Don't get me wrong, this latest societal craze has led to some cool stuff, but it's time for it to be over. Zombie movies/shows/games have all seem to have lost that edge that used to make them special and I have no doubt that it's from overexposure and people trying to be 'different' with the genre. Again I'm not saying it hasn't had some great impacts, The Walking Dead from Telltale was amazing, but then there's the myriad of bad zombie games that follow, including the other licensed Walking Dead game, The Walking Dead: Survival Instinct. And it's not just games, in 2012 there were over twenty five zombie flix made and you can bet that not all of them were stellar hits.
But why am I complaining? Why not just let things slide? I know I don't have to watch the movies or play the games, and most of the time I don't. But what it does do it take time away from other projects that could be way more fun to play or watch. For instance I was having a conversation the other day with my compatriot Graham and we started talking about good pirate games that have come out recently. Sid Meier's Pirates was the most recent game that could both think of that excited us. This led to the talk about how Assassin's Creed IV is essentially going to be a pirate game, and it's just Ubisoft's way off selling more titles of a pirate game they wanted to make. So why make Assassin's Creed into a pirate game instead of making a new IP that is in and of itself a pirate game? Because it wouldn't sell. At least that's the way the world works these days, or the way people think it works at least. If it's not the latest fad for themed stuff then it ain't going to sell, so unless your pirates
are zombies the game is a no go. Unless of course you couple the pirate theme with a known IP that sells and you win. But what about other pirate games. I for one am skipping out on the next AC game, but that's for another blog post, and would like a couple of other choices when it came to pirate games.
It's time for zombies to take a break, maybe have a well earned nap. The sad thing is that the only way that the zombie stuff will die down is if we over-popularize something else that I'll be sick of way before it's over. The supernatural well is starting to run dry so I'm guessing we're going back to dinosaurs, which won't be all that bad, at first. I appreciate that the world has become more accepting about geek culture, but they really like to hold on to things as opposed to diversifying like the geek culture that I grew up with. So with that I say bring on the next fad, because this one is ready to rest in piece.