So, here I am, after a very lengthy hiatus from any kind of writing, and I suppose I could have thought of something better to ramble on about. I could've actually put some time and effort into thinking back on this year and what my top games or worst games of 2012 were, but in all honesty my brain cannot even summon the will power to do so! Instead you can read about my experiences with a mod that you probably either love or hate.
I have a feeling DayZ is something to tread lightly around as a subject for a blog. Though it's popularity cannot be ignored, there are certainly many gamers out there that don't quite understand peoples fascination with it. Admittedly I was once extremely cynical about the mod. I scoffed at the idea of everyone buying ARMA II purely to install DayZ. I didn't even like ARMA II as personally I care nothing for the genre. Upon seeing the clunky, buggy gameplay of DayZ, well... It left a lot to be desired.
Now just before Christmas my paps asked me to gift him ARMA II on his Steam account. When I enquired about this choice of gift, as he had played it ages ago and lost interest, he sheepishly replied that it was mainly because he wanted to try out "that DayZ thing". He swiftly went on to defend himself by saying that he wants to mess around in the map editor like he used to do and it wasn't just because of the mod. I brushed it aside and got it him as an early Christmas gift. To my amusement, he really got stuck in. He was constantly telling me what he'd been up to, what loot he'd found and what kind of people he had bumped into. That was around the time I started looking into it in more depth. Finally I caved and bought ARMA II for myself, knowing full well that I would use it purely to try "that DayZ thing".
The thing with me is I scare easily when it comes to games. And oddly enough zombies are not the scariest thing about this particular mod...
I'm guessing that most of you that play DayZ are going to facepalm me when I go on to write that other players scare the crap out of me. Initially at any rate. The zombugs are merely an annoyance, there to get in your way when you're trying to wriggle your way through a door to try pick up some loot. Yes okay they can cause bleeding and panic, and the military zombies are more threatening because they're more deadly, but let's face it... They don't scare, they annoy. But other players, well, they're very different. Also, those damn peripheral dots, man!
I'll be honest with you and say that I have only played probably less than ten sessions in total. I am very new to DayZ and haven't completely figured out what the hell I'm doing. Worse than that I had to rebind all the damn controls to fit my gaming keyboard so my tiny hand has no trouble reaching important commands. However ARMA II is one of those cursed games that has a lot of bloody key bindings. So you can imagine how defenceless I feel when roaming the harsh maps of DayZ. In fact the first time I ever logged in, I found a revolver and sat in a house for about fifteen minutes trying to fix my controls and then got shot in the face. I learned the hard way that I should have at least hid in a bush for that kind of thing. The few times I have played, whenever I have spotted another player I have become like a deer in the headlights (forgive my use of a typical phrase there.) I'm sure once I (if ever) become a hardened veteran I won't suffer from this mode of panic, however for now it sticks. Though I can say that overall,so far, I have been somewhat lucky.
I noted that there was a twist to this rambling blog post. And I'm about to reveal it, though I'm sure it'll be utterly disappointing to most. You see, most of my experiences I have of DayZ are with my father. There, the twist! Told you it'd be a complete flop!
Now, as a twenty-two year old woman, I haven't played any co-op games with my paps for a long time. Thinking back, we used to play Unreal Tournament and Quake together at times, and we completed Resident Evil 5 twice (on the PC of all things). That was the last game I played with him. And considering I'm such a wuss, I was reluctant to venture into DayZ for the first time alone. Who better to look out for you than your old man, huh? And so we loaded it up, chose a server and off we were. It didn't take us long to meet up and off we went, collecting anything we could find and heading north to where the action is. Now the one thing I should mention about my father is that he suffers from the typical stubbornness that a lot of men suffer from, especially men of a certain generation. I admit it must be comical from a witnesses point of view listening to him trying to explain whereabouts he is in relation to me and I'm just being typically female with my inept sense of direction. Or us arguing as to where we should head next, of course. But for the most part, we tend to fare pretty well together in the zombie apocalypse. We have so far only met friendly guys to team up with temporarily. I have yet to be sniped! One of my fathers favourite things to say to me is: "If we see anyone, you talk first, they'll take it easy on you, you're a girl." Though in DayZ gender means very little, and in all honesty why should they take it easier on me? I'm just as deadly with an FN FAL. (Okay, okay, I'm not. I'd miss most if not all shots due to my panic-mode ACTIVATE.)
Funnily enough when we play as our father-daughter duo, we never encounter any action, and yet when I do try to go solo something out of the ordinary does tend to happen. One time I happened to spawn next to a goat and a tank, a wonderful combination, and instantly got hailed down by a friendly guy. We teamed up and spent the next hour running around, attracting hordes of military zombies, spending all our ammo on them and then ending up stuck at the top of a control tower. He also happened to be a game reviewer!
All in all DayZ is thoroughly enjoyable and I am looking forward to enjoying it to its full potential. The PvP aspect of it I have yet to fully dabble in, as like I mentioned I have yet to encounter a hostile player, let alone a bandit. I am also hoping to be able to find a vehicle and feelin... pimpin'? I'm not exactly sure what it is that keeps me going back for more and craving game time with it. Perhaps it is partially due to the loot whore aspect. Though I have never typically been fan of realistic army simulators with the vehicles and the guns etc, there is something highly satisfying about finding loot spawns in DayZ. And also it is a game I can play with my father. Yes he can be difficult to game with, he has an insanely short fuse, you should hear him when he gets slapped around by zombugs. And yes he can be stubborn and bossy, but it's an odd bit of bonding time we can indulge in. I guess that was the incentive for this rambling blog.
To put an end to the ramble, I wish you all a happy beginning of 2013!