This isn't high school anymore. There shouldn't be popularity contests and people shouldn't be conforming to what is deemed "cool." College is a time to discover yourself and find what makes you happy. It is a time to find something you are passionate about. If people find happiness in playing a game with their friends and fellow classmates, I say let them play and stop making such a fuss! Let them run around with their nerf guns and bundles of socks. Let them feel like they are part of a group. After all, these are the things that help make the UNC way of life so interesting and memorable.
...And forget about whether its cool or not. Maybe its just fun. We all express ourselves in different ways and nobody is opposed to having a good time...so, let them nerf away!
I think Humans v. Zombies inspires teamwork, strategic planning, creativity, and organization in those who participate. It also lets people add some excitement to the everyday, encourages them to explore less-known or less-walked paths through campus, and is really a test of dedication and honesty. Not to mention it develops lasting friendships, confidence, and tough skin. Yes, it's a game. But games are supposed to teach people lessons and I don't think anyone is ever too old to learn. So play on.
After doing an ethnographic research paper on Humans v. Zombies for my English class, I have a whole new understanding for why people play the game. There are no 'cool' people or 'lame' people in the game because the game is meant to provide a freedom from labels as it brings together people from all demographics. The game is also quite complex and strategic-- more so than it appears as an outsider watching people run around shooting each other with nerf guns. I was shocked by some of the negativity surrounding the game being played on campus. Although I wouldn't participate in the game myself, I don't think we should be snubbing our noses at people that do choose to play. As stated in a previous comment: This isn't high school. College is meant to embrace diverse interests and provide an environment for a variety of interests and opinions.
As I've gotten older, I've (thankfully!) realized just how true such a statement is and how applicable it is in so many areas of life. I believe there comes a point in time when you realize the worth of what other people may think or how it may make you feel uneasy/worried/nervous to stray from the norm doesn't even begin to compare to the worth of doing something you enjoy, finding your passion, exploring new interests. Who are others to judge what is "cool" or not anyway? This reminds me of one of my favorite quotes: "In the course of a lifetime, what does it matter?" What does it matter if I don't meet other's approval, if I don't follow the crowd? What does matter is doing what you love, finding your fuel and your drive and going from there, leading wherever it may take you.
Although I have no understanding or inclination towards Humans v. Zombies, I find that it is a game relatable to all walks of life. Whether it is an organized game, club, team, fraternity, etc. does not matter, as long as people are involved in it; the garnered sense of community and belonging that comes from being involved in a program is, if one thing, all that matters. Before coming to college my mother continually reminded me of the expansive size of our university, and of the importance of "making it smaller." It was not until I actually showed up to my dorm freshman year when I realized what she meant by that.
Everyone has the right to find their niche while at Carolina and if Humans v. Zombies is someone's avenue to that, then nobody should stand in their way. At this time in our lives we are continuing to shape who we are and who we will become; in this, nurturing is still required, except in other ways than being coddled by our parents. Becoming involved in different campus activities is a type of nurturing that helps build and maintain relationships that will last years after we have graduated from this southern part of Heaven. After all, where would anyone be without the support of the people we have come to know and care for?
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Well put. If you're not harming anyone and you're having fun, then why not? In a world where every activity students participate in is encouraged to be co curricular, I think that it is healthy to be part of something where the goal is simply to have a good time.
Before I left for college, my dad told me that unlike high school, there is no more “cool or not cool.” He told me that nobody cares about that anymore. He was right. Everybody is too busy with his/her studies and extracurricular activities to worry about being “popular.” I have never participated in the Humans v. Zombies game, but I think it’s cool in the sense that it gathers so many people across campus together. Yeah, it may look like a game that I played when I was seven years old, but who am I to judge? As long as people are enjoying themselves then I don’t see why it’s a big deal.
Last year as I began my freshman year I was very confused when I saw humans and zombies running around with nerf guns and I remember thinking okay that's...interesting. As I've grown up, I think that it is really awesome. These students don't care about others' perceptions; they're just having fun being themselves. My goal for this year was to get involved with this "community" to see what it's like because it honestly looks like a lot of fun. I think these people are awesome and they have my full respect for going out there and simply having fun in a creative way. Hopefully in college everyone will be mature enough to realize that everyone has their own niche, and even if you don't participate you should respect and admire it.
I found this post interesting because it stood out from some serious posts about lobbying on campus, and the Chancellors resignation. I did not expect for this to be a concern. As a student, I have to admit, I at times get very annoyed with this game. People tend to go all out; carrying nerf guns on the bus, and even at times mistaking normal students for players of the game. But this offered me a different point of view and made me realize if people feel a sense of community, that Is not something that should be taken away from them. That is one of the major reasons we come to college, to belong,