Who knew that all you really needed to fight the inevitable zombie apocalypse is a well kept garden filled with a variety of plants and those ever-important sunflowers? It's a survival lesson PopCap Games, a division of Electronic Arts, taught us with its highly addictive Plants vs Zombies title, and lest you forgot the power a green thumb wields, the developer plans to launch a sequel in the first half of 2013.
And that was that. In one fell, $750 million dollar swoop, EA gobbled up PopCap. To most, it was just another day in gaming's primordial ooze of a business sector – where everyone devours everyone else in a bitter bid for survival. Slip on your gamervision glasses, however, and you'll see a different story altogether. “Battlefield 3, Need for Speed publisher acquires folks behind Peggle, Plants vs Zombies.” Sorry, what? Let us wash the crazy out of our ears. PopCap, however, insists that it leaped into the belly of the beast quite willingly.
Back from a tough day at work? Have things at home been less-than-optimal? Could your life be best described as a “never-ending torrent of shame and misery”? Well, those are, er, probably things you should look into fixing, but – if the the results of a recent East Carolina University study pan out – don't be surprised to see your therapist's interrogation couch (or whatever those things are called) replaced by a gaming PC.
Ok, we have a confession to make. We beat the whole thing – twice – in the process of writing this article. Sadly (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), the in-browser PvZ is only a small hit of the virtual narcotic. With three gameplay modes, 14 levels, and 12 plant types, it’s a tantalizing taste of wild vegetable-on-undead action, but certainly not a full game’s worth.
So it’s great for lunch breaks and other perfectly innocent on-the-job uses, right?
What? You’re going to play when you should be working? No! What are you thinking? Work time is sacred.
And now, a letter from the future, courtesy of older Nathan Grayson’s toaster/time machine combo:
“URGENT WARNING: SEND THIS TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS POSSIBLE. IF YOU RUN OUT OF PEOPLE, GET MARRIED AND MAKE MORE.
Hello there… oh, hold one second…. Right then, where were we? Oh, right – the warning. Uh, just another quick break. No, really; this is the last one. It’s just that, you know, I’m smack dab in the middle of a quick Peggle match and, wouldn’t you know it, I’m so, so close to finally smashing that little silver ball right through the high score I achieved the day after I dropped out of college.
Oh, yes, college just ended up not being your cup of silver balls bouncing everywhere every time I close my eyes. You know, what with Peggle taking up all your study time and whatnot. After they put the ungodly addictive casual game Peggle into World of Warcraft with a free, no-hassle add-on on April 23, 2009, they decided to jam it into every appliance that registered on the visible light spectrum. Cars, calculators, dogs – you name it. Complete and total submission was unavoidable.
So, I’m just gonna go check out a few Peggle hints now for some please send help. Really, it’s probably best that I skedaddle now anyway; people are probably starting to wonder why – even though the entire world is in an apparent state of technological and cultural stagnation – we’ve managed to invent cheap, compact time machines and fuse them with common household appliances. Er, I fear I’ve said too much.”
It sure is a good thing we received this message in tim—oh lord it's April 24 we're all doomed!