You may be tired of zombies. You may hate The Walking Dead, you may be sick of John George Romero, you may even refuse to play Plants Vs. Zombies (although if so, I pity you). But I hope you will respect, if not genuinely admire, the new iPhone app Zombies, Run!
Basically, Zombies, Run! is a combination exercise game and audio adventure which turns your jog/run into a fictional fight for survival. It creates a route based on your location, and then as you run, feeds you destinations — like supplies to “pick up” for your “base” — and more importantly, zombies to run from. But when the exercise is over, the game isn’t — you have to divvy up the supplies among the survivors in your base, and there’s a lot of drama going on and it’s just brilliant. It makes exercising entertaining, nerdy and outright awesome, and I could not be more impressed. Apparently it’s coming to Android in the spring, so non-iPhone users who would like the motivation of flesh-eating zombies chasing them to get their exercise on won’t be left behind. You can find out more here, and purchase it here.
Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.