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A video game studio asked me to come up with concepts for a tower defense game. This is one of 3 concepts I came up with, “Zombie Farm”. Basically the game took place in a post-abarnalyptic future and involved the defense of Farmer Dell’s homestead and all its stored food with weapons fashioned from farm tools.

I developed five zombie animal classes that had become infected and five defense tower objects with their own range, variables, etc. The thing that I wanted to introduce as a new gameplay mechanics was the alternation of attack paths from them (zombies) eating barriers blocking paths, and different combinations of spawn points/patterns in levels.

Believe it or not this was before Plants VS Zombies came out, so it was cool to see a studio take the zombie tower defense concept and delivered it in an exciting way. That and the folks that work there are some nice people to begin with!

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Does Invasion Of The Body Snatchers sound like something reserved for the silver screen only? Perhaps not, thanks to the strange and unique life cycle of the phorid fly. Instead of personally caring for their larvae, this winged insect opts for converting prey into a living nursery, zombie style.

In South America female phorid flies have developed a bizarre reproductive strategy: They hover over fire ants, then inject their eggs into the ants with a needle-like appendage.

The egg grows and the resulting larva generally migrates to the ant’s head. The larva lives there for weeks–slurping up the brain and turning the ant into a “zombie,” in some cases compelling the ant to march 55 yards (50 meters) away from its colony to avoid attack by other fire ants.

Finally the baby fly decapitates its host and hatches, exiting through the ants head, as shown in the pictures in this gallery.

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One dream of mine since watching movies was to have a starring role as a zombie. It would be a delight to stumble about while drooling without being looked at in disgust for it. Did you ever notice in a zombie movie there is often one “special zombie” that never gives up? Ah yes, the “I think I can” zombie that either gets clipped with the butt of a gun or loses half their gourd to buckshot, only to limp along in the film until their demise and obliteration later in the storyline.

black sheep

Well…let me scratch that dream as of this past weekend and replace it with my desire to act protagonist to mutant zombie sheep gone wild! Yes, that’s right, after hearing that effects production house WETA was behind the movie Black Sheep, I knew I would be in for romping good, tongue-in-cheek fun….and fun it was!

From driving sheep, to rugby tackling sheep, to rabid pursuits across the rolling hills of New Zealand, you will be on the edge of your seat. Hahahaha. There are so many priceless moments in the film, but I don’t want to say anything to spoil the surprise of how ridiculous and strange they are. The only question you should ask yourself is if you would find a baby mutant sheep hanging off a grown man’s earlobe smile-inducing. Yes? Then make this on your wish list….you will not be disappointed. Mmmmbbbbaaaaa.

I remember as a child, I had some of the most exceptionally cool and ADVENTUROUS dreams (still do!), and then I?d try telling my family at the breakfast table the next morning. Sometimes, people were cool with it, other times, they were just like, “Nick (tragnark), shut-up! All you DO is talk about your dreams!”

So freakin’ what?? Dreams are TOTALLY COOL and I?m going to tell you one of mine I had when I was a kid. I was in grade school when I had it, so I think I was around ten or something like that, for timeline reference purposes.

It was dark beddy-by-moontime I’m not entirely sure as to what time it was on the clock, but I’d put it at being somewhere about 2 am in the morning, or something like that. So anyway, the house I grew up in was two stories high, and I’m at the end of the hallway on the second floor?Oh, yeah, I got there because I was in bed first, then, for some reason, I just get up and walk out of my room! Did you ever have one of those dreams that you thought you were REALLY waking up, but really weren’t? Yeah, this is one of them!….So anyway, I’m walking down the hallway, which is about 20 feet to my parent’s room which is located at the end of this hallway….WHY? you ask?? I dunno, I just felt like I should. It?s like your watching a movie, and you end up doing something just because you somehow KNOW it should be done. Well, I crack the door open and say “MOM? DAD??”