Streetview Zombie Apocalypse
February 25, 2011 1:27 PM   Subscribe

Well they're scarier than the Zombies in Romero's Diary of The Dead.
posted by ORthey at 1:29 PM on February 25, 2011

The zombies are so tiny!
posted by blahblahblah at 1:32 PM on February 25, 2011 [2 favorites]


The lack of intuitive movement is the same as in all those nightmares where it feels like you're running blind through molasses. With zombies closing in on you. DNW.
posted by lydhre at 1:36 PM on February 25, 2011

Little tiny zombies, immune to the effects of occlusion, wandering across my field of vision. Sounds like a typical night out in my neighborhood.
posted by RobotVoodooPower at 1:38 PM on February 25, 2011

I bet the frogmen could take 'em.
posted by Sidhedevil at 1:38 PM on February 25, 2011 [3 favorites]

This is a great way to explore Edmonton.
posted by mazola at 1:39 PM on February 25, 2011 [1 favorite]

Not only the zombies tiny, they actually shrink as they approach you. This leads me to the conclusion that they become microscopic as they contact you, and enter your bloodstream to nibble on your red blood cells.

I'm all for unconventional zombies, I'm not one of those staunch Romero-esque slow zombies only people, but there are limits.
posted by Drastic at 1:43 PM on February 25, 2011 [1 favorite]

The experience was indistinguishable from a night in Park Slope.
posted by shakespeherian at 1:51 PM on February 25, 2011

Nice to remember what my street looks like with leaves and greenery.
posted by amethysts at 1:52 PM on February 25, 2011

Stomp! There, that should take care of it.
posted by Danf at 2:03 PM on February 25, 2011

GrrrWhy do you need Google Chrome for all manner of new, nifty things? >:|
posted by herbplarfegan at 2:06 PM on February 25, 2011

This seems like the most appropriate address to play this in.
posted by octothorpe at 2:14 PM on February 25, 2011 [5 favorites]

I thought it was awesome, even if it's hacked-together and looks ridiculous. I knew you could do some interesting overlays with Google Maps, but I didn't know you could add things to Street View. Especially not things that move on their own and interact with your location.

Sure, this is way down the interaction scale, but it's a very cool concept.
posted by Tehhund at 2:36 PM on February 25, 2011 [3 favorites]

Oh what? I chose a little spot in a major city. This is a neat little game (looking at the street view, not seeing anything) How do you see the...OH DEAR GOD THE MARKERS ARE CLOSING ON ME!

Okay, you're going this way NO! TURN TURN Turn around! now now! Shit they're closing in on me like the aliens on Bill Hicks and company when they were in the ceiling! Go fool go!

Click click CLICKCLICKCLKCLKCLK!! it's gonna get me it's gonna get MEEeee unless I can make it to the next block before it cuts me off.. (I see an actual person on street view and damn near shriek)..WHEW, okay click,

Oh no, that one is cutting me off! Just then I click so much that the interface turns grey and I think it's me dying. Nooooooo WHEW! Got away again. HA.

Click, click, click. Oh crap, they've herded me to the railyard! There are no streets to run on! I'm coming to a T and they are on either side! Wait - there's a small street on the right if I can just make iiiiiiiitttttt


Yes!! Made it! I'm just seconds from the highway! (I start singing Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos by Public Enemy) Yeeeah!

Hop on the highway, SAFE!

It's Dungeons of Daggorath, 2011 style.


Hoverboards don't work on water, Zombies don't work on the interstate.
posted by cashman at 2:57 PM on February 25, 2011 [1 favorite]

Lived for 48 seconds! Better in concept than execution; but still really cool.
posted by steambadger at 3:02 PM on February 25, 2011

I lived for 2:30 minutes, and then got bored, and waited for the tiny zombies to catch up. And then they all gathered at my feet and stood there and apparently they don't care to eat me as my timer is still going. Meh. It was cute.
posted by bibbit at 3:13 PM on February 25, 2011 [2 favorites]

I feel like this would work a lot better as a top-down game in regular Google Maps than Street View, but still, fun idea. If by fun you mean the stuff of my worst nightmares.
posted by OverlappingElvis at 3:14 PM on February 25, 2011

When the zombie apocolypse comes, I'm just staying locked up here in the lab. I've got enough LB to live on for (fairly unpleasant) weeks.
posted by maryr at 3:38 PM on February 25, 2011

Great idea, glitchy execution. I had fun for 30 seconds though.
posted by HumanComplex at 4:23 PM on February 25, 2011

Can we, as a community, just agree to never mention zombies or anything zombie-related, like, ever?
posted by mingo_clambake at 6:10 PM on February 25, 2011 [1 favorite]

brundlefly's law: As an online discussion about zombies grows longer, the probability of a complaint about zombies being overplayed approaches 1.
posted by brundlefly at 6:36 PM on February 25, 2011 [12 favorites]

Fun indeed...wish the zombies inspired a bit more fear though.
posted by schyler523 at 4:59 AM on February 26, 2011

I don't know what I did wrong, but I was trying to die to see what would happen and I even left it sitting there since yesterday. It says "TIME ALIVE: 747:04" now.
posted by orme at 1:17 PM on February 26, 2011

Maybe my experiences were not so unusual, then. I put in my mom's address and found myself surrounded by a dozen or so within a couple of blocks. I dodged out down the only clear sidestreet I could find and watched the clump of a red dots congregate behind me, shuffling aimlessly. I wandered through the rest of the city but spotted only a few more. After about ten minutes, I gave up.

The takeaway from this is that in the event of zombie apocalypse, my mom is toast.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 12:50 PM on February 28, 2011

This gives me an idea - I'm thinking "original topdown Grand Theft Auto meets google maps satellite view"

That aside - my takeaway from this exercise is that if zombies attack my neighbourhood, I will apparently be safe because I can a) just step on their teeny tiny little zombie bodies and squash them and b) just ignore them, as they don't appear to be able to kill me any way. It's sort of like the ant apocalypse that I had in my kitchen last spring.
posted by antifuse at 1:13 PM on March 3, 2011

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