DayZ, an Arma II mod…this is my rant!

Posted: June 22, 2012 in PC Gaming
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First off, don’t let the title fool you.  I love this mod, and am not ranting about it.  I’ll explain more in a sec.  Second, if you come here from the DayZ forums, make no mistake…you will not get away with the things here that you do there.  If you post here and it is abusive, profane, trolling, flaming, or downright immature I will delete it and block you without hesitation.  The DayZ guys may not care, that’s their call, but here we are open to all manner of readers, even my mother and maybe yours.  Keep that in mind when you post and don’t cry to me if you are a jerk and get booted.  As they say over on the forums, your tears will only strengthen me with their sweet, sweet sadness.

Again, love this mod.  The guys behind it…if you are reading this, keep up the good work and put more lotion on that thick skin.

That’s what I’m here to rant about…those forums.  Damn is that ever a cesspit of whiners, babies, children, trolls, and cyber tough guys.  Don’t get me wrong, there are lot of good people there too, but trying to sift through the garbage just to have a meaningful discussion is almost pointless.  So, going to lay down some stuff here for you guys.  Some of you will find it helpful, some of you will find it funny, and some of you won’t get it.  Either way, posting it on the forums over there would be a waste of time and maybe here it could help someone.

Let’s start with the juvenile fits about wasting money, and being disappointed, etc.  If you believed the hype without doing research on your own…if you listened to your friends tell you how awesome it is and shelled out money without even going to the site…if you bought Arma II, and got DayZ for FREE, knowing it was in alpha stage, and are crying about getting ripped off then you only have yourself to blame.  It’s $30 firkin dollars to get into this mod, and you get a fully functional shooter and the expansion for that price.  You don’t pay a dime to get DayZ itself, nor to play on its servers.  If you shelled out money on the word of some strangers, or a friend, without even looking to see what you were getting into and realizing it was an alpha stage mod, then you need to go outside right now and hit yourself with a stick.  This mod is rough people, it’s not polished, it’s buggy, it’s broken, all of that, but it can still be fun.  DO NOT get into it thinking you are getting a fully realized game.

Next you got the geniuses talking about how impossible it is now, no guns to start, zombies are harder, everything’s harder, waaaaaaa…mommy!  First of all, get a dictionary for me.  Go on, go get one.  Got one?  Ok, look up impossible.  Did you look it up?  It’s a definitive word right?  It means pretty much what we all know it means.  It doesn’t mean hard, or nearly impossible, or so difficult you want to scratch your eyeballs out of your head in frustration…it means impossible, cannot be done.  Now that we have established that, let’s look at some facts.  I, myself, have managed to stay alive for nearly  6 hours, with no gun.  That right there is all we need to disprove the theory that the game is impossible.  If that’s not enough for you, look at the number of people still alive, it’s right on their site.  So, if you say it’s impossible, but other people are doing it, what do you think you should do?  What does it make you?  There are tons of guides, tips, material to read, hints, and videos to help you.  If you keep running into a town and getting ganked by zombies, it doesn’t mean the game is impossible, it means you are being an idiot…stop it.  If you can’t learn from your mistakes then gods help you, what will you do if you are in a situation where one mistake means the end for real?  Now…go get that stick.

Now for the worst of all…the people that want this game to be easier.  What the hells has happened to us?  We have been handed a game that’s an actual challenge.  No linear story so you don’t have to think, no fully equipped avatars so you can just fire away at anything.  No healing, no respawn fully equipped, no spoon feeding.  We’ve been put in a position that no other game puts you in, literally the bottom of the food chain.  The weakest thing in the game, now see if you can survive.  What other game does that?  There might be some but I’ve not played them.  Every game I’ve ever played, after about an hour, becomes predictable, and easy.  Especially shooters.  AI is repetitive, tactics are the same, game is easy.  The best part is there is no end game…this is a survival mod, the objective is to survive, not win.  There’s no big boss to defeat, or princess to save, or war to win.  All the glory goes to the guys who manage to stay alive the longest.  Despite all of that there are still people calling for huds, off-the-shelf shooter mechanics, make the zombies slower, make them easier, make the game easier, hold my hand waaaaaaaaaa.  Stick…get it.

Now, the community is just as bad on both sides.  Believe me when I say I’m not coming down on just the crybabies and whiners.  The elitists, hipsters, jerks, bullies, and people that think they are somehow better because they have been with the mod since day one…you go get a bigger stick.  I see so many posts where someone just asks a simple question and he gets flamed to high hells for it.  How hard is it to answer a damn question?  Post a link to the wiki or the user guide for Gods’ sake.  Be a community that is better than what we see on EA’s forums or Bioware.  Especially you ‘anti-gamers’ that think you are so leet cause you jumped on this ‘anti-game’ before it became popular.  You’re no better than the trolls over at EA.  Here you have an opportunity to grow a community of independent gamers that can see what it’s like to play something that isn’t mass produced, marketed, and candy-coated for the general public, and some of you, instead of nurturing that and making them feel welcome, you flame and bash.  Get over yourself, you aren’t tough, you aren’t cooler than anyone else, you are just like all of us.

So, my advice, now that I have said all of that, for new players.  Read and watch.  I probably spent just as much time reading the wiki, the forums, the beginner’s guide, and watching videos as I have playing.  Maybe more.  Don’t jump in blind, this game isn’t like any other, it’s not going to teach you how to play with a tutorial level.  It’s going to throw you right in the mix from the moment you enter.  If you go in blind, and complain…stick.  Get it.

Alright, I think that’s enough for tonight.  I’ll say this again though, don’t come here and think you can act the fool.  I will delete and ban with righteous fury, anyone that can’t be polite and respectful here.

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