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    In what could possibly be due to heightened tensions and awareness during the Coronavirus outbreak, China has pulled the game Plague Inc. from its regional App Store. The official reasoning behind this was because the game "includes content that is illegal in China, as determined by the Cyberspace Administration of China". The developers, Ndemic Creations, are attempting to appeal this decision, by contacting the previously mentioned Cyberspace Administration. Previously, Plague Inc. has been on the Chinese App Store for years, making it likely that the removal was due to sensitivity around viruses and pandemics and its relation to current events. In the past few weeks since Coronavirus cases were first diagnosed in China, the game surged in popularity, to which the developer had to issue an official statement stating that while Plague Inc. was made to portray pandemics realistically, it shouldn't be used as a tool to actually measure a real-life disease and how it would spread.

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  3. IncredulousP

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    Lmao.
    "Law and Order to now air an hour later due to coronavirus scare."
    "The color blue now deemed illegal amid coronavirus outbreak."
    "Gravity reverses due to coronavirus spreading."
     
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    Corona beer's days are numbered, lol.

    The meme outbreak continues.
     
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    they don't need to download it , they are playing it in IRL
    Chinese BSL-4 lab workers who leaked the virus are using cheat mode though
     
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  6. XDel

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    Ya, wouldn't want to make a shadey government with a reputation like theirs, to look like they created it themselves to depopulate. They only murder via ethical means, such as forced abortion.
     
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    HAHAHHAHAHAHAHA! I CAN'T HELP BUT LAUGH!
    Boi.
     
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    i should download my copy for pc in case MS does something
     
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    Holy shit next what are they goin to do pull mario games cause it depicts a better life for a plumber if he eats mushrooms and jumps down sewer pipes good fucking god.
     
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    Yeah, I'm sure this well help the health and safety of the Chinese citizens living in mainland China.
     
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    they just need to play dr mario to find the cure :creep:
     
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    Shame I have the game on my phone and play it constantly... For a mobile game it's 10 out 10.
     
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    I...can't really blame them. I certainly don't agree, but I can see their reasoning, and it's not a silly one. Please lemme state why before y'all boo me off the internet:

    Plague Inc. has an incredible atmosphere. It has the dangerous music, the pulsing heartbeats, the yellow&black nuclear theme, the imminent danger of a world map exponentially increasingly filling up with red dots. Basically: everything you expect from something dealing with a virus outbreak (I'd call it cliché, but clichés are when they're so overused they lose their importance. This isn't used THAT much). In other words: it's extremely meme-worthy. And that makes it dangerous, as it only takes one person with some video editing skills and a desire for "going viral" (no pun intended) to cause chaos in the streets.

    Basically: this video game has the potential to suggest legitimacy to just about any lunatic.
     
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    lol was it too accurate for the Chinese overlords to handle?
     
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    In the Mushroom Kingdom I'm the finest doc by far,
    I got my degree by watching House and Scrubs and E.R...

    Brightly colored pills!

    They'll cure all your ills!

    Just as long as you have fever or the chills.
     
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    I logged in just to like this comment.
     
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    The C-Virus...
     
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    Ahhh, I see you don't want to get demonetized on Youtube!
     
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    Nice censorship you got there China. Glad to hear you're protecting your citizens from fun videogame apps.
     
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    Never played it, i used to play Pandemic 2 quite a lot many years ago though :P
     
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