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Typing of the Dead- When Shakespeare Meets Zombies

Zombies and Shakespeare– really, that’s possible?! According to my Google search “Shakespeare zombies”: yes! And no, there isn’t a catch. I love zombie culture stuff, so I couldn’t help but make this Google search happen. The highlight: there’s a video game called Typing Of The Dead, a zombie typing game where your one and only defense is a weapon triggered through typing Shakespeare quotes on your computer.

The rules of Typing Of The Dead are pretty simple: zombies will chase you and in order to defend yourself against the zombies, and use the power of Shakespeare, through a weapon called the Shake Speare, you have to type the Shakespeare quotes that appear on screen as quickly as possible. Who knew Shakespeare quotes could be such an effective defense against the undead?

The Shakespearean version comes from a version of Typing Of The Dead that was released as a special edition of the game that replaces the default, contemporary dictionary with Shakespearean phrases and quotes from the original play. Typing Of The Dead was designed as a typing focused version of the video game, House Of The Dead.

Photo Friday- Romeo and Juliet… The Video Game?

Happy Friday everyone. This week was a rather difficult choice between an image from Romeo: Wherefore art Thou, the Romeo and Juliet Video Game, and a monkey dressed as Hamlet (yes a monkey I’m not kidding this time, thanks Google). The final verdict: an image from Romeo: Wherefore Art Thou. The cool thing about video games is that they provide an extremely accessible and fun outlet to pay tribute to a particular play and/or playwright. I first found out about the idea of video games as a means of paying tribute to a particular play through an accidental discovery of the <em “mso-bidi-font-style:=”” normal”=””>Waiting For Godot video game, based on Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot where you…(you probably guessed it) wait.

A recent discovery: there are <strong “mso-bidi-font-weight:=”” normal”=””>Shakespeare video games all over the place, both online and in a computer game format. A popular video game tribute to the work of William Shakespeare: Veronaville in the Sims 2, a neighborhood in the Sims 2 virtual landscape filled with characters named after characters from Romeo And Juliet and Midsummer Nights Dream that look like and have relationships with each other identical to the characters they are named after.

The picture below comes from another Shakespeare tribute video game. This one’s called Romeo: Wherefore Art Thou. In Romeo: Wherefore Art Thou, you’re Romeo, and as Romeo you go on adventures, which include activities such as jumping across cliffs in order to find Juliet. From what I’ve heard based on reading about it online it has a style similar to the Mario party video games. An image from the Romeo: Wherefore Art Thou video game is below: