DAYZ – My adventures in an online parallel reality

Online games are getting closer to being complete alternate realities. Many people choose to live their lives in the digital world, especially because of the global pandemic and lockdowns. It’s both a form of escapism and a means of socializing during prolonged isolation. It’s also an amazing experience. In this video I share my experiences with Bohemia Interactive’s DAYZ and the many servers which support its play. I went in without any prior knowledge of MMPORGs or other online games, and it was a long hard struggle to get to grips with the basic skill set and mechanics in order to be able to survive among players with thousands of hours under their belts.
I never thought I would feel such emotions, both positive and negative, nor adrenaline, which I experienced in the online DAYZ universe. I met some amazing people from around the world and explored most of the major maps – Chernarus, Livonia, Namalsk, Esseker, Chiemsee, Rostow, Takistan, Barnov and a tiny, tiny bit of Pripyat. I played both PVP (player versus player) and PVE (player versus environment. I played in a crew and also alone.

Having currently stopped playing due to unforeseen circumstances, I thought I would summarize my experience for those wanting to play and perhaps also for those who’ve been playing for a longer time who want a fresh view on the DAYZ universe. DAYZ is addictive to say the least and I can understand how easy it is to basically move into the online world. With experience come benefits and the gameplay changes.

Filmed with a Panasonic Lumix FZ300/FZ330 with a Polaroid UV lens.
On location in the Carpathian Mountains of Slovakia.

Published by Carpathian Adventure

My name is Edward O'Toole and I live in one of the wildest, most beautiful parts of Europe, in the Carpathian Mountains of Eastern Slovakia. Life is an adventure - both physically and metaphysically... I've been living out here for the last 22 years, along with my wife, 3 kids and Jack Russell. My main interests involve bushcraft, prepping, survival and wilderness living (self-sufficiency and self-reliance), ecological, green, smart and natural solutions, motorcycles and motorbike club life, writing and art (I have 7 published books), and exploring the paranormal. For more about my lifestyle, art and writing visit

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