Monday, May 2, 2011

JUSTICE FOR THE UNDEAD: Chuck Wendig of The Escapist fully and definitively explains what's wrong with every zombie video game you've ever played.

(Hint: It's not the nihilistic fascination with necrotic apocalypse, the seeming conviction that one or more of humanity's flaws or excesses will lead inevitably to our extinction, or the aggressive re-imagination of our friends and neighbors as moaning soulless cannibals.)


  1. Dan Suitor1:51 PM

    I think it's just the nature of the medium. Running and gunning translates well to video games and, for the most part, personal interplay and narrative-based proceedings don't. What gives me hope, however, is that we could possibly get some sort of Heavy Rain-type zombie game that downplays the head-shooting and emphasizes the more interesting aspects of the zombie genre.

  2. isaac_spaceman2:31 PM


  3. Squid3:00 PM

    I guess Chuck never played System Shock 2.  This is understandable, since it wasn't exactly a best-seller.

    Creepy as all get-out, with an environment and a game style that emphasized suspense over raw action.  Really amazing game, and I'd love to play something like it again, though I suspect that "really amazing game that doesn't sell" isn't going to get you very far with the producers, no matter how insistently you point to columns in The Escapist.

  4. May not get me very far with the producers, whoever they are, but it might get me as far as the Amazon store.  Thanks.

  5. zero punctuation is a favorite