paleo2002 writes: A Time.com article summarizes a study in the medical journal Lancet Infectios Diseases which uses the "Corrupted Blood" outbreak in World of Warcraft a couple years back as a model for the study of epidemics. The study suggests that purely numeric simulations do not take human behavior and choices into account. Studying the spread of diseases in a virtual game environment allows researchers to observe human response to an epidemic in addition to transmission vectors, effectiveness of treatment or quarantine efforts, and so on.
I was in Ironforge during the outbreak. I remember priests and druids frantically trying to heal and raise people while others ran around trying to infect as many people as possible.
paleo2002 writes: CVG is claiming to have a US source confirming that a Starcraft MMO will be announced in South Korea on May 19th. This is contrary to previous speculation on a Starcraft RTS being announced. Its all still rumors and hints, but the launch of a Starcraft MMO might just mark the end of industrialized society!