A GAME designed to inform people about the way that flu spreads is travelling around the net like, well, swine flu.
The game, which was designed by Dutch researchers at the Erasmus Medical Centre and created by Ranj Serious Games, goes by the title The Great Flu and asks players to tackle a growing pandemic, hopefully finishing it with something other than flamethrowers. It is nice looking and strangely addictive - or do we mean infective? And was partially funded by drug heavyweight GlaxoSmithKline.
A brief introduction starts the game informing you that you must assume the role of the Leader of the World Pandemic Control before warning, "The fate of the world depends on you", which is worrying since we are already in a basement with some tinned food and a shotgun.
Players get a choice of a few infections, which are separated by difficulty levels. Once the game starts it is then up to them to provide funds, equipment, drugs, skills, political resources, and other tools to help solve the problem. All the while the count of infected people slowly rises or falls depending on how well you are doing.
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