PUBG – Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds [Pubg Craze]

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Origins of PUBG

It’s 2019 and with the advancement of technology modern-day gaming has taken big leaps and come to where it is at today, so much so that “E-SPORTS” have gained popularity and professional gamers can be seen cashing in big bucks for their onscreen time. With so many games available on the market one game called PUBG took the entire gaming world by storm in 2017 and it’s nothing other than the infamous PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds or “PUBG”.

So what is PUBG and what caused it? Pubg is an online PVP battle royal game developed and published by PUBG corporation a subsidiary of South Korean video game company Bluehole. The game is based on previous mods that were created by Brendan Greene better known by his online handle PlayerUnknown, who had previously created the ARMA 2 mod DayZ: Battle Royale, an offshoot of popular mod DayZ, for other games and was inspired from a Japanese film in the 2000s named Battle Royale. It was later expanded into a standalone game under Greene’s creative direction.

Before we dive into the game let’s have a look at the requirements, Pubg unlike many games has different versions for pc and mobile, so let’s take a look at what you need on both platforms to run this game? Below listed are the requirements for pc and mobile in order-

Requirements for PC

*MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR PC:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-4430 / AMD FX-6300
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB / AMD Radeon R7 370 2GB
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 30 GB available space

*RECOMMENDED REQUIREMENTS FOR PC:

  • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
  • OS: 64-bit Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel Core i5-6600K / AMD Ryzen 5 1600
  • Memory: 16 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 3GB / AMD Radeon RX 580 4GB
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 30 GB available space

SPECIFICATIONS FOR MOBILE

  • FOR ANDROID-Device running Android version 5.1.1 or above with a minimum of 2GB of RAM and 2GB of free storage can run the game at the lowest possible settings.
  • FOR IOS-iPhone 5S, Ipad 2 or newer running ios 9 or above can run the game.

(One thing to note is that besides good specifications PUBG also requires a good and stable internet connection to ensure it runs smoothly, the above-mentioned specs are the minimum for mobile, for a better gaming experience you will need a ram of 4gb or more for android phones, in the same way, iPhone 7 will give a better gaming experience than earlier versions)

If the above specifications are a bit high for you fret not Pubg has come up with a solution, they have introduced a different version for low-end computers and mobile and it’s called Pubg lite. This is a completely new version of this game and is completely free, the graphics have been scaled down significantly to make it run on lower-end windows pc’s and mac. Pubg Lite version is developed by PUBG Corporation. PUBG game is released for cross platforms. Pubg lite version is only available for Mobile and Low-end Pc.

Now that we covered how and what you need to ensure your gaming experience is as smooth as it can get let us dive into what this game is all about.

The game consists of 100 players total who can either choose a mode between solo, duo or teaming up as squads of four who are then descended into an island via parachutes from a plane, the aim of the game is to survive and be the last one or last team standing, to aid players in this battle the island is filled with weapons and equipment, which they need to scavenge out in order to kill and survive against players with the same motive. To add to the excitement the safe area for players continue to decrease over time thus forcing players to encounter each other.

The game has an avatar for male and female players, and in exchange for the in-game currency which can be bought, you can customize your character with different unique apparel and merchandise. There are also skins or coatings for guns and vehicles available which can be purchased or can be dropped by luck on loot boxes. Currently, the game has 4 maps Erangel, Miramar, Sanhok, Vikendi. Besides the classic mode for 100 players, there is also an arcade mode which consists of lesser players and shorter time and doubles the excitement but ultimately the last man or team standing wins in these modes. A head-on fight between squads is also available called the TDM team deathmatch which gives you a chance to showcase which squad is better head-on with a small area involved a lot of killing takes place.

PUBG Servers

List of servers on PUBG

Right now PUBG has lots of servers available for players around the globe and also ensures they all can get the best ping they can from their part. Below are some servers and where they are originated

  • KR/JP and AS servers seem to be hosted from within ap-northeast-1 (in Tokyo, Japan) and ap-northeast-2 (in Seoul, South Korea).
  • EU appears to be hosted solely from EU-central-1 – which is in Frankfurt.
  • North America seems to have all its games served from us-east-2 in Ohio.
  • SEA games connect to ap-southeast-1 in Singapore and OC games are served from ap-southeast-2 in Sydney.
  • South American players would have their gaming severely affected by a nuke dropped on sa-east-1 in São Paulo.
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Pubg was first released for Microsoft Windows via Steam’s early access beta program in March 2017 and later made fully available in December 2017. The game was also made available for Xbox One by Microsoft studios that same month, and officially released in September 2018. A free-to-play mobile version for Android and IOS was released in 2018, in addition to a port for the PlayStation 4.

So what do critics say about this game? Well as expected since the concept of Pubg was revolutionary, critics had nothing but praise for the game even though they were aware of some of its technical flaws. The game was new in its genre and presented a new style of gameplay that could be approached easily by players of every skill level and there was no option to get bored with every single game being different to the last. The game rose to popularity so fast that several Chinese clones emerged trying to get a taste of the money PUBGwas bringing with the introduction of this new genre. The game also received several Year nominations, among other accolades.

But how popular is PUBG? Pubg is one of the most popular battle royal game created by Bluehole. With FORTNITE coming into the gaming world PUBG lost a lot of its players actively and FORTNITE turned into one of the biggest competitors of PUBG. Nevertheless, PUBG continues to be the biggest and the most massive multiplayer game on Steam. Bluehole started to promote PUBG as the esports discipline quite yearly in comparison to Fortnite. The first competitive tournament season finished in July 2018 with the grandiose PUBG Global Invitational 2018 which totaled more than 60.000.000 viewers at the peak.

Pubg is pretty popular across all platforms it is made available for but the PC and mobile version is noteworthy. So for those interested let us dive into the differences between the mobile version and the PC version.

The PC version was made available through steam and can be purchased for HK$188 but you will need a steam account to play the game.

The mobile version, on the other hand, is free to play and is available for download in the play store for android and app store for ios.

The major difference between pc and mobile version is the graphics and how some things work, the gaming experience does vary somewhat in both experiences and players of both versions will always have a different say in which version is better so let’s not dive on that.

Let us dive into the pro scene and renowned players who are helping to get the game forward. Since PUBG is an online multiplayer game and not a game against Artificial intelligence or AI it adds thrill and excitement for the players and people who spectate. And this saw the rise of streaming sites like Twitch.

Popular Live Streamers:

Twitch is a video live streaming service operated by Twitch Interactive, a subsidiary of Amazon. Introduced in June 2011 as a spin-off of the general-interest streaming platform, Justin.tv. This is where many a player rose to fame by live-streaming their skills in-game. Not only getting good sponsorship by big-deal companies deals but getting donations by enthusiastic fans from all over the world who wants to support them. Below is a list of the top 10 twitch streamers who stream Pubg on twitch.

Live Streamers on PUBG | GameZon.net
  • ChocoTaco
  • Shroud
  • Halifax
  • Danucd
  • Swagger
  • Just9n
  • Chad
  • WackyJacky101
  • TSM Viss

This list is collected from several sites and there will be controversies regarding this undoubtedly but this can be said without a doubt they are all entertaining in their own way and very damn good what they do. It is recommended to give all of them a try and see for yourself which streamer excites you the most.

Now that we have some popular players of the game into our watch list let’s learn a bit about the pro scene and how PUBG looks on the table on its competitive side. Pubg global championship 2019 was started from 8.11.2019 to 25.11.19 and organized by PUBG Corporation. The prize pool was worth $2000000! And the viewer 186418 and surpassed 3255901 hours of watch time. The competition isn’t even over yet and this shows how big of a thing PUBG is.  They even host PUBG mobile championship for players around all servers as well!

Now that we have looked at how big PUBG is and it’s plus sides let’s discuss some lows of the game and its community. When the game released, people shouting racist, homophobic, and sexist slurs at each other, and this was relatively easy as PUBG offers voice chat for teammates and all chat for everyone to talk with each other. There was one instance where popular streamer DrDisrespect got banned by game director Brendan “PlayerUnknown” Greene for teamkilling; the matter escalated so far that DrDisRespect threatened to roundhouse kick Greene in the chest!

There were also accusations of players stream sniping a scenario where you watched pro or famous players stream online and get into a game and kill them by finding out where they are on the map. Hackers have exploited bugs or modified the game from time to time and abused it for their benefit. But the good thing is PUBG has come a long way from that and continues to improve and impose restrictions and bans where they suspect misplay is happening. So that’s assuring for us who enjoy playing the game.

Now that we know the pros and cons of the game we love, let’s look at some fun facts. Below listed are some fun facts about PUBG.

Pubg broke all records in 2017: In September 2017, PUBG set an unbelievable record of reaching 1,342,857 of total concurrent players, meaning all these players were active and were playing the game. It was overtaking Dota 2, an esports game by Valve. PUBG is not a free game, and considering that it is a great achievement.

Pubg can ban you 100 years: Yes, they very much can with all the hackers abusing bugs and altering the game, thus making the game unplayable for genuine players. The good thing is that PUBG is getting strict day by day and are banning players for a long time whom they suspect.

Every single gun in the game has unique physics: all the guns available in the game work different from the other; there are assault rifles, shotgun, snipers, SMGs, pistols, and much more and every game has different mechanics and recoil.

ACCOLADES:

  • Won several awards from 2017-2018: Here is the list of award categories PUBG won.
  • 35th Golden Joystick Awards – Best Multiplayer Game, PC Game of the Year
  • The Game Awards 2017 – Best Multiplayer Game
  • DICE Awards 2017 – Action Game of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Online gameplay
  • SXSW Gaming Awards 2018 – E-sports Game of the Year, Excellence in Multiplayer, and Trending Game of the Year
  • 36th Golden Joystick Awards – Mobile Game of the Year (PUBG Mobile)

Any bullet on the head deals 2.5X damage: for anyone unaware headshots deal significantly more damage than body shots, maybe look into that next time when you’re in front of an enemy and must act.

Winner winner chicken dinner: “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” phrase came from old-time Alley crap where people use to play craps in the alleys where they used money in gambling. When a person wins, it meant that he could afford a chicken dinner for that night.

Bullets won’t hit you in the water: Yes! Bullets really can’t hit you underwater, so maybe try that next time when you have no counterplay, and there’s water nearby.

5% of PUBG owners are CSGO players: his is not surprising as “SHROUD” known Professional player on PUBG use to play Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and participated in many tournaments. The reason many players switched from CSGO to PUBG was the increased number of hackers in the game.

Now that you know some interesting facts, what are the FAQ about PUBG? Let’s have a look.

FAQ ABOUT PUBG:

Wiki, is it Official?

Yes, Gamepedia partnered with PUBG.

What are PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS?

PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS is PLAYERUNKNOWN’s first standalone game.

How much does the game cost?

$29.99 (Steam) / $29.99 (Xbox) / $29.99 (PlayStation)

What VOIP provider does PUBG use on PC?

Vivox

What Anti-cheat does PUBG use on PC?

PUBG uses 3 anti-cheats. 1) BattlEye, 2) Their own created anti-cheat system 3) Unknown

Bans?

Bans (justice) go out in the form of Waves (like in Rainbow Six: Siege), which is the most efficient way of doing to catch a large number of cheaters.

Is the game 64 bit or 32 bit?

64 bit

Linux or Apple?

“There’s just not enough Linux players. The same is correct for Mac. We just do not have enough resources at the moment. It’s not on the roadmap.

What game engine is it running?

It’s running on Unreal Engine 4.

Console?

PUBG is available on Xbox One and on PS4 since 2018.

How big is the map?

Map Erangel and Miramar is a 8×8 km map, while Sanhok is a 4×4 km map.

Why does Erangel take place in Russia?

Because PLAYERUNKNOWN likes abandoned Russia feel, and he loves the brutalist architecture.

Will there ever be dynamic weather (i.e., changing from sun tonight) in a match?

“No, since the matches only last 30 minutes, so it doesn’t make sense.” As of August 8th, the feature is visible in all maps, usually, its Sunny weather that won’t change throughout the match, but when the weather is cloudy, there’s a high chance that it might Rain or be Foggy depending on the server.

Why is the game so familiar?

It’s a mixture of PLAYERUNKNOWN’S mods from Arma 2/3 and PLAYERUNKNOWN’S licensed Battle Royale mode in H1Z1 KotK.

If I’m getting high FPS in the test server, will that transfer over to the stable version?

When playing on the test server, take it with a grain of salt. Test servers stressed out to the max, which means the servers on the test server give better performance.

In-game text chat?

“That was just as intended. Nobody wants to supervise an in-game text chat. We should have had to build bots to monitor the news. We would need word filters; people would have to kick or even banish – there was simply no reason for that. There are just trolls. Many players use our voice chat.”

e-Sports?

PUBG wants to have 4 major events (maybe 4 times a year) for the top players on the leaderboards, alongside the big streamers and YouTubers to raise serious money for charities. Then, with the custom servers (later on down the road), you can rent servers with leaderboards attached so that people can host their leagues on their servers.

What do the numbers under the health bar mean?

Username, the #/version of the update the game is on, and your server code (to report server lag, etc. on the forums).

Can your family share on Steam?

Yes and no. If someone played PUBG for the first game and created a username, that username is played by that username on all the family share accounts you shared PUBG too. Family share for new usernames got disabled/removed to prevent trolls and cheaters.

What are the characters modelled after?

The design looks like battle-hardened mercenaries to fit Erangel lore. The female depicts ‘Sarah Connor (Terminator)’ and for the male, there just based on gritty action movies.

CONCLUSION:

The design looks like battle-hardened mercenaries to fit Erangel lore. The female depicts ‘Sarah Connor (Terminator)’ and for the male, there just based on gritty action movies. So there you go an all you need to know about Pubg, the game that took the entire gaming world by storm on its release back in 2007 and continues to dominate the gaming world, we tried our best to cover this fantastic game, hope you have a fun read would love to know your feedback and what’s your take on this game. Constructive criticism is appreciated. Have a good day. Peace!

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