DayZ Holiday Cease-Fire Will Be A Nice Moment Or Greatest Troll Ever

DayZ Holiday Cease-Fire Will Be A Nice Moment Or Greatest Troll Ever

DayZ‘s standalone alpha was released last week and you know what that means: A shitload of overly trusting newspawns to grief. Pardon me for being cynical, but a proposed “cease fire” on Christmas Day absolutely reeks of a trap. A hilarious trap, if it is one.

The cease-fire proposal was posted four days ago on the DayZ subreddit. It sounds like a cool idea: “In all the major towns on the maps, let there be a truce between survivors and bandits alike, and for one day let us band together against the zombie horde.”

Yeah, you get the fuck on out of here with that. This is DayZ, where the decision to trust someone (and often, to trust absolutely no one) is one of the best meta-games in video gaming. This is DayZ, where two dudes in a helicopter who swoop in and save you from a zombie will consign you to a video game fate far worse than being eaten alive — for real. So, pardon my scepticism that this isn’t a ruse to get people to lay down their arms long enough to get shot in the back.

I’m not the only one. There are a bunch of sardonic comments from wary Redditors, too. (My favourite: “Football in No Man’s Land Cherno anyone?” Reply: “Except Nazis had more honour than your local cherno bandit.” Historically inaccurate, maybe, but the sentiment is understood.)

The permadeath and ultra-real survival demands of DayZ are what make this such a nice thought.

“I will sit in the church in Cherno and hand out supplies to all in need. May you be safe. I love all my fellow survivors.”

But that’s also what makes it a great opportunity grief the holy goddamn out of everyone.

“Hey dude! Merry christmas! Come here! I got a present!” pulls out axe ” Here this is for you!” “Wow! That is really kind!” “Yeah! You will no longer have to care about zombies!” Beats poor survivor to death.

Whatever goes down, this bears watching.

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