Are Zombies on the way out?

Posted by oraknabo (1514 posts) -

In a recent article, With Obama election comes the return of the vampire, San Diego Tribune's Peter Rowe theorizes that the popularity of Zombie and Vampire movies come in waves based on which political party controls the government. He argues that Obama's win ushers in a new age of vampire fiction, pointing to True Blood and Twilight as early indicartors.

“Democrats, who want to redistribute wealth to 'Main Street,' fear the Wall Street vampires who bleed the nation dry,” Newitz argued, noting that Dracula and his ilk arose from the aristocracy. “Republicans fear a revolt of the poor and disenfranchised, dressed in rags and coming to the White House to eat their brains.”
Even if he's right, I'm not sure if the same thing works with games. The first Castlevania games came out during Reagan's Presidency and Resident Evil came out at the end Clinton's first term. Both are Japanese though, so it's hard to argue that American politics would have had a role in inspiring them except for maybe a role in influencing their US sales.

I think overall, zombies are more interesting for games, especially when game AI is rarely smarter then your average zombie. Most vampire games I can think of are Japanese except the Buffy and White Wolf games. Bethesda puts vampires in their games, but I can't think of anything that's been announced that will feature them heavily in the next few years.  Anyone know of any upcoming titles that might hint at a trend?
#1 Edited by oraknabo (1514 posts) -

In a recent article, With Obama election comes the return of the vampire, San Diego Tribune's Peter Rowe theorizes that the popularity of Zombie and Vampire movies come in waves based on which political party controls the government. He argues that Obama's win ushers in a new age of vampire fiction, pointing to True Blood and Twilight as early indicartors.

“Democrats, who want to redistribute wealth to 'Main Street,' fear the Wall Street vampires who bleed the nation dry,” Newitz argued, noting that Dracula and his ilk arose from the aristocracy. “Republicans fear a revolt of the poor and disenfranchised, dressed in rags and coming to the White House to eat their brains.”
Even if he's right, I'm not sure if the same thing works with games. The first Castlevania games came out during Reagan's Presidency and Resident Evil came out at the end Clinton's first term. Both are Japanese though, so it's hard to argue that American politics would have had a role in inspiring them except for maybe a role in influencing their US sales.

I think overall, zombies are more interesting for games, especially when game AI is rarely smarter then your average zombie. Most vampire games I can think of are Japanese except the Buffy and White Wolf games. Bethesda puts vampires in their games, but I can't think of anything that's been announced that will feature them heavily in the next few years.  Anyone know of any upcoming titles that might hint at a trend?
#2 Posted by brukaoru (5079 posts) -

Zombies and Vampires relate to politics? ...What has the fantasy world come to?! Isn't the point of fantasy to escape reality?!

Zombies are becoming stale, in my opinion, because games that should not have zombies are incorporating them in somehow. As long as it can make sense and it works well for the game, I think zombies are fine, otherwise I don't think they should be included. I think a good vampire game could be made soon, and by that I am not including any future CastleVania titles.

#3 Posted by PureRok (4236 posts) -

Can never have enough zombies or vampires or werewolves. Not enough werewolves, if you ask me. I wish White Wolf would have finished their werewolf game.

#4 Posted by oraknabo (1514 posts) -

I usually like werewolf movies, but there hasn't really been a great werewolf game, unless you count Altered Beast.

#5 Edited by daniel_beck_90 (3159 posts) -
oraknabo said:
"I usually like werewolf movies, but there hasn't really been a great werewolf game, unless you count Altered Beast."
  Harry Potter
#6 Posted by Yit (761 posts) -

Vampires are for fools.

Zombie pride!

#7 Edited by DoMiNiC147 (25 posts) -

I like Zombies but I won't mind taking a break to play some other monster games.

#8 Posted by KongLooey84 (15 posts) -

I came here to kill zombies and chew bubblegum...and I'm all out of gum. And I think zombies are slightly more interesting, but maybe only because they are more prominent in games. It would be equally interesting to see some crazy, solid, vampire-focused game. I'd probably go with werewolves for an overall preference though. Also no knowledge of any trend-related upcoming games.

#9 Posted by End_Boss (3220 posts) -
@oraknabo: Zombies on the way out? That's it. We're fighting.

Your dukes. Put them up.


#10 Posted by IcySandman (474 posts) -

Everything has a peak and a fall, an I believe for video games it's still rising/getting close to it's peak.  THAN it'll go down, not much though, and make a comeback later on.

Haven't seen any other great monster related games that I've heard.  There was that one game Legendary, but all I've seen is that people said it was bad.  Perhaps another time for werewolves and vampires etc. etc...

#11 Posted by Oriental_Jams (3063 posts) -

That...guy...is...a...fool.

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