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DayZ gang forces players into life or death duel photo
DayZ gang forces players into life or death duel
by Conrad Zimmerman

The new crop of open-world titles, like Day Z, give interesting insight into the people who play games. Take this roving gang of players as an example, who have encountered two people wearing the same color jacket and determine that they should fight to the death for the privilege of being allowed to continue to wear it. Here they are, playing a game in which exerting power over others violently seems to be the primary method of advancement, and instead use that power to create amusement.

It's still cruel, yet it seems altogether generous at the same time. Out of the three people held at gunpoint, only one is killed and it's done through adherence to a few defined rules. The gang even awards an additional prize to the winner, as if not killing and looting them weren't enough. It's the very definition of emergent play, a game borne of circumstances and opportunity rather than predetermination. Pretty funny too.

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8:00 AM on 01.06.2014

DayZ standalone has now surpassed 800,000 sold

People have been anticipating the standalone version of DayZ for a while now, and it appears as if that excitement has paid off. Last week we reported that the game had sold upwards of 400,000 in its first week, but that...

Chris Carter

10:00 AM on 01.04.2014

How to politely rob someone in DayZ

You don't always have to be a giant dick towards other players in DayZ. I mean it's still pretty dickish to rob someone, but at least it was a nice robbery. (Via Reddit)

Hamza CTZ Aziz

7:00 PM on 01.03.2014

DayZ has sold more than 400,000 Early Access copies

For what seemed like ages, DayZ existed only as a mod for ArmA II. Then, finally last month, DayZ saw a standalone release in alpha form via Early Access. It made more than $5 million in its first day. Clearly, people want ma...

Darren Nakamura

1:00 AM on 12.24.2013

And now, a moment from DayZ

Welp. (Via Reddit)

Hamza CTZ Aziz

12:45 PM on 12.18.2013

DayZ made $5.1 million in 24 hours

The standalone version of DayZ was released on Steam Early Access yesterday and it's already made $5.1 million in sales. That's insane! 172,500 copies were sold in the first 24 hours, and that number is just going to continue...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

3:15 PM on 12.16.2013

DayZ Standalone alpha released on Steam Early Access

An honest-to-goodness alpha of DayZ's standalone release has hit Steam. It's here! As the developers at Bohemia Interactive have indicated before, this isn't meant for most players. The Steam Early Access page has similar di...

Jordan Devore

3:15 PM on 11.11.2013

That standalone DayZ edition is still far away

Just last week, an entry in Steam's databases made it look like the standalone edition of Dean 'Rocket' Hall's hugely popular ARMA II mod DayZ was imminent. However, posting on reddit, Hall confirmed that there's still more w...

Alasdair Duncan

12:15 PM on 10.25.2013

DayZ Early Access entry found on Steam Database

The Escapist has dug up a recently added entry to the Steam Database for the upcoming standalone version of DayZ. The entry just shows the name being added as "DayZ Early Access", and that's about it for right now. It's ...

Joshua Derocher



A Chernarus Sing Along in DayZ - Challenge Scot! photo
A Chernarus Sing Along in DayZ - Challenge Scot!
by Jamie McGinn

This week's challenge is in the Arma 2 mod DayZ, in which I have to track down another player, hope that they don't shoot me on sight, and then get them to sing me a song. DayZ is notorious for having a very hostile player base, so actually managing to even talk to another player without getting killed instantly is quite the achievement all on its own!

If you've got any ideas for future challenges you'd like me to have a go at, feel free to leave them in the comments!

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10:45 PM on 04.02.2013

Far Cry: Blood Dragon, The Last Of Us & The Ouya

Well kids, it looks as though The Destructoid Show missed April Fool's Day, which is a bummer, but hey, here's a totally normal episode that isn't themed or anything. Well, for starters, Grand Theft Auto V's box art has been...

Max Scoville





12:45 PM on 04.02.2013

DayZ console port more likely than you might think

Over the past year especially, we've seen a significant amount of crossover between consoles and PC. It's been exciting to watch smaller console titles finally garner financial success after making the transition to Steam and...

Jordan Devore

6:00 PM on 03.11.2013

DayZ devs show off server-side Zombies in this update

Dean "Rocket" Hall and the rest of the folks at Bohemia Interactive have been pretty busy working on the standalone version of DayZ and this new developer video helps shed some light on what they have been polishing. Im...

Jason Cabral

5:15 PM on 02.21.2013

DayZ mod for Arma II now accessible from Steam

In the midst of last year's drama surrounding The War Z, I had practically forgot that the original DayZ mod that helped kickstart this whole zombie craze was never available on Steam. Well, that's no longer the case -- the p...

Jordan Devore

9:30 PM on 02.05.2013

The Witcher 3 Announced, Day Z Gameplay & The Last Of Us

Hey gang! Here's that show thing we do every few days. We did it again. Dead Space 3 came out, and it doesn't suck, according to some people. (Other people say it sucks.) The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt got announced, which...

Max Scoville

11:30 AM on 02.05.2013

First video of new standalone DayZ shows off improvements

A new video of the DayZ standalone game has been posted today, courtesy of a developer blog you can check out here. The video shows off the basics of the new clothing options, loot spawn mechanics, new areas, and the de...

Patrick Hancock