University of Hertfordshire Professor co creates online social distancing game

Updated: Apr 5, 2021

By Chloe Olivia Sladden

Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology, Richard Wiseman has co-created a new online game, ‘Can You Save the World?’ with French video game developer Martin Jacob; to teach the importance and positive impacts of social distancing (which can save lives) during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a university press release.

Professor Richard Wiseman, spoke about what he hoped to achieve with the game: “[It’s] 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.”

The game, ‘Can You Save the World?’ allow players to walk down a busy street, as they try to avoid other pedistrians, cyclists or those with symptoms such as sneezing. A high score in the game is the result of players successfuly social distancing.

Martin Jacob commented on what he hopes will be achieved through the launch of game: “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”.

‘Can You Save the World’ is free to play, and can be found online here.

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