RIP George A. Romero --- Godfather of the Modern Zombie Genre (1940-2017)
Night of the Living Dead.
A few interesting obituaries:
Wired and a 2010 Wired article ‘Godfather of the Dead’ George A. Romero Talks Zombies.
New York Times
Whether it's Last Night on Earth, Zombicide, or just a good old game of Zombies!!!, we have spent many memorable nights fighting the living dead around our game table thanks to his idea of the zombie as an animated cannibalistic corpse rather than the bewitched victim of a voodoo curse.
From Game of Thrones to the Walking Dead, and the multitude of other cultural references (movies, comics, books, board games, video games) to zombies it's hard to fathom the full cultural impact of Romero's inspiration.
As if it wasn't enough to create the zombie genre, Romero followed up Night of the Living Dead with Dawn of the Dead.
Whether it's Dead Rising, Plants vs. Zombies, Left 4 Dead, Resident Evil, Red Dead Redemption, or Doom zombies are everywhere.
Thinking of the pervasiveness of the concept of the zombie throughout pop culture is almost exhausting, so I'll start things off limited to one entry only, and let everyone else add the rest.
To get a feel for Romero's impact, just check out these Wikipedia lists:
And, even here at BGG: Zombies
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