Tim Schafer and Cookie Monster talk zombies in clever Once Upon a Monster trailer

Though we still have fun with them, you must admit that around 2009 or so zombies became pretty inescapable in gaming. Nazi zombies, island zombies, dancing zombies, space zombies; the brain eaters are everywhere. Many have expressed zombie fatigue, though we hardly expected to see it coming from the Muppet maw of Cookie Monster. But that’s just what happens between CM and Tim Schafer in this funny new video for Double Fine’s Once Upon a Monster.

This cute video probably won’t sell any children on the game, but us industry nerds love seeing the iconic Cookie Monster hanging out with gaming genius/human Muppet Tim Schafer. And if they can make a subversive point about the generic state of games today while selling you on their family friendly Kinect title, all the better. If only every kiddy game had this kind of marketing.

Sep 9, 2011


  • jackthemenace - September 10, 2011 8:24 a.m.

    I LOVE THIS SO MUCH. Tim Schafer is a god among men. That said, though, I WOULD LOVE to see a game about Sesame Street zombies.
  • Crypto140 - September 10, 2011 7 a.m.

    Did Tim Schafer get told off by the coockie monster? But they made a game with vitural pets, a bloody zombie game, and dancing game for the kinect... but nothing makes me want to get a kinect more than this.
  • 435 - September 10, 2011 2:27 a.m.

  • Plan10FromOuterSpace - September 10, 2011 1:56 a.m.

    ok I laughed at this, quite a bit. Tim Schafer and Cookie Monster, im feeling a strange desire to own a Kinect...
  • jackthemenace - September 10, 2011 8:24 a.m.

    Tim Schafer is one of the greatest game developers of his generation!
  • KGFan - September 9, 2011 9:50 p.m.

    That was great. Once again, ya gotta love Cookie Monster.
  • tofu666 - September 9, 2011 3:57 p.m.

    Oh good lordy, some of the greatest stuff I have ever seen in an advertisement.
  • KnightDehumidifier - September 9, 2011 3:48 p.m.

    A mahogany cookie humidor. Classy.
  • Redeater - September 9, 2011 1:52 p.m.

    You are awesome Tim.
  • Zeb364 - September 9, 2011 1:40 p.m.

    What a great ad. I love it.
  • AntmanG93 - September 9, 2011 1:33 p.m.

    love the marketing strategy on this
  • MouseKlok - September 9, 2011 1:28 p.m.

    May have to buy a Kinect for this...
  • StrayGator - September 9, 2011 1:12 p.m.

    Come to think of it, "Once upon a Zombie" would actually also make a great title. Too bad it'd probably be a 1.5 hour long, $4.49 indie game available only on steam.
  • raisonbread - September 9, 2011 1:01 p.m.

    Does this mean that the next trey arch COD game will have Nazi Monsters?
  • blakebeauchamp - September 9, 2011 12:57 p.m.

    Love it, very clever indeed.

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