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Webgame Wednesday: Revenge of the the Zombees

Any game that claims to feature "explicit '80s gore and heavy metal violence" is OK by me. Revenge of the the Zombees is an unapologetic throwback to 16-bit '80s arcade action. The unique gameplay has you controlling a cloud of undead bees seeking to wreak their vengeance on mankind. How? By attacking and destroying everything in creation! Gather up honeycombs, recruit more bees, set yourself on fire--whatever it takes to destroy as much as possible. You get to knock over buildings, swarm cops, take down helicopters, kill superheroes, sting civilians to death. You are bees! You are zombies! You are zombees!

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Webgame Wednesday: Zombotron

When in doubt, go kill some zombies. Zombotron offers just such a diversion. You're the little dude in the space suit hopping around the planet Zomotron, shooting zombies in the head with a laser. Sounds perfect, no? How about you rack up some additional style points, though, by blowing up barrels, knocking over crates and employing other clever means of bumping off the cartoony undead who inhabit this platform-filled world? New weapons, first aid kits and handy elevators add to the depth of this distinctive run, jump and shooter.

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Webgame Wednesday: Office Trap

In the immortal words of Admiral Ackbar, "It's a trap!" The premise of Office Trap is simple. You need a job. And in these hard economic times, you're willing to do anything to get it. Now, all you've got to do is survive the day inside the trap-filled Office of Doom. Double-jump up those levels, avoid the spikes, watch out for the zombies. This job sucks. But at least you're getting minimum wage. The interesting twist on this platformer is you've got to be careful not to die. Not only because, you know, you're not supposed to die--but because each zombified corpse you leave behind only adds to your obstacles.

Science

Life as we know it

It’s alive! These famous lines of Dr. Frankenstein remind me of zombie movies and sci-fi horrors. But apparently the idea of creating life from death may be jumping from the pages of sci-fi novels into actual science.

According to the New York Times four years ago at the University of Massachusetts Medical School scientists created a molecule that could replicate and evolve by its self. It was nicknamed “The Immortal Molecule.”

This molecule may be only the beginning. Biologist and chemist in a lab in San Diego are trying to create life. They are attempting to bridge the gap between inanimate and animate using modern genetics. Perhaps Mary Shelly was on the right track, but only about two centuries too early. Read more about this here.

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I Like to Watch (Instantly): Heavenly Creatures, Dead Alive

Notable Peter Jackson titles from the Netflix Watch Instantly world

Heavenly Creatures
Heavenly Creatures

Heavenly Creatures (1994)

Directed by Peter Jackson

Cast: Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet, Sarah Peirse, Diana Kent, Clive Merrison, Simon O'Connor, Jed Brophy, Peter Elliott, Gilbert Goldie, Geoffrey Heath, Kirsti Ferry, Ben Skjellerup, Darien Takle, Elizabeth Moody, Liz Mullane, Moreen Eason, P

Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson directs this bold tale about two girls' obsessive friendship. When introvert schoolgirl Pauline (Melanie Lynskey) meets the beautiful and self-confident Juliet (Kate Winslet, in her big-screen debut), the two form a deep emotional relationship— so deep, their parents plot a plan to separate them. Juliet's father will send her to South Africa "for the good of her health," and Pauline's folks won't let her come. Pauline needs to counteract, and soon, she knows just what to do: kill her mother. Set in the 1950s, the film exudes a creepy yet classy feel that makes the story seem so unbelievably real. The homosexual implications add a gripping touch, and may have possibly gotten it nominated for an Oscar in 1995.

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I Like to Watch (Instantly): Colin, Survival of the Dead

Notable low-budget zombie titles from the Netflix Watch Instantly world

Colin
Colin

Colin (2008)

Directed by Marc Price

Cast: Alastair Kirton, Daisy Aitkens, Kate Alderman, Leanne Pammen, Tat Whalley, Kerry Owen, Leigh Crocombe, Justin Mitchell-Davey, Dan Weekes, Dominic Burgess

Ever wonder, What's the story of that reanimated corpse wandering around in the background of the zombie movie? Not only is this British horror film shot from the refreshingly clever viewpoint of a recently created zombie, it was made for a mere $75. Writer-producer-director-editor Marc Price makes the most of his nonexistent budget, crafting a serious and sympathetic drama about memory, family, the loss of identity and the eating of other people's intestines.

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News

The Daily Word: Food trucks, MacGyver, orgies

77,000 acres burned just north of Silver City.

Judge to decide wrongful death lawsuit in APD shooting from 2009. (Guy was holding a car ashtray, which officers thought was a gun.)

Health Department targets food trucks.

CDC prepares for a zombie apocalypse.

It's raining! But the long drought made the Bosque a tinderbox.

After judgment day on Saturday, what will happen to the believers' pets? Atheists are offering to take them in. For a fee.

Insurance salesmen in Germany rewarded with orgies by their company.

Why is bad food so good?

What would MacGyver do?

Gwyneth Paltrow can rap "Straight Outta Compton."

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Dead Men

“The Walking Dead” on AMC

It’s a wide gulf between “Mad Men” and “The Walking Dead,” but AMC is happily (albeit temporarily) trading swingin’ ’60s ad executives for zombies in its latest bid for Emmy supremacy.

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Webgame Wednesday: Road of the Dead

Let's not beat around the bush here, shall we? Halloween is coming fast. And in addition to watching endless horror movies and scarfing bags of candy, you should be playing videogames in which you are required to kill zombies. Zombie Games has pretty much got you covered on that front. There are dozens of living-dead-based games from which to choose. Might I suggest Road of the Dead, which has you piloting a hot rod down a highway filled with burning cars, innocent citizens and flesh-crazed zombies. If you think shooting a zombie in the head with a shotgun is satisfying, wait until you run one over at 120 mph. Now that's good gore!

WWW

The Living Dead vs. The Chiclone

According to today’s top Google search terms, human beings are more concerned with zombie attacks than severe weather. That means something. Not sure what. But it means something.

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The Daily Word 10.26.10: happy Marty McFly day, devastating earthquake in Indonesia, zombies in New York

Happy Marty McFly Day! Where we’re going we don’t need ... roads.

At least 103 people are dead following a massive Indonesian earthquake.

Forget First Class; fly the “Cuddle Class” on Air New Zealand.

Madonna plans to open her own health club chain.

Charlie Sheen is hospitalized after he was found drunk and naked in a hotel suite with an escort.

Zombies invaded NYC during the morning rush to promote AMC show “The Walking Dead.”

Let’s all move to Norway, which tops all countries in this year’s prosperity list.

... Because a few hours south of us, people are still getting killed in Juarez in yet another cartel-related shooting.

Noooo! Paul the Octopus, the oracle of the World Cup that correctly predicted tournament matches, has passed away.

The “Burger Bandit,” responsible for robbing three Blake’s Lotaburger restaurants, is finally arrested.

Here’s a slideshow featuring cute dogs wearing even cuter Halloween costumes! My heart melts.

Video Games

Webgame Wednesday: Zombies Took My Daughter

Zombies, undead bastards though they are, always make for welcome antagonists in movies, comic books and video games. In Zombies Took My Daughter, hordes of shambling zombies have ... well, I think you get the point. This nifty little RPG/adventure game has you running around the city, searching abandoned buildings, picking up clues, recruiting fellow survivors and generally beating zombies about the head with an assortment of odd weaponry (loaf of French bread, anyone?). The city is randomly generated, so it’s different each time you play. Hurry! You don’t have much time left to find your daughter.

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Best Claymation Zombie Movie Ever

Chainsaw Maid

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This is Takena Nagao’s “Chainsaw Maid.” The guys from “The Arcade” on Public Access Channel 27 showed it the other night and my life will never be the same. Now your life, presumably, will also never be the same. It’s pretty bitchin’, you’ll have to admit.

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