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    TLOU "zombies" backed by scientific reality

    Just some interesting stuff I found.

    Pop culture is again in the quickly decaying grasp of a shambling horde. For how many times zombies have appeared, they rarely have a real scientific reason to. Sometimes it’s a supernatural cause as in Dawn of the Dead. Other times it’s a generic “zombie virus” as in The Walking Dead. In all the attempts to make the dead live again, science usually takes a back seat to the gore—at least until the latest popular iteration of zombies. The Last of Us—a new videogame touted as a masterpiece—has the most scientific explanation for zombies yet, because it uses zombies that actually exist.
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    source: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/...he-last-of-us/


    And a neat BBC video

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    yeah, that BBC documentary formed the basis of The Last of Us. i can't remember when, or who, said it but i remember one of the senior developers saying that after watching the documentary they wondered what would happen if the fungus was capable of infecting humans

    also, slightly off topic:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fijiandoce View Post
    yeah, that BBC documentary formed the basis of The Last of Us. i can't remember when, or who, said it but i remember one of the senior developers saying that after watching the documentary they wondered what would happen if the fungus was capable of infecting humans

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    They explained this during the teasers. This parasite exists but only affects bugs such as ants. What happened in, The Last of Us is that the infection mutated to the point where humans became affected by it. Such mutations can realistically happen (Mutations happen all the time) and it's a scary thought that this could actually become a reality.







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    It wouldn't be an epidemic though imo. Alot of bad stuff would have to happen all at once for that to really happen.


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    Nature is a wondrous and scary beast.

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    Oh I've heard of this before..Interesting stuff.

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    Wasn't the ant video a teaser before they announced the title? Amazing stuff tho.

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    Yeah I saw this video just after I finished the game, found it by looking up the infection - Pretty scary seeing as it controls the ants mind.

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    Wow. Pretty crazy stuff.

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    That's what I thought the inspiration was when I saw the reveal. Still, a jump from controlling an ant to a human is huge.

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    It would take a vast and significant biological leap within the fungus' coding in order for it to affect humans--the mutation necessary would also need to spread amongst the species to the point where it could become an epidemic in $#@! sapiens, and the only way for it to do so would be through years upon years (millions of years) of evolution for it to reach the state as it is portrayed in LOU.

    It's inspired by nature, but the science in Last of Us is as feasible as the science in science-fiction--that is, not at all.

    Still a great game, though.

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