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#1 figge

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 09:20 PM

Hello all.
This is my suggestion and a concept of a death screen. It would be nice to know how you died, by whom and how long you lived. My idea was to have a lot of variables in some flowing text, since DayZ is about you, creating your own story, and the story can end i two ways: 1. You die. 2. You stop playing.

I read some ideas of incorporating somekind of name system, so Unknown would be changed to "Billy Bob" if the character had interacted with him (Maybe got killed after giving some blood etc.).

So, what you think?
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#2 morgan32

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 09:25 PM

I like having information on the death screen, but it shouldn't show exactly what you got killed by and such.
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 09:47 PM

I can see why some would like this sort of thing, but I don't believe it suits DayZ.
It's not your story if you have it told to you.

The blood count of the guy who shot you seems particularly out of place. Even next to all information about the life of this "unknown" bandit.
You don't know his name, but you know pretty much everything he got up to for the last 2 weeks.

Too much information regarding your own death and who killed you would only serve to make DayZ feel more arcadey, it wouldn't have the same impact as the blunt "YOU ARE DEAD" screen.
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:20 PM

I like everything about it.

The blood count of the killer is particularly interesting, because I'd like to know whether those last few shots I took connected, and if before my own demise I'd mortally wounded him.

As one of those who survive for weeks or more at a time, I'd like to read something about my accomplishments in that life I just lost. It would give me something as a benchmark to try and surpass.

I'm sure the bandit types would rather you just saw "You are dead" as it is - they probably revel in the thought of you receiving that cold impersonal message.


(hmm... can bandits "revel", or can they only "engage in depraved debauchery" ?
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:36 PM

I'm sure the bandit types would rather you just saw "You are dead" as it is - they probably revel in the thought of you receiving that cold impersonal message.

I play as a hero, and would rather see new content lead DayZ away from the deathmatching mess it has become recently.
This "story" screen would not suit a survival scenario if it's main focus is to tell you all about who killed you and how.
Yes, an indication of your achievements for your last life would give people something to improve upon, but this seems geared entirely towards PvP, which should be avoided.

I'm sure you think it's wonderful, and it's just what DayZ needs. Luckily, so far, it seems Rocket knows better.
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#6 figge

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:36 PM

Well, it's a suggestion so both "I don't like" and "I like this but not" and "Awesome" is welcome :)

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:38 PM

thats good, my only criticism is it shows too much info on how you died
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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:45 PM

I support this. However, little to no info on the bandit that killed you should show up. it should be nothing more than "You Were Killed by a Bandit" or "You Were Killed by a Zombie" or "You Were Killed by A Door" :P
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#9 figge

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Posted 30 October 2012 - 10:46 PM

From reddit (http://www.reddit.co...w_death_screen/):


SuperSarcasticZombie 1 minute ago sen


I really liked the range info. That will pretty much tell us if a friend shot us for lolz or on accident. This could go a long way in building trust, and paranoia.
We wouldn't want this information to show up too quickly though as anyone using a third party voice chat could relay it back to their team. Maybe the info could slowly populate after a few minutes or so for those patient enough.


This seems like a nice idea. Some info at the time, I mean, if you spawn and get killed instantly when unarmed most of this info is pretty useless, but if you have been killed after days, weeks or even months of survival this can be a sweet addition, so maybe a 2-3 minute timer on most of the info?

Edited by figge, 30 October 2012 - 10:48 PM.


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Posted 30 October 2012 - 11:14 PM

Maybe, have you played some rogue like rpgs, the diablo one is nice and that 2d zombie one is awesome, in the end they dont give you much information but they give you something of a score, this could be good for making people proud and the computer could keep track to all the previous lives of the player, i dont see much downside to it, just that it shouldnt reveal much about the enemy or give many detailed informations about your life. I dont know, this should be balanced out but as i have read somewhere the hive keeps track of all information
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 12:01 AM

Im gonna give you my beans just because you bothered to go to photoshop and make an example of the death screen you had in mind :D
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 12:09 AM

I like it but make both sides be happy.

Show the YOU ARE DEAD screen for 60 seconds then shot the info and acheivements.

it wont allow for quick voip info, you still get the punctual feeling from YOU ARE DEAD it has people you helped and killed and zombies you murdered.

I really really like it
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 12:29 AM

To much info im fine with you are dead
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 09:11 AM

I´d like to see amount of zombies killed, survivors, bandits, humanity (those basic things), a list of weapons I´ve used that life, maybe a dropdown box for that. Maybe even how many bullets fired, or just those basic things that YOUR character would know.

As for who killed you, how you died, so on and forth, when you find a body you can do "Study Body", but right now it´s useless, I´d like to see that show info like size of bullet, direction of the killer (from blood splatter), if he had diseases, information like that. Just, it shouldn´t show weapon you got killed of, because nobody can look at a dead person and know that he was killed by an M4 CCO, because the CCO use the same bullets as the regular M4, both m1911 and Revolver use .45, etc.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 09:26 AM

I like it. Like other people have said it gives too much info on your killer and it's a bit too PvP focused but I'd be happy to see a polished version of this in the game.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 09:30 AM

Agree I like it a lot, but it shouldn't grant you any information about you killer, you can ghost/relay to your team mates.

I also love the graphical layout, since the old goth death screen has outlived it's purpose.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 09:40 AM

Just imagine the Heavy saying 'Not big surprise' every time you die.

Maybe even put his face in the corner.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 09:55 AM

I actually like the 'You are Dead' screen and how simple it is. The one suggested certainly gives away too much info on the killer.

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Posted 31 October 2012 - 10:08 AM

Too much info about help and kills. Weapon, hits and the enemy will be enough.
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Posted 31 October 2012 - 10:17 AM

I'm one of those who actually like the "You are Dead" screen. I was so glad to NOT see any stats at the end of my life. I know how I lived it and don't need useless stats filling up my screen and giving all the little kiddies something to enlarge their e-peens.

Take away all the text and just leave the pics with "You are Dead" I could live with that!
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