Gaming Is Mostly Dead: Dead Block Trailer

He looks friendly enough.

It’s really not fair on Dead Block, which has just announced that it will be using the Unreal Engine 3, that it feels like one heck of a heavy straw for this here camel. Because it looks pretty cute. Jim mentioned its existence last week, and now we have a trailer for you below. It’s funny, and the game looks like it might be ace. But crikey, there’s a lot of games about zombies with “dead” in the title.

Described as a “third-person action defence” game, it will be downloadable only when it appears from Candygun Games later this year.

But I’m just saying.

Dead Block

Dead Meets Lead

Dead Island

Dead Wake

Dead Rising 2: Off The Record

Dead Nation

And so on.


  1. pakoito says:

    Left for Dead

  2. Boozebeard says:

    The last article about this stated it used unreal, and linked to their website which has that exact same video as embedded here. What was the point in this article? xD

  3. Ergates_Antius says:

    There’s a certain irony that there are hordes Zombie games and that the idea refuses to die.

    • Gap Gen says:

      I was going to suggest that their putrid, rotting flesh was a metaphor but I decided that that was a little harsh.

  4. Gap Gen says:

    “But crikey, there‚Äôs a lot of games about zombies”

    Yes. It’s a shame that so many creatives fall back on this crutch for a setting, I think, especially since they’re making so much effort to stand out. But then again, it’s similarly telling that Kieron’s comics about superheros are doing well and his comic about indie wizards is not.

    • Ergates_Antius says:

      There’s going to come a point soon where the number of Zombie games will exceed the number of WW2 games. When that happens…. well, probably nothing.

    • arienette says:

      We’re reaching a point of zombie singularity! After which it’ll become impossible to to stay what will happen, except that there’ll be more zombie games.

    • Gap Gen says:

      I hear the new Dawn of the Dead game is about World of Goo, Psychonauts, Portal 2 and Machinarium holding out in the Steam Store as waves of zombie games swarm over them.

    • geldonyetich says:

      To bad fair, it’s partly the zombies’ fault for being a concept you add to the game that provides human-like targets the player can freely gib without needing to harbor remorse.

    • Gap Gen says:

      To be fair, it’s the fault of superheros for being power fantasies, with the weight of this overused genre dragging down an entire medium because finding an interesting non-superhero comic is like finding diamond in Minecraft. As in, you will probably find a few but not before dying in lava several times*. And to be fair, it’s the fault of medieval fantasy for choking an entire medium because not enough people have moved on from Tolkein, etc…

      There *is* interesting zombie fiction, and aside from everything the stylings of this game look pretty nice. And to be fair, unlike my above example the medium isn’t choked to death by this single genre. It’s just a shame that indie developers are chasing the money/attention of the unimaginative game-buying public rather than doing something interesting with the medium. Then again, I’m sure someone in ancient Rome was bemoaning plays as becoming nothing more than a vehicle for an unimaginative public to watch criminals get torn apart by bears.

      *I realise that Forbidden Planet is probably a bad example of places to look for non-superhero comics.

    • Kaira- says:

      I know. It’s such a shame that all these zombie games focus solely on zombies and killing them/evading them instead of using zombies as a primus motor for survival, where it boils down to “man is a wolf to a fellow man”. Shame.

  5. icupnimpn2 says:

    Zombies? Done. Pirates? Done. Ninjas? Done. Vampires? Done. Aliens? Done. All played out.

    Can you predict the next genre sensation?

    • deejayem says:


    • Gap Gen says:


    • Ergates_Antius says:

      Megalomaniac AIs.

      Or Wizards.

    • yhancik says:

      You forgot Dinosaurs, icupnimpn2 :p

    • Matt says:

      Sapient breakfast sandwiches. Or “McMurderMuffins” as one might call them. (Don’t call them that.)

    • yhancik says:

      And of course the next genre sensation will be Quintin Smith

    • lokimotive says:

      Miles Davis

    • tomeoftom says:

      …revolutionised the zombie genre with “Kind Of Dead”

    • Heliocentric says:

      Space marines (unless they serve an immortal god emperor) are on the banned list. The next hotness will be actual mariners.

    • frenz0rz says:

      Klingons, clearly.

    • diebroken says:


    • tomeoftom says:

      I want it to be snowboarding games so that, eventually, someone will get it right.

    • Tei says:

      Shadows, Dark Matter, ..Vampires again?

    • Malawi Frontier Guard says:

      Queens, leprechauns, Masai warriors, ghosts, succubi, Huns, mandarins, wisewomen, grizzly bears, hamsters, sea monsters, vegetarian aliens, terrorists, firefighters, generals, gangsters, detectives, magicians, spirit mediums, shamans, whores, and lacrosse players.

    • Jim Rossignol says:

      Liches! Mark my words.

    • yhancik says:

      Delicious healthy fruits

    • icupnimpn2 says:

      We are in the presence of prophecy. BTW: Cowboys beginning to peak.

    • westyfield says:

      Pirates? I must have missed that one.
      It’s got to be dinosaurs next, it’s already started with Dino D-Day, the Telltale Jurassic Park game, and that indie game I can’t remember the name of with the jetpacks and dinosaurs.

    • Mario Figueiredo says:

      hmm… zombies will keep on coming, no matter what we think next. There’s just too many of ’em.

    • icupnimpn2 says:

      Well, pirates and ninjas both got played out at about the same time. Not so much in the game world, but definitely in pop culture at large. There may be another pop because of the upcoming Johnny Depp vehicle.

      In the game world, we’re seeing a pirate Two Worlds expansion and Lego Pirates of the Caribbean.

    • TillEulenspiegel says:

      There aren’t *nearly* enough vampire games. Which is surprising, given their ongoing popularity in film and TV ever since Buffy/Angel.

      One of my ongoing side-side-side-projects is a cyberpunk vampire game set in future-Berlin. I desperately want more stuff like VTM: Bloodlines, which was absolutely fantastic.

    • Rii says:


      Vampires have always been primarily a female thing. More than that, the underlying nature of their appeal and utility for women – as sublimated representations of masculinity and male sexuality in particular – doesn’t translate well to video games. The dearth of such titles is unsurprising.

    • geldonyetich says:

      What – nobody mentioned mummies yet?

    • JFS says:

      Pugs. It’s about time.

    • Lambchops says:


    • Shadram says:

      Turkeys. Turkeys that want to gobble-gobble you up.

      Sorry, sounded funny in my head. When I was 7.

    • noggin says:

      I’m with lokimotive – let see more Miles Davis based games please

  6. Freud says:

    Nice, I wondered what happened to the kid in Up.

  7. Cyber Rat says:

    I’m assuming the developers had an artist block when thinking of a name.

  8. Bilbo says:

    I find myself wondering if they had to pay to license that guitar.

    That’s how boring I found that trailer.

  9. magnus says:

    Actually you’re all wrong, it’ll be the Chuckle Brothers, I can feel it!

    This would have made sense if it was in the right place, Bah! (facepalm)

  10. Baboonanza says:

    Honestly, I can’t think of anything scarier than a game where you are relentlessly persued through Sheffield City Centre by the Chuckle Brothers. Oh, the horror when they final corner you in the make-up ailse of Boots.

  11. Mario Figueiredo says:

    Does it have crates?

    • tomeoftom says:

      That’s a good idea, actually. I reckon crates are about to have their turn in the spotlight. Portable, practical, cuboid – perfect.

    • DrazharLn says:

      Perfect. One might even say fairest.

  12. Falx22 says:

    Mostly dead is slightly alive!

  13. ZIGS says:

    Don’t forget about the upcoming Dead State!!

  14. cpy says:

    Nothing beats the good ol Zombie Shooter!

  15. thebluemonkey81 says:

    If we’re going to have this many zombie survival games, can someone just get on and make a zombie survival mmo.

    I know you’re not a fan of the “dead is dead” thing but…
    get to top level in a week or so
    everyone can kill everone
    zombies… lots of them
    When you die you respawn as a new character at level 1

    Have a whole “colelct resources that are needed to survive” thing going on so that it encourages people to band together but at the same time encourages people to screw each other over.

    You could have it as “more security you get in numbers, as long as people don’t turn on each other”
    Ballance it out with something like “the older your character, the more zombies it attracts unless you’re in groups of lower levels” that’d encourage people not to screw each other over.

    I donno, there are few games, bar deus ex 3 that’re exciting this little monkey at the moment.

    and I know…
    “my idea sucks”
    “no one want’s to die and go back to square 1”
    “blah blah blah blah”
    I like my niche games :P