http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/d/dd/Warzlogo.jpg/250px-Warzlogo.jpg
And WHAT a kerfuffle it is.

Kotaku has a great run-down of everything that's wrong, but to briefly summarize:

* It looks a lot like a Day Z ripoff. That's negotiable, but it's incredibly similar.

* They have a game you have to pay for, is still in beta, but has a multitude of microtransactions like Free-to-Play MMO's. Including one to respawn. If you don't pay a microtransaction when you die, apparently you have to wait hours before you can play again.

* They lied about the features of the game.

* They didn't mention that they were in beta still when they went on the Steam store.

* They wrongfully banned tons of people.

* They are blocking bad things being said about them in the forums.

* Thousands of people are signing petitions about the game.

* They ripped (at least part of) their terms of use from League of Legends.

* They apparently stole some images from The Walking Dead.

* Not related to The War Z directly, but amusingly the guy who made the game is responsible for one of the worst games of all time, Big Rigs Over The Road Racing: http://www.gamespot.com/big-rigs-over-the-road-racing/videos/big-rigs-over-the-road-racing-video-review-6086530/

The full breakdown is on Kotaku. I want to be fair about this, I really do, but it's obvious that this is incredibly shady at best. Developers shouldn't be allowed to treat people like this. Vote with your wallets, people.

http://kotaku.com/5969784/the-war-z-mess-every-crazy-detail-we-know-so-far?utm_source=Kotaku+Newsletter&utm_campaign=80ee1f4356-UA-142218-8&utm_medium=email

UPDATE: If you want to see some gameplay, totalbiscuit's review is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=RtKAm3nzg6I

UPDATE 2: Electric Boogaloo: This thread on reddit has a similar breakdown, with some different stuff. http://www.reddit.com/r/Games/comments/152tbh/warz_patch_unleash_the_true_moneywhoring/

jdodson   Admin wrote on 12/20/2012 at 02:58am

I have heard some about this but haven't been presented with all the details. If all this is true, its pretty unfortunate. I don't like the zillion microtransactions NOR ripping off players.

I don't mind game clones myself as everyone is a clone of something and technically like all shooters are Doom clones :D

BR   Supporter wrote on 12/20/2012 at 03:38am

I'm glad I played the beta for free. Its such an awful game. When I saw it on steam I immediately dismissed it and refused to even look at it. I read some of the things posted on the game community tab thingy and most people are just as displeased as I was. Perhaps even more.

Travis   Admin   Post Author wrote on 12/20/2012 at 03:51am

Jon, Doom was a Wolfenstein clone!

BR, yeah I think more, because of the new "features" and the false advertising.

jdodson   Admin wrote on 12/20/2012 at 04:19am

I AM GOING TO LET ID SOFTWARE KNOW THE RIPPED OFF WOLFENSTEIN!!! THOSE LOUSY HACKSSS!!!

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