Night of the Living Dead creator, George Romero, has died from lung cancer at the age of 77. Considered by many as the Godfather of the zombie genre, Romero's series of Dead movies inspired directors, creators, and writers from across the world to create films, television series', and games all based around zombies. From massive TV series hits including The Walking Dead, to phenomenal games like The Last Of Us, Romero was the reason for them all.
Tributes have flooded social media this morning from the gaming industry, including Hideo Kojima and Neil Druckmann.
Along with inspiring game writers and directors, Romero was also featured in Call of Duty: Black Ops in the game's Call of the Dead map. Romero starred alongside Robert "Freddy Krueger" Englund, The Walking Dead's Michael Rooker, Buffy's Sarah Michelle Gellar, and genre legend Danny Trejo to create a fantastic map that fans love.
Simply put, without Romero, games including The Last Of Us, Dead Rising, Call of Duty Zombies, and even PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' zombie mode might never exist. Yesterday, the world lost a true legend that inspired the genre that took over the gaming world, one bite at a time.