IMAGINARY WORLDS IS A BI-WEEKLY PODCAST ABOUT SCIENCE-FICTION AND OTHER FANTASY GENRES HOSTED BY ERIC MOLINSKY. CLICK BELOW TO SUBSCRIBE OR SUPPORT THE PODCAST.
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In 2005, the multiplayer online game World of Warcraft was taken over by a virus called Corrupted Blood, and the virtual pandemic in this fantasy world played out remarkably like COVID-19. I talk with epidemiologist and gamer Eric Lofgren, NYU game design instructor Alexander King and longtime player Virginia Wilkerson about the parallels between the pandemic in World of Warcraft the one we’re facing in the real world, and what lessons we can learn by studying how players reacted to a virtual virus.
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In 2019, I joined a network called Midroll, which owns the app Stitcher. Part of my deal with them is that most of my back catalog would only be available through their service Stitcher Premium. When my contract was up, I decided not to renew for various reasons. If you subscribed to Stitcher Premium to hear the back catalog -- thank you! But I no longer receive a commission from those subscriptions. If you'd like to support the show in other ways, there's a link up top to the show's Patreon and GoFundMe accounts.
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That is most common question that I get. Each episode begins with a lot of research, looking at the history of the topic and the ways people have discussed it. I often joke that I don’t want my podcast to feel like “Imaginary Wikipedia” because I don’t want listeners to feel burdened with too much information to retain. That doesn’t mean what gets left on the proverbial cutting room floor is inherently less important. It just didn't fit into the flow of the narrative I was telling.
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