The CDC Has A Plan For A Zombie Apocalypse

Though the thought of actual zombie invasion seems to be farfetched, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) may be thinking differently. In fact, CDC has just made announcements concerning the possibility of zombie apocalypse, and they are encouraging people to get ready for what could only be catastrophic event.

In the announcement, rear admiral Ali S. Khan, MD of the CDC’s Office of Public Health Preparedness indicated that the popularity of the zombie culture only proves that zombie apocalypse could actually happen in the future. He noted how creations featuring zombies show how the living dead can invade nations and penetrate all city streets all the while causing harm to all the live people who blocking their way. And with such zombie-themed works, a lot of people got wondering how they can possibly prepare for the zombie apocalypse in case that that it happens in the future.

According to Khan, to prepare for the zombie chaos, people may follow some standard disaster procedures, including storing water and other supplies and setting up a meeting place for the whole family in case of unforeseeable incidents.

It is good that CDC is showing some concern regarding the said matter. However, the announcement got people curious on how this particular sector of the government suddenly become interested in preparing for zombie invasion.

Well, it seems that the idea for the zombie warning came from Dave Daigle, the head of communications for the CDC’s preparedness department, which has a $1.4 billion budget to spend this year to resolve people’s issues concerning public health-related problems during major disasters, such as hurricanes and earthquakes. Just a while ago, CDC provided aid with Haiti’s cholera outbreak and with the radiation caused by the Fukushima nuclear meltdown in Japan.

Daigle stated that they make their announcements during hurricane season, which starts at June 1, and that they send messages containing the same thing every year. However, the department has no idea whether the recipients do really take the time to read the messages.

Moreover, according to Daigle, informing the people about preparedness plans becomes much easier when they are using zombie themes and viral social-media marketing. In relation to this, the CDC’s zombie post was the first time that the department utilized Facebook and Twitter to launch a preparedness campaign that is not specific for a particular disaster. According to Daigle, the result of the announcement was a success.

The intention of the message about preparedness is great. However, the topic is not really something that the public are very well-interested in. Yet, as Daigle had observed, after posting their announcement on Monday, their servers crashed by Wednesday. The zombie warning incurred 30,000 views, which is triple of the traffic that CDC normally attains for a preparedness warning that has already been posted for 10 days. Daigle already anticipated that their zombie warning would be picked up by more people, but he was surprise to see such as big turnout.

At present, CDC is implementing another gimmick, wherein people are invited to join a video contest for zombie preparedness messages. The CDC is now utilizing some well-known tactics, including the use of popular topics, social media, and people’s participation, which have been proven to be effective to some extent by media outlets, companies, and political campaigns, to disseminate information.

Though some people think that the announcement was just a waste of time and money, Daigle clarified that their plan was not financed by external supporters and that writing the message did not take too much of their time. Moreover, the campaign did not add to the expenses of the department.

However, though the CDC is intent on warning people about the possibility of zombie outbreak, their plan seems to be lacking. Thus, people should not rely on CDC’s advice alone in case that the zombie apocalypse does actually occurs. Notably, the CDCs warning does not have information regarding the use of shotguns, torches, going to high grounds, hot-wiring cars, roaming the grounds during the night, and other strategies that can help people in preventing zombies from invading their homes. Though the warning is well-thought off, it may be proven to be more effective in the event of other disturbances, such as a hurricane.

According to Daigle, it is impossible for them to post anything about weapons because they are a public-health center. Thus, they are leaving it in the hands of the authorities to post advices and warnings regarding the use of weapons during a zombie apocalypse.

Key Aspects Of The Best Zombie Movies

Every movie zombie fan is possible very familiar with the works of George A. Romero. His fascination for zombies became the starting point of the zombie culture, leading to the creation of zombie-inspired films and TV shows, videogames, comics books and graphic novels, and music. Basically, anything zombie-related is now embedded deep in people’s culture, even though most only thought of zombies as terrifying creatures.

The nature of zombies has already been interpreted in various manners, as seen in Romero’s Dawn of the Dead and Edgar Wrights’s Shaun of the Dead. Zombie movies either focused on the creatures as having some kind of life, or in other cases, they were metaphorically compared with the kind of life that people are living everyday. No matter what the reason is, zombie culture is a very popular source of entertainment (and horror) for most people, and many may be wondering why movies featuring the living dead tend to become popular and gain a cult following. Possibly, the success of zombie movies is related to the following factors:


A lot of people would agree that most zombie movie include almost enclosed spaces. In fact, it is a common scenario in zombie movies to see people getting trapped in spaces that are about to be invaded by the living dead. The Night of the Living Dead might have been the first zombie movie to interpret zombies as creatures roaming around spaces while making inaudible sounds as they try to prey on live humans.

Meanwhile, for some, the Living Dead franchise is one of the greatest zombie film of all time, and that is because the film maximized using the element of claustrophobia. Just to recap, Living Dead focuses on a group of strangers who become entrapped in a small abandoned farmhouse. It is not long before the group realizes that the living dead are closing in on them. Shot in black and white, the tension in the movie is slowly built before the zombies create chaos thanks to the bad decisions and misfortunes of the lead character. In addition, the film is notable for including undead children. For most parts, the scenes featured are inside the farmhouse, shown in grainy black and white, and remarkably, emanate a claustrophobic vibe as the film progresses. Moreover, the basement of the farmhouse serves as fortress for the zombie child in the movie. As a whole, the movie is great thanks to a number of factors. However, its capability to use a very small space to accommodate a number of people is what really makes it great.

Along with the Living Dead, other movies who wisely utilized the element of claustrophobia include the Dead franchise, in which Day of the Dead, even with its flaws, bears great horror because of the manner that it relayed the story set in a very confined environment. In the movie, the characters can be found in an underground bunker most of the time, and even the sunlight fails to provide some hope. The characters have to rely only on the halogen bulbs to see each other.

[Rec} is another zombie movie which should be applauded for using a claustrophobic location. The movie is set in an apartment building, which is eventually raided by infected people. In short, the setting is an important factor that adds to the credibility of a zombie movie.

However, there are cases when some zombie movies fail to account for this point. For instance, one of the Dead franchise movies, the Diary of the Dead, was very awful for some because most of the scenes are shot in open areas in a bus. Moreover, with such setting, the movie utterly fails in giving the viewers a sense of danger. The Land of the Dead is a fairly good movie, which only flops in some points, especially in the scenarios which take place in small spaces, such as an abandoned shop. And the same goes for when the scenes are shot outside building structures.

The World War Z is also quite very good, as it provides some heightened excitement but again, the use of location is not maximized. To further clarify on this aspect, viewers should review the scenes including those of the zombie onslaught at Jerusalem and at the medical facility. The sense of danger is kind of missed out since it is already implied that Brad Pitt has a high chance of escaping via a plane.

In TV shows, the issues can also be encountered but to a lesser degree. The use of confined spaces is also effective but it can only be used in shorter periods. In the mini-series, Dead Set, the scenes are most effective when they are shot in the Big Brother set, whereas the tension subsides when the scene include those shot outside the TV station.

When talking about zombies, almost everyone would mention a thing or two about The Walking Dead. However, when considering the use of claustrophobic location, the TV show can’t be categorized as a failure as it is focused more on telling the story of the live characters and not that of the living dead. In fact, the zombies in the drama can be considered as support lingering behind in the backdrop instead of being an active factor. Thus, the major characters of the show do not necessarily need to trapped in closed spaces at all time, but only those moments when inflicting horrors becomes the focus.


Of course, survivors are important element of every zombie movie. However, to contribute to the success of a zombie flick, the group of survivors should consist of the right combination of people with varying qualities, which not all should be moral and good. Whether they are evil or not, viewers anticipate what will happen to all the living characters in a zombie movie. Well, it’s not necessarily that viewers should care for the characters and cry upon their death, however, the characters should possess unique qualities, albeit a bad one, to make them stand out.

The Night of the Living Dead is a great example showing a good combination of its characters. The characters of the movie are basically strangers and the situation they are in contributes in creating a heightened tension among them and the sense of claustrophobia inside the farmhouse. Stuck in a very tight space, the characters in The Night of the Living can only shout and contradict each other, which do not necessarily help in resolving their problem. The tension in a zombie movie is understandable, because there is no sense uniting people and providing them with harmony in times of trouble. In fact, it can only lead to the demise of the movie. By contrast, when the characters fight with each other, the viewers are tempted to take sides and choose their bets for survival. The Dawn of the Dead and The Walking Dead series recognized the importance of causing conflict in their characters and did a great job it. The Telltale Games counterpart of The Walking Dead was also successful in this aspect as well as [Rec]. In the aforementioned examples, the appearance of hordes of zombies served as a tool to gather humans who bear no relations with each other and who do not really welcome the idea of spending some time with and relying on strangers for survival.

A little off-topic, another great movie, Frank Darabont’s The Mist, practices the principle of forcing strangers together in a confined space. In the movie, shoppers and strangers get trapped inside a supermarket when a mysterious and quite deadly mist covers an entire town and monsters started appearing and snatching people. The tension is further heightened when a religious zealot decides to take matters in her own hands and starts converting some gullible people into her followers and setting them on killing the protagonist and the other characters who are not siding with her. The Mist is great example showing the effective of ripping people apart with conflict, which sometimes lead to some unwarranted fate of some characters. The Day of the Dead also makes of such element, wherein the survivors of the movie begin to split up, as they continue to disagree concerning their viewpoints.

World War Z should be noted again for failing to effectively use conflicting characters. In the movie, Brad Pitt has to travel to various parts of the world with company of some unremarkable characters. Brad Pitt met various characters, including a Jewish intelligence expert, an Israeli soldier, a soldier who always talks a mouth, and the scientist whose characters basically remained bland throughout the movie. Thus, as the movie concludes, Brad Pitt’s face seems to be the only one that seemed memorable, whereas the others just served as passersby.

  1. GORE

Likewise, it seems that World War Z lacks blood and gore. Gore is an important quality associated with successful zombie movies. In most cases, the films show reanimated or infected humans setting about biting the healthy ones. In such cases, blood is bound to spill. A person may get bitten on the throat, the arm, and other parts of the body, and depending on the part bitten, blood may appear as a spurting liquid or a gushing river or red blood cells. Moreover, human victims could be dismembered or gutted by the living thing. In fact, it has been customary for zombie movies to show some blood and unmerciful killings.


Though not all people give very importance to the rating, it is indicative of how much gore, bloodiness, and horror can be seen in a zombie film. In fact, zombie movies which are aimed at showing guts and instilling indescribable terror should lean toward attaining a rating that is only meant for adults. Basically, it is the sense of danger which can help in achieving such status. However, in the case of World War Z, there seems to be only a few death and inadequate sense of terror.

In conclusion, the abovementioned things are not the absolute factor determining the success of a zombie film. However, having a few of them in a zombie movie will greatly contribute in their success. Specifically, a great combination of any of the said factors will add to the overall terror brought about by zombies. Still, a very talented filmmaker may be able to pull off a movie without necessarily taking into consideration all those factors. Yet, the success of such film may not be tantamount to that which was reached by the most notable zombie films of all time.

How To Survive A Zombie Apocalypse

5 Official Tips on Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse

Good news for mankind – researchers from Cornell University have figured out the best way to survive a zombie outbreak.

Using techniques for modelling real epidemics, the research team from Cornell ran a simulation on a real, recent map of America with 300 million people.
Alex Alemi, one of the researchers, says that the ‘complete’, mathematical simulation is similar to the modelling of a chemical reaction occurring between different elements. For the simulation, the research team posited that 300 million people could be categorized into one of four states: human, infected, zombie, or dead zombie.

Hiding inside buildings won’t let you survive for long. Running around with a baseball bat in hopes of smashing zombie skulls in won’t be of much use either.
According to these scientists, heading for country, rural areas and sparsely populated mountains in particular will give you the best chance of surviving a zombie apocalypse. The Rockies will make for an excellent hiding place, but the Cairngorms mountain range in Scotland will do, too.

Alemi says that a zombie outbreak greatly slows down when the zombies invade thinly populated areas. Since there are fewer humans to infect, fewer zombies rise to spread the disease. This is why heading for the mountains will give you the best chance of surviving the zombie apocalypse.

You may also be surprised that there are official plans in case we do end up facing a zombie outbreak, no matter how unlikely that seems. The US Centers for Disease Control – and the Bristol City Council in the UK – provide some tips on avoiding getting eaten by zombies and getting resurrected as the undead.


Arm yourself with handcuffs and a stun gun.
Getting a gun is probably easier in the US and in other places. For those in the UK and other places where guns are not easily accessible, people might have to improvise and make their own weapons. These weapons will come in handy in dealing with the undead and will help you prevent getting infected yourself.


Buy a protective suit.
The Bristol City Council suggest getting a protective suit – something like an Ebola-style protective suit might come in handy for avoiding the zombie virus.


Take your family somewhere safe and isolated and hole up.
Wherever you are, you’ll want to head to the mountains or to other sparsely populated places. These isolated places will see a slower progression of the zombie virus. If you’re lucky, you may emerge to find that the zombie outbreak has run its course and left your family completely safe.


Stock up on essential supplies.
Before you head for the Rockies or the Caingorms mountains, make sure you’re well-stocked on water, food, and medicines. Pack your bags with non-perishable food and clean, potable water. You may also want to bring along a filtration device just in case you end up with access to water. This will ensure that you’re fully equipped for waiting out the spread of the infection.


Wait for the authorities to find a cure.
In case a zombie outbreak does occur, the CDC and the health authorities in other major areas around the world would likely treat the zombie virus as any other disease outbreak. Studies and investigations would be underway, so finding a cure for the virus may not be as far-fetched as you think.


Zombies 101: A History of the Living Dead

These days, you’d have to be living under a rock to not have at least an idea of what a zombie is. You may be able to identify a zombie on sight, but have you ever stopped to think where the concept of zombies came from? How long has the idea of zombies been around? Have zombies always been portrayed like the shuffling, groaning, festering creatures they’re shown as today? Here’s enough information to satisfy your curiosity on your favorite undead creatures.
Most commonly found in creative works in the horror and fantasy genres, zombies are basically defined as undead creatures that are essentially reanimated human corpses. The term ‘zombie’ comes from the Haitian French word zombi or the Haitian Creole word zonbi; in Haitian folklore, the term is used to refer to a dead body that is animated or controlled by magic. This is unlike modern depictions of zombies, who are usually raised through methods such as viruses.

The reanimated undead in folklore
Zombies play a major role in Haitian rural folklore, where zombies are dead people that are physically brought back to life through necromancy. The necromantic ritual is typically done by a bokor, a witch or a sorcerer, as opposed by the houngan or priest and the mambo or priestess of the Vodou religion. Once revived, the zombie has no will of its own and is completely controlled by the bokor.
Haitian tradition also depicts another type of zombie, an incorporeal ‘zombie astral’ that is part of the human soul. This zombie astral can be captured by the bokor and used to enhance his power. A bokor can also seal this zombie astral in a specially designed bottle and sold to customers for luck, healing, or business success. This incorporeal zombie is only temporary, though, as God is believed to eventually reclaim it.
The existence of two types of Zombies in Haitian folklore is thought to represent soul dualism, a major belief in Haitian Vodou. Each type of zombie, representing the flesh and the spirit, then makes up half of a whole soul.
The significance of the zombie figure has been used as a metaphor for the history of slavery in Haiti. Enslaved Africans brought the belief in zombies, and other New World experiences, to Haiti. It was even said that those who had offended the Vodou deity Baron Samedi would forever be a zombie, a slave after death, unless fed salt. Those who are in Baron Samedi’s favor would be gathered from their graves and brought to a heavenly afterlife.
Other cultures offer varying concepts of the zombie. The jumbee of the English-speaking Caribbean refers to an incorporeal, undead being. In the French West Indies, zombies of a spiritual nature are also recognized.
In some South African cultures, xidachane in Sotho/Tsonga and maduxwane in Venda refer to creatures that are zombie-like physically. Witches in these South African cultures are also believed to be capable of turning a person into a zombie by killing the person and possessing him or her to force the zombie into slave labor. When rail lines were built in Africa for the transportation of migrant workers, stories about ‘witch trains’ started to spread. These trains were operated by zombie workers who were controlled by a witch. A person boarding these trains at night would be turned into a zombie.
Another popularly cited case of alleged zombies was encountered by acclaimed American folklorist, anthropologist, and author Zora Neale Hurston. While researching Haitian folklore in 1937, Hurston came across the story of a woman who was claimed to be Felicia Felix-Mentor, who had died and had been buried in 1907. When the woman was examined by a doctor, though, X-ray findings revealed that she did not have the leg fracture that Felix-Mentor had sustained in life. Hurston wrote that some important medical secrets unknown to medical science, rather than gestures of ceremony, give Vodou in Haiti and Africa its power.

Zombie portrayal from the 19th century to the 1950s
The zombie phenomenon in Haiti first gained widespread international attention when the US occupied Haiti, from 1915 to 1924. Case histories of alleged zombies began to emerge, affecting popular culture. The first popular book covering the topic was published in 1929, written by William Seabrook and titled The Magic Island. Seabrook was convinced of the zombie phenomenon, stating that the Haitian criminal code officially recognized zombies as early as 1864. Time magazine has credited The Magic Island with introducing ‘zombi’ to US speech.
Outside of Africa, zombies have been portrayed in literature for a long, long time; in fact, June Pulliam and Anthony Fonseca, authors of Encyclopedia of the Zombie: The Walking Dead in Popular Culture and Myth, have written that the lineage of zombies can be traced as far back as the Epic of Gilgamesh.
Many zombie experts believe that Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein provides the groundwork for the 20th-century concept of the zombie, in that the dead is resurrected through scientific means and that the reanimated corpses are more violent and have degraded mental faculties. Other influential 19th-century literature includes Ambrose Bierce’s The Death of Halpin Frayser and the various Gothic Romanticism works of Edgar Allan Poe. Although these are not strictly considered zombie fiction, these tales had an influence on authors who later explored the concept of the undead, such as H.P. Lovecraft.
In turn, popular American author H.P. Lovecraft published several novellas that featured the undead, with the short story series Herbert West-Reanimator having the most impact on popular culture. This series of short stories saw mad scientist Herbert West attempting to resurrect human corpses and achieving varying results. The reanimated corpses are primitive in action, extremely violent, mostly mute, and completely uncontrollable. This portrayal is highly similar to the way zombies are portrayed in popular culture today.
In the early 1950s, EC Comics published several comic books that prominently featured zombies bent on revenge. These comics, which included Weird Science, Tales from the Crypt, and Vault of Horror, portrayed undead creatures in the Gothic style. They also included adaptations of Lovecraft’s stories, including Herbert West-Reanimator.
Romero’s zombies, aka modern zombies
The novel The Last Man on Earth and its subsequent 1964 film adaptation, depicting a human survivor fighting a world of vampires, greatly influenced an American director and screenwriter named George A. Romero. This resulted in the 1968 low-budget film Night of the Living Dead, which forms much of the basis of the modern concept of zombies. In his classic Living Dead series of films, Romero combined the zombie and the vampire, depicting the zombie as a ghoulish creature that spread like the plague and were malevolent in nature.
In the scripts for his movies, Romero initially used the term ‘ghoul’ to refer to his creatures. The word ‘zombie’ first appears in the 1978 script for Dawn of the Dead, the sequel to Night of the Living Dead. According to Romero, film critics, especially the French magazine Les Cahiers du Cinéma, were integral in associating the term ‘zombie’ with the creatures he had created. Prior to that connection, Romero had been convinced that zombies were undead slaves in Haitian Vodou. Zombies had previously been depicted as such in Victor Halperin’s 1932 film White Zombie, which starred Bela Lugosi. In the film, zombies are portrayed as the mindless henchmen of an evil magician, who controlled the zombies through a spell.
In his Living Dead series, Romero used zombies not only to explore post-apocalyptic possibilities, but also as a thematic device to criticize problems and issues in the real world, like slavery, exploitation, greed, bioengineering, and government ineptitude.
The creatures heavily featured in Romero’s films are distinguished today as Romero zombies. Romero zombies are created when the brain of a recently dead person is reanimated due to unknown purposes. A zombie pandemic ensures when the phenomenon occurs in corpses all around the world. Bites from these animated corpses are lethal, but are not necessary in spreading the virus.
Romero’s zombies move in a slow, shuffling manner, mostly due to the poor condition of their ankles and rigor mortis. These zombies make basic grunts, groans, and screams, but aren’t capable of doing much more in terms of speech.
Romero’s zombies lack full cognitive function and are driven only by their need to seek and eat living flesh. These zombies eat animals as well as humans, although they derive no sustenance from living flesh at all. As discovered by one of the characters in the films, there is also no physiological need for Romero zombies to consume flesh.     Although initially lacking in cognitive function, these zombies can be trained to achieve basic intelligence and can learn to put off immediate gratification for a more significant reward.
Romero zombies have little to no memory of their previous life, but they are all capable of walking and using their hands for several basic tasks. They are also able to recognize structures such as malls and houses and objects such as cars ad doors. Eating and biting have also been retained as instincts for these zombies. When faced with the lack of immediate victims to hunt, zombies will crudely go through the motions similar to life activities.
In Romero’s films, zombies can be killed only it its brain is destroyed. Body parts that are severed from the zombie will simply become inanimate. Removing the head isn’t enough either.

Zombie portrayal from the 1980s onward
Zombies have been popular subjects for films and literature for years. In the 1980, the zombie subgenre of films continued to flourish. The 1985 film Return of the Living Dead by Dan O’Bannon featured brain-hungry zombies that evolved from a zombie contagion caused by mutagenic gas. Notable films such as 1985’s Re-Animator, 1992’s Dead Alive (Braindead in countries outside the US) and The Evil Dead series all explored the presence of the undead in modern society. Several low-budget Asian films such as Bio Zombie, Wild Zero, and Stacy also entered mainstream cinema.
The 2000s and 2010s saw a resurgence of the zombie subgenre, evident in box-office successes such as the British films 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later in 2002 and 2007, respectively, and the Resident Evil film series. 2004 saw a remake of Dawn of the Dead, as well as pastiche Shaun of the Dead, which is highly popular among zombie enthusiasts today. The new Dawn of the Dead film featured zombies that are far more vicious, agile, and intelligent than the modern zombie.
Romero also returned to his iconic Living Dead series, with the films Land of the Dead (2005), Diary of the Dead (2008), and Survival of the Dead (2010). Romero’s portrayal of zombies has changed little through the years.

Zombie portrayal in music, TV, art, and literature
Perhaps the most recognizable portrayal of zombies in music is in Michael Jackson’s music video Thriller. The music video features choreographed zombies dancing with Jackson and remains to be one of the most iconic music videos even today.
One of the most popular TV series today, AMC’s The Walking Dead, explores a post-apocalyptic world swarming with zombies. The show has one of the highest audience ratings of any show in the US, broadcast or cable, with an average of 5.6 million viewers.
Zombies have also been portrayed in several pieces of art throughout the years. Artist Jillian McDonald has created several works of video art depicting zombies, exhibiting the works in her 2006 show. Artist Karim Charredib also primarily uses the zombie figure in his work. In 2007, Charredib created a video installation where zombies walked in villa Savoye, Paris like tourists.
Zombie fiction has also emerged as a popular literary subgenre, starting in the 1990s. John Skipp and Craig Spector edited the Book of the Dead compilation and its follow-up Still Dead: Book of the Dead 2. Book of the Dead features Romero-inspired stories from renowned authors such as Stephen King. It’s widely regarded as the first true ‘zombie literature’.
Stephen King has written about zombies, in the form of short story Home Delivery and the novel Cell. Cell depicts a young artist traveling from Boston to Maine to save his family from a potentially global outbreak of zombie-like creatures. 2005 Bram Stoker award winner The Rising, written by Brian Keene, explores the aftermath of a zombie plague that results when a particle accelerator experiment opens an interdimensional rift and allows demons to possess the dead.
Other popular zombie-themed books include Max Brooks’ World War Z, depicting accounts of the devastating global conflict caused by the zombie plague, and Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which sets a zombie epidemic in the British Regency period setting of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.

Zombie portrayal in comic books and videogames
Publishers such as Marvel Comics and DC Comics have also released magazine series and comics about zombies. In 1973, Marvel Comics released Tales of the Zombie, a black-and-white magazine series depicting the adventures of the Zombie, a supernatural character who could be controlled by an amulet. Marvel Comics has also published a series titled Marvel Zombies since 2005; in the series, a virus transforms various Marvel superheroes of another Earth into zombies.
In the Blackest Night’ story arc of DC Comics’ Green Lantern comics, the Black Lantern Corps is introduced. The Black Lantern Corps is an organization of maliciously animated corpses of dead DC metahumans.
Zombies are also a prominent figure in videogames, particularly those in the survival horror, first-person shooter, and role-playing game genres. The most popular horror videogame franchises include Resident Evil, Dead Rising, House of the Dead, Left 4 Dead, and The Last of Us. The Call of Duty title series also features a Zombies game mode.
2009 saw the release of indie hit Plants vs. Zombies, a tower defense game that pits various plant-based defenses against different types of zombies. Zombies were also featured in the MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) genre through Urban Dead, a browser game where human survivors and zombies fight for control of a ruined city.

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