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This article was published on June 3, 2016


    ‘Tap That’ is a sex-ed app that lets you beat up STI monsters with condoms

    ‘Tap That’ is a sex-ed app that lets you beat up STI monsters with condoms
    Bryan Clark
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    Sometimes you just have to beat the crap out of chlamydia with a condom to understand that sex-ed is in need of a major overhaul. Peiying Feng knows this.

    A 25-year-old design and technology student, Feng invented an app — ‘Tap That’ — to teach young people about safe sex in a way that’s humorous, approachable and above all else, run on a medium that they’re already used to — a cellphone. The app features different characters navigating multiple sexual relationships while trying their best to dodge sexually-transmitted infections (STIs). In short: college.

    If your character gets an STI, you have to use on-screen cues to diagnose it and determine how best to cure or treat it based on the information provided. From there, you can also use virtual condoms to prevent the infection from spreading to other characters.

    “I don’t even want teen players to think about the fact that it’s educational,” Feng told Daily Dot. “Unless it’s an excuse for your parents to let you play more games.”

    The game has no release date currently, but from the video, it seems to be a fast-paced game that’s a lot like Plague Inc. and others, only with the goal of containing viruses rather than spreading them.

    Of course, it’d probably just be easier to wear condoms all the time, but that sort of defeats the purpose of the app.