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In this zombie game par excellence, the greatest threat is not the undead horde but other players trying to stay alive.



Initially responsible for a surge in sales of military sim "Arma II," the 2012 custom modification "DayZ" let players do what they wanted in a post-apocalytic survival setting.

But with resources scarce, the temptation is for the game's players to turn on each other, whether motivated by aggression, self-protection, or misunderstanding.

As such, it draws on themes similar to those found in "The Walking Dead" and "The Last of Us," while the weekend's Steam launch of "Rust" cites "DayZ" as a significant influence -- "[We decided to] make a rough estimation of it in less than a month" -- and controversy surrounded 2012 release "War Z," now renamed "Infestation Survivor Stories," which was accused of capitalizing on "DayZ" hype with a poor clone.

Now granted an Early Access release via the Steam Network on December 16, the standalone version of "DayZ" does not need "Arma II" or its expansions in order to run.
Rather, its team promises a "gritty, authentic, open-world survival horror hybrid-MMO" within 230 sq. km of a post-Soviet state.

Though the game is launching at $29, with price increases as "DayZ" improves, developer Bohemia Interactive advises interested parties not to purchase at this early stage unless they are "prepared to handle serious issues and possible interruptions of game functioning"; reaching a stage where all key features are present "will take more than one year from current stage."

Features to be implemented include transport vehicles, diverse animal wildlife, and player-constructed shelters.


Rohit can be a good finisher: Dhoni
IANS
Mirpur, March 18, 2012
First Published: 23:10 IST(18/3/2012)
Last Updated: 23:22 IST(18/3/2012)
Rohit Sharma will get an opportunity to rediscover his form and that could have prompted the selectors to give him another opportunity. (Reuters)

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Sunday praised his batsmen for a stellar performance but reserved special praise for the talented Rohit Sharma, who he thinks can become a good finisher.


India chased down a target of 330 set by Pakistan in the fifth ODI of the Asia Cup. Virat Kohli (183) was the star of the show recording his third ODI century in the last four matches.

Kohli's two hundred run stand, first with Sachin Tendulkar (133) and then with Rohit (172) were crucial for the win. Tendulkar scored 52 while Rohit hit an impressive 68.

"They (Pakistan) batted brilliantly, we used eight bowlers. Sachin and Virat batted brilliantly, Rohit can be a good finisher. Kohli was brilliant. Once you cross 300 it's difficult irrespective of how flat the pitch is, we did it in Hobart," Dhoni said in the post-match conference.

For the second match running Indian bowlers were plundered for runs. Though Dhoni said that the Indian bowlers did not lack talent but needed to learn how to handle pressure.

"We've got the talent in the bowling department also. It's about how you handle pressure, they will learn from games like these," he said.

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq too praised Kohli and said that his innings was the best he had seen in his career.

"Excellent innings by Kohli. Credit goes to their batsmen, it's easy out there under lights, 329 is still a good score. The best innings (Kohli) I have ever seen," said Misbah.

A modest Kohli praised Rohit and said that he would rate this innings alongside the match when he scored 133 as India chased down Sri Lanka's target of 321 in 36.4 overs.

"I still can't believe what happened out there honestly. I'm really satisfied. We were waiting for these 3-4 overs of 15-20 runs. I'm a fan of Rohit Sharma, love watching him bat. I would rate this knock and Hobart equally. To be able to chase 330 against this bowling is satisfying," said Kohli.


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