If you're still not prepared for the zombie apocalypse, then here's a service that will help. It's called Map of the Dead and it's a zombie survival map, which uses the Google Maps data to help you get away from the living dead when the time comes. It comes from a digital agency, called Doejo. The map uses your location to pull up Google Maps data to show you what's around you, and also provides information on which places you will be safe and the places where you will encounter an infestation. The map also shows helpful places, should zombies actually start attacking, including gun shops, supermarkets and radio towers (which you would use to call for help). Other places that show up are grocery stores, petrol pumps, harbours and police stations.
Be prepared for the living dead
The designer behind the project, Jeff Merrick says that all the data is through Google. At first, he used Google's Places API to get information for places like hospitals. The second step was to create keywords for items that usually don't exist like gun shops. When you use the map, you will see that places are colour coded. These codes indicate whether a place is safe for you to run into or not. For instance, hospitals usually will not be safe to run to, because they're likely to have a zombie infestation. Also, since a lot of man-made structures will be dangerous areas, they're all coded red. Which makes the map interesting in certain places, which have a lot of man-made structures; the entire map appears red.
According to Mashable, Merrick also originally wanted to integrate population information to highlight that in places where populations are higher, the zombie infestations are also more. However, finding that information proved to be a struggle. Now, of course, when zombies do attack, using a web service will have its issues. For one, the zombies will take down the Internet. The website suggests you print out a map of your location, so you have a hard copy for when the time comes. Furthermore, location information for places in India (and other countries outside the United States) are only as good as the information that is available from Google. So, in major cities, you should be able to see most places on the map, but as always, there will be a lot of other information (also known as, a lot of other zombie infestations) that will not be on the map.
The service works best on the latest versions of Chrome and Safari. The service will work on Firefox, however, zooming in and out isn't smooth. When you use the service, you will also see an icon on the bottom saying, “Play multiplayer zombies”. It seems a multiplayer zombie apocalypse will come to iPhones and iPads. When you click on the link, you can sign up to play the game in beta when it becomes available. In the mean time, begin preparing yourself for the zombie apocalypse. And if you're travelling, remember to look up the map for your destination.
Publish date: April 12, 2012 11:49 am| Modified date: December 18, 2013 10:01 pm