Unsavory for iOS and Android - Survive a Month on the Job While Sick

May 22, 2015 in Games (F)

[prMac.com] Coral Gables, Florida - NERDLab at the University of Miami is pleased to announce the release of Unsavory 1.0 for iOS, Android, and Amazon devices. Almost 90 percent of restaurant workers in the United States do not have access to paid sick days. Unsavory lets players take the role of these workers preparing food to see if they can survive a month on the job while sick.

Developed by NERDLab at the University of Miami in collaboration with Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United, the game hopes to raise awareness about the lack of paid sick days and the potential for a public health crisis. During the H1N1 flu pandemic of 2009, employees who attended work while sick were estimated to have caused the infection of as many as 7 million co-workers.

"No one should have to choose between their job and staying home sick to take care of themselves or their children, but unfortunately that's the reality for most restaurant workers, said Maria Myotte, communications director at ROC. "The vast majority of the restaurant industry's more than 11 million employees do not have paid sick days, and our research shows that 60% of restaurant workers have had to work while sick."

Myotte said that the biggest opponent to paid sick day legislation is actually the corporate restaurant lobby, the National Restaurant Association. The game educates consumers and encourages them to speak up in favor of paid sick time every time they dine out.

Professor Clay Ewing, who heads the NERDLab at UM's School of Communication, said that the game is a combination of memory, matching and speed, players put together orders at a fictitious restaurant named Rocket Taco. Just as players are settling into their job, flu season arrives. Do you wipe your nose continuously on the job or stay home sick without pay? Pressure is building, one taco at a time.

* Pay bills
* Prepare various kinds of taco and taco related products
* Real Time Sneeze Avoidance
* Compete in the Taco Challenge

Device Requirements:
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus
* Requires iOS 7.0 or later
* 164 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Unsavory 1.0 is Free and is available worldwide through the App Store. It is also available for Android Devices through the Google Play store, and for Amazon Fire devices via the Amazon appstore.

The University of Miami School of Communication is committed to quality undergraduate and graduate programs in communication, preparing forward-thinking and analytical communication professionals. The SoC includes eight undergraduate majors under its four departments: Cinema and Interactive Media, Communication Studies, Journalism and Media Management, and Strategic Communication. The SoC also offers five master's degrees and a Ph.D. in communication. Copyright (C) 2015 University of Miami School of Communication. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPad and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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