Reality bytes! The Swine Flu is the darling of media reports when a case hits. What are gamers to do when bored, you create a game based on the your friendly neighborhood virus. Kidding aside, the Swine Flu is serious and a game based on the flu in many ways elevates the awareness to something serious. You can now play the game online for free. The Great Flu Game is designed by crafty Albert Osterhaus, head of Virology at the Erasmus Medical Center. The game is promoted to “further awareness” by challenging players to control a new global pandemic. Parents against gaming will rate this game as in poor taste, but gaming is a forum where kids can educate themselves a bit about a very serious topic.
The game casts the player as the head of the fictional World Pandemic Control. Pick a strain of flu based on difficulty level, and use your budget to help stop the spread of a potentially deadly disease.