The most terrible epidemics in the gaming world

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – Larynx parasite

Metal Gear Solid V puts players in the role of Venom Snake, the leader of a mercenary group called Diamond Dogs. During the mission, the team discovered a strange disease spreading throughout the base, with extremely terrible consequences. Finding the source and mode of transmission of the disease is difficult, requiring close monitoring of all employees, including those infected and those who are healthy. Finally, it was noticed: all the sick people spoke Kikongo – the language of the indigenous Congolese people. Vocal cord parasites are the cause of this disease – something that infects victims through the language they speak.


The parasite, initially existing in larval form, will enter through the throat and attach to the host’s vocal cords. The larvae, after exposure to the host’s language, will mate with each other and continue to feed on the lungs, eventually killing the victim. After death, the victim will fall into a state of intellectual decline like a zombie. They no longer have willpower or sanity, their only idea is to fulfill the wishes of the controlling parasite. Just like that, these zombies continue to work vigorously to spread parasites to others, especially in densely populated areas. Once infected, the victim has only one outcome: death.

Dishonored – Rat plague

Set in an early 19th century European emirate called Dunwall, Dishonored is the story of main character Corvo Attano, who is accused of assassinating Queen Jessamine Kaldwin. As Corvo, the player fights to find justice for himself while exposing the treason plot that was meticulously planned in advance.

In addition to power struggles and political intrigue, Dishonored’s plot also introduces one of the epidemic The most terrible: the rat plague. The plague began appearing near a river in south-central Pandyssia. The disease-carrying creatures are rats called Pandyssian Bull Rats. It only takes one mouse bite for a person to become infected with the disease and continue to infect others.


In 1835, Hiram Burrows, the mastermind behind the plan to overthrow the queen and slander Corvo, deliberately released disease-carrying rats into the poor districts of Dunwall in an attempt to “purify” the city. His initial goal was only to wipe out the residents “at the bottom of society”, but he did not expect the disease to quickly spread to other districts, even to other cities.

Early symptoms of an infected person include skin discoloration (especially on the face and chest), hair loss, and severe weight loss. The pathogen then continues to damage the lungs and brain, causing the victim to have a dry cough and reduced cognitive ability. In the final stage, subconjunctival hemorrhage will cause blood to flow out of the eye socket and the patient becomes violent. Once the disease progresses to this stage, all previous treatment efforts are futile and the victim is certain to die.


Even though there is a cure, the price is so high that most people in Dullwall cannot afford it. They can only find cheaper ways such as illegal drugs or even offerings to the gods. This terrible plague has wiped out half of Dullwall’s population since it first spread.

Tom Clancy’s The Division – Green poison

To prevent population growth, Dr. Gordon Amherst synthesized hundreds of viruses of various deadly diseases to create a new super strain of smallpox with a mortality rate of up to 90%. This virus spreads in a similar way to the flu, entering the body through the mouth, nose, ears or eyes after the victim comes into contact with objects or droplets contaminated with the virus.


The incubation period of this super strain is 7 days. During that time, the virus develops in the patient’s body but has no obvious symptoms, the body is still in normal health and cannot infect others. However, after the incubation process ends, the victim will develop a series of flu-like symptoms, typically fever, headache, fatigue, and body aches – and by this time the disease is very severe. easily spread to others. Besides the redness that may appear in the mouth and throat, most patients think they just have a common cold.

The next three days, the rash began to spread to other parts of the body. In a day or two, these red spots will turn into blisters filled with fluid. Eight to nine days later, they turn into scales and eventually fall off the body. Most victims will die in this final stage.

This virus is believed to contain the germs of six diseases: dengue fever, Ebola, H1N1, Hanta virus, Marburg and swine flu. It can hibernate for several months in wounds on corpses or on different types of surfaces, so the ability to infect outbreaks lasts for a long time, even after the patient has died. Furthermore, due to the ability to rapidly mutate, creating a specific vaccine is impossible, and conventional drugs or antibodies are almost ineffective.

Gordon Amherst began spreading the virus through banknotes, specifically choosing Black Friday to ensure rapid spread on a large scale. Outbreak in the United States, Green Poison in a short time spread to 147 countries around the world on every continent and became a global pandemic.


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