Have you ever played Pandemic II? If you haven’t, you can play here and curse my name five hours later when Madagascar closes its port. I’ve never played the game before, so when one of my friends started playing it this afternoon, I found the game and started playing. The object of the game is to evolve a disease to wipe the entire world population. You have to do this intelligently. If you make it too noticeable too quickly, countries will shut down their airports and ships and borders, and the disease can’t get into the country. If you don’t make it contagious enough, the disease won’t spread. If you’re unlucky, the world will find a vaccine before you manage to kill everyone. Striking a balance is key. If you’re new to the game, you’ll probably find yourself wiping out only one part of the world or only parts of the world that can be traveled by land and then curse yourself when Peru, Argentina, and Madagascar close their borders. Don’t give up too soon. Keep playing and tweak your strategy and you’ll figure out the best way to evolve your disease. I spent the better part of an afternoon doing this when I should have been working on my script (Oops) but finally infected everyone in the world with intelligence. I’d say the world would be cured of stupidity if everyone weren’t dead in the game. Maybe ignorance is bliss after all.