The Rise of Zombie Themes in Video Games

For lovers of horror games, zombies are not a familiar name to you of course. Zombies must be recognized as a charm for those of you who like to play horror games. Its presence is not only able to make this one genre game more terrible, but also more convincing, thanks to its association with various medical terms and infectious diseases that are closely related to our daily lives.

In its history in the game industry, zombies do not necessarily just come into being a big object in this realm. There are ups and downs that surround the development and history of zombies in the game industry.

Here’s a complete history of zombies in the game industry:

History of zombies starts from 1984 when the game made by Quicksilva namely Zombie Zombie was released for the ZX Spectrum console. This certainly confronts people’s perception that the most famous zombie influence carrier for the first time is Capcom through its Resident Evil series.

Long before Resident Evil, zombies came in through pixel wrapping by Quicksilva. Indeed there is not clearly explained about the presence of zombies. But the undead element there reinforces the theory that our opponents are zombies that we now know.

Before Zombie Zombie included this element in their game, there were some games that also included undead and horror elements such as Entombed (1982), The Evil Dead (1984), Realm of Impossibility, Ghosts and Goblins (1985), and Zombies (1986). Interest in a number of games that bring scary creatures such as zombies is finally an inspiration for Capcom.

Instead of entering undead, Capcom is even more interested in bringing zombies. Through the hands of Tokuro Fujiawara, a game called Sweet Home for the PC platform was born in 1989. This game takes you to explore an old house full of zombies in its halls.

The excitement of Sweet Home finally made some developers interested in including zombie elements. From here finally zombies began to appear in several games ranging from Doom to Alone In the Dark which is certainly no stranger to the ears of survival horror lovers.

DOOM is a legendary FPS game that challenges you to fight against hordes of demon monsters from Hell. This game has different levels of difficulty which can sometimes make you frustrated. For those of you who don’t know, DOOM actually has a cheat code.

Bethesda itself has announced that DOOM, DOOM II, and DOOM III can be played now on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. Other good news, DOOM and DOOM II are also available now on iOS and Android.

Normally, the classic version of DOOM has five levels where each level will give different levels of difficulty. The higher the level played, the harder it is to finish it. We also tried to use mod on to play Doom.

Especially for Alone In the Dark, they made improvements in terms of gameplay. In the past, developers only used 2D cameras, Alone In the Dark revolutionized 3D. The idea of zombies is also being brought into more paranormal and occult topics (a kind of heresy).

The development of a broader zombie idea finally inspired Capcom to create a survival horror game with a similar concept. This brings us to 1996, the year of Resident Evil. Here Capcom improvised by including elements of third-person perspective that were better than Alone in the Dark.

At that time the survival horror term also began to be known, namely gamers are required to save bullets and other needs to survive to finish off the enemy. In the history of zombies in the game industry, Capcom and Resident Evil have succeeded in bringing zombies to a new level.

The famous Resident Evil apparently did not make developers interested in building similar games. One that is able to bring zombies to different levels and levels is Sega with its House of the Dead in 1997. This game takes a first-person perspective and has an on-rail shooter genre with a first-person perspective.

This game eventually succeeded in inspiring other arcade games with similar content and gameplay. At this point gamers are given many choices regarding zombie games. Since then the passion for undead games began to increase with the presence of Resident Evil 2 (1998), Blood (1997), CarnEvil (1998), and Medievil (1998).

With a large selection of games present, zombies are arguably a popular trend on their journey to the 21st century. In the 2000s, the name zombie was still the star of games such as Resident Evil 4, Warcraft 3, Dead Rising, Dead Space, Sirens, and an alternative game on the Call of Duty: Black Ops series.

After 2009, the passion of the game that includes more and more zombie elements. We can see the presence of The Walking Dead, Plants vs. Zombies, Left 4 Dead, DayZ, Dead Island, Dying Light, H1Z1, even Minecraft. All the titles that I have mentioned above become interesting waves behind the history of the development of zombies in the gaming industry.

Outside of these titles, there is one more modern game that puts zombies in different directions with a fairly epic narrative. The game is The Last of Us which gained very high popularity in 2013.

In 2019, there are at least two zombie games that get attention from gamers namely Days Gone and Resident Evil 2 Remake. Both of them successfully continued the success of zombies in the gaming industry.

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