09 December 2008

Humans vs. Zombies

Coming soon to a campus near you, a game that mimics all of your favorite zombie movies! According to this article in the Boston Herald, students choose sides--human or zombie--and then wear bandannas (on the arm or leg for human, on the head for zombie) to indicate which state of humanity they currently inhabit--fast moving & terrified or slow moving & terrorizing.

The rules, briefly: Nerf guns are used by "humans" to stun "zombies" for 15 minutes. If a zombiedoes not "eat" for 2 days, he or she dies. Stronger zombies (those adept at catching and, in effect, tagging humans) can share their "kills" with weaker zombies. And so it goes. Presumably, though I did not read the rules page to which the Boston Herald linked, once "eaten" the human joins the zombies. I would probably know the answer to that if I had seen more zombie movies.

Anyway, my favorite part of the article was the discussion of violence and use of nerf "guns" this game as prompted at colleges across America. You can imagine how the PC (politically correct, for the uninitiated) feels about a game of this sort--the same way they feel about the gift of a GI Joe to a young child.

At Goucher, the game has caused quite a bit of consternation for those concerned about the legitimacy of their degrees. Nevermind grade inflation or plagiarism, they're worreid about a game. Consider the case of Conor Moran, "honest college student":
many think Humans vs. Zombies doesn’t reflect well on Goucher. Political science major Michael Harmon said he would rather Goucher be known for its academics or for its requirement that all students study abroad. He’s disturbed some underclassmen chose to attend Goucher because of the game.

"It was definitely one of the things that made me want to come here," zombie player Conor Moran said.

Yep, Conor went to Goucher because he heard they had 'crazy, weeks-long games of Humans vs. Zombies,' yeah!

You can't make this stuff up.

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