Survivalism is big in gaming at the moment. Lots of TV shows have to do with being a survivor like Discover Channel’s survivor man and related shows, but what has made it more of a national and international success is how widespread the subculture of zombie survivalism has become.
Zombie movies have been around for decades and there has always been a cult-like following to the genre, but it was never a mainstream success. It was successful enough to have a few parody films made about it, but even those weren’t quite as big as what the genre has become. With the wild success of the Walking Dead franchise on AMC, zombies and zombie related merchandise are household names.
And this is nowhere more evident than in gaming. Zombie related gaming has absolutely exploded, both before and after the Walking Dead. The hugely popular Dead Rising franchise is a staple in the gaming world. Other games explore life as a survivor in a zombie apocalypse where players will create zombie bug out bag packing lists in order to prepare for an impending apocalypse and save their friends and family from emergencies.
These games are huge at the moment and they show no signs of slowing down.
In some of the more true to life ones (as true as you can be when talking about a zombie apocalypse, haha), the gameplay is incredible detailed and well laid out. The graphics are incredible and the scenarios are vivid and true to the fan fiction.
My personal favorite zombie survival game “Dead Survival 2,” which came out a few years ago now, starts off with life as it normally is. You can pick different worlds to begin the game with different resources available and you need to do your best preparing for the impending doom. The game then randomly generates when the full apocolypse happens, so you don’t know exactly when it will hit. Obviously, before it does, you do your best to gather up all of the resources for survival, you show your friends and family how to make a bug out bag pdf and you distribute disaster plans to everyone around you so that you can have a crew ready to go for when disaster inevitably strikes.
Then once everything hits the fan, you need to do your best to execute your plan and rebuild society. It’s a great game that you can play through hundreds of different scenarios and have a great time doing it. The first one was a great concept and very innovative in its originality, but the full-on gameplay just wasn’t quite there like the second one.
Games involving realistic survival situations have definitely sparked an interest in a lot of people. It’s not entirely clear if it will outlive the current phase or if it’s just a passing fad, but we know one thing for sure. There will always be a tight knit group of passionate zombie fans out there supporting new developments in the genre, no matter how snobby they may be once the subgenre peoples popular in the mainstream.