The incredible life story of ‘DayZ’ creator Dean Hall

Dean Hall, the man whose name is nearly synonymous with DayZ, shocked fans last month when he announced that he was moving on from the survival zombie game that he labored so hard to build. But if you hear his life story, the move isn’t nearly as much of a surprise. Eurogamer has published an extensive interview with Hall that paints the New Zealander as a deeply intense game designer who’s long struggled to manage the ideas whizzing through his head and the sky-high expectations he sets for himself. It’s not the type of story you’d expect for a game developer: Hall went through a near-death experience during army survival training in Singapore, and in the middle of development on DayZ he punished himself with a last-minute trip to…

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