Military service::Dean Hall (game designer)


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Military service {{#invoke:Infobox|infobox}} Hall served as a commissioned officer in the Royal New Zealand Air Force for five years, completing a degree at the University of Otago under a Defense Scholarship.<ref name="OtagoDaily_15Aug12"/> In 2009 Hall re-enlisted in the New Zealand Army and was posted on an exchange program with the Singapore Armed Forces.<ref name="The Verge article">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> Hall was inspired by his efforts on survival training<ref name="The Verge article"/> and in using video games as a method to train soldiers in the emotional reactions they may face, including him pitching the concept to leadership within the Army. When interest was not shown, Hall stated he decided to add zombies and release it publicly.<ref name="Eurogamer_21Aug12"/>

Hall was posted to the Singapore Armed Forces on an exchange program during which he completed his survival training in Brunei.<ref name="ArmchairGeneral">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=news }}</ref> His experiences on this trip formed the basis for his ideas with the development of the mod. Hall was not used to the diet during his period of deployment, and this became a further problem as the training progressed. He ran out of food during the survival component eventually resorting to trying to eat rotten fish and ferns.<ref name="ArmchairGeneral"/> By the end of his training, Hall weighed 25 kilograms less<ref name="ArmchairGeneral"/> and required surgery to repair his injuries.<ref name="OtagoDaily_15Aug12"/>

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