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The Sick or the Dead? Which do you prefer?

Posted in books, Books/Comics, essays, games, Video Games with tags , , , on June 20, 2009 by hunterchad

They started out as supernatural nightmares, rising, shambling from graves to do a master’s bidding.  Then zombies moved onto scientific origins, corpses reanimating because of toxic waste or radiation.  Now, the undead are losing their undead-ness and being shoved aside for infected masses, not so much reanimated corpses as they are the savage majority.

Why is the zombie population shifting from the graveyard to the lab?  The two sides are represented everywhere – “Night of the Living Dead” vs. “28 Days,” “The Laughing Corpse” vs. “I am Legend” and “Resident Evil” vs. “Left 4 Dead.”  Which do you prefer – actual dead corpses back up and on the prowl or your next-door-neighbor gone a little crazy?

Resident Evil 5 – Greatest or Racist?

Posted in essays, games, reviews, Video Games with tags , , , , on June 19, 2009 by hunterchad

resi5-logo Although it’s been out for several months, Resident Evil 5 has accomplished several major achievements:

  • It is a sales record-breaking installment in a trend setting game series
  • It boasts some of the most realistic and state-of-the-art graphics that any modern gaming console could offer
  • It has been accused of being racist

Upon the game’s initial development, there were some groups and players who accused the fifth installment in Capcom’s Survival Horror series of being racist.  With the main protagonist being Caucasian being set against hordes of infected Africans, there arose a sentiment that the game had violent racial overtones.  In the end, an international committee did view the game and decide that it was not racist.  However, the question is raised: did this committee include minority gamers familiar with the series?

Resident Evil 5 is not racist.  It is one of the greatest games to be released in the last few years.  As a minority gamer familiar with the series, I can say that the gameplay is far from racist.  The action is indicative of the locale.  Case closed.  Resident Evil 4, which was set in Spain, was not accused of being racist although it was a similar setup, a Caucasian fighting infected minorities (in this case Spaniards.)  Resident Evil 5 also includes in its cast two other heroes, Sheva Alomar and Stone, both of whom are competent, three-dimensional and African.

Resident Evil 5 does not evolve beyond its issue of black and white because there never is an issue.  As a matter of fact, there are a blend of colors in the infected masses attacking and ethnicity is never mentioned.  Those who have accused the game of racism have not played it and are not familiar with the background story and its globe-trotting time-line.  In the end, it is small-mindedness that keeps us seeing black and white instead of good and evil, right and wrong, survival and survival horror.

Plants vs. Zombies

Posted in games with tags , on May 10, 2009 by Justin

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I’ve been seeing all sorts of headlines about a new video game from PopCap Games called Plants vs. Zombies.  I’ve kind of been ignoring it despite it’s obvious zombie-focused narrative because… well, because it’s called “Plants vs. Zombies” and that idea just sounded kinda stupid to me.

But after pretty much every review of the game that I’ve seen online has been overwhelmingly positive, I figured I’d have to relent and at least look into it a bit further.

Turns out, the game actually looks like a lot of fun.  Check it out for yourself:

I think it looks like a blast, but I was debating whether or not it’ll sustain re-playability enough to justify spending twenty bucks on it.  The official synopsis seems to be pretty confident that it will:

Get ready to soil your plants in an all-new action-strategy game from PopCap! A mob of fun-loving zombies is about to invade your home, and your only defense is an arsenal of 49 zombie-zapping plants. Use peashooters, wall-nuts, cherry bombs and more to mulchify 26 types of zombies before they can reach your front door.

Each zombie has its own special skills, so you’ll need to think fast and plant faster to combat them all. But be careful how you use your limited supply of greens and seeds… as you battle the fun-dead, obstacles like a setting sun, creeping fog and a swimming pool add to the challenge. And with five game modes to dig into, the fun never dies!

Okay, I’m sold.  Let’s all just head on over to the official site where we can buy the thing (and if you’re still not convinced, there’s a free trial over there too!).

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Little Red Riding Hood’s Zombie BBQ

Posted in games on April 13, 2009 by jenn voorhees

Shooting zombies is fun.  Especially when you get to do it while being a little red hooded girl who likes to collect weapons.  Storybook land has been invaded by hordes of ravenous zombies.  First, save grandmother from the big bad wolf.  Then save the rest of the world from a zombie apocalypse.  You just may have to take out some of the little pigs along the way.  Does anyone smell bacon?

 

It looks like I’m going to have to go out and buy a DS just to play Little Red Riding Hood’s Zombie BBQ.  You know I’m getting the pink one.

Game: Zombie Hooker Nightmare

Posted in games with tags , on March 28, 2009 by Justin

If you’ve never had a chance to play any of the depraved, ingenious games from Adult Swim, you’re missing out on some sick fun.  Their latest flash-based offering is something that’s right up our alley here at Send More Cops: Zombie Hooker Nightmare.

Zombie Hooker Nightmare

The premise is simple: You’re a working girl just trying to make it through another night.   Your goal is to meet your quota for the night (ie a certain number of required johns) and to make as much money as possible while doing so.  The only problem is, well, there’s a zombie invasion going on, so you’ve gotta fight your way through some zombie hookers (and assorted zombie pimps, which are a little harder to kill).

It’s a fun way to kill an entire afternoon.

Edit: I just realized that Scott Kenemore posted about this very game on his great blog several hours before I posted it myself, only I just realized it when checking my RSS feeds.  I wasn’t purposefully trying to duplicate content without giving credit.  I guess great brains just think alike.

Zombie Invasion iPhone App

Posted in downloads, games on November 6, 2008 by Natalie

I really don’t understand why one of my co-workers e-mailed me about this game. I have such a reputation around the office for being totally mature and not at all concerned with playing video games on my iPhone and talking about zombie stuff – it boggles the mind. Lord knows when everyone else is talking about which guts are best served raw and the best car part to smash a zombie’s skull in with I’m over there, typing up TPS reports and scheduling meetings.

Either way, Tim sent me a link to Zombie Invasion for iPhone. I’m pretty content with Tetris, but my husband Tony downloaded it and says it was worth the 99 cents. Don’t expect a challenge – according to Tony he quit after 20 minutes because this thumb hurt.

In other news, we’re working on contributor profiles so you can meet the weirdos behind the madness. I know you can’t wait for that. Well, keep your pants on – we have day jobs, you know.