Friends List: Do games need to be finished?

Today on Friends List, Features Editor Russ Pitts and Deputy Reviews Editor Phil Kollar ask: Do games need to be finished? The episode will begin at 2 p.m. ET (or thereabouts!) and will be available via YouTube following the recording. While you wait you can watch the previous episode: Does a game's story need to end? Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. Subscribe to the audio-only podcast: Friends List on iTunes. Download our theme song, "Hangout" by Tolecover.


Watch a DayZ player demonstrate how to be a 'better class of criminal'

A video from YouTube user Joab Gilroy proves that while Arma 2 mod DayZ can be an unforgiving game for its newest players, not everyone will leave you for dead. Calling himself a "gentleman bandit," Gilroy accosts a new and unsuspecting player. Instead of killing the player on sight, however, Gilroy orders him to put his hands up and marches him into a corner. After raiding the player's backpack, Gilroy takes a valuable item, but leaves a little something as a replacement. "It's weird that Bandit now means ‘someone who kills on sight' when it's really just an armed robber," the video says. "Chernarus deserves a better class of criminal. And I'm going to give it to them." Watch the video above to see the surprisingly gentle robbery go down.


Friends List: Is Steam the home of game of the year?

This month, we'll be interviewing co-workers about the games they believe deserve the title of Game of the Year. Today on Friends List Features Editor Russ Pitts asks Features Writer Charlie Hall: Is Steam the home of game of the year? The episode will begin at 2 p.m. ET (or thereabouts!) and will be available via YouTube following the recording. Enjoy Friends List anywhere, anytime: Bookmark the Friends List video page. Subscribe to the audio-only podcast: Friends List on iTunes. Download our theme song, "Hangout" by Tolecover.


DayZ video offers eight and a half minutes of raw footage

New gameplay footage from the standalone version of zombie-filled open-world title, DayZ, gives players a look at the game's pre-alpha state. The video, which you can watch above, features close-up combat with zombies and some of the game's exploration elements. It was posted by creator Dean Hall, who adds that the footage is unedited and "makes no effort to mask the variety of bugs." "Our who focus is on getting the alpha out, which means focusing on multiplayer (server) performance," Hall wrote. Earlier this month, Hall revealed on Reddit that DayZ remains a work in progress due to optimization issues and bug fixing. A release date has not yet been announced.


How video games treat death and why they might help with your fear of mortality

PBS GameShow, a weekly video feature that launched in the summer, has taken on its biggest subject yet; Death. The show, which has tackled various issues like online bullying and sexism, this week looks at the changing role death has played in games over the past three decades. From the three-life model of the arcade era, to perma-death models like DayZ, host Jamin Warren asks if games can change the way we view our own mortality, and looks at how humans cope with death anxiety.


DayZ devblog tackles recent improvements like 'redoing the zombie AI from scratch'

DayZ creator Dean Hall took to his YouTube channel this weekend to update players about recent progress on the standalone version of the zombie-infested game. Check out the 20-minute video above to hear Hall discuss recent usability improvements, many of which came from suggestions Bohemia Interactive received at Gamescom, new items, item degradation, rewriting the zombie AI from scratch and an impending office move, as the game unfolds beneath his narration. For more on the man behind DayZ, be sure to read our interview with Dean Hall about climbing Mount Everest.


DayZ alpha key release date set internally

DayZ Standalone may see the release of alpha keys sooner rather than later, according to creator Dean Hall, who was speaking at Rezzed. "I guess the big question that a lot of people have is when we're actually going to get this out. We've set a date now... like a window of about a week," Hall said, which can be heard at this time stamp. "And we're not going to say when that is because originally we were going to release [the keys] in 50,000 key increments, but we've kind of decided to do everything kind of all together. We really want to focus on making sure the architecture is good, so that we can get feedback." Polygon previously reported that the standalone will not be released in alpha mode earlier than June. The alpha release will be revisited that month once the server-client...


DayZ devblog features shipwreck screenshots and PAX East panel video

A new devblog from the creators of DayZ, a standalone game based on the Arma 2 mod, features screenshots of a shipwreck, the latest building created for the game, and the team's video blog from PAX East. "This shipwreck has a vast amount of enter-able space inside and we haven't decided exactly where it is going to be placed on Chernarus yet either so some of the pictures are taken from our test map which is bland/featureless and which we use for testing new buildings," writes production assistant, Matt Lightfoot. The hour and a half long video blog features the Day Z panel at PAX East and footage of Day Z mod creator Dean "Rocket" Hall discussing details of the game with fans after the event. Another video blog from the Game Developers Conference will be released in upcoming blog...

DayZ Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Developer Bohemia Interactive
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