Contagion (video game)
Contagion is a survival horror first-person shooter video game and published for PC by American independent studio Monochrome. It is the spiritual successor to Zombie Panic! Source; the game was self-funded of its development, but with the support of others via a successful Kickstarter campaign, it was able to be released on Steam as an Early Access title. Contagion released on October 25, 2013 as a Steam Early Access title and was published as full release on April 11, 2014. Contagion is a multiplayer focused game with 3 different game modes. There is a beta game mode called Flatline. Hunted, which supports up to 16 players, is a free-for-all "deathmatch" game mode in which players fight each other, while A. I.-controlled zombies serve as an environmental hazard. When a player is killed, they respawn as a zombie and can participate alongside the A. I.-controlled zombies in attacking the surviving players. The goal of the game is to be the last living player. Escape is a cooperative game mode in which a team of up to 8 players is tasked with progressing through a level, fighting through zombies while completing various mission objectives in a linear order with the ultimate goal of escaping the map.
Extraction is another cooperative game mode in which the goal is to explore an area and rescue a number of A. I.-controlled non-player character survivors. In both game modes, when a player is killed they respawn as a zombie and are tasked with helping the A. I.-controlled zombies hunt down the remaining human players. Player-controlled zombies are faster and more maneuverable than A. I.-controlled zombie enemies and therefore present a greater threat to human players. Both Escape and Extraction can be played off-line by a single player, although they are geared towards multi-player gameplay. Flatline is a multiplayer-geared wave based survival mode; the player starts in a singular location. At the end of a wave, players who died the previous round are resurrected and all players have the option to visit a shop/safehouse and get better weapons/equipment. Contagion is distinguished from other similar games in the genre in that it features "Romero Zombies". Resources such as weapons and ammunition are scarce, encouraging more precise and methodical gameplay.
Unlike other games in the genre, Contagion does not feature zombies with special abilities, with the exception of a rare riot cop zombie wearing body armor that can survive more damage than a regular zombie. List of zombie video games Official website Contagion at Kickstarter
Contagion (Oceano album)
Contagion is the second album by American deathcore band Oceano, released November 9, 2010 through Earache Records. A video for "Weaponized" was released on November 4. Adam Warren - vocals Devin Shidaker - lead guitars Nick Conser - rhythm guitars Jason Jones - bass Daniel Terchin - drums Alex Erian - guest vocals Steve Marois - guest vocals Nick Arthur - guest vocals Produced, engineered & mixed by Chris «Zeuss» Harris Vocal engineering by Antoine Lussier Pre-production by Chuck Macak Cover art & illustrations by Dusty Peterson Layout by Summer Lacy Photo by Jimmy Kurek
Bruce William Boxleitner is an American actor, science fiction and suspense writer. He is known for his leading roles in the television series How the West Was Won, Bring'Em Back Alive and Mrs. King, Babylon 5, he is known for his dual role as the characters Alan Bradley and Tron in the 1982 Walt Disney Pictures film Tron, a role which he reprised in the 2003 video game Tron 2.0, the 2006 Square-Enix/Disney crossover game Kingdom Hearts II, the 2010 film sequel, Tron: Legacy and the animated series Tron: Uprising. He co-starred in most of the Gambler films with Kenny Rogers, where his character provides comic relief. Boxleitner was born in Elgin, the son of a certified public accountant, he attended Prospect High School in Mount Prospect and the Goodman Theater School of Drama of the Art Institute of Chicago. Boxleitner is best known for his leading roles in the television series How the West Was Won, Bring'Em Back Alive and Mrs. King, Babylon 5, he starred in The Gambler and in such TV movies as Judith Krantz's Till We Meet Again and Danielle Steel's Zoya.
In 2005, he co-starred as Captain Martin Duvall in Young Blades. He has starred in several films within the Babylon 5 universe, including Babylon 5: In the Beginning, Babylon 5: Thirdspace, Babylon 5: A Call to Arms, the direct-to-DVD Babylon 5: The Lost Tales, he has appeared in many other TV shows, including an appearance in 1973 as Rick Welsh, a University of Minnesota Track Star, in the season four episode, "I Gave at the Office" in The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Other appearances include Gunsmoke, Tales from the Crypt, Touched by an Angel, The Outer Limits and She Spies, in 1982, he played Chase Marshall in the TV film Bare Essence, with Genie Francis, he was a member of the cast of Heroes for seasons three and four, playing New York Governor Robert Malden in three episodes. He appears on the television series Chuck as the father of Devon Woodcomb, he was in such made-for-television films as The Secret, Hope Ranch, Falling in Love with the Girl Next Door, Pandemic and Aces'n Eights. Boxleitner was a guest-star on NCIS in the fall of 2010.
He played Vice Admiral C. Clifford Chase, a high-ranking Navy official. Boxleitner lends his voice to the animated version of his iconic character Tron in the animated series Tron: Uprising; the series premiered on Disney XD on June 7, 2012. He reprises the character Alan Bradley/Tron from the films Tron and Tron: Legacy. From 2013-2015, he played Bob Beldon, the owner of the local bed and breakfast, in the Hallmark Channel series Cedar Cove. Boxleitner recurred on Supergirl portraying Baker, the Vice-President of the United States, sworn in as the new President after Lynda Carter's character Olivia Marsdin is outed as a Durlan by Mercy Graves and Otis Graves, he gained the role. He has appeared in several films, including Tron and The Baltimore Bullet with James Coburn, he reprised his role in the Tron sequel Tron: Legacy and in the video game Tron: Evolution, released alongside the film Tron: Legacy, as he did for sequel video game named Tron 2.0, Disney/Square Enix crossover video game Kingdom Hearts II.
Boxleitner voice as Col. John Konrad in video game Spec Ops: The Line, he starred as Confederate General James Longstreet in the 2003 film Gods and Generals. He provides the voice of Colin Barrow in the animated science fiction horror film Dead Space: Downfall, based on the video game Dead Space. Other films he has been in include Kuffs, The Babe, Snakehead Terror, Legion of the Dead, King of the Lost World, Shadows in Paradise and Transmorphers: Fall of Man. In 2011, he announced that he will reprise his role as Alan Bradley/Tron in Tron 3. July 2015 Boxleitner said that he is done with the franchise, as "it's been too down for me. I would rather not just keep going. I don't want to repeat my career anymore." From 1986 to 1989, Boxleitner appeared in advertisements for Estee Lauder's "Lauder For Men". Boxleitner has written two science fiction novels with a Western setting, Frontier Earth and Searcher. Boxleitner played a major role in the audio dramatization of The Great Secret, part of the Golden Age of Fiction series by L. Ron Hubbard.
He played Captain Gavin Blaire in the unabridged version of World War Z. Boxleitner's first marriage was to American actress Kathryn Holcomb, who co-starred with him on How The West Was Won, they had two sons together: Lee. Holcomb went on to marry English actor Ian Ogilvy. Boxleitner's second marriage was to American actress Melissa Gilbert, they had one son together: Michael. Gilbert guest-starred as Boxleitner's on-screen wife, Anna Sheridan, during Season 3 of Babylon 5. On March 1, 2011, Gilbert announced. On August 25 of the same year the Associated Press reported that, based on court records, Gilbert had filed for divorce. On February 8, 2016, Boxleitner and his girlfriend of three years, publicist Verena King, announced their engagement. On October 5, 2016, they were married in Kapolei on the island of Hawaii. In 2003, Boxleitner was appointed to the Board of Governors of the National Space Society, a nonprofit, educational space advocacy organization founded by Dr. Wernher von Braun, he was friends w
Contagion (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
"Contagion" is the eleventh episode of the second season of the American science fiction television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, the 37th episode overall. It was released on March 20, 1989, in broadcast syndication, it was written by Steve Gerber and Beth Woods, was directed by Joseph L. Scanlan. Set in the 24th century, the series follows the adventures of the crew of the Federation starship Enterprise. In this episode and company try to protect the Enterprise against a catastrophic malfunction and unlock the secrets of the once-powerful Iconian empire while keeping those secrets from the watchful Romulans; the Federation starship Enterprise receives a distress signal from its sister ship, the USS Yamato, from within the Romulan Neutral Zone and travels to rendezvous with them in order to assist with repairs. After the two ships meet, the Yamato suffers a warp-core breach and explodes in front of the horrified bridge crew, leaving no survivors. Shortly afterwards, a Romulan Warbird, the Haakona, decloaks before the Enterprise and demands their retreat from the Neutral Zone.
Captain Jean-Luc Picard informs the Romulans that they will not leave until they have determined why the Yamato was destroyed. Picard reviews the ship logs made by his friend, Captain Donald Varley, to see if there was any relation to the destruction of the Yamato to the Romulans. Varley, an archeology buff like Picard, believed he had found the fabled planet of Iconia at a location within the Neutral Zone. Varley believed that the extinct Iconians had developed advanced technology, that the Romulans might be attempting to acquire this technology for use against the Federation. However, when the Yamato neared the purported planet, the ship was scanned by a probe from the planet, began to experience system failures and became stranded in the Neutral Zone. After reviewing the log, the Enterprise begins experiencing similar system issues that the Yamato had experienced. Picard orders the Enterprise to the same planet that the Yamato had surveyed to see if a solution to the system issues can be found there before the Enterprise meets the same fate as the Yamato.
When they enter the planet's orbit, a probe is automatically launched from the surface. Having reviewed the Yamato's logs, Chief Engineer La Forge recognizes that the probe carries a computer virus that led to the Yamato's destruction, he insists. However, a portion of the virus had infected the Enterprise. Although contained, the virus still threatens to destroy the Enterprise in a matter of hours. Picard, Lt. Commander Data, Lt. Worf beam to the source of the probe launch. While exploring the ruins, they find a teleportation portal that appears to allow for instantaneous interstellar travel to a different location that changes every few seconds. Among the destinations are the Enterprise and Haakona bridges. Data attempts to access the Iconian computer systems and becomes infected with the virus himself, but retains enough of his functions to instruct Picard on how to destroy the base. Meanwhile, in orbit, the Haakona decloaks in front of the Enterprise and threatens to attack, but soon appears to be suffering from similar system failures.
The threat of attack, forces Commander Riker to raise the shields which prevents them from retrieving the away team. Picard orders Worf to return with Data to the Enterprise using the Iconian gate, while he starts the destruct sequence. Before the entire structure explodes, before the Enterprise could beam him out, Picard uses the gate to jump onto the Haakona's bridge, discovers that their ship is set on an auto-destruct sequence they cannot stop due to the virus. On the Enterprise, Data's systems are nearly overtaken by the virus, his body automatically shuts down as a protective measure, restarts a short time later. La Forge finds Data's systems to now be free of the virus, suggests a similar cold boot to clear the virus from the Enterprise. With the transporters back online, Picard is beamed off the Haakona, Riker sends instructions to the Romulans on how to clear the virus; the Romulans restart their computers, both ships peacefully leave the Neutral Zone as the Iconian base can be seen destroying itself on the surface of the planet.
Staff graphic designer Michael Okuda said of the plot, "I thought it was exciting, but the level of computer technology was not quite as advanced as it will be that far into the future. The idea of an information-based weapon of that kind was pretty good. I thought the computer would be a little more protected than it appeared." "Contagion" on IMDb "Contagion" at TV.com "Contagion" at Memory Alpha "Contagion" at StarTrek.com "Contagion" rewatch by Keith R. A. DeCandido "Contagion" rewatch by Den of Geek "Contagion" rewatch by Zack Handlen of The A. V. Club
Financial contagion refers to "the spread of market disturbances – on the downside – from one country to the other, a process observed through co-movements in exchange rates, stock prices, sovereign spreads, capital flows". Financial contagion can be a potential risk for countries who are trying to integrate their financial system with international financial markets and institutions, it helps explain an economic crisis extending across neighboring countries, or regions. Financial contagion happens at both the domestic level. At the domestic level the failure of a domestic bank or financial intermediary triggers transmission when it defaults on interbank liabilities and sells assets in a fire sale, thereby undermining confidence in similar banks. An example of this phenomenon is the subsequent turmoil in the United States financial markets. International financial contagion, which happens in both advanced economies and developing economies, is the transmission of financial crisis across financial markets for direct or indirect economies.
However, under today's financial system, with the large volume of cash flow, such as hedge fund and cross-regional operation of large banks, financial contagion happens both among domestic institutions and across countries. The cause of financial contagion is beyond the explanation of real economy, such as the bilateral trade volume; the term financial contagion has created controversy throughout the past years. Some argue that strong linkages between countries are not financial contagion, that financial contagion should be defined as an increase in cross-market linkages after a shock to one country, hard to figure out by both theoretical model and empirical work; some scholars argue that there is no contagion at all, just a high level of market co-movement in all periods, market "interdependence". More there is controversy surrounding the usefulness of "contagion" as a metaphor to describe the "catchiness" of social phenomena, as well as debate about the application of context-specific models and concepts from biomedicine and epidemiology to explain the diffusion of perturbations within financial systems.
Financial contagion can create financial volatility and can damage the economy and financial systems of countries. There are several branches of classifications that explain the mechanism of financial contagion, which are spillover effects and financial crisis that are caused by the influence of the four agents' behavior; the four agents that influence financial globalization are governments, financial institutions and borrowers. The first branch, spill-over effects, can be seen as the negative externalities. Spillover effects are known as fundamental-based contagion; these effects can happen either globally affecting many countries in the world, or regionally, affecting only neighboring countries. The big players, who are more of the larger countries have a global effect; the smaller countries are the players who have a regional effect. "These forms of co-movements would not constitute contagion, but if they occur during a period of crisis and their effect is adverse, they may be expressed as contagion.""Fundamental causes of contagion include macroeconomic shocks that have repercussions on an international scale and local shocks transmitted through trade links, competitive devaluations, financial links."
It can lead to some co-movements in capital flows and asset prices. Common shocks can be similar to the effects of financial links. "A financial crisis in one country can lead to direct financial effects, including reductions in trade credits, foreign direct investment, other capital flows abroad." Financial links come from financial globalization since countries try to be more economically integrated with global financial markets. Allen and Gale, Lagunoff and Schreft analyze financial contagion as a result of linkages among financial intermediaries; the former provide a general equilibrium model to explain a small liquidity preference shock in one region can spread by contagion throughout the economy and the possibility of contagion depends on the completeness of the structure of interregional claims. The latter proposed a dynamic stochastic game-theoretic model of financial fragility, through which they explain interrelated portfolios and payment commitments forge financial linkages among agents and thus make two related types of the financial crisis can occur in response.
Trade links is another type of shock that has its similarities to financial links. These types of shocks are more focused on its integration causing local impacts. "Any major trading partner of a country in which a financial crisis has induced a sharp current depreciation could experience declining asset prices and large capital outflows or could become the target of a speculative attack as investors anticipate a decline in exports to the crisis country and hence a deterioration in the trade account." Kaminsky and Reinhart document the evidence that trade links in goods and services and exposure to a common creditor can explain earlier crises clusters, not only the debt crisis of the early 1980s and 1990s, but the observed historical pattern of contagion. Competitive devaluation is associated with financial contagion. Competitive devaluation, known as a currency war, is when multiple countries compete against one another to gain a competitive advantage by having low exchange rates for their currency.
"Devaluation in a country hit by a crisis reduces the export competitiveness of the countries with which it competes in third markets, putting pressure on the currencies of other countries.
"Contagion" is the name of a story arc that ran through the various Batman family comic book series. It concerns the outbreak of a lethal disease in Gotham City, Batman's attempts to combat it; the events of this story lead into "Batman: Legacy" and "Batman: Cataclysm", which itself leads into "Batman: No Man's Land". It ran from March through April 1996. Much of the plot centers around a gated community in the middle of Gotham City, whose wealthy residents believe they can protect themselves from the plague by sealing themselves inside, only to discover that one of their number is the plague's first carrier. In this the story parallels the plot of Edgar Allan Poe's short story The Masque of the Red Death, which one of the community's dying residents mentions. Batman: Shadow of the Bat #48Azrael sends a report to Batman that a plague connected to The Sacred Order of Saint Dumas is on its way to Gotham City. Robin finds; the passenger, Peter Maris, enters Babylon Towers. Believing that the plague is about to infect Gotham, he proposes to the other homeowners that they dismiss their servants and seal the building, self-sufficient, they agree.
What Maris does not know is that he's infected, has passed the infection to his pilot, who joins the servants entering the city. Batman infiltrates a military facility where the Ebola Gulf-A virus known as "The Clench", was being studied; the military's head of research, General Derwent, has been accidentally infected and is dying. Detective Comics #695 / Robin #27 / Catwoman #31Batman and Robin trace the original source of the outbreak to Babylon Towers, eavesdropping while Peter Maris, now realizing he's infected, tells the other residents about a survivor from a previous outbreak in Greenland; the residents post an enormous reward for his live capture. As a result, when Robin and Alfred arrive in Canada to find him, Catwoman and a bounty hunter named Tracker are there; the two pairs' initial clash is halted by Azrael. While they are trying to get the survivor to safety, they are ambushed by gunmen; the survivor dies, but gives Robin a sample of his blood, along with the names of two other possible survivors.
Azrael #15Azrael joins forces with Tracker and Catwoman, while Robin returns to Gotham City with the blood. They overpower his guards. For them, the gangster has come to regard his survival of the plague as proof that he is immortal, demonstrates his immortality by stabbing himself in the throat with a knife, lingering just long enough to realize that he was wrong. Batman #529Gotham City has been quarantined. Robin and Azrael deliver blood samples from the two survivors to Batman, who attempts to create an antidote. Believing he has succeeded, Batman has Poison Ivy released from Arkham Asylum to deliver the cure to Babylon Towers, since she is immune to all toxins and diseases. Nightwing and Huntress join forces to try and quell riots outside Babylon Towers, while the Gotham Police Department disgusted with the ineffective leadership of Mayor Krol and his toady, Commissioner Andy Howe, ask James Gordon to resume his old post. Batman: Shadow of the Bat #49Inside Babylon Towers, Poison Ivy amuses herself by soliciting bids for the antidote from the richest and most desperate residents.
Batman and Gordon both enter the complex to re-capture her and quell the unrest inside, learning that the antidote does not work. Outside, Robin's contact with one of the rioters leads to him being infected. Detective Comics # 696Nightwing puts him under Alfred's care; the state governor, fed up with Krol's inaction, declares martial law and sends in the National Guard. Batman re-captures Ivy and escapes Babylon Towers with her and Gordon, before the mob burns it to the ground; the Batman Chronicles #4Batman learns of a secret government entity that might be able to provide a cure for the plague, but Hitman kills its agent first. Huntress tries to find one of her students who lost his entire family to the plague, finds him dying of it. Delirious from fever, Tim Drake dreams of a life in which his mother is still alive, his parents and girlfriend know about him being Robin. Catwoman #32Catwoman picks up the trail of the third and last survivor from the Greenland outbreak, finding her in Florida and taking her back to Gotham City.
She is disappointed to find Babylon Towers has burned to the ground, meaning there is no one left alive to pay the bounty - and more disappointed when Batman informs her that no cure can be synthesized from any of the survivors' blood. Azrael #16Seeing the plague virus through the microscope, Azrael realizes he has seen it before, meaning it was engineered and unleashed by the Order of St. Dumas. Searching through the texts Brian took from the Order, Lilhy is able to translate the formula for the antidote. Azrael rushes it to Gotham City, evading assassins sent by the Order to stop him, delivers the formula to a hospital. Robin # 28Nightwing finds Tim cured. Batman reminds them that they still have to restore order in the city after Marion Grange replaces Armand Krol and reinstates Gordon as Police Commissioner. Despite dying from the plague, Robin joins Batman and Nightwing in aiding the police against a local gang, trying to hold an infected family for ransom by blocking off the medical authorities.
This display of resolve pierces Catwoman's normal cynicism, she lends a hand as well, after which Tim returns home. A trade paperback collecting all the issues involved in the crossover apart from The Batman Chronicles #4 was published in 1996
Coded Arms: Contagion
Coded Arms: Contagion is a first-person shooter video game developed by Russian studio Creat Studios. It is the sequel to Coded Arms; the gameplay is similar to the first game, Coded Arms. However, this time player has only 13 levels with no random geometry, plus challenges which are available upon completion of a level. Full Motion Videos and much bigger landscapes are present; the player has to collect special point to upgrade his armor and weapons. A new feature is included: the ability to hack computer panels and turrets; the game's levels are divided into three portions: Industrial Zone, Military Zone, A. I. D. A. Core; the only step back is the absence of ragdoll physics. Special forces major Grant is part of an elite unit brought in to test and analyze the effectiveness of the reconfigured A. I. D. A. Combat simulation program. After spreading aggressively through Earth's networks, absorbing all the information it encountered, it turned into a program that required users to digitize their personalities to jack in, risking their lives for access to the rich cache of data.
After a massive undertaking, A. I. D. A. has been contained. Its code rewritten, the program is once again restricted for use in military training exercises. Active testing is in progress as the final touches are being applied to bring the system back online. At first, everything about the operation is routine, but it soon appears that the program is not stable. Grant, trapped in A. I. D. A. and guided by General Clark, has to locate the missing Bravo Team and defeat the new menace: a viral outbreak that corrupts every date encountered, caused by a group known only as "Maelstrom". Official website Coded Arms Contagion from GameSpot