New online game teaches importance of social distancing

7 May 2020

A new online game that teaches the importance of social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic has been launched today.

Created by Professor Richard Wiseman and French video game developer Martin Jacob, Can You Save The World? challenges players to walk down a busy street and keep safe by distancing from pedestrians, cyclists and people sneezing. The game’s scoring system demonstrates how following social distancing can have a positive knock-on effect and save many lives.

Richard Wiseman, Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, said: “The game is fun to play but also delivers an important message. Social distancing is a vital part of stopping the spread of COVID-19 and by creating this game we hope to affect real-life behavior.”

Martin Jacob, Video Game Developer, said: “We want this game to be immersive and those that have tested it reported being more mindful of social distancing after playing. It is great to be able to use video games for such a positive purpose.”

The game is free to play and available online.

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