Polygon has an interesting interview with Plague Inc. developer James Vaughan, who reveals to the publication that he has been asked to speak to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Plague Inc. is a unique strategy game for iOS that lets the play take control of a deadly pathogen and infect one person – patient zero – with the end goal being to spread the plague to every corner of the globe.
Vaughan says that the CDC reached out to him because they were all playing his game and were fascinated by it. While Vaughan acknowledges that his game is not a precise simulation of how infectious diseases spread, he did do his best to make the game as scientifically plausible as possible. Vaughan has no medical background and made the iOS game as a hobby.
As for what the CDC wants him to talk about, he mentions two things:
"They're interested in how [the plague is] spread," he told Polygon. "They're also very keen on how games like Plague Inc. can be used to inform the public about health issues and raise public awareness of these issues."
Vaughan will speak at the CDC a week before the Game Developers Conference, but his presentation will not be open to the public.
You can learn more about the game at www.ndemiccreations.com. Plague Inc. is available on iOS and Android devices.