The Terror, And The Laughter, Behind The PC's Latest Zombie Craze

DayZ, a very rough mod for serious PC shooter ArmA II, is winning over a ton of new players daily with its brutal, hands-off approach to the zombie apocalypse.

In my time spent with the mod so far, I've died falling down a ladder, been robbed blind by murdering arseholes, eaten by zombies and...partied on a party bus.

What I haven't had a chance to do is travel on foot in a large pack of survivors. Like these guys. It's the kind of safety in numbers this game/social experiment is crying out for, and you'll see why in this video. If you think CHKilroy is getting a little too excited, nope. This is pretty much what I sound like playing the game.

A reminder to everyone: this is a very rough thing. It's early, alpha days on a mod that often breaks, has twitchy zombies and is getting very tough to find server space for. What's attracting people isn't so much the experience itself, but the experience that's there coupled with the anticipation for what it can be once it tightens up a little.

The Days Ahead [CHKilroy]


    It's not all fun and games, this guy got held up at gunpoint for his guns and cans of food.

    I bought Arma2 on Steam just for this reason!
    The controls are crap but it just makes stand-offs all that more intense..

      So this is why arma ii is doing so well on steam.

      Clearly this has the neckbeard stamp of approval?

      Video 1: Okay okay we've all got derringers, it's a draw.

    If they could do an open world zombie survival thing like this, it would be aweseome. Dead Island was shit.

      Class 3 by undeadlabs is going to be close to it while being a prototype for class 4 which is intentsd to be a zombie survival mmo.

    Man this reminds me alot of the zombie mod I played in the original ARMA. But this looks much cooler.

    Hahaaa my friend has been playing this, he told me he was killed for a can of beans! lol

    the level of nerd in that first video is insane.

    It's not really even about zombies. It's about PVP and griefing the players who are trying to take it seriously. The super-lightning-fast zombies just get in the way of murdering other players.

    The latest update has made it damn near impossible to solo it, probably will see a lot less bandits now.

    Holy hell, I just watched all four of those videos. Most youtube I've ever done in a day. Probably more than I'd usually do in a week.

    I really wish I had the time/means to play this game.

    It's one of the only games in the world where WW3 started because someone drove through a Czech on a bicycle.

    Kotaku team up!

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