Wednesday 20th October 2021,
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Game Development Integrity

Game Development Integrity

Arma 2 DayZ Mod (facebook page) recently ran a post regarding Dean ‘Rocket’ Hall regarding his personal feelings at the moment on DayZ and the industry as a whole.

I know I have been very quiet lately. So this will be really all I’ll say for the moment.

I’ve been pretty depressed about the whole situation. From a personal standpoint, this whole “saga” of the development made me seriously question if I wanted to be involved in the industry and I gave serious thought to cutting my losses and not being involved in the project.

At my Army Discharge medical this week, they noted I now have high blood pressure. Some things in life just aren’t worth worrying about.

I’ve been getting hammered by a massive amount with requests for information about DayZ release, interviews and my reactions to this and stuff and such – but for my own sanity I retreated and have kept to myself. Right now I’m just at home doing bits and pieces on the DayZ development. The rest of the DayZ team is doing the same.

I realize that I went back on my word about releasing an update, but went back into my shell for a bit last week, and I’ll come out when the dust is all settled.


I for one applaud the man for his honesty and his humanity.  This IS an insane industry where it seems that everyone is out to make a buck no matter what the cost (WarZ case in point, don’t even get me started).

At the end of the day, some things just aren’t quantifiable. Is it worth it?

You have to give Rocket a big fat A for effort though, the man is simply a creative genius, and an idealist. He doesn’t do it for the money.  This is a new day and age where game developers actually have personalities and can sway fans one way or another.  Take the ‘brain’ behind The War Z, Sergei.  He comes across as an arrogant, pompous money hungry game dev, and sadly, that’s just what he is.

What he always like this? Did the computer game industry do this to him? I’ve only been working in this industry for 5 years, and I sometimes have the feeling that I’ve already had enough.  I have seen countless people simply suffer from burn outs and drop everything, it’s become somewhat commonplace.

Dean’s open letter describing this situation (from his perspective) should be a wake up call to us all.


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