Self-taught Pakistani teens develop 'myth-busting' game to help curb Covid-19
Two Pakistani teenagers, who have never attended school, developed a game designed to bust myths and establish the facts on the do's and dont’s regarding the novel coronavirus
News Service06 JULY 2020, 04:28Yeni Şafak
With people across the globe cooped up in their homes due to the novel coronavirus, the video gaming industry and digital platforms have witnessed an increased interest as millions have started playing games to cope with loneliness and boredom.
Now, two self-taught Pakistani wonder kids have come up with a bright idea that informs the masses while also allowing them to have a spot of fun.
Nabhan (13) and Kenan (14), who have never attended school, home-schooling included, collaborated to develop a Covid-19 multi-platform game designed to bust the myths and establish the facts on the do's and dont’s regarding the coronavirus, including social distancing.
The tech-savvy duo learned to code, design, create animations, build a website and edit the content all by themselves.
They started working on “STOP the SPREAD” toward the end of February 2020, completed it in around a month's time and released it online on April 4, the Express Tribune reported.
In order to pass each level, players need to learn the facts, bust the myths and learn about preventive methods and precautions.
The game, which is made up of six levels, allows users to unlock the fifth level only when they prove that they have a firm enough grasp on the facts to apply them in public.
"The children are our future, therefore, we must support and promote the innovative and positive constructive contribution from the children towards the betterment of our society," developers of the game said.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) have encouraged people to play video games to prevent the spread of the deadly disease that has gripped the world.
More than 11.46 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 533,224 have died, according to a Reuters tally.
Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.