1 月 30 日写过，Plague Inc.（瘟疫公司）这个手游，提前八年 “预测” 了此次疫情大传播，可惜没有人重视。
今天看到有意思的新闻，这家名为 Ndemic Creations 的 “制造 ‘瘟疫’” 的英国手游公司如今迫于压力开始 “白化”、抵御病毒了。
Plague Inc. gives a quarter of a million dollars to fight COVID-19
Since the novel coronavirus outbreak was first detected we have been working very hard to support global response efforts to the crisis and keep Plague Inc. players informed on the developing situation.
Financial support to fight COVID-19
On behalf of all players of Plague Inc. we’ve made a $250,000 donation split between the Coalition of Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the World Health Organisation’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.
“Eight years ago, I never imagined the real world would come to resemble a game of Plague Inc. or that so many players would be using Plague Inc. to help them get through an actual pandemic,” said James Vaughan, creator of Plague Inc. “We are proud to be able to help support the vital work of the WHO and CEPI as they work towards finding a vaccine for COVID-19”.
“We are delighted that Ndemic Creations have so generously contributed to our crucial vaccine development work, especially as we tackle the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19,” said Dr Richard Hatchett, CEO of CEPI. “Games have an important role in raising awareness of the challenges the world is currently facing. Only through a concerted, global response—with the private sector working together with Governments and philanthropies, pooling resources and expertise—can we hope to stop such emerging epidemic threats.”
“In this unprecedented pandemic with unprecedented needs, global cooperation is more important than ever,” said Elizabeth Cousens, President & CEO of the UN Foundation. “I am so thankful to Ndemic Creations’ contribution to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. Their donation will support the World Health Organization’s lifesaving work.”
To further support the hard work these organisations are doing, anyone can now donate to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. We will soon be promoting the response fund directly in game for players who may want to offer their financial support to the WHO.
Major new Plague Inc. update
When arranging our donations with the WHO and CEPI, we were repeatedly asked if we could make a game which let the player work to stop an outbreak. Therefore, as well as providing financial support, we are accelerating work on a new Plague Inc. game mode which lets players save the world from a deadly disease outbreak.
Players will have to balance managing disease progression and boosting healthcare systems as well as controlling real-world actions such as triaging, quarantining, social distancing and closing of public services. We are developing this game mode with the help of experts from the World Health Organisation, the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network and more.
The new update will be free for all players during the pandemic and we will share more information as soon as we can.
Look after yourselves, your families and everyone else.
Everyone at Ndemic Creations
For anyone interested in finding out more about how to protect yourself and help stop the spread of COVID-19, the WHO website is a great place to start.Plague Inc. gives a quarter of a million dollars to fight COVID-19 [EB/OL]. https://www.ndemiccreations.com/en/news/175-plague-inc-gives-a-quarter-of-a-million-dollars-to-fight-covid-19. NDEMIC CREATIONS. 2020-3-23
瘟疫公司拿出 25 万美元来对抗 COVID-19
为打击 COVID-19 提供财政支持
代表瘟疫公司的所有参与者，我们已经在防疫创新联盟（CEPI）和世界卫生组织的 COVID-19 团结响应基金之间分配了 25 万美元的捐款。
“八年前，我从未想象过现实世界会变得像瘟疫公司的游戏，或者这么多玩家会使用瘟疫公司来帮助他们度过一场真正的大流行”，瘟疫公司的创始人詹姆斯沃恩说，“我们很自豪能够帮助世卫组织和 CEPI 的重要工作，因为他们正在努力寻找一种针对 COVID-19 的疫苗。”
CEPI 首席执行官理查德哈切特博士说：“我们很高兴 Ndemic 的发明为我们至关重要的疫苗开发工作做出了如此慷慨的贡献，特别是在我们应对 COVID-19 前所未有的挑战时。”“游戏在提高人们对当今世界所面临挑战的认识方面发挥着重要作用。只有通过与私营部门、政府和慈善机构合作、汇集资源和专门知识的协调一致的全球对策，我们才能希望制止这种新出现的流行病威胁。”
联合国基金会主席兼首席执行官伊丽莎白库森（Elizabeth Cousens）说：“在这场前所未有的、需求空前的流行病中，全球合作比以往任何时候都更加重要。”“我非常感谢 Ndemic Creations 对 COVID-19 团结响应基金的贡献。他们的捐款将支持世界卫生组织的救生工作。”
为了进一步支持这些组织所做的艰苦工作，现在任何人都可以向 COVID-19 团结响应基金捐款。我们很快将在游戏中直接推广应对基金，为那些可能希望向世卫组织提供财政支持的玩家提供资金支持。
在安排我们和世界卫生组织和 CEPI 的捐款时，我们被反复询问是否可以制作一个游戏，让玩家努力阻止爆发。因此，在提供资金支持的同时，我们正在加速开发一种新的瘟疫公司游戏模式，让玩家从致命疾病爆发中拯救世界。
Ndemic Creations 的每个人
对于任何有兴趣了解更多关于如何保护自己和帮助阻止 COVID-19 传播的人来说，世卫组织网站是一个很好的起点。