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'ER' video game now operating

After 11 years on TV, the first game adaptation of the popular hospital drama has been released.

It's one of the longest-running prime time hospital dramas, and on Wednesday, "ER" officially crossed over to the world of games. "ER" is rated T for Teen, costs $29.95 and is now available in stores around the United States for the PC.

Players will spend six separate stints of 48 hours each on call at Cook Country General Hospital as a newly arrived intern. Rather than emulate previous hospital-and-doctor games of the surgery simulation variety, "ER" takes a page from "The Sims" by offering players the challenge of dividing their time between patients, nurses and hospital politics.

"ER" features the voices of cast members Noah Wyle, Mekhi Phifer and Sherry Stringfield. The game is being published by VU Games and was developed by Hollywood-based Legacy Interactive. Legacy is also the developer of the "Law & Order" series of PC games based on the popular television crime drama. Both "Law & Order" and "ER" air on NBC, part of the NBC Universal group, which is partially owned by Vivendi Universal.