In light of my last blog that was a copy and poaste from my website, here is an exclusive rambling for Destructoid.
Fads are just a fact of life. An undeniable cliche we as humans are so easily susceptible to. The dictionary defines a fad as:
a temporary fashion, notion, manner of conduct, etc., esp. one followed enthusiastically by a group.
And in the context of video games, zombies are the super ultra mega Jersey Shore OMG like totally fad of the day. The list of games containing zombies in the last few years is staggering.
Red Dead Redemption Call of Duty Black Ops Dead Rising 2 Plants vs. Zombies Borderlands Zombie Tycoon Zombie Wranglers Left 4 Dead Shellshock 2: Blood Trails Alive 4-Ever Burn, Zombie Burn! Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies Fort Zombie I Made a Game with Zombies in It! Zombie Apocalypse Zombie Driver Zombie Panic in Wonderland
If you’re desperate for a hot theme to base your game on, look no further than zombies. It’s slowly becoming the gaming de facto. It’s almost a surprise when a game either doesn’t have zombies, or at least has zombie themed DLC. Just get it over with and release a 3-D zombie game. Kill two fads with one stone. Creativity has been replaced with the commonplace. Games with zombies in them tend to sell. Developers and publishers alike know this so they continue to churn them out.
This isn’t to say zombie themed games or DLC makes the game itself terrible or any less fun. I can pick out a handful of games on the above list I personally enjoy. I can also pick out a handful of games that had the word “Zombie” pasted on just to make a few more bucks.
Case and point. I immensely enjoyed Michael Jackson’s music video for “Thriller”. Why, because it was a unique and awesome video for a unique and awesome song. Had every other Micheal Jackson video been zombie themed, it would have been less and less awesome.
So I ask, no beg you video game creators and publishers to use zombies with care. Make amazing games with zombie themes sure, but use that noggin’ of yours to come up with something new and interesting. Something beyond the status quo.
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