Zombie Game Eyed as Part of Topeka Revitalization Push

November 5, 2010 -

One component of a new initiative designed to draw visitors back to downtown Topeka, Kansas could involve a zombie-based videogame.

Students from the Washburn University Department of Art in Topeka are pitching a game that would begin with zombies, carrying anti-Topeka signs, overrunning a “boarded-up” rendition of the Kansas town. As the player wipes out the zombies, according to a story in the charmingly-named Alva Review-Courier, a “new, bright and revitalized downtown” would be revealed.

Washburn Art Department Associate Professor Azyz Sharafy would oversee the project, which will be tested on various community groups before going full sail ahead. Sharafy said that the biggest challenge would be limiting the game’s violence, while making it positive and interesting for young people.

He said about the project, “It's good for Washburn, it's good for the students.”

Student Robert Riley added, “Topeka hasn't had the most positive attitude, but that's been changing over the last two to three years.”

Zombie-based marketing is continuing to gain steam; even old school retailer Sears recently unveiled an undead-laden section of its website.


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