I'll Never Get Sick of Zombies
illustration by Jenny

As soon as I heard July’s theme of ‘Sick’ – thoughts of hospitals and buckets at the side of the bed came to mind, leading me to think of zombies and just how dominating they are in the tech world at the moment! The title of the post is taken from the daddy of all zombie films, writer, director and editor George A. Romero – ‘I’ll never get sick of zombies. I just get sick of producers’.

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WORLD WAR Z

Starring Brad Pitt and based on a novel by Max Brooks, World War Z focusses on an agent interviewing survivors of the viral outbreak to try and piece together what caused it to happen. The first twenty minutes or so were packed with action and jumps to keep you on the edge of your seat. However at times during the middle I found my mind wandering and my ears even struggling to understand what was being said (maybe it was the audio in the cinema?). The soundtrack put together by Marco Beltrami had contributions from the band Muse, something which I felt added to the film giving it an eerie sense and reminding me of zombie flick’s from the 80s. Definitely a film to see on the big screen rather than small!

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THE LAST OF US

Out exclusively on PlayStation – this game is a survival horror action-adventure game which has already been rated the best Playstation game of 2013 by Metacritic. The year is 2033 and main character Joel must trek across America, chaperoning a teenager named Ellie, who may just be the cure against the infected creatures. The graphics are some of the best I’ve seen this year in the gaming world and compliment the different seasons within the gameplay fantastically. Quick reflex and patience are vital for this game, as the slightest sound could disturb the creatures lurking in the dark. There is also the ability to play online in teams against others, where you must battle it out to see who wins, though I much prefer the actual storyline. I would highly recommend The Last of Us for zombie and game lovers!

DEAD ISLAND

Don’t let the sandy beaches and palm trees trick you, as this tropical island turns into total chaos after a mysterious zombie outbreak. This game was designed on a cheap budget and it shows. The textures at times have rough edges and at times I’ve found the auto-saving not even working meaning I’ve had to go right back to square one. However if you can put up with this you’ll find yourself scavenging for materials to defend yourself and focussing on the XP you gain. Be careful  that the trailer of Dead Island doesn’t fool you into thinking it’s the bees knees and worth splashing cash on.

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Plants Vs. Zombies

Even though it was released in 2009, I still find people playing this app revolving around a homeowner trying to defend himself using plants and seeds to repel cartoonish zombies away. This app has become so popular, that a PS3 version was even put out. The developer behind the game, PopCap, have even announced that on July 18, 2013 Plants vs. Zombies: It’s About Time will hit the world! Anyone who has played this app before will recognise the catchy songs and confirm how addictive this game can get.

ZombieBooth

This app is available on the iTunes and Android store and allows you to transform your pictures into 3D animated zombies. It’s all just a bit of fun really but it’s a great laugh being able to add features such as ‘wink or ‘breathe’ to your creation, making it come alive in a dead sort of way? The company behind this product have different versions as well such as ‘VampireBooth‘ and ‘AlienAvatar‘ though I find ZombieBooth to be the best of them all!

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THE WALKING DEAD

I’m pretty sure everyone has heard of the show and if not – where have you been?! This American series is based on the comics of the same name. Premiered in 2010, Season 4 of the show will grace our screens this October, just in time to get you in the mood for Halloween! Throughout the show you find yourself rooting for certain characters and shedding a tear or two at the death of others. The special effects are realistic with a gruesome touch, contrasting with the emotions seen in the human aspect. Fans of the show are now able to pick up a copy of the first 48 issues of the comic all in one graphic novel now titled ‘The Walking Dead: Compendium One‘.

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At the London Zombie Walk 2011

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July 24, 2013