Humans Vs. Zombies is a live-action role-playing game that’s popular on college campuses all around the country. Students basically play a zombie-themed game of tag while attempting to survive the week using nothing more than their wits and Nerf guns. Sounds like fun, right? Well, apparently it’s not a good idea to walk around the University of Wisconsin-Madison with toy guns because they totally scared at least two local residents. And by “local residents” I mean little old ladies peeking out from behind their window curtains.
A passerby reported an automatic weapon on campus Thursday morning, and UW Police responded, only to find out the gun was a toy used in the game. It was the second such call in as many days.
“It is an absolute waste of police resources,” said Marc Lovicott, a UW Police spokesman.
Obviously the officer sounds a little annoyed that anyone could confuse a Nerf gun for a real weapon. But he went on to mention that the game’s organizers are usually very good in coordinating with the local police department every semester to alert them about when and where they will be playing Humans Vs. Zombies.
However, in this politically correct world, the official rules allow players to substitute a wadded-up sock in place of the Nerf guns. So apparently you can choose to fight off the relentless zombie hordes with either a cool Nerf dart blaster… or a dirty old sock. And after this little episode, does anyone want to bet what next semester’s participants will be using?
You can read more about Humans Vs. Zombies online at the official website, or visit Channel 3000 to read the original article for more information about the situation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. By the way, the picture is unrelated… we’re pretty sure that no one was actually arrested!