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DayZ creator Dean Hall hopes he implements "a lot of bad ideas" in the standalone version

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In an exchange on the DayZ subreddit (opens in new tab) , mod creator Dean "Rocket" Hall responded to concern over the idea of infections and defecation (opens in new tab) in the upcoming standalone version of DayZ (opens in new tab) by defending bad ideas. "I hope I implement alot of bad ideas," wrote Hall. "So that then, we know they are bad. Then we can remove them and move on."

Whether explaining disease spread in populated areas as the result of pooing (Hall's word) is a good or bad idea isn't known yet. Either way, and despite it being likened to "The Sims with zombies," Hall is adamant about the importance of risk-taking.

"If we stick to safe idea's, this isn't going to become a great game over the next few months - it will just be a cool idea and I'll try and spend the next ten years going around conventions talking about how cool it was," he continued. "I'd rather follow all the dead ends so I know what works and what doesn't. I'm 31, I figure I've got a good 20 years of game making left in me. Let's make the mistakes! If we're not anxious about the new features that are being considered... then we're not pushing the envelope hard enough."

Hall introduces the idea in his presentation at the 2012 Eurogamer Expo, which you can watch below. Jump to 19:30 for the disease and poo-related comments, or hit this link (opens in new tab) to get there.

Tyler Wilde
Executive Editor

Tyler grew up in Silicon Valley alongside Apple and Microsoft, playing games like Zork and Arkanoid on the early personal computers his parents brought home. He was later captivated by Myst, SimCity, Civilization, Command & Conquer, Bushido Blade (yeah, he had Bleem!), and all the shooters they call "boomer shooters" now. In 2006, Tyler wrote his first professional review of a videogame: Super Dragon Ball Z for the PS2. He thought it was OK. In 2011, he joined PC Gamer, and today he's focused on the site's news coverage. After work, he practices boxing and adds to his 1,200 hours in Rocket League.