Posts Tagged ‘DayZ’

An Unexpected Journey: The Life And Dead Of DayZ’s Chernarus

By Duncan Harris on January 22nd, 2014.


This is the latest in a series of articles about the art technology of games, in collaboration with the particularly handsome Dead End Thrills.

An irony of Chernarus, the fictional-yet-you-can-somehow-cosplay-there home of DayZ, is that the older the game gets, the younger the map should grow. The awesome ArmA machines for which it was built – planes, helicopters, tanks, boats, guns, the Lada – will fall into disrepair. Some survivors might have the specialist tools to fix them, but more will have the skills to steal them. Those bandits maybe won’t fix them, and this post-Soviet state will suddenly start to look very pre-Soviet indeed. Though this natural outcome seems unlikely for a mere computer game, it’s what’s so exciting about DayZ being Early Access. We get to watch its apocalypse unfold.

This must be a rather strange prospect for Ivan Buchta, the Bohemia Interactive designer who grew up in the northern area of the Czech Republic the map so closely resembles. To the current DayZ Standalone team he’s the “Ambassador Of The Republic Of Chernarus”, which makes plotting the death of his birthplace an unlikely part of his job description. But then that’s the other thing about DayZ going Early Access: it’s a job he seems to share with just about everyone, from his workmates to the players who think they should ratify the game’s every move. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Saline Bandit: DayZ Diary – Part One

By Emily Richardson on January 22nd, 2014.

Hey! Don't kill me.
DayZ is a multiplayer zombie survival sim which, though buggy and incomplete, produces anecdotes of drama, desperation and clown mask-wearing weirdos. Emily Richardson has been playing it with a question: can you be a good person in the videogame post-apocalypse?

I’m waiting behind a big green house in the grass, watching the city below me from my little hill. It’s my second time in DayZ, the first consisting mostly of finding and eating sardines with my guide, Andy. I’m waiting for him to find me when I see a silhouette coming up through the grass toward me, a big M4 rifle pointed at my head.

I yell, ‘Wait, wait, don’t do that!’ and turn and run round the other side of the house. When I turn to look back at him he’s stood waving. It’s Andy, but as a woman, in different clothes and wielding a weapon I hadn’t ever seen before. He thinks I’m an idiot.

I’m so new to this that I feel a lot like the hopeless little kid from The Road and Andy is a bit like my dad, leading me through the world and trying to keep me alive. But not in a weird way, that’s just an analogy. I have no idea what I’m doing, though, or what my course of action is for bashing into other survivors.
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Into The Wild: DayZ Adds Berry Picking, Balances Stomachs

By Graham Smith on January 20th, 2014.

Doorways: humanity's natural predator.

Is it worth playing DayZ Standalone in its current alpha condition? Probably not. But anecdotes of scary charcoal-eating clowns, wiggle cultists, forced axe fights, and slow death from disease and dehydration, make it hard to resist.

Still I’m a little sad the changelog for the next experimental patch doesn’t contain more basic fixes, like maybe ‘Removed the invisible sodding zombies‘, or ‘Zombies can no longer run through walls and floors‘, or even ‘Doorways are now easier to manoeuver through‘. Instead I have to settle for the likes of “Balanced stomach capacity”, as outlined in a post by Dean Hall over on the official forums.
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Still Many, Many DayZ Until DayZ Enters Beta, Is Done

By Nathan Grayson on January 9th, 2014.

Some zombies bite. Others scratch and claw. And this one? Well, she pinches, evidently.

People can finally play DayZ’s standalone alpha en masse, and so they have. As of Bohemia’s last count, the still ultra-buggy alpha had fallen into the ravenous hands of 875,000 players, which totals out to 8,750,000 fingers. Even rockstars who crowdsurf at every show can’t boast that. Despite that, the newly reborn undead survivor isn’t even close to finished – or out of alpha, for that matter. Keeping in line with the game’s appropriately shambly development cycle, DayZ’s beta won’t even kick off until the end of 2014. Don’t expect to see this one in any state resembling “finished” for quite some time yet.

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I’m A Survivor: DayZ Standalone Thoughts

By Jim Rossignol on January 6th, 2014.


Plenty of people who were veterans of the original DayZ mod had been wondering whether the magic of the original experience had survived the making of a standalone game. I’m pleased to report that not only has it survived, but there’s new magic, too. Rocket and his team know what they are doing, and the changes they’ve made have created some tense and terrible moments in this new game. The realism it strives for is simultaneously unreal and dark, and creates some of the most awkward and sinister roleplay situations I’ve experienced in any game.

Surviving is back. And it is horribly compelling.

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Impressions: DayZ

By Rich Stanton on December 20th, 2013.

I’m crouching indoors, peeking out of a window at a man in the street. He is carefully searching this row of houses, getting closer and closer, toting an axe and wearing what looks like a clown mask. He’s looking for me. I know this because I said ‘hello’ and there was no response. DayZ is about a zombie outbreak. But there’s a clown at the door, and the undead are nothing next to the living.

Hit the jump.

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DayZ Sells 13 Trillion Units In Four Seconds

By Nathan Grayson on December 19th, 2013.

What a pleasant sunrise on this, the probable last day of my entire life.

OK, maybe those aren’t quite the real figures, but at some point these headlines just become giant neon “LOOK AT ALL THESE IMPRESSIVE NUMBERS” signs. That said, the DayZ alpha is definitely a sprinter, not a shambler, given that it raced to 172,500 copies sold (and counting) in only 24 hours. Maybe this whole zombie fad has a chance of catching on after all, despite the fact that fairies, goblins, and poofy haired troll figurines are massively outpacing them in the pop-culture-sphere-o-scape right now.

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DayZ Completes Its Million Mile Shamble Onto Early Access

By Nathan Grayson on December 17th, 2013.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Earlyaccessmas, which is the sort of buzzword holiday title that I probably deserve to be crucified for. But honestly, between Starbound, Wasteland 2, Elite: Dangerous, Blackguards, Dungeon of the Endless, and now DayZ, this is getting ridiculous. We are figuratively getting our Christmas presents early during actual Christmas. Someone must have planned it this way. That is the only possible explanation. Or everyone was just trying to capitalize on the December Dead Zone, because you can’t spell capitalize without capitalism. Wait. Never mind, just go below for a trailer and foreboding words from the DayZ team.

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DayZ Alpha Will Be A ‘Disappointment’ If You Want A Demo

By Nathan Grayson on December 5th, 2013.

Patience, boy. Patience. You'll be bringing down entire helicopters all by your lonesome in no time.

Once upon a time, “early access” meant “a glorified demo with maybe a few features toned-down or MIA.” These days, however, it’s increasingly become a legitimate look behind-the-scenes of the game development process, a chance (for better or worse) to pay a penny to give our thoughts. On one hand, it aids game development on multiple levels, but on the other, there’s ample room for abuse of the system. I cannot in good conscience discuss these things without offering that disclaimer, and neither, apparently, can DayZ creator Dean “Rocket” Hall. In a recent forum post, he was quite upfront about it: DayZ Standalone will be a mess on day zero, and many of its new features might not blossom into full fruition for months to come.

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More DayZ Than You Can Shake An Axe Into The Skull Of

By Nathan Grayson on November 16th, 2013.

This is my mighty axe. Taste its blade! No, seriously, taste it. Go on. You know you want to.

HELLLLOOOOOOOOOOO RPS. I’m shouting as though far away or shrunken down and trapped in some kind of tiny snowglobe prison or something because it’s the weekend, and I am now in the far off land of not having every lobe of my brain consumed by videogames – for two whole days! You, though – you’ve arrived here poor and in need of something to play/pine longingly for/discuss, and thus I bring you a spot of light weekend viewing. How does eight-and-a-half minutes of uninterrupted, un-blathered-over DayZ footage sound? There are many axe murderings, and I know how much you all love those.

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DayZ Still Potentially Many Dayz Away

By Graham Smith on November 11th, 2013.

Cool dog. He got in DayZ early,  now he's a trendsetter. (Which is not like an Irish setter...)

Did you play DayZ before it was cool? I did. I spent two hours getting it to work and a further six hours wandering around aimlessly before it clicked and I had fun, because that’s the kind of trendsetting cool guy that I am. But I understand if you’re waiting for the standalone release, that maybe makes it more functional and accessible. We can’t all be a cool person like me.

Unfortunately you might still have a while to wait, as lead developer Dean Hall outlines the remaining progress required on the game before you can get your bandwagon-jumping not-a-cool-person sticky fingers on it.
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