That Zombie thing

20 12 2007

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Being a games arcade webmaster means inevitably visiting other people’s arcades, not only do you get a sense of your own lacunae but you can often find the answer to the single most important question plaguing all webmasters: where do I get great new free games for my site from? You visit other arcades, you play games and you watch for the ‘download this game for free’ link when you’re doing it.

As part of this process, I came across a couple of games that caught my attention recently. They may not be new in terms of their release dates, but they strike me as being part of a much sought after games genre: Zombie Games. For those of you who are too impatient to read this post in its entirety, here’s a list of some plausible Zombie candidates to keep you satisfied.

The two games I had in mind are ‘The Last Stand‘ (if anyone has the flash file for this please let me know, I’m dying to get my hands on it!) and ‘13 Days in Hell‘. Yes, I know the titles sound like splatterpunk cult movies and I wouldn’t mind betting that the game developers were on a diet of Hellraiser, Evil Dead, Slayer and Slipknot when they were designing these games. Both games are pretty well designed and they both operate on around the premise of ‘one man against the world’. As you progress through the levels you earn cash which allows you to buy new weapons at the end of each day. You have to work out how much ammunition to buy and which guns to choose from. The rest is point, shoot and large pools of blood.

So what is it about the Zombie genre in games and movies that fascinates us? Well to answer that question you want to peruse a few auspicious papers such as Daniel C. Dennett’s ‘The Unimagined Preposterousness of Zombies‘ or Tim Cavanaugh’s ‘We the Living Dead‘ for example, then again you might not.

Personally I think there is a perverse sense of romance at play with Zombies. Aside from the fact that Zombies are usually portrayed as sub human, with rotting flesh, poor maneuverability and a voracious appetite for fresh bodies, it is the idea that you have been lucky enough to escape the plague. You are ‘the chosen one’, the ultimate hero, the world is in your hands and you are the only remaining perfect specimen of human kind to restore the balance between good and evil…fortunately there is usually a rather sexy female companion that pops up sooner or later. It’s the 28 Days scenario. It’s the heroes journey, down into the underworld to seek atonement with the forces of evil and back up, emerging as victor, liberator.

So there you have it, I think Zombie games are all about fulfilling your fantasies; not only do you get to prove your self worth, your integrity and your heroism but of course your reward is to go forth and proliferate the gene pool. In many ways it’s a return to that image of the garden of Eden.

What’s your take on this whole Zombie thing?

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22 12 2007
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8 01 2008
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very interesting.
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