Quarantine at home? It can be an opportunity to give vent to one's passions. And create something new. This happened to Lupo Daturi, a 9-year-old boy residing in Binasco, in the Milan area, who attends the fourth grade, and who made the most of the time available by inventing from scratch in a new video game. In building his fantasy path, however, he is helped by reality: at the command of the Cerba-20 spacecraft, it is possible to attack and virtually defeat a terrible monster, of which he has given the features of Covid-19.
Born for fun, the game has become the platform on which to challenge classmates and friends, all obviously from a distance; assuming once the parts of the virus and another person of the "good" of Cerba-20. Lupo took his passion for technology from his father Marco who is a managing partner of a digital marketing agency. But it is not the only communication it holds.
"I love playing the guitar and I normally practice sports such as skiing, karate and diving; I started it when I was 4 years old," he explains.
Far from what may be the stereotypes of the classic "nerd", Lupo has been attending CoderDojo for some years, the community that deals with free programming for young people. It is here that he learned to look at video games from a different point of view: not only as a user, but as a creator. "For this game I used the Scratch platform, which has already been used for other games. Wanting to make a spaceship fighting game, I was inspired by what is the situation today: on one side I put the Covid-19, representing it roughly like the images of the virus that have been spread; on the other there is the spaceship Cerba-20 whose name I heard at home, derives from working for which my dad works and who is moving to find solutions the spread of the virus ".
The game can be a single player or a two player. "We challenge ourselves between friends or we play against the computer - explains Wolf. The enemy. Last but not least, there is the possibility of using a shield to protect ourselves from rockets. Here COVID-19 has no escape."