It probably won’t catch on as a cultural phenomenon akin to “Guitar Hero,” but a physicians group is hoping a new video game will teach kids how to prepare for a natural disaster or other emergency.
“Disaster Hero,” which is now being developed and set for release in 2011, will aim to put players inside a simulated dire scenario, such as an earthquake, flood, tornado or hurricane, to test survival know-how. Using “hidden object gameplay,” players will learn preparedness skills such as what belongs in an emergency kit (answer: flashlight, batteries, canned food). Some blood and gore are promised in the form of first-aid tips.
The Web-based game is being produced by Legacy Interactive for the American College of Emergency Physicians, with funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.