Richard Wiseman said he came up with the idea for what is thought to be the world’s first COVID-19 computer game after going for a walk during lockdown in Britain and finding it “felt like a computer game” as he dodged pedestrians and cyclists.
The creators, who are now looking at developing an app, say governments, schools and health authorities could use the game to encourage social distancing – a key measure to keep the virus in check as countries emerge from lockdown.
“It seems to me probably more effective than some of the scary announcements we’re getting because it gets in under the radar, particularly with kids,” said Wiseman.
“It has gone viral. It feels like it has chimed with people,” said Wiseman. “It’s a way of talking about these things with kids without it being all doom and gloom.”
“If you’re lucky enough to come across a toilet roll then you whiz through the game for a while at super speed,” Wiseman said. “Toilet rolls are very rare – just like real life.”
“For me it’s about 1,000 – I’m ridiculously bad at my own game.”
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