THE BUZZ: Marine Sgt. Jacob Way took time out of his busy schedule of protecting our nation to create a game about a marine protecting the world from a zombie invasion. I Shall Remain puts players in the boots of marine Capt. C.J. Hodges, a man suffering from amnesia trying to put the pieces of his life together and remember who he was. All while fighting off a blood thirsty zombie horde. Hodges is a bit of an homage to Sgt. Way’s friend Cpl. Craig Hodges Jr. who died in 2010 and his former superior, Capt. Tyson Ackermann. When asked about Sgt. Way and his tribute Ackermann said, “It’s a little humbling to know you made an impact on his life — that he remembers you months or years down the road.”
The game cost Sgt. Way $40,000 to hire a sound designer, marketer, designers, and programmers. When questioned on the cost Sgt. Way said, “If I fail and lose all my money, I look at my $40,000 as a year in private college.” Sgt. Way’s confidence grew when he asked marines in his barrack to play test the game and came back with positive feedback.
EGM’s TAKE: When you think about a feel good story you rarely think about video games. Sgt. Way is obviously a gamer at heart, and like many gamers he had a dream of one day creating a game. Kudos to him for following his dream and putting his ideas out there for the world to see and judge. The game seems fairly standard in its top down point of view and urban setting, but it’s more than we’ve created, so we wish Sgt. Way good luck.