Dead Rising has taught me the importance of creativity, learning to think fast and utilise any item that happens to be in close proximity is essential. That and using your new found creativity to snap artsy photographs of everything. It might seem counter-intuitive to focus on taking photos, but documenting the zombie apocalypse could work out in your favour if a cure was ever discovered.
Think about it, you'd have news channels falling all over themselves trying to outbid each other for your pictures. You might even get a movie deal. You have to think of your future after all, if there is one...and if there isn't, well, think of the camera as barrier between you and the zombies and pretend you're in a horror movie. Granted, it's not a particularly healthy coping mechanism but anything that makes you feel safe is worth the permanent psychological scarring, right?
|Oh, hello there big, unlimited pile of ammo!|
Which is great if you don't own a gun. Or live outside the US, like me.
|Jill Valentine, teaching us how to enter rooms correctly!|
Running is all well and good but games like Dead Island and upcoming release Dying Light can serve to remind us that we can't run indefinitely, stamina is absolutely crucial. So start working out now, I know it might pain you to leave your house when there are so many games to play but you need to learn the limitations of your body, falling in a heap, holding your sides because you have a stitch is not acceptable come Z-Day.
Dead Island is a title which is focused on levelling up. This isn't something we can do with ease in the real world but it does show us that we should keep on training ourselves, even after Z-Day has begun. Learning new skills is important, especially if someone needs to be used as bait or sacrificed for the greater good. If you have skills that can be utilised, you're least likely to be considered as zombie fodder and can feel confident that no one will betray you because they need you!
You might have skills but good luck finding a place safe enough to set up camp especially in Day Z, a zombie game focused on more than base-building and fortifying. It's easy to forget about living when you're fighting the undead and this game is a helpful reminder to look after yourself and keep resilient. This includes nutrition, learning to hunt and skin animals will prove invaluable. In the game you are amidst other real life players, this allows you to learn how you and others might react in a real life zombie apocalypse scenario. Many will try to form alliances while others will try to screw you over, so Day Z is a lesson in trust, much like Telltale's The Walking Dead.
Like the comic book and TV show, this game is all about interaction with other characters and if you scare easily or get nervous, play this in order to hone your reflexes and become mentally prepared for the suspense which might otherwise kill you. After all, dying of an anxiety attack during a zombie apocalypse is a particularly undignified way to go.