One Genre, Different Takes
This is a topic I’ve been meaning to talk about for a while now, but continues to evade me. So, here I am once again to talk to you about something you already know. Please enjoy.
We have various genres across various forms of media and the one thing I’ve always adored – especially in gaming, is that there may come a new twist on something we’re already familiar with.
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The inspiration for this week’s topic is World War Z. I’ve watched the movie and while the entertainment industry has already beaten us over the head with all things zombie-related; there certainly are a few elements to the movie that I won’t reveal here due to me not wanting to spoil it for you folks, but it did provide a rather unorthodox spin to some scenes and the movie’s outcome.
If one were to look at the idea of an invented world, you’ll no doubt see many examples scattered across literature, films and indeed gaming. Narnia, Olympus, Abarat and many more out there – each with its own characteristics and unique ideas. One idea, different worlds.
Getting back to the topic of zombies, we have World War Z, Land of the Dead, The Walking Dead series, Warm Bodies, The Last of Us, Left 4 Dead, The Walking Dead games by Telltale games and State of Decay. All of these go about the idea of zomies / infected beings, but portray them each in its own respective way. Sure, I’ve mixed both movies and games in the examples above, however, these examples have their own “signature” take on the zombie genre.
It is one thing I admire about the entertainment industry and games in particular. A singular idea with different forms of presenting itself. If done correctly and creatively, you are able truly make something interesting and legally get away with being a copycat.