James Vaughan, the creator of the iOS disease-spreading hit Plague Inc.
, has agreed to speak to the actual Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a US organization that deals with real viruses and other infectious outbreaks. "They reached out to contact me," Vaughan told Polygon recently
. "It was something they were all playing, and they thought, 'Wow, this is pretty cool.'"
Vaughan doesn't have any medical training; he started Plague Inc.
as a hobby while working as an economic consultant. But he said he did make the game as "scientifically plausible as possible," and the CDC wants to speak with him not only to chat about infectious diseases, but how to best use games to educate and inform the public about real health issues.