DayZ Player Explains Why You Shouldn't Yell 'I'm Friendly'

It's the most basic interaction in the game. Two players meet in the wastes, someone yells "I'M FRIENDLY I'M FRIENDLY", and then eventually everyone dies.

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While playing DayZ, TheRunningManZ ran into an underequipped stranger. Everything was pretty standard until they got attacked by someone else, who was actually the stranger's friend.

What made it so interesting is how they did it. They pulled a great bait-and-switch, where the friend fired a few shots, killing one of the group. He the drops the gun (the only one they had) and runs away, attracting everyone's attention. Then the first stranger can pick up the gun and continue attacking while everyone's distracted.

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This all apparently got RunningManZ thinking, and he comes to the conclusion that telling someone you're friendly when you're unarmed is basically equivalent to saying "please don't shoot me". It only really carries any weight when you're saying it from behind a rifle.

So DayZ newspawns, try and think of something new to yell. At the very least, it'll add some variety to the DayZ videos out there.

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DISCUSSION

The sad truth is that a few people have ruined the culture of the game. When I first got started, I thoroughly enjoyed the tension in encounters, where you weren't sure who was friendly or an enemy; there was still a chance you could make some friends, team up, and work together. Those days are gone, and if I want a partner to explore with, I have to bring one with me because the chances are almost zero that I'll meet one in-world.

They desperately need to come up with a way to make cooperation at least as appealing as shoot-on-sight. I thought that perhaps player classes and skills like healing and survivalist might make working together more useful because you might come across someone who can heal you more effectively or could have a skill you lack.

EDIT - I love how my dissenting opinions with regard to feminism have relegated my once open posting ability to the world of default gray. Way to wear your bias on your shoulder, Kotaku. Shameful. :(