We’ve mentioned it before, but it bears repeating: people love the idea of surviving in a zombie apocalypse. The Walking Dead is the biggest show on television, and games like Left 4 Dead are as popular as ever. So it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that people are taking the next steps in zombie preparedness, taking a few notes from the Zombie Survival Guide and putting them into practice in “real life” situations. After all, who wants to be the only person not ready when the zombies finally come shambling down the street and right up to your front door? 7.
Zed Events – United Kingdom
A whole series of zombie survival games falls under the umbrella of “Zed Events,” which all take place in the United Kingdom. One such game is “The Mall,” which obviously gets its inspiration from the movie Dawn of the Dead as it drops you and your friends into a zombie infested mall and tasks you with surviving and escaping the undead hordes. Another one of the games is called “The Desolate Lakes,” which is an entire survival weekend, one of the most immersive zombie survival games there is considering that, while most last around two hours, this one lasts two full days.
Zombie Run – USA
There have been several zombie themed running events over the years, and one of the biggest current runs still in existence is Zombie Run, which will be taking place across the US this year in places like Mississippi, Illinois, Florida, and Pennsylvania, among others. Unlike most other zombie runs, Zombie Run actually has three different incarnations. One is the traditional obstacle course run, another is “Urban Assault,” in which there are no obstacles, only zombies, and the third is “Escape,” in which you’re dropped into a unique setting like an abandoned hospital or a baseball stadium and tasked with making your way out safely. As the movie Zombieland taught us, cardio is important in the zombie apocalypse so, hey, what better way to get in shape than running from pretend zombies?
Zombie Town – North Carolina
If you’re ever in the area of Asheville, North Carolina, you can head on over to Zombie Town, a completely immersive zombie apocalypse game that is held throughout the year. It’s basically a giant role playing game, as you’re given an airsoft shotgun and a flashlight, and you and a few other survivors are tasked with making your way across the “Zombie Town” to find patient zero of the massive outbreak, finding clues along the way that will tell you where to go and how the whole thing started in the first place.
Zombie Boot Camp – United Kingdom
As you’re going to start learning the deeper we get into this list, apparently folks in the United Kingdom absolutely love their zombie games. And if you really want to be truly prepared for the zombie apocalypse, what better way to get started than by attending an actual zombie boot camp? Taking place in Worcestershire, folks who want to become zombie hunters in the event of a zombie apocalypse train with actual military personnel, and get specialized weapons and survival training. At the end of this training they slap on some body armor and clear a warehouse of any undead presence. To make it even more realistic, their guns are filled with “blood balls,” which are kind of like paint balls only they spatter like blood when they hit their target, so you’ll get your fill of gore.