I am done with Zombies, too much of a good thing. Popular media has romanticized Vampires and Werewolves to the point that I just don’t care any more. Surely now is the time of the Fairies?
Zombies have had a good run really. I mean, they have managed to make an appearance in almost every videogame genre – they have been welcome guests for a long time in RPGs and action titles, but now they have gatecrashed everything from shooters (so many examples) to puzzle games (Plants Vs Zombies has to be one of the greatest games of all time), with there even being an undead team in Bloodbowl, a sports game of sorts. I can’t really think of any Zombies turning up in a serious driving game, but give them time and I am sure some enterprising developer will manage to shoehorn them in.
Vampires and Werewolves would be the next most prolific mythological creatures to appear in videogames, and for a while they were quite welcome. They didn’t seem to be forcing themselves upon us quite so much as the Zombies. But then along came the Twilight movies and now I can’t look at a Vampire or Zombie without imagining Bella’s constantly miserable face. These are blood-sucking, flesh-eating creatures of the night, not the objects of teenage infatuations.
So, with Zombies outstaying their welcome and Vampires/Werewolves losing their edge, what comes next?
Well ,my vote is with the Fairies. I am not talking Tinkerbell and her buddies who have already made ample appearances in games aimed at pre-teens. I am talking the proper, hardcore Fairies of mythology. Sprites, Pixies, Brownies, Cobblers, leprechauns. The potential is massive and there are plenty of stories to inspire developers.
I must admit to getting excited when Focus Home Interactive released Faery: Legends of Avalon in late 2012, thinking this would be the start of a great new trend featuring the diminutive people. But sadly the game didn’t live up to my expectations and still managed to cast the fairies into a more “family friendly” role.
Anyone who watches the Tv show True Blood will know how kick-ass Fairies could be. They need to shun their cutesy image and embrace the darkness, becoming the next great adversary in videogames. No more supporting roles, no more Disney sweetness and no more becoming “best friends” with Dora the Explorer. The next Fairy I want to see in a videogame needs to be trying to rip my eyes out with sharpened nails.
Or maybe I am expecting too much. It would be a nice break from the Zombies though…