2016 | UK | Documentary

The Science of The Last of Us

  • English 15 mins
  • Director | Barry J. Gibb
  • Writer | Barry J. Gibb

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You’ve played the game – now find out how you would really react to a deadly pandemic.

What can video games tell us about the end of the world? A bunch of scientists, philosophers and game critics play and discuss The Last of Us, exploring what it tells us about real-life disease, outbreaks and how prepared we are for the next pandemic.

Dr Ben Thompson, The Microbiology Society
Elizabeth Beardsmore, epidemiologist, Teeside University
Rich Stanton, game critic and journalist
Dr Christine Rollier, Oxford Vaccine Group

Produced and edited by Barry J Gibb
Filmed by Barry J Gibb and Simon Moore

Special thanks to Naughty Dog and Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe for allowing Wellcome to use The Last of Us Remastered (PS4).

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