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21 August 2007
Modeling epidemics in WoW
Michael pointed me to a Slashdot post about a forthcoming paper which suggests that the epidemic in World of Warcraft might be used to model real world diseases. I had precisely this idea at the time and this was the response from Blizzard (through a third party), dated 6 October 2005:
From: <*@blizzard.com>
Subject: RE: randomness (fwd)

I researched the logs, and unfortunately there doesn't seem to be any
unique message corresponding to the Corrupted Blood spell infecting a
player. It would definitely be cool to chart this, but it looks like a
no-go...

That's my only contribution to WoW discussion on this blog.

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--Matt Matthews at 12:55
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