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Grim virtual reality of student life

How do you keep a student happy, fed, watered, studious and solvent?

Answers on one side of the paper, please. Actually, not on paper at all but on a screen, where many sixth-formers have been playing an online game to distract themselves from the ghastly A2s and look ahead to university.

"Student Survivor" a tamagotchi-style game launched in April, challenges players to keep a virtual student nourished and happy by issuing instructions. (The 45 commands include "eat food," "look at time" and "check balance.") More than 150,000 players have taken up the challenge so far, reports Uniaid, the student charity behind the game. Coming in August:

"AllAbout U", an online program that gives students a virtual experience of their first year at university.See www.uniaid.org.uk

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