As first spotted in this cbc.ca news article, a university student enrolled at the University of Waterloo, named Ridhi Patel, has developed a simple online trivia game which she hopes will assist in combating misinformation surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. The game is called COVID-19 Quarantrivia with Dr. Pixel and you can try it out here. Through a series of questions, players have to answer correctly in order to save Pixelworld by removing the ‘newfound viral particle’.
After trying it out, the very basic pixelated characters and straightforward question and answer format is not really going to encourage repeated ‘playthroughs’. However, that’s not really the point. The point is simply to try to educate people about Covid-19 and all answers in the game are “updated with the latest information available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization“. The game was originally intended for children but Patel realised that all age groups were believing incorrect information. According to the article, one study has found regarding text info on social media and websites, “of the 2,276 text-based claims made online, 82 per cent were false.”
So ‘gamifying’ this education seems like a great way to go. Every little bit helps, right?