Players of Ndemic Creations’ mobile hit Plague Inc. have taken to naming their deadly viruses after U.S. presidential candidate and Republican Party front-runner Donald Drumpf, according to the developer’s Twitter account.
Just checked the stats – Trump is one of the most popular names in Plague Inc. currently!
— Plague Inc. (@NdemicCreations) March 4, 2016
The object of Plague Inc. is to beat the clock and destroy the entire human population with a deadly virus before the AI is able to find a cure for it. Players have several virus options to choose from, each of which has different perks and limitations.
Plague Inc. has consistently been among the top sellers in the iOS and Android app markets since its release in 2012. It was also nominated for several awards in 2012, including IGN’s “Best Strategy Game” award, and has been praised for its frequent updates and (perhaps unintentionally) spreading knowledge of disease outbreak and the field of epidemiology to the public. Ndemic Creations is an independent, one-man company run by developer James Vaughan.
As often happens with games which allow user-inputted names, it has become a common practice for players of the game to use ironic and humorous names for their viruses, and Donald Drumpf appears to be the latest victim of the Plague Inc. community. The Donald, who spent the night before this announcement bragging about his hands at the Fox News GOP debate, has so far declined to fight back against the pathetic mobile gamers who are trying to drag his name through the mud. Sad!