Zombie Cliche Lookout: Survival Cache
Anyone who has ever played a video game knows that you need to pick up absolutely everything. In most games (with notable exceptions), everything you could ever need to survive is just left lying around. Now, there are sometimes good reasons for this. In the zombie apocalypse, for instance, you might expect to find a weapon or other supplies on the ground where they were dropped in a panic, possibly next to a pool of coagulating blood. However, these items are often found in weird places, and the more useful or powerful the item, the more esoteric its location.
In real life, people rarely leave valuable or useful things just lying around. And in a crisis that holds doubly true. Yes, if you’re the last living person for a thousand square miles, you can probably scavenge to your heart’s content. Otherwise, every other survivor out there is competing for those same finite resources.
About this Episode:
I like to put framed pictures and whatnot in the background of shots, but I’m finding that newspaper a little distracting now. Whenever the dialog balloon is on top of it, the high-contrast corners of the frame really stand out to me. Live and learn, I suppose.
Discussion Question: Zombie Knowledge as a Handicap
This one comes courtesy of Mad.., who reached out to me via email yesterday (he later sent a generous donation, which is just awesome. Thanks Mad..!).
I recently mentioned that zombies are becoming a part of our overall cultural consciousness. They’ve long since lost the “niche monster” status they once enjoyed, and have turned into trends and memes and unimaginative movie and video game cannon fodder. The public, as a whole, knows how zombies work.
So what happens if zombies don’t work quite like we think they do? What happens when the zombies show up, but are completely immune to head shots? Or if, instead of being spread by bite or scratch, the zombie plague is airborne and requires some other catalyst to infect? How will our cultural “knowledge” of zombies handicap us if zombies don’t play by the rules we think they should?