Andy Milito

Published: August 5, 2013 at 10:57 AM

As a video game fan, that sounds really cool. I smell a potential HHN maze!
129.188.33.26

Published: August 5, 2013 at 12:32 PM

Apparently, if you get too close to the zombies, the sensor catches and your infection level goes up. Those who hid the sensor (behind their bags) are reporting their level remained "Green". Also, I read that zombies have sensors to let them know when to drop on the floor.
So far, more than 50,000 guests (including the repeaters) tried the attraction in the last 2 weeks and there has been 0 survivor. The attraction is limited time only until November 10th.
Robert Niles
Editor

Published: August 5, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Isn't the gun ownership rate in Japan minuscule? I mean, to the point of nonexistence? That would seem to make this a unique, almost forbidden, experience for Japanese visitors - the chance to hold and use a gun, even if it is in a pretend environment.

Mix that with Japan's obsession with cosplay (and role-playing), and I can see the unique appeal here. That said, I think that a truly interactive house (Fight back? Heck, yeah!) could be a huge, huge hit in the United States, too, though I agree that the quality and technology of game play would have increase. After all, we, uh, are used to shooting each other over here. :^/

James Trexen

Published: August 5, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Robert brings up exactly why this will never come to America. Society has become pretty sensitive to these kind of things (Hey, when was the last time you've seen Elmer Fudd with his shotgun?) and would call for it's immediate removal.
167.167.40.2

Published: August 5, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Both James & Robert make good points.

I think here, the weapons would be presented as "lasers" & I could even see the zombies being robot or machine based zombies, as that would draw fewer issues.

But back to the original attraction, it sounds like a cool, scary version of a haunted house.

Bryan Wawzenek
Writer

Published: August 5, 2013 at 5:55 PM

Yes, Robert, handguns are completely banned in Japan. So, the chance to hold a real-looking pistol might be pretty exciting for Japanese fans raised on Hollywood movies and shoot-em-up video games. Of course, Japan's many arcades are stocked with plenty of first-person shooters, too.

In regards to 129..., that could be true about the life meter. It just seemed awful convenient that everyone in my group went from green to red at the exact same time, whether they had been close to zombies or not.

1.73.232.127

Published: August 5, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Being huge fans of Biohazard we went to USJ last week to check this out. The line was HUGE and they were doing some sort of crazy reservation system that only seemed to make sense to locals. In typical Japanese style they had created a buracrazy that had us running around trying to get a slot but the reservations were not being taken at the Biohazard location it was far away in another building. Total nightmare. When we finally figured it out we were told that all reservations for the day were gone! My son was not happy. I am glad you all enjoyed it, but they need to do something about the time waste system.
Robert Niles
Editor

Published: August 5, 2013 at 10:51 PM

Another reasons for the lasers is the gameplay. A laser (or IR beam), allows the game to record hits accurately.

Basically, for live shooter games, your options are laser tag and paintball. And paintball's a mess, not to mention potentially painful if players aren't geared up right.

By the way, the phrase "Buzz Lightyear's Zombie Blasters" wins the Internet today.

Tony Duda

Published: August 5, 2013 at 11:19 PM

A laser game would be great, the zombies all wear some kind of target hood so that only head shots count. A big red flash can come off the hood so that you know when you had a good hit. If the zombie comes too close, your sensor would drain faster. This way you can get through the game if you position yourself so that your fellow gamers get infected instead of you.

Ooops, maybe I should copyright that scenario. Or did I just do that by inference?

Rod Whitenack

Published: August 6, 2013 at 6:41 AM

I had a friend that was studying Japanese culture years ago and spent several college semesters living there. The Japanese don't really celebrate Halloween like we do or associate the spooky season with the Fall. He told me that haunted attractions just like this often pop up in the Summer. I'd never had anyone explain this to me this way, but he told me that the Japanese like haunted houses in the Summer because it's believed that the "chills" you get from being scared actually cool you down.

Obviously, I don't think they believe this in any kind of literal way, but it's an interesting cultural concept.

Anon Mouse

Published: August 6, 2013 at 12:13 PM

Why would having a fake gun be such a forbidden fruit that people would want to play with it? It doesn't make sense to me. I own one and it is nothing to be excited about. I was not interesting in buying one to hold it and point and shoot things. I was more interested in self-defense.

To me, the allure of killing zombies is the attraction, not the guns itself. In The Walking Dead, the survivors are specifically asked to refrain from using guns if possible to ensure zombies are NOT attracted to the noise. Noise is a negative. A survivor is better off using a knife or prop.

Brandon Mendoza

Published: August 6, 2013 at 12:30 PM

The idea of being able to use a gun when you normally can't is like being able to shoot a M249 SAW... most people can't afford it, let alone find one available for civilian ownership. Plus some states don't allow civilians to own machine guns. It's why some people like going to Las Vegas to shoot guns, yet aren't willing to even try to own the guns they shoot over there.

It's like how some people are attracted to what they're not supposed to have. This "game" allows people to do that, along with simulating reality just like some video games do.

I don't see this flying in the US because all it would take is one idiot to ruin it for everyone by physically attacking an actor.

It's different than regular horror/ scare trails and hotels/ haunted houses. The visitors don't do anything... in this Biohazard one, you fight back with laser guns.