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Zombie Attack Simulation

Sunday, June 29th, 2008

To see the G-rated simulation above, you need Java installed on your system.

Built with Processing by Kevan Davis, Zombie Infection Simulation is not a game but a simulation: the act of simulating something means representing key characteristics or behaviours of a selected real or abstract system.

Zombies are grey, survivors are pink. Zombies move slowly. If something moves in front of them they move towards it. If a zombie finds a survivor directly in front of it, it bites them and the survivor immediately becomes undead. Survivors are pink and move faster than zombies. If a zombie is directly in front of them, they panic. Panicked survivors are bright pink and run twice as fast as other survivors. Note: these survivors clearly have no weapons.

(You’ll need to click on the Java window before it’ll accept keypresses.)
* Press g to toggle between grey and green zombies.
* Press s to alter the simulation speed.
* Press space to uninfect all but one zombie.
* Press z or reload the page to reset to a new city.
* Press + and – to adjust population (this also resets the city).
* Press p to toggle complete panic.

Bloody / Blood

Friday, June 27th, 2008


Review of a video game (unplayed):

Petri Purho is a computer science student in Helsinki who writes a game every month. Bloody Zombies is one of them, where your goal is to rescue Barbara from the zombies. Conceptually, a very low resolution horror themed game is at both humourous (“is that an axe or are you happy to see me?”) and utterly ridiculous (“is that blood on your head or is that your hat?”). Exercise caution or you might find yourself executing the lovely Barbara instead of a hideous zombie. It is this precise combination of hilarity and absurdity that piques my interest.

From the Kloonigames website where Purho archives his efforts, Bloody Zombies is “the goriest game ever made in glorious 128 x 96 resolution! Fight zombies with your lawn mower! Solve levels with your opponents blood!”

Sadly Bloody is only available for PC and/or XBox. Download it if you have one of those systems. Other games include Planet of the Jellies and Crayon Physics – even their titles are delightful.


In related news, Guthrie Lonergan, a young artist from L.A., invites you to cover any Youtube video in blood – thus creating a horror film from any old clip. The screen shot above is one of my videos, Screen Kiss, raining blood.

[An aside: Screen Kiss is on Youtube without my consent, but that is another story.]