dark        

How to win friends and influence people in DayZ

0

There seem to be two kinds of people in DayZ: Friendly and alive

DayZ is a lot of things to a lot of different people. For some, it's a chance to test their mettle against an overtly hostile world that would like nothing better than to see them die cold, hungry and alone. For others, it's a virtual playground for unleashing their inner troll; killing on site for nothing more than a chuckle, or torturing other players simply because there is no one to stop them. There are heroes, too. Self-styled vigilantes and do-gooders seeking to create some sort of order amidst all the chaos, but as well intentioned as they may be, they've still got blood on their hands as well. 

It's a grand social experiment when you think about it. DayZ is a lawless space where individuals are free to be themselves, however horrible or wonderful that may turn out to be in the end. And, to tell you the truth, I think that is why the game fascinates me as much as it does. It's less of a "game" to me, as it is incubator for emergent behavior within the framework of a videogame. Hall's standalone version of the popular ARMA 2 mod serves as test bed for anarchic human behavior without the worry or concern of real-world consequences.

One of my first conversations about the game revolved around exactly this point. A friend made comment that he didn't feel the game was a realistic portrayal of a zombie apocalypse; that other players ruined the experience, made it less "real" to him. I laughed, and replied that that is exactly why DayZ seems realistic to me -- the real monsters in the event of a zombie apocalypse wouldn't be the mindless infected; really, they're nothing more than an obstacle to overcome or avoid. As evidenced by the scenarios in this humorous live-action film based on the game, the real monsters in a world like DayZ would in fact, be those who do what it takes to survive.

You are logged out. Login | Sign up

 
 

 

TwitterRedditEmailFacebook
 
Rob Morrow
Rob MorrowFormer Contributor   gamer profile

Street Samurai. Incurable Nerd. PC Hardware Enthusiast. Cat Collector. Southern Gentleman. Not necessarily in this order.  more + disclosures


 


 


Also on Destructoid: DayZ   (25)   From our database:

  • In this episode of Pregame Discharge: DayZ was banned down under for being too dank! - Dan Roemer
  • DayZ in a sticky situation thanks to the sticky icky - Brett Makedonski
  • We've come full circle as DayZ gets an official battle royale mode - Brett Makedonski
  • DayZ is coming to PS4 next week - Chris Moyse
  • Celebrate DayZ's long coming launch with a free weekend - Peter Glagowski
  • DayZ finally enters beta after a five-year alpha - Brett Makedonski
  • DayZ will be coming to Xbox Game Preview 'this year' - Chris Moyse
  • DayZ is rising from the dead and will leave early access next year - Peter Glagowski
  • (Update) After nearly four years of Early Access, DayZ is entering beta - Brett Makedonski
  • More related stories
    Filed under... #DayZ #PC #video

    READER COMMENTS LOADING BELOW...


    LET'S KEEP THE COMMUNITY GREAT


    You're not expected to always agree, but do please keep cool and never make it personal. Report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community team. Also, on the right side of a comment you can flag nasty comments anonymously (we ban users dishing bad karma). For everything else, contact us!



     
     
  •