Albuquerque student invents zombie chess game

Created: 03/24/2014 6:30 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

You might soon be playing a game on your smartphone that was invented by an Albuquerque middle school student. It’s called “Chess of the Living Dead” – a fun spin on the traditional game of chess.

You won’t need a board to play. Instead, you’ll just need your smartphone or computer. “It’s very strategic and awesome. I just love it for that,” said Gabriel Barker, the game’s creator.

Gabriel is just 11 years old. He was 9 years old when he thought of the game, which combines his two favorites – chess and zombies. “One person gets to be a zombie. One person gets to be the human,” added Gabriel.

Gabriel’s idea, thought of in his mom’s car, turned out to be pretty impressive to some patent attorneys he met with. “They had to get like, my mom’s signature because I was still a minor but they will sort of treated me like a business,” said Gabriel.

The next step was to create the game. Gabriel got some pretty big help from UNM and Sandia Labs, where one of his friend’s mom actually worked.

It’s been about a two-year journey and there’s still a lot of work to be done. “Now that we have the coding, we need graphics for it to match our logo,” added Gabriel.

Gabriel said he’s still working on the game and isn’t sure when it will debut. But he said he’s learned a lot along the way. “Business is a very serious thing and that you have to go through a lot of steps before you could actually come out with something and a lot of people don’t understand that and I want to say it’s very hard,” said Gabriel.

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