11 February 2008

A Nasty Little Game

Pandemic
Pretty simple concept. You're a virus, and you can mutate, acquiring and shedding characteristics of transmissibility, lethality, and visibility. You need to spread to get a toehold on every continent before the world community closes the borders. Choose your attributes carefully -- become too lethal, too quickly, and you'll fall victim to a quarantine! You win by eradicating mankind.

Not terribly realistic, of course, but realistic enough to be a little scary. I think in fact the game's logic underestimates how rapidly a highly infectious disease would spread worldwide (SARS, anyone?) and overestimates how effective "closing borders" would be. Fortunately, the lethality component also is overstated, but then, what fun is it being a virus if you don't get to depopulate the globe?

Via Richard S Matthews.

4 comments:

  1. Passed it (the game) onto my kid; his comments:

    It's a really cool game, but I can't figure out how to infect western Europe...I made myself as infectable as possible and avoided obvious signs that I was there...the one time I started in western Europe, I miraculously made it to Africa but missed some other continents.

    Thanks though, it was fun...I love destroying the human race."


    Ah, the simple pleasures.

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  2. Great game. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Fun game. Albeit very simple, primitive and short.

    Now I wonder how possible it is to engineer a virus to kill 99% of human population (cant kill all the bastards because someone will have some genetical mutation that will make them surivive).

    I was thinking something in line with airborne HIV. -Very nice because it doesnt kill in itself but lets other diseases finish you and so it is hard to detect it . Infect enough population before people even get to know that you exist and when they do it will be too late.

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  4. How about that, I am in fact reading your blog while playing Pandemic 2. Good times, now if only I could do better than 100k points!

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