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Richard Stockton College of New Jersey (Galloway, NJ 08205-9441)
Lisa Rosner (Project Director: June 2014 to present)

Pox in the City: A 3-D Strategy Game for the History of Medicine

Development of a prototype of an interactive, web-based game on an early 19th-century smallpox outbreak in Philadelphia.

Stockton College is requesting $99,837 to develop a working prototype that demonstrates the humanities ideas, technology, and public outreach for "Pox in the City", a Unity 3D strategy game. "Pox in the City" draws upon a core interpretive framework for medical history, that beliefs, practices, and treatment are shaped by the interaction of the healer, the patient, and the disease entity. Players take on the role of a physician who has arrived in Philadelphia just as a smallpox outbreak erupts. Armed only with Edward Jenner’s new vaccination technique, players undertake the challenge of preventing the spread of the disease by persuading patients to be vaccinated. The interactive format will immerse players in the city’s rich history, as they experience the choices made by historical actors and constrained by scientific knowledge and cultural values. The prototype is being designed by Eduweb and developed in partnership with the Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

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Project fields:
History of Science; U.S. History; Urban History

Digital Projects for the Public: Discovery Grants

Public Programs

Total amounts:
$99,837 (approved)
$99,837 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2015 – 7/31/2016