Dead Island Won’t Let You Kill Zombie Kids…But Why Would You Want To?

The Dead Island trailer that we probably all have seen has no doubt evoked some powerful feelings.  The sombre music, the chilling visuals, and the way the grisly demise of one little girl is played out backwards.  Who wouldn’t feel a little jolted by that?  It was the entire purpose of the trailer.  Gamers went forth believing that Dead Island was going to be a much deeper, darker experience.

Nope.  We won’t pass up an opportunity to show the trailer to you again.

Well, they were wrong.  At least when it comes to who they’re facing off against.

A Deep Silver spokesperson stated that you won’t be able to kill kids in the game, due to the fact that they didn’t feel that it was appropriate.  This is something that no doubt will disappoint a lot of people who might have been looking forward to the game.   But we have to ask ourselves, was it ever really that important?

Looking at it from a ‘realistic’ point of view, sure – we can understand that child-zombies would exist.  They wouldn’t automatically be exempt from infection, but one would wonder if theoretically their bodies could handle infection and they wouldn’t just die…permanently, not to be reanimated.  This was something that was explored briefly in Resident Evil 5 (if you were paying attention or played that long into it…).  Women and children of the Ndipaya village couldn’t handle the infection and died quickly – and you really only faced off against women in the first few levels of the game.  That makes a bit of sense, since their immune systems would theoretically be weaker and they just wouldn’t turn.  One easy and realistic way that little ankle-biters to be written out of the equation.

You might be asking, what’s the difference between a zombie-child and a Necromorph baby or a Demon Child?  Or even those little baby things from Parasite Eve 2?  Y’know, the kind that exploded into red spray if you touched them?  I think I might be doing a little more harm to my point here, but alas…There are lots of differences – for one, zombie-children still have a lot of the appearance of an actual child.  The trailer shows mere seconds passing by before this little girl who was previously clinging to Daddy for help, lunging towards him to take a bite out of his jugular.  His response is one of survival instinct as he throws his beloved child off of his back and sends her out the window, plummeting to the ground.  No massive transformation happened, she didn’t grow claws or sprout some parasite from her neck – for all intents and purposes, she was still a little kid.  If you didn’t know the name of the game was Dead Island, you might not have ever realized she was a zombie at the beginning of the trailer.

The blood could be explained away….Strawberry ice cream?  She got some on her shirt, too.

Additionally, Dead Island claims to have a detailed gore system in store for players.  Different levels of flesh and bone, zombies in different states of decomposition.  So this wouldn’t be just blasting away a few smaller NPCs under the notion that they might have been kids, or shooting at something so pixelated that you really wouldn’t have been able to tell if it was a kid or not.  Dead Island would show kids getting slaughtered by electric machetes and the like in extensive fashion.  We might not think of ourselves as ‘all about the graphics’ but this would definitely be enough to ruffle quite a few feathers.  Call me old fashioned, but it does kind of make my skin crawl as well.  As soon as “Concerned Parent A” hears that you can kill kids in this game from “Concerned Parent B” then the whole freaking alphabet is on the phone with their local Fox News station intent on getting the game banned.  Deep Silver is a smaller company – no way they’d want to take the risk.  And so, Zombie Kids got the proverbial axe.

So why all of the commotion about ‘wanting’ to kill kids?  Especially with such an easy out for kids?  Is it all about the realism.  Yeah, I get it – zombies wouldn’t pick and choose their victims in a real life zombie apocalypse.  Sometimes the words “real life” and the words “Zombie Apocalypse” together in one sentence make me laugh.  It is just a game…games aren’t real.  And in the case of Dead Island, neither are Zombie Kids.

–jeeves86
Source: Ripten

  • http://omgpants.webs.com/ Kenny Bronson

    “But we have to ask ourselves, was it ever really that important?”

    Well if you want to reflect on the entire concept, is killing ANYBODY really that important? No. But it’s fun and legal. I know that may sound sick to you but why else would you want to hack computer generated people to death, um, death-er.

    Wanting to mutilate (pixel) people of ANY AGE is sick. But it’s also too much damn fun, and even a bit theraputic. Adding children, in addition to giving the game realism, will also provide much needed variety.

    “It is just a game…games aren’t real.”

    Um okay, that kinda negates whatever points you may have had in this article. Even your best and only valid point about people seeking to get it banned.

    I don’t mind the idea of zombie kids. Death doesn’t check I.D.’s and niether do I unless I’m planning to…you know. I don’t expect them to have this feature, but would grately appreciate it if they left the game open to modding.

  • Patrick

    How can you say “Don’t kill kids” and then show a picture of Gage Creed as the header!? I’d shoot that creepy kid on sight! He scared the hell out of me when I was a kid!!! Still does! :)

  • http://www.relyonhorror.com jeeves86

    @ Patrick – yeahh, me too. But it was really the only zombie kid that I could find that didn’t still look cuddly and adorable.

    @ Kenny I appreciate your comments. I do realize that I kind of negated a few of my points, but it troubles me that people are wanting this game both to be realistic, and allow you to beat the shit out of kids in gruesome detail. I know it’s probably the Internet Anonymity rule coming into play, but there are a lot of people of the gaming community who seriously hate kids, be it them yammering on Xbox Live or just plain don’t like kids. Often to a disturbing extent.

    What I should have ended with was “it’s only a game, and games don’t have to be realistic.” Why add them in if there’s such an easy out? Why would it be satisfying or therapeutic to mutilate zombie kids? I hope that clarifies some things.

  • Demut

    Well, we might be able to convince ourselves that this island is actually a swinger paradise so of course you wouldn’t see any children on it.

    And as for the trailer … not canon.

  • Chaos

    I agree with Jeeves on this whole subject about it being disturbing in why people want kids in these games so we can bloody them up. Anyone who would debate the fact on not having kids to kill in a game for the sake of realism is just plain sick in the head. I’m a hardcore, survivor, horror gamer, playing things like Resident Evil, Dead Space one and two..etc. But not once have I looked forward to killing children or mutated children for that matter. In gaming and especially in horror games there are lines we need to think about, hell the reason I enjoy the killing in these games is because they don’t even LOOK human anymore and they’re hostile so..what our are choices right? But kids don’t belong in gory games, once we cross that line, we should start double checking our humanity. I know it’s just a game, but the things we think up to scare people in them already makes me cringe.

  • Lord Tony

    Because of the first trailer with the child turning into a zombie there was a bunch of faggots crying about killing ZOMBIE PIXILATED CHILDREN in video games. The developer did say zombie children would be in the game in some way but now they removed it due to controversy. I find this complete bullshit and how would you be upset for killing ZOMBIE PIXILATED CHILDREN!

    No one fucking minded when they were killing baby and children necromorphs in Dead Space 1 and 2.

  • Peter

    Because the game wanted to be dramatic. Sadly they didnt keep atention the dramatical parts.

    It is a nice vaction Island. Full of ritch asholes, bitches and of course people whos going there to spend their holiday with their families. There is also a city full of normal peoples.

    The ingame dramas sometime just a joke (like a man at the middle in the pool and cry and we just leave him alone. As so many other time when we found a survivor. Okay he cry for his family but opposite this everybody call the zombies like “things” and enjoy to kill them. Rare moments when somebody sees the deads like a people. And this coud be the dramatical part. Not the over acted moments. That moment when you enter an apartment and see that kind of battle which you coud see in that trailer.)

    And of course this kind of drama need a whole scenery… like a children and todlers. And damn! Its have to be hard to kill not fun (and not because its have a high HP)! This is just my opinion…

  • Beatle

    I understand the reason.

    As a fan of the TV show The Walking Dead you rarely see child zombies..they’ve only shown you like about 1-2 of them so far but during those scenes/moments its very dramatic.

    If we let people get used to this what’s going to happen to our society? Are we gonna start accepting the fact that violence against children is right?

    So I’m glad that they decided to exclude them in this game. They could’ve at least given us something in the plot like “Infected children can’t live very long because their bodies can’t handle it” scenario just like in Resident Evil.

    • Name

      I understand the reason.

      As a fan of the TV show The Walking Dead you rarely see human zombies..they’ve only shown you like about 100-200 of them so far but during those scenes/moments its very dramatic.

      If we let people get used to this what’s going to happen to our society? Are we gonna start accepting the fact that violence against people is right?

      So I’m glad that they decided to exclude them in this game. They could’ve at least given us something in the plot like “Infected people can’t live very long because their bodies can’t handle it” scenario just like in Resident Evil.

      your a fucking twat