Why The Last of Us isn’t a zombie game

The main thing that constitutes being a zombie is being undead, and the desire to consume human flesh. Mainly just the undead part though. If you aren’t dead, you’re just not a zombie. You can argue that this is just a technicality, and that this fact doesn’t change The Last of Us’ strong focus of post-apocalyptic survival horror elements, but wait just a moment.

I bet you didn’t realize that there was more than a shred of real science in the game’s premise. I’m about to drop a Bill Nye the Science Guy style truth bomb on ya.

Fungus infected human

Insects have been getting zombified for centuries by mutating strains of various fungi. The fungi infects the host, controls it for a time, and then kills it to release more spores to infect others. Yes, real world zombie apocalypse, except for right now it only affects ants and small insects. The Last of Us’ whole premise is centered around what if a strain of this fungi mutated to affect bigger targets like humans. It’s not entirely unheard of, especially if your typical video game mad scientist decided to help it along? No confirmation as to whether that’s in the game that’s just my opinion, man.

If you still don’t believe me you can read up about it in National Geographic. It’s interesting all on its own. You can clearly see that the hosts for the fungus are alive, making them not zombie undead. So if your friend says The Last of Us is just another dumb zombie game, pop him in the jaw and school his ass with Nat Geo.