DayZ creator Dean Hall doesn't want to be a professional. He wants to be a person that is upfront about his feelings and opinions. And for that reason, he's making it clear that he is furious with the competing zombie game The War Z.
"I am angry about the WarZ. I'm very angry," he said in an AMA on Reddit (via CVG). "I'm quite hurt personally because anyone can see how similar the words are, and while the average gamer knows the difference individual people don't."
Hall said people have called him unethical because they have confused the problems faced by The War Z with his mod. "I really don't think anyone can understand just quite how exasperated that can make you feel when you've gambled everything on something, put your whole self and reputation on the line. So it hasn't made my life very pleasant."
The War Z developer Sergey Titov has publicly apologized for problems the game has had and for the 'arrogant' way he responded to the issues.
When told that as a good professional developer, he shouldn't talk bad about another developer, Hall made it clear that he wasn't concerned. "We fundamentally disagree on what a 'good developer' is. I think a good developer should be a person not a professional. Because games are personal. I care more about being a good person and if that conflicts with some abstract sense of professionalism then to hell with professionalism. I made DayZ for the game I want to play, not because I wanted a career in it."