Through Kotaku I picked up on a Reddit thread in which Dean Hall was discussing The War Z. The War Z news has started to die down, but not too long ago was a heck of a debacle that got a lot of people angry. Here and there we've seen a bit from Dean Hall, the creator of Day Z, but here's another reaction to it all.
"I am angry about the WarZ. I'm very angry. I'm quite hurt personally because anyone can see how similar the words are, and while the average gamer knows the difference individual people don't. I've had family members/close friends mistake the difference and confront me about what they believed was unethical behavior they thought I was making. I really don't think anyone can understand just quite how exasperated that can make you feel when you've gambled everything on something, put your whole self and reputation on the line. So it hasn't made my life very pleasant and I disagree entirely with the conduct and how consumers have been treated.
I think the word "scam" is such a loaded word that isn't really relevant in the discussion, much like the word "terrorist" is a very loaded word and very much dependent on point of view."
In that statement Hall discusses how similar The War Z was and is to Day Z without saying it's a scam. I'm not here to tell you what it may or may not be, but ever since that announcement of The War Z, what did everyone first think? Everywhere you saw press about The War Z it was compared to Day Z. Some people even believe that The War Z development started when Day Z began to get really popular and without a doubt it's possible.
"We fundamentally disagree on what a "good developer" is. I think a good developer should be a person not a professional. Because games are personal. I care more about being a good person and if that conflicts with some abstract sense of professionalism then to hell with professionalism. I made DayZ for the game I want to play, not because I wanted a career in it."
At the end of the day I fully agree with Dean Hall on the above statement. He made Day Z because he probably came up with the idea, thought it was awesome, and then went out and did it. People create mods all the time not for money but to make a game even more fun than it already is. I got into writing about video games because it's fun.