Sunday, November 14, 2010

The Zombies Are Coming

                                                                        

According to a an article on the Weird Asia News website, the Land of the Rising Sun is at risk from becoming the "Land of the Rising Dead." The report notes that while Japan cremates 99.85% of its deceased citizenry, its still vulnerable to a zombie attack.
The report comes just when we thought it was safe to go outside again, after the departure of the APEC leaders and their entourage. Oh well, in the meantime the denizens of Temple Valley, or at least some of the most sensible among them, have found a way to sharpen their defenses in the event zombies do infiltrate the borders of this island nation. The local Zombie Defense Committee (ZDC) is devoting hours and hours to a digital simulated zombie warfare software application called Plants vs. Zombies by PopCap Games. It's the one-person shooter  that PC Gamer has designated the Game of the Year. Plants vs. Zombies requires you to summon up your best strategy skills as you deploy zombie-battling plants on the front lines (your font lawn in this case) in the ultimate fight to save your brain from being devoured by the living dead. Relax already,  Plants vs. Zombies includes a mini-game featuring a "stress-free Zen Garden" where you can let your troubles disappear.  The Zen garden is also what makes Plants vs. Zombies the perfect training ground for the ZDC.

You can try the free online or download trial version of the product PC Gamer has designated the Game of the Year on Popcap's website. If you decide to try the game, and I strongly urge you to do so, be advised that the software maker warns you to:

"Get ready to soil your plants!
A mob of fun-loving zombies is about to invade your home, and your only defense is an arsenal of zombie-zapping plants. Use peashooters, wall-nuts, cherry bombs and more to mulchify zombies before they reach your front door. The fun never dies!"

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