Somewhere along the line, you’ll probably feel compelled to share a story or other experience with your fellow players. You should absolutely do that because stories (and the adventures that lead to them) are what makes DayZ so great. There are a number of different places where you can do that, as we’ve discussed throughout this guide. Let’s talk about how you can record your experiences and the best way of posting the end result online for others to see.
Before we discuss media, let me make a suggestion: play with a pen and notepad. If not a physical notepad, then keep a note-taking app ready on your desktop, another computer, your phone/tablet, etc. You probably won’t need it all the time, but you’ll be glad you have it when you do need it. This allows you to write down critical details, map coordinates, and other tidbits that may be helpful in telling your story later.
The simplest and easiest way of sharing is through screenshots. Pictures are the universal way of telling a story, and video games are no exception. Feel free to research third party image/video capture software on your own (such as Fraps, Bandicam, Dxtory, etc.), but the Steam in-game overlay is the most painless solution for taking pictures due to being integrated right into a program you’re already using. You can do so by going to your Steam settings and navigating to the “In-Game” tab; by default the F12 key is your trigger for taking a picture.
Once you’ve taken images, they can be accessed through Steam or by navigating to their folder on your PC (by default it would be C: -> Program Files (x86) -> Steam -> userdata -> _____ -> 760 -> Remote -> 221100 -> Screenshots). They’ll be easier to share if you upload them somewhere other than the Steam Community website, i.e. Imgur. With the Steam website, you are limited to linking to a page whereas with a third party service you can link directly to image files or albums, meaning you can post them wherever and however you want.
While pictures can tell a story all on their own, they are best when used in conjunction with your own words. Taking the time to label and caption pictures before you post them will go a long way in making sure you get all your details across while adding information about an experience that may not be present or obvious in your pictures. If you would like to become better at taking screenshots, check out the separate Guide to Screenshots post.
If still pictures aren’t enough for you, perhaps you’ll try your hand at producing videos. This is definitely not recommended for beginners, because creating quality content worth sharing can be very time-consuming since it is a trial-and-error process. This is one form of sharing that you should really do your homework on prior to making an attempt. Find capture software that you like using, get familiar with the editing process, and watch videos made by others to get a feel for what works and what doesn’t.
Is media not your thing? That’s okay, words are the bread and butter of storytelling. A well-written, detailed, and funny or exciting narrative from your time in Chernarus is definitely worth sharing. Take a couple of minutes to read it over before posting and make sure you are getting your point across, that there aren’t any confusing elements, no glaring issues with grammar/spelling, etc.
In addition to sharing with the community, you may want to file feedback for bug fixes as well. For an explanation of this process and how you can use your existing materials, check out “Do Your Part: The Guide to Feedback.”