Last night on the CBC, I heard a story about a new computer game developed to simulate a global outbreak of a flu virus... much like our current H1N1 situation.

Naturally I checked it out at work today. It's kind of fun. So far nothing has exploded, which is a big minus for me with videogames, but, on the other hand, tons of people can die, which is generally a big selling point for games. And there's spooky windy/bubbly/throat-singing sounds always playing in the background, which adds a creepy atmosphere of immediacy. (I'm assuming that flu viruses make spooky windy/bubbly/throat-singing sounds.) CBC, you haven't let me down yet.

Basically, you just scroll around a slick map of the world, spending your limited amount of money on things like research, drugs, and prevention programs. I've already stopped a level one virus, but I'm currently watching the world become overrun with a level 3 virus. And I'm out of money, so hopefully everyone is feeling lucky.

You can find The Great Flu game here.

This angsty dude, Alex Jones, points out that the game is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline, a giant pharmaceutical company, and it's just a gross piece of propaganda to get kids into anti-viral drugs and stuff. And, I suppose, that's technically true, depending on your definition of propaganda. But whatevs. Flu pandemics are real, and anti-virals and vaccines probably do save a lot of lives. And this is an interesting way to learn about the non-pharmaceutical in combating viral outbreaks.

Check it out. But wear your propaganda glasses, or whatever.

"Riots in Canada"? I'm sorry, Canada, you haven't even had any infections in my game. What are you rioting over? Stop rioting.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Take that, level three flu! Only 22,500 people died, and I have 3 million pounds left. (Out of 2 billion.) I'm using that extra dough to erect a statue in my honor and to build a mansion. (Not in Canada.)

posted on Thu, 08/20/2009 - 1:58pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I don't believe you and i don't even know what your talking about!!! what are you talking about anyways? something about you having 2 BILLION POUNDS!!! you are such a liar!!!

posted on Thu, 08/20/2009 - 4:38pm
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

You make a good point.

posted on Thu, 08/20/2009 - 5:18pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I don't like the swine flu!

posted on Thu, 08/20/2009 - 8:25pm

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