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August 25, 2007


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Tom Coates

So I went to a State of Play event shortly after this plague had happened (but before I played WOW) and there was a conversation about people using this data to model actual plagues, which was going very well until someone said that he'd run around Azeroth purposefully infecting his friends because it was fun! At that point, people started questioning whether or not an environment that encouraged such different behaviour could really be considered an accurate model for real-world activity. I'd love to know more about this stuff though...

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