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Courtesy of Naughty Dog and Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (SIEE)

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Courtesy of Naughty Dog and Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe (SIEE)

We filmed two scientists, a philosopher and a journalist as they played the award-winning video game The Last of Us, to explore what it tells us about pandemics in real life.

How realistic is the science depicted in The Last of Us? What can representations of disease in games tell us about real life? And how ready are we really for the next big outbreak? We got a panel of experts to play through the game and share their thoughts. 

The players:

  • Dr Ben Thompson, The Microbiology Society
  • Dr James Wilson, philosopher and ethicist, UCL
  • Elizabeth Beardsmore, epidemiologist, Teesside University
  • Rich Stanton, game critic and journalist
  • Dr Christine Rollier, Oxford Vaccine Group

Special thanks to Naughty Dog, LLC and Sony PlayStation.

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