Imperfect Simulations

I just killed humanity. Oops.

In Pandemic 2, your goal is to evolve and spread your disease to wipe out humanity.

Even without a background in pathology or microbiology, I can assert with confidence that the game isn’t an exceptionally precise simulation of a global pandemic.

However, as I played this game, I kept coming back to Jesse Schell’s idea that imperfect simulations can actually be more useful teaching tools than perfect ones, because of the questions they spark about gameplay versus reality. Through this game, you explore the concepts of how pathogens spread and evolve and how various public health measures can attempt to stop the spread. The key to using this game for educational purposes might just be an effective debrief.

Less interested in wiping out humanity and more interested in just exploring viruses and bacteria? Filament Games has more focused (and less sinister) game for students, You Make Me Sick, where you take on the role of a pathogen to infect just one person.