"The Last of Us" is the best game of the year so far. It's the story of an old man and a young woman traveling across a future America plagued by a fungal infection that turns humans into mushroom-zombies.
Here's what the zombies look like:
The game's creators based this infection on the cordyceps fungus, a real-life organism that attacks insect hosts and turns them into nightmarish freaks.
This is Matango, an obscure 1963 Japanese horror movie.
It concerns a group of shipwrecked yachters who are marooned on an island.
ON WHICH AN EVIL MUSHROOM HAS TURNED EVERYONE INTO MUSHROOM ZOMBIES.
DON'T EAT THE MUSHROOM, DUDE...
...or there will be a FUNGUS AMONG US.
GETITOFF GETITOFF GETITOFF.
So. "The Last of Us," or the second Matango?
Joe Bernstein is a senior technology reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Bernstein reports on and writes about the gaming industry and web culture.
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