Ever since a friend of mine lent me all the Romero movies plus the few non-romero zombie movies he had, I was hooked. Now I like a lot of the "unknown" elements that were never explained, partially because those that did explain, to me, took away from the special "something" that zombie movies usually have. It also got me thinking to what zombies could be like and how infections could spread.
I used to be big on realism when it came to gaming, but I later dropped that to believability. As realism isn't always fun but so long as it's believable, it's ok.
Now I don't mind the origin of zombies being a virus. It's better than the occult version in my opinion ;). But what I'm not big on are the fast zombies with bites that will turn you in seconds. To me, this wouldn't be hopeful at all for survival. The rate at which zombies would turn people would be too quick to respond. There's no hope. Because if a bite can turn you, the example someone else brought up about a mosquito would also likely turn you. If you can catch malaria with a mosquito, you can get the zombie virus.
So I got to thinking, what would
be believable, and hopeful for a select few?
- It's still a virus.
- The virus is airborn and likely everyone already has it.
- The virus is "triggered" with death. Upon death, you turn as your immune system is turned off when you die which keeps it at bay while you are alive (unless you're one of the unlucky few with a weak immune system)
- Bites will only kill you in the same manner as a komodo dragon. (Their mouths are filled with deadly bacteria, not poison, and it's that bacteria that will kill you ... triggering point #3) Strong anti-biotics, a strong immune system and quick administration can give you a good chance at surviving the bite.
- Being immune simply means that when you die, you stay dead.
If there's any holes in my logic, I'm more than willing to hear what you have to say. These are just my thoughts on how someone would turn.