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Archive for January 28th, 2009

Zombie Redux

Yes, the irony is thick today.  Not only are zombies themselves a bit of a “redux” considering that they are recycled corpses, but I’m writing about zombies.  Again.

I’m a changed man.  I no longer see zombies as completely devoid of value.  I’m not yet embracing the shambling undead, but this little gem of a game has given me pause for how they can be used in interesting narratives.

Sonny

Yes, it’s a Flash game; yes, it’s effectively a “lite” JRPG; yes, the main character is apparently an amnesiac zombie.  I haven’t played all that far into the game yet, but I’ve got to give it major brownie points for being something more than just another zombie gorefest.  I’m actually… curious about a zombie, rather than just being disgusted with it.

I’m still not playing Left4Dead (mostly because I can’t, but even if I could, survival horror still doesn’t work for me), but my stance on zombies as a whole isn’t what it used to be.  Maybe it’s because Sonny hits a sweet spot for my Final Fantasy-addled brain, maybe it’s because the zombie amnesiac is closer in concept to the historic Vodou Zombies, maybe it’s just because I’m a sucker for a well-designed free game.  Whatever the case, I recommend Sonny to those who might enjoy seeing through the eyes of a zombie who isn’t interested in slasher flick tropes.  Is it a perfect game?  Nope, but it’s a fair sight better than some of the full price RPGs we’ve seen over the years.

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T=Machine has a great article up dissecting the demise of Tabula Rasa.  It’s been linked to by Ysharros over at Stylish Corpse, as well as others, so this may be old hat to some of you, but it’s still a good read.

It’s a good reminder that sometimes, failure isn’t just a function of “it’s not WoW, duh”.  The game industry still has a lot of growing to do, and it needs intelligent managers and money people.  It has its visionaries, but more important are the people who make those dreams into reality.

…and no, we don’t want any failed banking CEOs trying to find jobs in the industry.  We have plenty cancer of our own, thanks.

Talking about Tabula Rasa

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