Some say that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery.
Who am I kidding? If you think you just had one of your more original ideas hijacked by somebody making millions...you might be a little bit miffed.
So, what could I possibly be talking about? Today, I am just sharing a little of a perceived bit of idea stealing. Now, I want to start by stating that I know people often have similar ideas without ever having been exposed to the other.
For instance, I doubt I came up with the idea of some people being immune to the bite. I do know I had not read anything of that nature before I wrote Zomblog and DEAD series. I have seen it pop a few times in recent history, and have been told it is part of that Sy-Fy channel zombie series. It's cool. Hey, aren't we all sort of building off the Romero legacy? I can deal with that sort of thing. Granted, I have been told by MANY others that there seems to be a bit more idea borrowing in that Sy-Fy channel show of my Zomblog series to the point where my daughter says she refuses to watch it. Personally, I have not watched, so I can't comment either way. Maybe I will give it a spin someday and see for myself.
There is an actual dialog scene from another game called State of decay that basically steals part of the narrative from an early scene by Steve in DEAD: The Ugly Beginning. I even replayed it a few times. Is it exact? No, but it is close enough to really be suspicious. They just sort of re-word the following passage:
It may seem corny, but no one I’ve met since it began can give me a solid answer as to how it all rolled into motion. Sure, there are theories: Government Bio-weapon gone awry; Super-virus; alien particles from space; demons from Hell; and global warming. Each gets equal billing when you hear the topic come up. Maybe it’s a mix of all of the above. Or, maybe God got tired of us messing up his toy. And if you don’t believe in God…well then you can refer back to the list and pick your favorite. Honestly, I don’t give a damn. I’m too tired from running. How I ended up leading a band of survivors in this Romero-Hell is my new reality. The time for blame has long passed.
Hell, maybe I am just being delusional.
However, the other day, I was playing this epic zombie game on my XBox One called Dying Light. It has an amazing story and is everything that DEAD ISLAND wanted to be, but just could not pull off. So, I was really floored when I was moving around the town and came upon the sound of a baby crying!
Any of you who have read my stuff know what i am talking about. And I can VERY safely say that I have never encountered anything like that before. Now, again, maybe I am just tripping, but I invite you to check out the video. You get a hint of it right around the 5:42 mark, and a much better hit at 7:44. Not only that, but I also introduced the idea of my child zombies being just a little different.
Now, do they use my idea in its exact nature? No, but still...
So, am I delusional? Or should I be flattered?...Annoyed? What do you think?