This has always interested me, and the Walking Dead is a perfect study in the question " If the shit hits the fan, am I better off surviving alone or as part of a community?", both from the perspective of the story itself and the player community response to the decisions they have to make.
Most gamers seem to lean towards the 'Lone Survivor' paradigm - not that surprising given that in RL gamers spend a lot of time on their own staring at screens.
On the face of it, the Lone Wolf Survivor route offers many advantages, like:
[*]Easier to hide
[*]No-one to slow you down - mobility
[*]Whatever you find & scavenge is yours
[*]You make all the decisions - you're in charge
And the Community Survivor route offers many disadvantages, like:
[*]Many mouths to feed
[*]Disagreements & community politics
[*]Having to put up with people you can't stand
[*]Attracting attention & lack of mobility
On the face of it, the Community Survivor route is a pain in the proverbials - why bother? You have to go along with decisions you don't agree with to preserve community harmony.
But look at human history. The success of our species has depended utterly on the effectiveness of communities, not individuals. Many anthropologists argue that it is our social cohesion that has resulted in our success even more than our intelligence. What do you gain from the Community Survivor route?
[*]Pooling of skills and ingenuity - you might be an expert in something but you're going to hit a brick wall in most things.
[*]Mutual defence and protection
[*]Care when you are injured/ill
[*]Defence, care & education for the next generation
[*]Effective food gathering & production
et cetera. The majority of us are social animals, and psychologically we could not cope in the Lone Survivor role for very long. Survival alone would be futile and pointless.
It's an inexaustable topic, but what's your perspective on the 'Lone Wolf vs Community' Survivor Paradigm? Would you head out alone? Stick with immediate family or a few friends in a hideout? Or participate in community 'all in it together' defence and cooperation? My first instinct is for B, but history shows that 'C' is the route to take...