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Status updates from Tweeter and scattered news reports have indicated that while this is a worldwide phenomenon, most of the damage seems to be initially centered around places with high concentrations of people. Along with some extrapolations from various news sources, I can at least posit a theory, however far-fetched, as to how this all went down.

From the looks of things, all a group would have to do to start the zombification process would have been to induce some kind of short-term biological agent into the air-conditioning system of an airport, airplane or other such mass gathering of people, allowing the short-term agent to infect a large enough group that would be the prime zombies; in other words, the zombies that would start the outbreak would get sick through said agent, die, and be resurrected.

The agent would have to have had a long enough incubation period to keep its subjects alive for at least a day or two, and then, once they died and resurrected, all that would be needed to start the initial wave of mass zombification would have been for one of the prime zombies to bite a victim.

This, of course, makes little sense in the long run, as it’s such an inefficient and inelegant way to introduce the end of the world. If there was a storm or other weather-induced long-term delay in flights at any particular airport, the outbreak could have been lessened drastically in its ability to spread.

Then again, to paraphrase Jurassic Park, undeath finds a way.

I could be completely wrong though. It’s also completely possible that there is no more space in hell for the damned, and thus, they’re all walking the earth now. If such was the case, however, innocent children probably wouldn’t be zombies.  Except there’s already video footage of small-statured biting monsters.

Then of course, there’s the alternate world tweeter theory that states that we’re in some kind of sick, Battle Royale style game where the last survivor on this alternate universe where the dead come to life will become the ruler of his own domain… but that’s just nuts, as the burden of proof would ultimately lie in killing every other zombie AND human being on the planet… and that will take a while.

All these theories are worthless in the face of death, and so the Watanabe patriarch and I opted to take the only course of action available in the short-term that would ensure some possibility of survival: the Watanabe family and I are going to fight our way to the airport, steal a plane and take it somewhere safer.

Of course, this leaves the five of us with an important question: How the hell are we supposed to get battle-ready in such a short-span of time?

Juan Gamer Against the Zombies is a new series of posts scheduled to come once every two weeks (or possibly sooner) chronicling the events of one gamer’s trek across the world in search of a new home… preferably with as few zombies as possible.


It seems that, in the event of a worldwide zombie outbreak, the technologically inclined people are going to stock up on supplies, hole up in their own houses, and tweet about their experiences.

Unfortunately, I don’t have that luxury.

Sure, I can hole myself up at home, safe for a few days while they all mill about aimlessly trying to eat people, but there’s a problem with that. I live in the Philippines, and I’m in Japan with a foster family on scholarship to learn Japanese. Then all this happened. The Japanese language training isn’t exactly helpful now, is it?

My name is Juan Lakbayan, a Filipino gamer who operates a gaming blog when time permits. As of this writing, however, it would seem all gaming activity will be suspended in lieu of the outbreak. The Watanabe family, my foster family here comprised of father Hiroshi, mother Eri, brother Tsuyoshi, and sister Saeko, are all here in their house trying to gather information through the television. I’m right beside them now, looking through newsfeeds worldwide and tweets from people for more word.

For some reason, when it happened, people were tweeting their heads off trying to get information on flash mobs biting people, not exactly reasoning out that flash mobs don’t normally operate on a worldwide scale, and that they’re not supposed to bite people’s skin off and chew. Luckily, Tweeter was mostly unaffected during this time, as more sensible people (myself not included) dropped everything and either ran away from the biting menaces or died trying, keeping the service well under capacity but sufficiently terrifying enough for the technologically inclined.

No one has any information available on how the zombie outbreak came to be, and in fact, the general news media across the world has opted to call them “highly aggressive individuals” instead, with pundits pointing out terrorists or other countries as a potential threat instead of the glaringly obvious yet highly implausible truth. On Tweeter, however, the trending topic seems to be #Zombapocalypse2010, as if they had nothing to worry about. I suppose they’re like me, in this case, who are more or less trying to muster whatever courage they have left in order to prepare for the eventual reality of the situation to bear upon them like some massive, crushing weight. Either that, or the reality hasn’t bitten them in the face yet, literally.

At least JournalPress is up. I was thinking of shutting down the blog, but as someone who writes often, it seemed anathema simply to close up shop just because the world was beginning to end. Better to chronicle my time alive and my struggle to survive, I thought, than to worry about dying. And so, a couple of clicks later, Juan Gamer became Juan Gamer Against the Zombies.

I hope it lasts longer than my old blog, at least.

Juan Gamer Against the Zombies is a new series of posts scheduled to come once every two weeks (or possibly sooner) chronicling the events of one gamer’s trek across the world in search of a new home… preferably with as few zombies as possible.



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