Hurray!

Posted by JJOR64

Wtf and lol.

Edited by MattyFTM

I think I've got swine flu. I'm coming out in Rashers. I called the swine flu helpline to ask about it, but all I got was crackling.

OK, both those jokes are terrible. I'll stop now.

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Posted by ValkyrieGoddess
CL60 said:
"ValkyrieGoddess said:
"What won't WoW try to monopolize on???? Can anyone answer that..."
Learn to read...please."
I know how to read and it's easy for a Big company to lie.
Posted by existentnighthawk

Who cares, Blizzard is a bunch of money hungry assholes and WoW sucks. End of the story... the end..

Posted by theMcNasty

It's good WoW has been keeping it real... in advance it seems, hmmmmm.

Posted by HatKing

Another mark on the board of game developers making offensive real life references this month.

Posted by Milkman

existentnighthawk is an idiot. End of story...the end.

Posted by Lazlow

Blizzard knows the future :O

Posted by Aaron_G

No one is safe now!

Posted by Reverseface

This isn't as deadly as the ZG outbreak.

Posted by Vager

There is no need for a vaccine when you can just cast cure disease! Now if only we could do that in real life...

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Posted by TomA

So when the zombie apocalypse comes Blizzard will be going, "we told you so". lol

Posted by Hector

Hahaha that's great!

Posted by Trnck

It might not be that funny in a few weeks...

Posted by Dalai

But is my pandemic personalized?  How much does it cost?

Posted by Crono

My Warlock has killed many in his adventures, but after contracting Swine Flu... well... not even the Spirit Healer can help him now.  R.I.P. Horedsukx

Posted by papercut

noice!

Posted by TheGreatGuero

Just like real life! Ha!

Posted by gamefreak9

Agreed Existinghawk is an idiot :P the end... i dont even like wow and i think he is retarded, u cant deny wow is one of the greatest game ever created.

Posted by Snail

I hope it doesn't reach middle-earth.

Posted by Stromko

gamefreak9: Yes I can, but mainly because I would deny that any MMO is a great game. I've played about 20 of them, and I mean /bought the box/ and played them, so it's not for lack of trying. I never stick around past the first free month.

I still come back to X-Com: Enemy Unknown, Fallout, a few others every few months. I've probably spent about 1,000 hours playing Dwarf Fortress as well, and that game isn't even finished yet!

Of course that's just my opinion.. WoW is one of the most successful games ever, by a massive margin, I can't deny that. But the success of a product is only tenuously tied to quality, and the main reason people join WoW and stay with it is so they can hang out with their friends anyway. For an MMO the game is quite good, but people don't play MMOs because of the game itself.

Anyway, more on topic-- the swine flu epidemic is frankly a load of crap. They're shutting down schools and businesses for a disease that only killed one baby, a baby who caught it /while in Mexico/. It's barely even contagious in the U.S., and no more severe than your typical summer cold. More people are dying every week from preventable food and drug allergies than will die this decade from swine flu.

Posted by Media_Master

thats not right

Posted by Exiled

The Swine Flu reminds me of the virus that occurred in the WoW community called "Corrupted Blood". Well, now that the swine flu is here, everyone is taking necessary precautions.  Is that a good news or bad news for gamers? For me a bit yes, so I have more reason to stay home to play and grind for wow gold.  But anyway, it's a bit freaky though thinking  what happened in a virtual world like WoW is now happening in the real world.