Humans vs. Zombies, the No. 1 threat to America according to Stephen Colbert, has come to Northwest campus.
Humans vs. Zombies is a glorified game of tag that is played on college campuses, military basses, church retreats and summer camps across six continents game co-founder Max Temkin said. Last week, the Northwest Student Senate approved a Human vs. Zombies group for the Northwest Campus. Game moderator Aviry Christy said the group is setting up a game in 10 to 14 days.
The game is simple. One person starts out as a zombie and his mission is to infect as many humans as he can by tagging them. The humans can use foam guns or clean socks to stun zombies. A zombie is stunned for fifteen minutes if he is hit by a foam dart or sock. Humans wear bandanas on their arms or legs and zombies wear them on their heads.
A human is turned into a zombie one hour after being tagged. The game is usually played over a week period. Humans must be constantly on the watch for zombies as they go through daily activities such as class or going to the grocery story.
People interested in playing can go to hvcsource.com to sign up for the game. More than 50 players are signed up for the Northwest game, even though it does not have a start date, yet. Temkin says 650 games are played each semester through the site, but there is no way to monitor how many games are played not using the site.
Christy decided he wanted to start Human vs. Zombies at Northwest after playing the game for two days at a friend's college in Houston, Texas two years ago.
"It was phenomenal," Christy said. "I made friends in the two days I played that I still talk to."
He feels playing the game could benefit Northwest students.
"It gets students out of the classroom and out of their residence halls and it gets them doing something physically active," Christy said.
Temkin played the first ever game of Humans vs. Zombies in 2005 at Goucher College. He said playing that game was one of the "most interesting experiences" of his life.
Temkin works for Gnarwhal Studios, a company set up that is designed to ensure Humans vs. Zombies remains free forever.
"What makes Humans vs. Zombies so fun is that its free," Temkin said. "Anyone on any college campus can play. It doesn't require any special skills and that is what is really cool about the game. It brings all different kinds of people together to do this crazy thing and that's part of why this experience is so important to people."
At one point a third of all students at Goucher College had participated in a game of Humans vs. Zombies. Temkin says 1,600 students regularly participate in a game on the Ohio State University campus. Toys "R" Us even sells a Human vs. Zombies themed foamed dart blaster. Temkin says he is determined to see Human vs. Zombies to expand even further.
"The game is played on six continents. The only one its not played on is Antarctica and we are working on that," Temkin said.