“Since swine flu first emerged in April, it has sparked panic, vaccine production and now, a video game,” writes Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer. “In an effort to raise awareness, Dutch researchers have created a game that challenges players to control a new pandemic. ‘It is actually what is happening now, what is happening in the real world,’ said Albert Osterhaus, head of virology at the Erasmus Medical Center, who designed ‘The Great Flu’ game with colleagues.”
Still, for all the good intentions, is a video game the best educational tool? Actually, it’s not the only one–a somewhat less intense game, SwineFighter, injects (below bottom) more humor into the proceedings.