The Facebook group Aus Gamers United is planning a public demonstration against the lack of an R18+ videogame ratings category in Australia which will feature a twist; all the participants will be dressed as zombies.
The same group conducted a similar event last year, but this year’s already looks to be monumentally bigger. The November 2009 march (video here) had 177 confirmed guests, while the new rally, scheduled for March 27, boasts 1,123 confirmed guests. The Epic Zombie March March is scheduled to kick off an Sydney’s Hyde Park Fountain at 11:00 AM and run through 4:00 PM.
Urging people to “get your lurch on,” the event’s organizer wrote:
…the serious reason we’re putting the walk together is for the lack of an R rating for video games we have here in Aus. Someone needs to bring to attention how unfair this is to the gaming Industry and gamers ourselves. So why not us?
A similar 2009 demonstration organized by retailer Gametraders for South Australia intended to have participants don cosplay outfits. The event was later cancelled and the cosplay aspect of the proceedings was widely mocked.
So the question remains, do zombies outweigh people dressed as videogame characters when it comes to effective public demonstrations?