The world is locked down by the Covid-19 pandemic. It is breaking down societal fabrics like social gatherings and socio-economic activities.
Scientists all over the world are in a frantic search for a vaccine and/or medicine. Even religious practitioners like Christian and traditional healers are trying their best, too.
In a publication released by Junub Games, seen by NCMP, the games outfit is weaponizing their usual artistic and technological talents against the virus. Junub Games is using gaming for fighting violence, now turned onto the virulence caused by the virus.
To fight this war, there is an urgent need to nip the bug in the bud.
Like the firefighter would put it, “aim the hose of the extinguisher at the base of the flame’, and has seen in the report, ‘Softwar Options’ approach is exactly using that principle.
According to the publication, experience shows that the base of the Covid-19 virulence is in the community: social gatherings like gaming clubs in the refugee settlements, rural communities, schools, barracks, and so on. Most of these players, despite the lockdown on the safety measures, are superspreaders of the novel coronavirus as they do not observe the mandatory safety measures on the Covid-19 pandemic.
As seen in a video released by the company, Junub games maintained the nature of the game but disrupt its rule with new rules, the ones forced down their throats by the coronavirus itself (the SOPs). Therefore, these QUARANTINO and Covidiot games are part and parcel of the weapons.
Both are a version copied from previous works released by the company which uses playing cards to fight violence and virulence
Whereas Quarantino is going to fight the virus by creating awareness right from among the players as far as the wider community, Covidiot is a card or ring designed to help schools to implement the Standard Operation Procedures (SOPs) in accordance with the directives of the ministries of health and the World Health Organization (WHO) on the Covid-19 contagion. The games are based on principles of the common playing cards, that is, by adopting the symbols and adopting the simple rules into the Covid-19’s safety guidelines.
Quarantino is now one of the 7 games under the ‘Softwar Options’ campaign. And Softwar Options is a non-profit wing of Junub Games, a gaming-for-peace company founded and registered by South Sudanese refugees in Uganda.
Other games released by the company include Hate Capt, Hate Cop, Hate Prefect, Wahida, and Salaam, the very Salaam now being popularized by one of the company founders, Lual Mayen, in the USA.
On the coronavirus games, in the publication, the company is looking for funding partners to produce and disseminate the games within Uganda, in the region, and the world. The company also mentioned that they are working on the App versions of the Quarantino and the Covidiot games.
According to the publication, more details on the rules and procedures of the games are laid out in the manual that will be supplied separately.