DayZ's Real-Life Survival Inspiration

Wired's Game|Life has the interesting backstory on Dean Hall's real-life experience that inspired his development of DayZ, the Arma II zombie modification that's now in the works as a standalone game. The idea for the survival game came to Hall as he underwent his own ordeal as a cadet in the New Zealand army tasked with surviving in the jungles of Brunei for 20 days on two-days worth of food. Here's a bit:
That night, as water pooled around his bed and ramen roiled his stomach, he imagined himself inside his favorite videogame, a military simulation for PCs called Arma 2. He had been playing it since its release in 2009 and often spent three to four hours a day on the game. Now, lying on the jungle floor, his feverish imagination turned Arma 2 into something different. He visualized a new kind of game, one in which there were no missions, no objectives, and no ability to simply be respawn when killed. You had one life, and if you lost it, you lost everything.

Physically, Hall was a mess when he emerged from the jungle — he underwent emergency surgery for an intestinal blockage. But intellectually, he was energized by his visions and inspired to build a new Arma 2 modification.
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Creston wrote on Aug 28, 2013, 17:37:
National Geographic did a story about Everest a few issues ago, and it was ridiculous. It's just a line of people stepping on each other's feet that reaches from camp 4 to the top. And the top is so crowded that typically people can't even get on because there's no room to stand.

Yeah, Everest is a tourist affair these days. Buy an expedition slot and get lucky with the weather then you're there, there is little technical climbing on the South Col route on the Nepalese side. The only real test is if your lung capacity and VO2 max are good enough to get you to the top without getting cerebral edema. There's also a significant luck factor though I guess. The Khumbu Icefall on the way to Everest is far more dangerous. Imagine ice towers the size of buildings that are constantly shifting and moving, you have to cross it over ladders.

I would much rather climb a mountaineers mountain like K2 or Annapurna. The risk of death is so high on those mountains though that you really have to weigh if its worth trying. We'll see how my training on Rainier goes, I've got years of work before I tackle anything nuts anyway

Imagine trying to climb K2 though, seriously look at this picture. That mountain wants to fucking kill you!
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