Posted on March 12, 2012 - 11:40pm by moviebob
This brain-chomping episode of The Game OverThinker takes a look at why zombies are so popular in modern video games. Mmm brains...
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I really don't mind the story. It's his show, he can do what he wants with it. as long as there's something to think about somewhere in it.
Did you guys know that you can watch an EDITED version of the Game Overthinker episodes WITHOUT THE FUCKING STUPID STORY! and also with a better video player that doesn't take a million years to load, just go to: http://blip.tv/gameovereditor
I don't really think that those things are completely at odds with each other. I think this is more of a case of conformity and unconformity or free will and programming (robots). Or maybe you think it's more of society versus individual or individual and community. Also there are are so many kinds of communism (just as there are many kinds of feminism, liberalism and presumably conservatism) that you are going to find communism that wants to control that persons down to their thoughts and feelings and you are going to find communism that does not, the only thing they have in common is that they are sure to be is anti-capitalist (conservatism was also anti capitalist in Europe in the 17 and 18 hundreds).
OK there is something to the thought that we dehumanize zombies to make them easier to kill. But what is the change that brings them from human to sub-human? I think often the main character succumbs to the same thing the other people fall to. So the main character is usually not special. It doesn't seem like an ideology, because no idea is that infectious.
As an alternate hypothesis. What if it the zombie hoard is an anthropomorphic representation of a catastrophe like a natural disaster or an environmental disaster. Things that one is so powerless against, but now you can fight it and take out your frustration on that. There is similarities in the way that it happens to both good and bad people, rich or poor, majority and minority, woman or man.
The hard truth about zombies is a bit sadly true. It's surprising to see that you had the courage to say that. And now that you mention it, zombies have been on the rise in popularity. I generally enjoy anything-zombie related in a game (including nonhumans) since it brings forth different strategies to eradicate them.
Zombies do seem to be the flavour of the decade! There's a new thing going around the UK called 2.8 hours later! Basically its a social event where a part of a city centre is cornered off and people have to get to different checkpoints and escape other people dressed as zombies! If you get cuaght you become a zombie! Abrilliant idea! Go check it out! I did it in Glasgow & was tremendous fum! Also knackering!
Zombies are essentially a force of a growing threat that assimilates whatever falls victim to them. It makes the poor sap another brainless follower of the hoard. The survivors are maintaining their free choice, their right to live, not as those things but as sentient people.
It's an interesting comparison to look to Communism versus individual freedom.
I agree with you 100%. Pick something close to the real thing but enough to keep you removed from it as well. The analogy of GTA was the first thing that came to mind.
The conclusion is a bit far fetched in my opinion. I think zombies are popular just because it's an easy to killl enemy, theres a satisfaction in mowing down a horde of enemies that don't attack back at you, and when you finish it you feel empowered. I think zombies are getting milked, it's the cool thing now and everybody is into them. Personally I don't mind them.
The video keeps refusing to load past halfway. Is there a chance ScrewAttack might get a web programmer who is capable of tying their own shoes without injuring themselves?
Sorry Bob, I don't want to fight zombies because I want to hurt people in the world. How desensitized and morbid can you be?
I really like this, he brings up a bunch of really good points. That being said I would like this more if it was just the good points with no tacked on theatrics.
i dont think anyone kills zombies in video games because they cant kill actually people in real life. Bob? Bob....? what happened to your youtube days? those first 20 something episodes were mostly decent topics and ideas. how much longer are you gonna keep this up? seriously man take a breather for a few months and get some legit topics down. i feel as though your ideas are being stretched a little thin.
Personally, I think zombies are so common because we can kill them without any moral reprocussions (so we don't have to constantly refer back to Middle Eastern folks and avoid racism controversy), AND they have a lot of blood inside them.
I still don't get why you squeeze an Irate Gamer-quality storyline (read bad) into an otherwise great series.
Yeah, GO? you're gonna have a hard time convincing me to your side on this one. I empathize with Necrothinker, but not necessarily agree. Yes I would like to go back in the day when gaming was awesome, but I wouldn't have Earthbound or the many Zelda title I love so much.
He's not keeping that a secret. He showed that on-screen, y'know...
No L4D footage? Like...at all? Hell, that was the game that kept this cliche going as long as it has.
If I were the Overthinker in that situation, I don't think I would want to... do what he's going to do XD
Very interesting theories, I agree that's probably it for most people. But I know why a zombie apocalypse sounds fun to me. It's because in that scenario life returns to what(I think) it should be, survival. No more bullshit bureaucracy & getting by with money and words, just the secret of survival being pure skill. And living like that would be soo empowering(empowering kind of the same way as playing games). What the G.O. said was indeed a small part true for me, but this is mostly the reason I love zombienesses. (also great episode :) )
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