The inspiration for DayZ nearly killed its creator, but what a story!
This is easily one of the most fascinating origin stories for a video game in the history of the medium, and Dean Hall is one of the industry's most fascinating creators.
The only question is whether or not this is actually a sustainable creative process. Both of the stories told in this article eventually went on to inspire Hall to want to make video games based on his experiences, but they also nearly got him killed.
One thing is for sure: we'll never be bored while Dean Hall is out in the world collecting larger-than-life experiences to inspire his designs. Let's just hope he survives the rest of his journeys.
- Joshua Davis