I wasn't sure what to expect from Dying Light, a new open-world zombie game from a studio known for making the regrettable open-world zombie series Dead Island. Imagine my pleasant surprise, then, when I discovered some cool ideas during my first five hours with the game. Maybe you can teach an old zombie new tricks.
I thought this first-person video from Ampisound was just a cool video of what it would look like to be a parkour master trying to escapefromzombies. Then I noticed something. The zombies... somehow the guy wasn't losing them. In fact, the zombies also were running, jumping, and catching up. They knew parkour too.
My problem (one of my problems) with the Spider-Man movies is that the wire stunts and CG webslinging are so obvious. He just seems weightless and looks fake to me. This is why I want you all to join me in watching Ronnie Shalvis, a Spider-Man suit-owning parkour expert in action.
Okay, that's not strictly true. At the moment, RHex can only traverse most terrains, hurl himself over gaps around a couple of feet, and pull himself up onto ledges several times his own height, which has been enough to get him nicknamed "the parkour robot."
The undead are definitely upping their game, there's no question about it. And as if to prove the point, these parkouring zombies will happily show you how they've taken their stalking skills to the next level.
Stan Lee has done plenty in his 90 years on this planet Earth, but now you can add "parkour master" to his titles of "creator of some of the greatest comics characters of all time" and "movie cameo star." Watch Stan jump, roll and climb his way through L.A. with skills that would even inpress Spider-Man.
Cartoonist Rube Goldberg drew out comically complex machines that satirized the inventor's zeal to make modern life more convenient. Here, parkour practitioner Jason Paul throws himself in the middle of a warehouse-sized Rube Goldberg machine, complete with life-threatening tumbles and falls.
Orangutans spend their lives swinging in trees and eating fruit. Neither of those things is all that surprising for small animals that don't need tons of energy — but it's distinctly weird for such large primates to live that way.
At one point in Luc Besson's District 13: Ultimatum, cop hero Damien intones seriously, "The Constitution is my Bible." The politics in this story of near-future justice are simple, like its pleasures - which include watching parkour badassery in Paris.