“DID YOU KNOW?" the graphic’s breathless text asks. “Omikron was the name of a 1999 video game by Microsoft and Bill Gates about demons pretending to be humans and harvesting their souls.”
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Omicron is a variant of the Sars-Cov-2 coronavirus that causes Covid-19. It was identified in South Africa in late November 2021. The World Health Organization has named it a “variant of concern”. By 10 December, it had been reported in 57 countries.
But did Gates and Microsoft create a video game named Omikron – “about demons pretending to be humans and harvesting their souls” – more than two decades ago, in 1999?
Omikron: The Nomad Soul, developed by French company Quantic Dream
Omikron: The Nomad Soul is a game released in November 1999 on the Microsoft Windows platform. The game follows players as their souls enter dark, futuristic Omikron, a city in an alternate dimension. Players have to navigate the world while escaping demons trying to trap their souls in it.
Greek alphabet letters used to name variants of concern
The word “omicron” is a letter of the Greek alphabet.
The Greek alphabet is commonly used in fields such as maths, science and engineering. The WHO has recommended that Greek letters be used to name new Covid-19 variants for practical reasons when discussing the virus with non-scientific audiences.
(Note: In 2020, Africa Check received 11% of its income from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.)
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