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“DayZ is a gritty, authentic, open-world survival horror hybrid-MMO game, in which players follow a single goal: to survive in the harsh post-apocalyptic landscape as long as they can. Players can live through powerful events and emotions arising from the ever-evolving emergent gameplay.”
Where To Get DayZ
You can buy digital game downloads from many places on the Internet, or purchase keys from sometimes questionable places. Personally I think the safest and easiest place is through STEAM. If you’re tight for cash, try to buy them when they go on sale.
READ THIS: The following 3 options are your options to play DayZ. You will have to buy either Arma 2, Arma 3, or the Standalone. You may want to check out some Youtube videos before deciding on which option to go with. They each have their own uniqueness. The Standalone doesn’t require any further downloads, where as the ARMA games require modification files to turn the original ARMA game in to DayZ. The ARMA DayZ mods are free.
1. ARMA 2 Combined Operations + DayZ Mod through STEAM (http://store.steampowered.com/app/224580/)
If you already have ARMA 2 and Operation Arrowhead, and don’t want to use steam, you can download the Dayz Mod at http://dayzmod.com/
2. ARMA 3 + Breaking Point The Zombie Infection (http://www.thezombieinfection.com/). You will need to download “the zombie infection” mod for ARMA 3.
Side note: Dean ROCKET Hall, has nothing to do with this “DayZ” mod. So technically it’s not really DayZ, but it is. Some guys “ported” it from ARMA 2 or something. Something else about copyright issues. It’s DayZ in my head and most people refer to it as DayZ for ARMA 3. I think it’s awesome too!
3. DayZ Standalone is the long awaited Stand Alone Version of DayZ . It is still in Alpha, so read the warnings before buying this. I absolutely love it and have devoted my DayZ videos on YouTube to the standalone version.
I have a feeling it will be one of the best games to date in it’s genre. Every respawn is a new adventure!
You will also need STEAM. STEAM is a game client to buy and manage games. It’s free and I’ve never had any problems with it.
You Need To Know These DayZ Websites!
http://www.dayzgame.com/ – DayZ Official Website and Forums
http://www.dayzdb.com/ – In my opinion the Best Maps for DayZ. The Chenarus+ map is for The Standalone.
http://thezombieinfection.com/map/ – Arma 3 Breaking Point Map
http://www.dayzcommander.com/ – DayZ Commander is for Arma II DayZ Mod. It’s a Server Browser if you choose not to go through STEAM. I personally use DayZ Commander because it also allows you to download mods of DayZ such as Origins, OverWatch, Epoch, and Namalsk. These mods are mods of a mod. Sounds crazy, and the game play is even crazier. I love it!
YouTube Video Channels
A few channels in no particular order that host great DayZ videos. Check them out!
Of course my own channel can be found here https://www.youtube.com/user/BoneJunkieLP
The Most Important DayZ Twitter Accounts
https://twitter.com/rocket2guns – Creator of DayZ. Thank you! He’s no longer an active member of DayZ, or so we’re told, so it’s better to follow the following channels.
https://twitter.com/eugenharton – Associate Producer of DayZ and seems to keep on top of things.
https://twitter.com/dayzdevteam – DayZ Development Team. This is the main place to keep up with DayZ updates.
https://www.facebook.com/DayZDev – The Official DayZ Page!
https://www.facebook.com/pages/DayZ-Standalone/409612809086014 – Random news, updates, and free wallpapers for the DayZ Standalone.
https://www.facebook.com/dayz.standalonee – Cool pictures and updates for the DayZ Standalone.
Twitch.tv DayZ Streams
http://www.twitch.tv/sacriel – Sacriel as in Sacriel42 on YouTube. He streams almost every day!
If you have any suggestions for more useful DayZ links or corrections to this page, let me know in the comments below. You can also reach me on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube or send me an email through my contact page.