Having mastered all of the versions of Left 4 Dead that are currently available, I am left pondering what my zombie killing obsession has taught me. If there were to be a zombie attack do I now have the skills to survive? Which types of weapons work the best? And most importantly, what the heck would I do if bitten?
None of these questions can be answered in the real world until the day of the zombie is actually upon us, but playing Left 4 Dead has taught me a few other important life lessons:
Don’t Get Near the Quiet Girls
As I learned how to avoid getting attacked by witches in Left 4 Dead, I started to relate them to the girls I came across in real life. What I figured out is that when they are quiet and shy is when you should really watch out. These are the girls whose claws will literally come out about 10 inches if you cross them.
When You are in Real Trouble Shoot From the Back
We all face those situations where we want to just run away from our problems, but just like in Left 4 Dead they will just keep on advancing until you face them, even if you deal with it from behind your back. You know how you run away from the zombies but keep shooting back, the same goes for when dealing with your real life demons.
There is Never a Safe Place to Hide
Zombies will always sniff you out, no matter where you hide. The same goes for your everyday life. You can spend the day hiding out in your room engrossed in Left 4 Dead for hours, but eventually you are going to have to come up for air. And that’s when schoolwork or real work or your family is going to smack you in right back to reality, the same way that zombie will.
You Have to Take Some Down Time
If not for your mental health, then for your physical health you have to step away from the game. Your avatar needs a recharge once in a while, and so do you. I have found that spending a half hour inside of my portable infrared sauna helps me to detox from all that soda and pizza, while a brisk walk around the block clears my head and makes me remember that the dawn of the zombie has not yet happened. Don’t have one? Get out the old interwebs and fire up some review sites to see the best saunas.
Never Give Up
Even the best of us will spend a good portion of the time in zombie land halfway dead, yet never give up. The same is true for life. No matter how hard the punches are today, get up tomorrow and go for it again. Sooner or later good always comes out on top.
These are all good lessons that I can take with me as I make my way through the real world. People may bash on those of us who like a good game, but they’ll be looking for us for help when that first zombie rears her ugly head.