On Sunday I talked about an upcoming release for my Wrath of Zombie Survival Horror Game. Here is small bit of advice I give when dealing with horror and monsters.
One of the goals with Wrath of Zombie is it isn’t just a constant train of monsters and baddies, it is the interactions of people trying to survive in the harsh and dangerous wasteland.
Well here it is.. Enjoy.. The update will be going live in the very near future!
“See, their morals, their “code”… it’s a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They’re only as good as the world allows them to be. I’ll show you. When the chips are down, these uh, these “civilized people”, they’ll eat each other. See, I’m not a monster. I’m just ahead of the curve.”– Joker, Dark Knight.
Monsters are scary and disgusting because they represent the unknown and the perverse. A monster or a zombie eating a baby strikes us as wrong on a fundamental level. We want to protect that child, that innocence, and that key to the future of humanity. However when a baby is killed by a monster or zombie we are removed since, in our minds, it is “not real.” It’s all just fantasy. Even in the natural world, when a child or baby is killed by a wild animal we are removed on some level because it is natural. As terrible and tragic as it is, this is the way of the world. Whether humans are comfortable with it or not, we are part of the food chain.
Take the same example, but now a human has killed and eaten a child. This is such a perverse action towards the natural order of things that people will waste no time vilifying and seeking justice (and rightfully so) against the “monster.”
Remember that often times, people make scarier monsters than the ones we’ve created for entertainment.