Dean Hall, creator of the hugely popular DayZ mod and in-development full game, has revealed he has been personally hurt by the fallout surrounding copycat title The War Z.
"I am angry about the WarZ. I'm very angry," Hall wrote on Reddit.
"I'm quite hurt personally because anyone can see how similar the words are, and while the average gamer knows the difference, individual people don't. I've had family members/close friends mistake the difference and confront me about what they believed was unethical behaviour they thought I was making.
"I really don't think anyone can understand just quite how exasperated that can make you feel when you've gambled everything on something, put your whole self and reputation on the line. So it hasn't made my life very pleasant, and I disagree entirely with the conduct and how consumers have been treated."
Hall believes he has to stand up for what he believes.
"I am successful because the public got behind me, therefore I think the public has a right to know what I think so they can make their mind up about me."
"I also think there is something immoral about not standing up for what you honestly think. I think I've been pretty guarded about what I've said, I have said far less than any single major review site has said and nobody is calling them unprofessional. Nobody is calling Steam unprofessional for removing the game.
"I think a good developer should be a person not a professional. Because games are personal. I care more about being a good person, and if that conflicts with some abstract sense of professionalism then to hell with professionalism.
"I made DayZ for the game I want to play, not because I wanted a career in it."
DayZ missed its planned 2012 release and Hall is now being given extra time to build what he described as his dream game.