Saturday, December 06, 2008

Fairly out of the loop and Left 4 Dead

Even though I've been back for a little over a month, I am seriously out of the loop. Totally missed the presidential election, though I am somewhat relieved that America voted against the pro-zombie candidate. And I am far behind on all the various pop culture permutations of the zombie threat.

Everyone has been insisting I play Left 4 Dead. It was one of the first things that I did once I returned to civilized life, before I even sorted out that whole "presumed dead" thing. At first, I really struggled with the game. A year away from electricity has left my gaming skills somewhat dampened. However, the simulated experience of fighting zombie-esque monsters quickly reinvigorated my dexterity, while simultaneously leaving me with a gamer's blister unlike any I have ever experienced.

My biggest critique of the game, is that the monsters you are up against are not technically zombies. They move too fast and have a level of group coordination beyond the living dead. If anything, they more closely resemble the "rage-infected" of 28 days later. In spite of this categorical misfire, the game is noteworthy. The fighting system combined with the necessity of working with a diverse group provides an experience that could easily transfer over to a real-life zombie situation.

On the downside, I've noticed that my return to civilized society, combined with gaming and junk food, has resulted in a lessening of my survival-based physique. But at least now I can more easily adjust to the demands of a survivalist lifestyle when the time comes. In the meantime, however, I am going to enjoy my hostess cupcakes.

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