Is the Zombie Apocalypse Already Upon Us?


This gen has been under attack by the incorporeal beings better known as zombies and what better time to discuss it than the month of Halloween. Developers far and wide, covering many different genres of games, have been not only been making zombie -derived games like Dead Rising or Resident Evil (yes I’m aware they are not all zombies), but many different types of games are now seeing Zombie Modes as well.

This brings up a question that I’ve asked myself over and over about said zombie ramifications in non-Zombie games: Are developers just cashing in on the dead? Let’s look at a couple of examples.

Call of Duty Black Ops has re-introduced the ever popular ‘Zombie Mode’ in the newest edition to the Modern Warfare name, and already there is an undeniable distance that gamers have placed with this game, mostly due to the drama between Activision, Infinity Ward and Treyarch; however ‘Zombie Mode’ recaptured the interest of many naysayers. This mode has made headlines so big that the fact the game lacks co-op or spec -ops is all but dismissed in most circles. Two important game modes that I believe would not have gotten removed without negative feedback had there not been a ‘Zombie Mode’.

Now that’s not to say there isn’t a market for these modes or games. I think Red Dead Redemption’s new DLC will sell copious amounts due to mostly just being zombies. I mean really…who can be mad at a zombie cow? Just one personal account, I just informed an associate of said DLC and not only does he not own Red Dead but has never played it either. Now he is interested in buying the game as well as the DLC all because I said Zombie Cow.

Even Wikipedia has an entry for “Zombie Video Games” with a listing by date and developer of games made with zombies. Just in the last year we have 14 zombie games.

So what do you say? Over used cash cow? Warranted but you can live without? Uggghhhhhhh?

At least it still holds true that video games do not rot our brains….it’s just that zombies eat them in the process.

As for the image…we already know that sex sells…apparently Zombies do as well. :)


Written by: Eddie - Contributing Editor


  1. #1 by Flashray on October 6th, 2010 [ 90 Points ]

    this pic makes me want to puke >_>
    And yes zombie games are very popular, but I think they will sooner or later get much less popular because of every game trying to be a zombie game, it’ll become repetitive..

  2. #2 by Darrin on October 6th, 2010 [ 17143 Points ]

    The explore-and-shoot game mechanic is dominant. Zombies are just a popular back story to go with that play mechanic. The zombie theme has grown rather stale for me, but as long as games continue to deliver innovation and new experiences, I don’t mind.

  3. #3 by Sakinah on October 6th, 2010 [ 26489 Points ]

    I’m actually interested in Yakuza of the End because they added zombies to it.

  4. #4 by derrickgott007 on October 6th, 2010

    I’m sick and tired of zombies. They feel cheap and tacked on as a cash grab tactic. Now I understand if it’s a zombie game like dead rising 2, but call of duty world at war and call of duty black ops do not need zombies.

  5. #5 by Ceidz on October 6th, 2010 [ 39166 Points ]

    I really like zombie in games ! Braiiiiiiiiiins…

  6. #6 by YaMutha on October 6th, 2010

    I think part of the reason why zombie games are in such demand isn’t just the sales (if you haven’t noticed, zombie games sell big). Initially, it started out as the best way to stress-test the next gen. A zombie apocalypse is the perfect example of a large mass of entities on-screen. At the start of this gen a giant horde of zombies showcased mass model rendering, multiple AI/Swarm Dynamics, etc.

    If you watch any of the developer commentary in L4D2 they even showcase techniques used to optimize the high amount of enemies (i.e. loading similar textures that would be shared between zombies, and modifying them subtly as they’re applied).

    Although I have to admit I’d rather see a nice WWI shooter with massive trench-charges to show off new engines/technologies. Very few games cover the first world war and zombies are played out as all holy ****.

  7. #7 by Emrah on October 7th, 2010 [ 7319 Points ]

    YaMutha: I guess Zombies are easier to program AI for! Nobody blames a zombie for acting stupid, like walking into a wall.. But when you see an allied soldier stuck in a straw bale, people make fun of the devs..


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