I am on my phone for this post.
I just played some resident evil 5 at a friends house. What is the obsession? She has 3 other zombie games on top of resident evil...
Whats the obsession with zombies?
How funny would it be to see a zombie jesus game? Or do they already have that?
I mean, after poking around this site for a couple of months, I can understand the facination with zombies with respect to TA afficianados (sp?). After all, wasn't the central figure of (one of) the reasons we are here, himself, a zombie?
BTW......What do vegetarian zombies eat?
(leaves quietly by the back door..)
Maybe the idea of cannibalism resonates with something primal in our psyche that echoes along our genome chain? Maybe we as a species were all cannibals once or will I be made to eat these words.....?
I agree that cannibalism has probably been key to our survival in hard times. But I think it's that we find idea of cannibalism so repulsive (and threatening, if you're on the menu) that we feel justified, even compelled to destroy the cannibal...thus the appeal of zombie-killing games.
You need to read this:
I'll quote it here for everyone, because it's just. That. Awesome.
Here's the weirdest graph you'll see all week. It's graphing the popularity of zombie movies versus vampire movies, split out by whether the president at the time was a Republican or a Democrat. There are exceptions, but in general when a Republican is in office, it's all about zombies. When it's a Democrat, it's all about vampires:
I linked to it, too, so if my quoting is hard to read (it is for me), just click the link...
As a fan of both vampire and zombie movies, I enjoyed this immensely. Very funny and interesting. I don't know what an independent would fear...perhaps a zombie/vampire hybrid...oh, I want to see that movie! I lean left, so this 'analysis' sheds some light on why I confused the vampires in I Am Legend for mutant zombies. :-D
@ nathan, um wow
zombies = people/stuff you can kill and not feel bad about it
we can psychoanalyze it more if you want to but. . .
I'm not the one psychoanalyzing it, but the article makes some damn good points. If you think about it, zombies are rather conservative while vampires are rather liberal.
I have no clue which I like more, but I'm all about killing. Though I question whether zombies are, or should be, easy targets. How should a zombie be, exactly? Slow, lumbering, only knowing one word, or still smart, still talking, agile, strong, and fast? It may be less realistic, but I rather prefer the zombie that can almost trick you into thinking it's still alive.
All horror is trying to force us to recognize what is repressed and oppressed in our society. We all hate the idea of conformity but nevertheless conform in our own ways to conventions and traditions. For example we may feel cognitive dissonance when we get McDonald's because we're in a hurry, knowing in the back of our minds that they contribute to the destruction of the rainforest, drive local restaurants out of business and that the food is extremely unhealthy. We are conscious of our conformity yet hate that part of ourselves. We all like to think of ourselves as free-thinkers but we truly are not. Enter the modern zombie. Here is a creature, once human, now a mindless flesh-eater. Stalking through city streets in mobs, looking for victims to consume and convert to zombism. The zombie, modernly, represents that part of ourselves that we hate. The part that we fear will consume us and turn us into just another face in the crowd. It is a loss of identity, individualism. Scary stuff. It is no wonder people enjoy shooting them in the head.
<pedantmode> The enemies in Resident Evil 5 are not zombies, nor in Resident Evil 4. The original G and T viruses allowed for the creation of "zombies" as well as other creatures, but since the fall of Umbrella the viral work has developed and the enemies you fight against are more like mind controlled drones than zombies </pedantmodeover>
As to the further point, zombies are just "in" right now, as are ninjas. Ina few years somehting else will be cool. Anyone remember the craze over Badgers a few years back?
I think it has to do with them not only being excellent virtual cannon fodder and also a pretty scary horror creature, but the fact that they're the most relevant critique of humanity that horror fiction has. You can use them for pretty much any kind of social or political criticism.
I do not get the whole zombie thing but I recall back in the spring that the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) actually gave advice on who to deal with a zombie emergency !
It was at this point that I realised just how divorced from reality the US government had become when they have a major arm of their government issuing advice on B movie fantasies - talk about farking barking ! I was a also disturbed to see (though not entirely surprised) that they considered the third most important thing to ensure you had (after water and food) was your medications - forget a weapon to defend yourself with.
From this I concluded that :
Judith vd R