Zombies slouching with arms outstretched in unrelenting determination towards the targets of their burning hunger... bullets being fired by desperate defenders who have abandoned their defenses in order to make a run for it... the creaking of boarded up passages sagging under the weight of undead...
If you couldn't tell... I LOVE THE ZOMBIE GENRE. Particularly the slow, shambling type zombies who require headshots and slowly overpower or outlast the defenders. You're probably wondering why I think that's freaking amazing story telling, but if you have read any of the more intelligent zombie books (I'm not kidding some are really well written and not just horror films on paper) you will find that the character development is phenomenal. How would you deal with the walking plague? Could you survive such a nightmare, watching your relatives and the rest of humanity save for a select few turn into monsters? It's fun to put yourself into the survivors' shoes and watch their minds unravel just as quickly as their hastily constructed defenses.
World of Warcraft pulled off one of the greatest MMORPG events of all time when they released the Zombie event during halloween. For the first time ever a game allowed its players to destroy the very foundation of its gameplay by spreading a "plague" to NPCs and players alike. The entire theme was very similiar to the zombie genre, watching the whole world fall into chaos while the walking dead filled the streets. By the end of the event every major city was filled with undead and even random towns throughout the world had undead breaking down barriers and overwhelming Azeroth's citizens. Everyone has stories from that event, even if you were just ganked while leveling by a hungry ghoul. Some have more entertaining stories to tell, like my paladin trying for hours to defend orgrimmar from dozens of outbreaks throughout the outskirts of the city or my hunter taking on hundreds of undead in shatrath.
For those who were unable to participate in the event, I hope for your sake that blizzard revisits the entire idea during halloween this year.
What did you think of the zombie event? Loved it? Hated it? Will it come back? Comment!