ST. CATHARINES GAMING COMPANY DEVELOPS ‘CAT COLONY CRISIS’ VIDEO GAME TO HELP FIGHT COVID-19

‘We feel that it is a positive tool in the fight against COVID,’ Paul Boyko says

In Cat Colony Crisis, you are overseeing a spaceship full of cats travelling from one location to another. During their travels a pandemic happens. (Submitted by Paul Boyko)

A small gaming company based in St. Catharines, Ont., has created a video game to help in the fight against COVID-19.

Devil’s Cider Games was formed in 2018 by four ex-schoolmates. On Feb. 9, they released Cat Colony Crisis — designed to promote pro-science concepts in the fight against COVID-19.

“The game concept is that you are overseeing a spaceship full of cats travelling from one location to another. During their travels a pandemic happens,” lead programmer Paul Boyko told CBC Hamilton.

“You have to observe the cats as they are going about their daily activities. They eat, they use the litter box, they sleep, they talk to each other, they fall in love, they fight with each other.

“So you have to observe them and see which ones are exhibiting symptoms and whether or not those symptoms are related to the disease or if they have a fur allergy,” Boyko said.

Paul Boyko is lead programmer at St. Catharines, Ont., company Devil’s Cider Games. (Submitted by Paul Boyko)

Once you come to a conclusion which cats may be infected, Boyko said the person playing the game can use testing to verify whether or not they are sick.

If a cat is found to be sick, contact tracing is done to see which other cats they have been in contact with. Those cats are then also tested, he said.

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