Summary Virus Tracker is an educational game that simulates the spread of a virus and illustrates the critical role of vaccination in combating a disease ...
Summary Virus Tracker is an educational game that simulates the spread of a virus and illustrates the critical role of vaccination in combating a disease outbreak. Players start out infected with the Virus Tracker â€˜Zombie Virusâ€™, and can attain a â€˜Humanâ€™ state by getting vaccinated through interaction with other players and the game system. Vaccinated players can seek out and vaccinate infected players, earning points and game standings. Infected and vaccinated players may also recruit other players into the game, also earning points. Virus mutations occur periodically, requiring players to obtain the latest vaccine before they return to a Zombie state. Players can transition between the two states throughout the game, depending on their responsiveness to the mutations and their interactions with other players. Purpose This app is used as part of the Education and Outreach program at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech, at events that are hosted regularly both at Virginia Tech and other venues. The game is targeted primarily toward children in the 9 and above age range, but the activity will also be conducted with adults occasionally. Data Collection and Transmission This app is part of an ongoing research effort. By downloading and using the app, players are giving consent for their game playing information to be used in this research. No personally identifying information is collected by or through the app. Players must provide a screen name and password in order to register for the game. Screen names are stored on the game servers, though passwords are not stored. Players may optionally provide their age range, gender and Zip Code, which can be used to help in the research utilizing the game data. Pending playersâ€™ permission, the location and time of their interactions with the system and with other players in the game may be collected. Permission to collect location data is not a prerequisite for playing the game. All interactions with the game servers are conducted via HTTPS.
Size: 16.1 MB
Price: $ 0.00
Day of release: 0000-00-0