There are no reasons why people behave like psychopaths. It’s just a game. You play Mario. You have lives. You kill things and other things try and kill you. Sometimes you jump over creeps, sometimes you kill them. You did not have to kill them but you did anyway. Are you a psychopath? Of course not. Same thing with rust and dayz.
Three men stand on a deserted street, their hands in the air. One wears a green T-shirt and a motorcycle helmet. The others wear bright yellow down jackets. They are surrounded by four armed men
More than that, though, it raises an interesting question about how and why we behave as we do in a game like DayZ, and what that says about us.
The game doesn’t mention why they are a bunch of psychopaths, just that they are. And because of it, they are feared and well-known. And because of it, they are feared and well-known. Raiders definitely have a kind of sub-culture.
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Psychopaths are driven to play this “game” over and over, throughout their lives. According to psychopathy expert Dr. Reid Meloy, the psychopath must act out this manipulative cycle repetitively and compulsively in order to experience feelings of exhilaration and contempt (contemptuous delight), which perpetuate his feeling of grandiosity. Devaluation is driven by unconscious greed and envy, says Meloy.
If this were real, you’d think they were psychopaths. And what about DayZ, and games like it, makes them behave as if they are? Alone and Naked. DayZ and a similar open world, online survival game called Rust are among the best-selling games on Steam this year. Each drops players, unarmed and alone, into a dangerous world and challenges them
If you asked a psychopath what it was like you will hear something like this, “I am cold, careless, empty, on the inside, but my mask allows me to hide.” They know what they’re doing, they relish in the power, that is all they want.
Psychopaths usually know what they’re doing in these things and do it deliberately, often taking greater personal responsibility in their own minds and exercising less inner denial. The reason it is «sneaky» is because psychopaths are fully aware of manipulating others, do so consciously and don’t tell their target what they’re doing.