In a recent post over in The Well-Red Mage’s neck of the woods, he brought up a topic I’ve had conversation with some folks about over the course of my gaming career that I realize I haven’t posted at length about:
“What video game series got infected with Sequelitis?”
As a fan of many- many- horror movie series, the concept of sequelitis is not a new one to me. Once a series hits a certain point, they start to shows symptoms:
Maybe a character comes back completely changed, shrugging off everything you knew about them. Maybe your favorite action movie decided to appeal to a new demographic and has a forced romantic subplot. What if the locale changes from a quiet blood-soaked summer camp to a space station?
…okay, that series was a little sick by then anyway, but you get my meaning, I hope.
Why don’t you grab a seat while I diagnose a few gaming series that may have fallen to illness for a time- but bear in mind, you’re always welcome to a second opinion elsewhere!
Off the top of my head, I can list a vast quantity of high profile gaming moments that everyone seems to have been affected by in their formative gaming years- Final Fantasy VI’s opera scene, the final battle with Shang Tsung in Mortal Kombat, any occurrence beginning with ‘the death of’; there are so many definitive events that people remember because of their magnitude within their games’ worlds or how abruptly they sideswiped the player. This doesn’t change their impact. Heck, I have one of those moments tattooed on my leg it had such relevance to me.
What people don’t always actively take into account is that there are so many smaller beats that meant a lot to gamers for a wide variety of reasons. Video games are established to illicit some kind of emotion or reaction from those participating in what they have to offer. Even through the memories of Final Fantasy VII and Chrono Trigger ripping at my heartstrings, I started to reflect on moments that stood out to me that may not stand out to the community at large and why they still remained so prominent in my retrospective eye.
So feel free to check out some of my personal remembrances of times past! They may not be industry shattering, but they are definitely a glimpse into my gamer inner workings.
Here we are, game and pop culture fans. This is the final entry in the “Where Did That Come From?” series for Zombies Ate My Neighbors. It’s been a long ride, and hopefully it’s been an entertaining one.
There have been a lot of different origins to dig through and thankfully, mostly through the magic of Wikipedia and the Internet Movie Database, I’ve made a sizable dent at reaching my goal of chronicling the many nods and pokes at multimedia sources and gotten them together in one series of articles.
Let’s embark, now, on the final stretch of research that I managed to eke out of the corners of entertainment history to detail Zombies Ate My Neighbors!
Welcome back to the cavalcade of pop culture references in this series of editorials! After a short break, I’m more than pleased to present the next (and almost final) set of influences from this amazing game.
This week’s series is a bit more varied and odd, considering the past two. Everything from the usual horror and comedy fare to the dramatic and even food pops up in the pieces following this. It really feels like there is no limit to the resources this game used to charm its audience.
So without further explanation- buckle in for the third set!
Continuing on from the previous entry in this series right here, this article will go over the next set of stages in Zombies Ate My Neighbors to try to root out the sources that they reference through the tongue in cheek titles of the multitude of levels that the player runs through with Zeke and Julie, our hapless heroes.
So once again, buckle up and sit back for round two, as I scour the internet to figure out what corners of pop culture have been explored in one of my favorite games of all time.