Originally Posted by Clippersfan86
Steam has it back up to 30 bucks for a game a few years old....
It's unlikely you're gonna even play the original game. You're buying it purely to play DayZ, which just yesterday hit over 1 million individual players. Such an epic game, more than worth your 30 bucks for the enjoyment you'll get out of it.
If you get the free version working correctly then go for it, but don't be surprised if you have trouble entering servers. 2 of my friends downloaded a free version, but couldn't ever get into a server, no matter what patch they used. As soon as they bought the game off Steam and installed it all correctly, never had a problem again.