The brains behind Plague Inc. are mocking the anti-vaccination movement.
Plague Inc. is a very unique game. First, you start off as a disease somewhere in the world. Building your disease along the way, your goal is to infect the entire world. You gain points to evolve your disease as the entire world tries to fight back and eradicate you. Scientists will then work on finding a cure for the disease. How do you win? You win if everyone on Earth is dead. You lose if even a handful of humans survive and they manage to isolate the disease.
Taking into account the rising tide of the anti-science movement (particularly anti-vaccination advocates, or as they are more commonly known, anti-vaxxers), the developers have decided to add anti-vaxxers as a buff. Recently, people have created and shared numerous memes mocking anti-vaxxers.
ICYMI: Alright, alright! You spoke, we listened. Neurie’s very happy to hear that we’re going to start figuring out anti-vaxxers soon. He’s dying to try and get inside their heads. https://t.co/fYq09awgJc pic.twitter.com/qxnNQGIV1b
— Plague Inc. / Rebel Inc. (@NdemicCreations) February 26, 2019
Anti-vaccination advocates have been pushing their views for over 20 years.
The anti-vaxx movement is part of a long-running belief in some circles that vaccines cause autism. In 1998, Dr. Andrew Wakefield published a study in the prestigious medical journal Lancet. Wakefield’s study inaccurately linked the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). As a result of his fraudulent study, Wakefield lost his medical license and the editors retracted the study.
However, 20 years later, many people are still claiming that the MMR vaccine (and other vaccines) cause autism. As a result, many famous people began to believe in not vaccinating their kids. One of the most famous proponents of the anti-vaxx movement is actress and model Jenny McCarthy. In 2007, McCarthy claimed her son had autism. After that, she began to propagate the idea that vaccinations were the cause.
Anti-vaxxers are doing actual harm in their communities.
The anti-vaxx movement is responsible for spreading misinformation about vaccines that have led to real-life consequences. Some of these events include a measles outbreak in Disneyland in late 2014 and early 2015, and a resurgence of measles cases in Washington state this year. Parents went as far as to protest in the state’s capital for the right to not vaccinate their kids.
We here at DVS Gaming strongly encourage you to vaccinate your children.
What do you think about this backlash against the anti-vaccination movement? Do you plan to play Plague Inc. when the anti-vaxxer update hits? Let us know in the comments below!