Loved Dayz for a long time but now I do not play it
A multitude of Patches have made it too 'anal'. I feel Rocket and the developers are listening to the community too much and the community seems hell bent on making an experience, which in the community's own words is to rid it of 'Call of Duty Kiddies'. For what reason I do not know. I am not a COD fan but there is no reason why these players can not add something to our experience.
The removal of the .50 cal guns in my opinion was a mistake and the loot system now is a joke. Run about for 3 days to get enough parts for a car...gimmie a break, I have to go to work lol.
DayZ standalone is going to go in exactly the same direction albeit more polished with more options
Arma 2 is an amazing military simulator and I still play it (love a bit of wastelands) but haven't fired up DayZ for months now and to be honest can't see me doing it for a while. Me and my friends who play Arma 2 toy with the idea of firing up DayZ but in the end we all come to the agreement we can't be arsed.
Don't get me wrong. DayZ is a wonderful mod and Standalone will also be good and will sell tons of copies but I doubt I will buy it straight away if at all and If I do it will be during a Steam Sale