Who says you can’t have fun during the apocalypse? One of the things that we do to alleviate boredom when we are on long road trips is we invent games. “I spy” or “I’m going on a trip and I packed” [whatever] are old standbys. You know, things to do to keep your mind active and pass the time. Not only does this keep you vigilant, constantly searching, looking, watching out for colors, cars, items, but they also keep you from going crazy from boredom. While recording last weeks episode of Torres vs Zombies (my weekly podcast), we came up with a great game which we think would not only be fun, but would also make you aware of any undead threats in your surrounding area. Get ready for…ZOMBIE BINGO!!!!
The goal of the game is simple. Draw up a bunch of “Bingo” cards (standard 5×5 grid) with different types of people who you might encounter on a day-to-day basis…except make them zombified. Some examples might be stereotypes like businessman zombie, hipster zombie, cheerleader zombie, civil servant zombie (fireman, police officer, etc.). Make the zombies anything you want! We suggest you make the center spot a rotting zombie…in other words something that would be the FREE PASS square.
Now, you don’t have to wait for a zombie apocalypse to play. Just rent a zombie movie or two. Take a bunch of bingo cards and just write the different types of zombies on them. Make sure every card is different, then switch on a zombie flick and play with your friends. Also, try to pick one you haven’t seen for added fun. You can check out a great list of zombie movies right here at the Zombie Research Society (although might we suggest Space Zombie Bingo because, well, you’re playing ‘ZOMBIE BINGO.”)
We want to know what you think. What zombies would you include in Zombie Bingo?
Contributing author Alfredo Torres is an adjunct professor of communications at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA where he wrote his master’s thesis on the metaphoric representation of zombies in the films of George Romero.