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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Games with Purpose; on making a game to teach us about antibiotic resistance


Review by Matt S.

Superbugs is a game that looks so very simple. You’re presented with a petri dish, and then tasked with killing multiplying bacteria as a clock ticks down. Keep them at bay long enough and a new antibiotic will be developed, killing them all, and then the clock starts ticking down again as a new bacteria, immune to the previous antibiotic, starts to multiply.

Let the dish fill up, and it’s game over. Eventually the dish will fill up, and that’s the point. This might seem like a simple arcade game or score attack button masher, but Superbugs has far more meaningful purpose.

Antimicrobial resistance, including antibiotic resistance, is a very real threat facing us, right now. There are infections and diseases that are now highly resistant to treatment, to the point of being untreatable.

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Games with Purpose; on making a game to teach us about antibiotic resistance
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