Leveraging on new social media platforms and taking advantage of the popularity of computer gaming, the National Environment Agency (NEA) has developed an internet-based game, termed “Operation M.A.C.E” (Monster Annihilation and Control Enforcement).
This is a first-of-its-kind outreach programme that promotes dengue awareness among the young and the internet savvy.
Operation M.A.C.E was launched today at the annual Clean & Green Singapore (CGS) Schools’ Carnival by Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Dr Amy Khor.
Operation M.A.C.E builds upon a story that is set in a futuristic Singapore that has been invaded by a race of aliens resembling Aedes mosquitoes. Known as Mosqueros, they invade planets for food and breeding sources. To deal with this threat, a M.A.C.E agency is set up where M.A.C.E agents are sent out to eliminate the monsters by depriving them of food sources and sweeping out all possible breeding grounds.
To play the game, Internet users can log on to www.macecommand.com.sg and sign up as M.A.C.E agents. NEA hopes that through such role-playing games, the youth will be more engaged and internalize the dengue prevention messages. In turn, they can help to remind their parents and family members to take action in preventing mosquito breeding.
Users will also be able to download videos, wallpapers, screensavers, web and mobile games from the Operation M.A.C.E website, as well as view action-packed video trailers on platforms such as YouTube.