Milo recently added the most charming app to his IPad. Plague Inc. is a delightful romp of a simulation where you take the role of a new disease and to win you need to wipe out all of humanity. What fun! It is a surprisingly realistic simulation of how diseases evolve and spread. My years of enforcing healthcare regulations in various acute and chronic care facilities has gifted me with a pretty good idea of how a superbug can spreads. So, I am correspondingly really good at wiping out all life on Earth. Who said that knowledge transfer is a bad thing? I worry a little bit that my gaming history will fascinate and worry a jury someday, but I’m sure all the research linking violence to video games is fabricated by far left radicals anyway.
It is a great deal of fun to pick your type of disease and then go along developing new and nasty symptoms. You need to stay stealthy until you have a critical mass of infected people and then unleash nasty and fatal side effects. But wait, is your disease not spreading fast enough? Well, evolve some new ways to travel. I can imagine the signs in the bacterial travel agencies… “See the world by vermin! There’s no better way to avoid drowning at sea.” Or perhaps “Travel by water and infect millions. It’s a rush.”
This game is also a 30 minute cathartic release for when you really feel the need to strike out at countries you despise. Take that Japan… see what you get for inventing electronics that need 3 remote controls. Bye bye Iceland… finally payback for when Bjork wore that stupid swan dress. You’re next Puerto Rico… I once drank a beer there and got the shits! All over for you Malta… years ago my old neighbour got gout when he visited your country. Adios Holland… you made my in-laws hard headed and stubborn. Oh, the list goes on and on. You get to remember slights from countries you didn’t know you held grudges against.
I’m sure my therapist won’t be cheered by my new found app of choice, but hey, everyone needs a creative outlet.