Zombies are, understandably so, a popular topic for Minecraft skinners. The game’s original zombie is one of the most iconic mobs, next to the creeper and enderman. When the sun falls below the horizon and the dreadful moon washes over the land, this zombie skin by OblivionProjects will help you fit right in and make new friends!
… Of course, you won’t actually make any friends. Unless you have a mod. Otherwise, you’ll still get eaten by zombies and/or blown up by creepers. But if all else fails, you can at least scream “I HAVE BEEN BETRAYED!” as you die.
Anyway: this zombie skin, like many others, is what Steve might look like after being turned into a zombie himself. The outfit is recognizable for the most part. From the minimal amount of flesh damage I would say we are looking at a chemically induced zombification or some kind of magical incantation.
In terms of detail, this skin is great. Zombies can be some of the most intricately detailed figures when it comes to art. This one strikes a good balance between showing interesting detail and keeping the skin uncrowded. The torn shirt and frayed pant leg both look fantastic thanks to a masterful hand in shading.
The rest of the skin is well shaded, too; there is sufficient dimension and folding detail portrayed in the pants, and we can even see a bit of the zombie’s bone structure (in the chest) starting to show through due to decomposing and – well – being a zombie.
The only part of the shading I do not like are the highlights; they are placed well, but perhaps could use some softening. They are too sudden and just look out of place (especially on the sides of the head).
Ultimately, though, it is a good skin. I award Oblivion nine out of ten methods of zombification.
Installing the Skin
For online play, skins can be installed by simply uploading the file to your profile on Minecraft.net. Skins posted on certain websites can be uploaded directly from their page, including this one; click on the button on the right-hand side labeled “change my skin” to be taken directly to the appropriate page.
For offline play only, the process is similar to installing mods:
Download the skin’s .png file;
Hold Windows key and press R to bring up the Run… dialog, or go to Start > Run.
Type %appdata% and press enter, then navigate to roaming/.minecraft/versions.
Open the folder containing the version you use for offline play and view the .jar file using WinRAR.
Create a backup of the meta.inf file contained inside the .jar and store it in a separate folder.
Navigate within the .jar file to assets/minecraft/textures/entity.
Rename the image file titled “steve” to anything else (such as steve_backup).
Change the name of your skin’s .png file to steve.png and insert it here.
Remember to keep your meta.inf and original steve texture backed up somewhere just in case.
While we are on the topic of zombies – what is your favorite canonical way to turn people into zombies? Name the universe that your method comes from. For example – in Resident Evil, people are turned by the T-Virus. Post your responses as comments below!