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The Infection……

If you have been on the Southeastern Campus in the past week or been on any one of the other thousands of college and university campuses that host Humans Versus Zombies (HVZ), you have probably seen some interesting, sometimes humorous situations.

HVZ is, in summation, a giant, week-long game of tag.  There are two sides, the humans, and the zombies.  The zombies attempt to tag the humans through chasing, ambushing, or just sneakiness.  The humans, on the other hand, try to stun the zombies and get away through shooting them with nerf guns or hitting them with balled up socks.  This is where it gets a little hairy.

For a university, they don’t really want dozens of people walking around their campuses with guns, whether they are fake or not.  At Southeastern in particular, the game creates community any way you look at it.  Whether you look at it from an outside perspective, you talk to others about what you’ve seen, sometimes people you wouldn’t normally talk to.  From the other side, players create community within the game.  Whether it is humans forming makeshift troops to get to class safely or humans and zombies conversing in safe zones about the latest happenings, people talk and create friendships that would never start otherwise.

In my own experience, HVZ has created a few friendships and strengthened a few friendships of mine.  Some people that I would have never had a reason to talk to, I now have something that relates us to each other and something to create conversation, and in turn, friendships.

There has been a lot of negative talk about the game over the past two semesters, mostly from people who have been disturbed or annoyed by those playing.  However, this is like any other event, but in many ways, much more difficult to organize and govern.  The two sessions that have been played in the past two semesters have gone extremely well for a brand new event on the campus that requires a great amount of coordination, hard work, and dedication by the moderators.

As the next semester comes upon all of those at Southeastern, many are hoping that HVZ will continue to thrive and continue to be improved for all of those involved as well as those who aren’t.

From the University’s standpoint, it can be looked at as being a nuisance, but from a student’s standpoint, it is a harmless, fun, enjoyable, and community-building game.

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  1. April 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I played HvZ last semester and I can safely agree with you that I built a lot of friendships out of the event. I think community games like this should be carried out more often on campus.

    However I can see the other side of things where people can be annoyed or even offended by the event. Even though it is all in harmless fun, many are uncomfortable with the idea of toy guns being carried around. Not that you could easily mistake a Nerf gun for a real weapon, but it can make people wonder if real weapons could be disguised and brought on campus during the game. An extreme example, but I’ve heard concerns.

    Overall though, I think mature players can conduct the game without too much worry. I think with the rules becoming more conducive of a Christian campus, there shouldn’t be much annoyance in future games.

  2. April 14, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Although I have not been a part of this game, I have seen many people participate in it. I think it’s pretty funny to watch people checking behind them, making sure no one’s coming, or hiding behind a tree. I don’t really see the harm in it!

  3. April 15, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    I think this game will always create controversy. People either hate it or love it. I know it’s a great way to make new friends and be social with a whole new slew of people, but for some it’s just an annoyance and a tragedy waiting for happen. I think it’s sad how much of a bad rep it gets from those who hate it without participating or even looking at the benefits of the game. It’s really just their loss. I personally think it’s awesome and sometimes I wish I took a part this semester again.

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