Published: 04th September 2020
Why I won't miss PUBG: A small-time fan's account of the game that defined a generation
After the government of India banned another 118 apps, including PUBG Mobile, youngsters were in for a rude shock even as parents rejoiced
Dear PUBG Fans,
The blue team has scored for the first time
The blue team is in the lead
The blue team is unstoppable
Blue team VICTORY
Alas, now that's a set of sentences that I'll probably never hear again. Those were the days (I can't believe I'm saying that). We'd run with the M416 or SCAR-L, ducking and hiding behind enemy lines. Guns at the ready, ready to shoot their brains off! Yes, the sound of bullets, of screaming players, of course, over Team Audio. Anyone who's ever played PUBG Mobile will understand everything I said above. Those who can't, well, you missed out on a game that defined a generation of millennials, or at least took up most of their day. And now it's all gone.
Now, don't be shocked. Yes, I will miss the game. It was quite an outlet to kill some animated bots after a tough day or when I wanted to shout at someone at work but couldn't because, well, protocol (I can't believe I'm letting my boss read this). It was especially great to kill some people between filing a story and conducting an interview that didn't go as planned. And it was even more exhilarating to kill people when you're raging mad but unable to do anything. PUBG Mobile was for me, plain and simply put, an outlet.
And now it's all gone.
I was introduced very late to the game - February, this year (yes, gone too soon *sobs*). I didn't have a phone that'd support this 1 GB+ behemoth of a game. No sooner had I downloaded it than I was hooked. I would go on to play all the different maps every day and ensure I'd never land in Pochinki (yes, I'm a wuss. Kill me! Oh wait, you can't). My favourite, however, would be Team Deathmatch (Highest kill - 15. Who's a wuss, now, eh?)
But, while I was playing a lot initially, I never got addicted, although I do understand why teens were. Here was a game where you could be anything, do anything, give in to your Freudian impulses. Young, impressionable minds couldn't have asked for anything better. The gamemakers also didn't leave any stones unturned. Though now that you think of it there weren't any weapons under rocks in the terrain. The graphics were realistic and glitches few. It was a gamer's dream. No wonder so many youngsters started streaming themselves playing the game on YouTube and Twitch. Like TikTok, PUBG was also a source of income for many (I'm looking at you, CarryMinati).
Pic: Tencent Games
So, after playing for a few months, I gave up playing for a long time (obviously, after I got some chicken dinners). It was only recently that I again started playing again, inspired by some livestreams. One thing I'd regret is not ever playing it with my friends. Some would say that that's where the real fun was. But we shall never know now, shall we? But I really don't think there's a lot to fret about. There's always Call of Duty - a game which I was introduced by a friend and fellow journalist - which I've played with friends, have had loads of fun and I'm better at.
But, if you're missing it always remember that while you may not be a winner now, you can always have some chicken for dinner.
I'll just bugger off now.
A fellow fan