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My First Night In Chernarus

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I’m a console gamer, the best military game for realism I have played is the Operation Flashpoint series. During my time playing I was often told Arma 2 was its bigger better brother, Last week (22nd Jan) I finally built my cheap gaming rig. After doing the plethora of updates for Windows 7 (god damn you Microsoft) I had a chance to test it. On Saturday I downloaded a few free to play games from Steam along with Minecraft. I was pleasantly surprised at the speed and quality of the gaming on a machine that cost around £300.

Come Sunday and after watching a dozen more YouTube videos about Arma2 I bit the bullet and bought it from Steam for £25. I wish I had of bought it over Christmas when it was only £15 but that here nor there now.

As it was my first time on Arma 2 I did the basic training, if you’re going to play Dayz or just Arma 2 I would recommend jumping into the basic training first to get a feel for the game. The basic training will show you all the keys you will need to know. What I didn’t see in the basic training were a few basic keys to keep you alive in Dayz.

Commonly used keys
G = Gear/Inventory
Numpad Enter = 3rd person view
V = Vault over obstacles
F = fire mode/throwable objects

Keys I had to look up later into my first/second Dayz game
K = Compass
M = Map
N = Night Vision
Right Ctrl+M = GPS

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I spawned just outside Komarovo which is a small town that contains a few Residential and industrial buildings. As it was my first time playing I basically picked up everything I could see engine parts windscreen car wheels you name it I picked it 😀

I spent the first 20 minutes looking for weapon thankfully I found a Hatchet in an industrial building. I then spent the next 5 minutes trying to equip it, after the first 4 minutes I had thrown it half a dozen times and decided to right click and remove from tool belt rage quit style. Then I realise I have it in my hands 🙂 after a reload, yes people you have to reload a Hatchet, I was ready to womp some zombies.

I made my way East following road signs to Balota, weighed down by my car parts and no water or food I was exited to finally be playing DayZ although I had no idea what I was really doing. A made it to the airstrip taking down a handful of zombies on the way with my trusty hatchet. It was all a bit too eerie but I pressed on slowly moving from cover to cover trying not to startle any zombies. Across from the airstrip was two hangers and a tall building, I thought they must contain guns or at least a vehicle for me to drive around in. I ran across the airstrip killing a cow on the way then there was a snap a bullet whizzed past me, I took cover behind a burnt out vehicle and press caps lock shouting friendly. Waiting there was nothing but silence. I then typed friendly at the airstrip again there was no reply. I looked around but couldn’t see anyone. Then another shot and I was down. Ending my first life on DayZ.

After a few minutes of messing around in the menu trying to figure out out how to respawn. I spawned just outside of the Balota Airstrip where I had just been killed. I slowly made my way around the far side of the airstrip knowing someone was there. This time I decided only to take things I might actually need to survive, in tche hangers I found a watch, compass, box of matches, soda, tinned food and flares. I made my way into the building in was sure I was shot from this time not talking on the mic or via chat. I used the ladder on the bacnk of the tall  building and inside I found a Hatchet, Makarov Ammo and bandages. I came back down crept around the back of the hangers and followed the road East with my trusty Hatchet in hand.

I soon came to a small petrol station just outside chernogorsk, I was surrounded by Zombies so I had a look around to see a good way into the city. A train track looked like the best way in, I slowly made my way along the tracks and into a industrial building looking around there was nothing useful. I followed the coastline and entered into the town, crossing a road I came to a small shop. Inside I found more food, water and M1911 ammo, i continued to search and on the loading dock i found my first gun an M1911. Continuing into the town I walked closer and closer towards the fire station. I was in ghost mode, trying not to startle any zombies as well as keeping in cover from any other survivors. Getting to the fire station I walked in looking for another gun. Once in the building in started to walk up the stairs I could hear footsteps and groaning. I made my way back out of the building, at the back of the building was a ladder, I climbed it and could still hear movement. I climbed down a second ladder and could see someone waiting at the top of the stairs I had just came up. I pulled out my M1911 ready to kill, I pressed caps lock and said friendly, there was no reply I moved into a corner and typed in chat friendly, again there was nothing. I had to make a decision this guy had an assault rifle and I had a pistol if he wasn’t friendly I was dead anyway. I shot, I couldn’t stop I just kept shooting, I had hit him but only just the window frame took most of my ammo, I now had a guy hunting me with an assault rifle.

I stayed on the roof cowering in the corner with nothing but a Hatchet for defence. My luck had just got worse the guy I had shot at had a friend. I now had two people hunting me and little to no experience in the game. After about 10 minutes of them running around the building and up and down the stairs they made there way out of the fire station taking everything they could carry. I waited little then climbed down and made my way back in hoping they had left some scraps for me to collect there was nothing.

All of a sudden I heard a shot and a voice shouted friendly, two guys rushed into the fire station, following then was around 20 zombies I made a decision to help them in the hope of becoming a companion of there’s, this wasn’t to be. After we had killed most of the zombies more and more came flooding in from all directions. After a long battle we had finally killed them all and so they continued to say friendly I replied yes but unfortunately this whole time my mic volume was on its lowest setting. I typed yes into chat and started to loot the zombies bodies, I was bleeding I moved and put a bandage on but all of a sudden I was down. They had fooled me, lesson learnt don’t trust anyone in DayZ this was the second life down in just one night.

I spawned just outside Chernogorsk where I was fooled and shot, Making my way west back towards my body to hopefully collect my stuff i got lost. I crept in and out of buildings trying to find the fire station, I heard flies the sound made by a dead body and went into a small hotel/hostel. I searched the cafe on the ground floor finding some food and drink and made my way upstairs, the sound of flies on the dead body getting louder there it was a body with a fresh Czech Backpack so i quickly swapped it for my Coyote Patrol. This guy had it all Toolbox, Watch, Binoculars, Hatchet, Box of matches and a hunting knife. I found probably one of the rarest guns you could find on a dead body a M16A2 M203, I continued to search the upstairs finding ammo useless to me 2Rnd Slugs, 2Rnd Pellets, .45 Revolver round and Lee Enfield mags. Moving into the last room they were there the two guys who fooled me, I opened fire only to find I only had a single shot. I turned and ran getting shot at while running, I made my way to a statue in the middle of town and went prone. It was night time I could hardly see infront of me but could just make out the shadows of a few random zombies along with movement in the windows of the building I had just been in a crawled my way out of Chernogorsk and into Prigorodky searched for a little then made my way to a lighthouse just outside of Elekrozavodsk.

It was 12pm and I had been playing for 3 hours so I decided to quit and start again tomorrow, I enjoyed the server and set it as my favorite. Rejoining on Monday night i started where i had left off freezing cold but with all my nice loot.

If you havent played DayZ its probably one of the most additive game i have played matched only by Minecraft.

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PC Build Finished

Ok i cancelled my order with the original company and went with aria.co.uk ordered around 3pm Friday 18th January and received Monday 21st January. I decided to put it together on Tuesday 22nd of January and a PC was born an hour later. I had a few issues with the Power button and reset switch cables as they just reached where they had to go. I was on for almost 4 hours just doing all the updates for Windows 7 as my disk was a release version.

Anyway i can say for a low spec PC its great for gaming and for general use just what i wanted. I spent most of Friday and Saturday downloading games and messing around with all my apps from my old PC.

Yesterday i spent the day with my son and the night in Chernarus (DayZ) i will be blogging about it tonight and have it up tomorrow 🙂

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My PC Build So Far… Erm

Last week I made a phone call to scan.co.uk and I was informed they don’t charge for the goods you order until despatch. Great I thought until I looked at my credit card bill after I ordered and realised a charge for £330. Well that was only today so let’s talk about there customer service from the day I ordered. First I get 3 emails one confirming my order, a second confirming the authorisation of my credit card, then a third telling me two items were out of stock the third received several hours after my order. The day after (Saturday) I looked at the site and one of the two items I had been told was out of stock was actually in Stock :-\ I sent a query via there Web page and received a reply saying that only one of the items currently wasn’t in Stock but was due the 15th. Well late on the 15th (17:00) I called as the web page showed there still wasn’t stock and enquired about whether it was in or not, it wasn’t. The guy I spoke to sounded genuine and told me due to the weather there supplier couldn’t make their delivery. But they had been told it would be with them the following day. So as usual I checked again on the 16th and the site still showed there wasn’t any stock. I thought it probably will be in later that day and so I left it at that. I decided later in the day to tweet them about when the stock would be due in see below.

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Well I checked all today and still no stock, I only used them as the price was £15 less then anywhere else before the others added there delivery charge. I decided to look at some reviews on the Internet and although the good outweigh the bad I’m now in two minds whether or not to cancel the order and get it from elsewhere. One review said a person had to wait 3 months for a refund of a DOA item. Another said there customer services lied to them constantly and I’m starting to feel I may be getting the same lax customer service as them. I was hoping to get back on Minecraft and start on DayZ this weekend but looks like it’s more like next weekend now 😦

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My New PC Build

With my old laptop (nicknamed craptop) seeing better days and after watching a great video by Jackfrags I decided it was time to leave laptops behind and finally get A full size PC again. Rather then just surfing the web checking emails and the occasional download this time i have decided to tryout some PC gaming.

The spec I went for is:
Intel Pentium Dual Core G860 3.0Ghz (Socket 1155)
1GB XFX Radeon HD 7770
500GB Sea gate HDD
8GB Corsair DDR3 Ram

This is not predominately for gaming so it’s not the best of the best but should do for a part time PC gamer. It’s only cost me around £300 for the base including a mouse and keyboard. The spec is as you will see from Jackfrags video with a couple of minor tweaks just for availability.

This is the start of what could be a long PC gaming career which will mean a lot of upgrading over the next year or two. Mainly the graphics card then the CPU and Ram.

The main games I’m probably gonna be playing are:
ARMA2
DayZ
Team Fortress 2
Counterstrike: GO
Battlefield Heroes
DOTA 2
Minecraft

If your interested in building your own cheap gaming rig check out Jackfrags YouTube video below.

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The Start Of The Next Gaming Year

We had some top class triple A titles released in 2012 and this year looks like another great year. We can expect to see Tomb Raider, Last Of Us and Splinter Cell: Blacklist just to name a few. Plus the expected release of the next Xbox and PlayStation which we all hope to be announced at E3 2013.

It’s gonna be a busy year for all gamers, I’m still trying to work through my backlog of games from 2012. There doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to get everything I want done.

Let’s hope we see as many releases as 2012 this year.

Are you waiting for more announced titles? Leave a comment below.

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