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01 Feb 2019

#GamingBytes: Ban on PUBG is unwarranted. Here is why

PUBG is an intense tactical Battle Royale and the mobile version enjoys immense popularity in Indian and Asian markets.

However, in recent times, there has been an attack on PUBG Mobile in India, and the latest comes from an 11-year-old boy who is attempting to get Bombay High Court to ban it for promoting violence, aggression and cyberbullying.

However, we feel it is unwarranted.

In context

Is PUBG really bad for teens?

Issue 1

Cyberbullying is a problem, but does not warrant a ban

Cyberbullying definitely is a problem in PUBG Mobile.

While players are waiting in the lobby before the match or flying on the battle plane, there are a lot of abuses thrown around.

Some abuses and insults target particular communities, hurting caste and religious sentiments.

However, instead of banning the entire game, it is possible to introduce chat filters, and block players who are cyberbullies.

Issue 2

The game channels aggression, does not promote it

PUBG does require a lot of aggression, especially if you want to win the chicken dinner.

However, we believe the game does not promote aggression. It gives it an outlet.

Think of PUBG as the wall you punch when you are angry, instead of punching a person!

Killing enemies online is a better outlet for aggression than getting into fights in real life.

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Issue 3

If PUBG promotes violence, so do films and other shows

Promotion of violence is an incredibly serious charge. It is also incredibly baseless.

If the violence in the game promotes it in real life, so do most action-oriented Bollywood movies.

We would have to ban most of the Khans from making films!

We believe PUBG helps channelize our violent instincts into the game, rather than allowing a more dangerous outburst in real life.

Studies

Studies by experts show games channelize instead of promoting violence

Jim Hawdon, a PhD in sociology conducted a study showing first-person shooter gamers were less prone to violence than people frequenting social media sites.

Another study by Christopher Ferguson, a psychology professor, showed there was no true correlation between violence in games and that in real life.

In fact, he concluded people might stay in, channelizing violence into games than committing violence in reality.

PUBG might not promote violence and aggression, but promotes nihilism

While PUBG might not promote violence and aggression directly, it promotes nihilism. Nihilism is defined as the destruction of or desire to destroy all structures that allow normal functioning of humans within society. A Battle Royale format forces players to become nihilists, trying to survive.

Positive effects

PUBG has some positive effects that are overlooked

PUBG's pros far outweigh the cons, according to this writer.

Duos and squads often have you teaming up with gamers from other countries, not only encouraging teamwork but also leading to interactions.

Firefights and enemy engagements in PUBG help gamers develop faster reflexes and teach them how to deal with stressful situations.

These are all qualities that can help PUBG gamers in real life.

Army and games

Armies use video games to improve soldiers' reflexes

You might not believe us when we say video games improve reflexes.

However, armies, too, use video games to the same extent.

Recently we reported that the Indian Air Force was coming out with a game to encourage potential fighter pilots, and test their reflexes in battle.

The US army also encourages soldiers to play first-person shooters like Call of Duty for honing reflexes.

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Which is best armored vehicle?

Which is the best assault gun in PUBG?

How to get snipers like M24 easily in all matches?

What is the best gun for PUBG?

What is the best sniper for PUBG?

What are the 4 PUBG Mobile maps?

What is PUBG?

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Which is best armored vehicle?

Asked on 06-02-2019 by ABHI ViperX

Answered by NewsBytes

There is only one armored vehicle that you will get in PUBG. It is available by calling a flare drop outside the playzone.

Which is the best assault gun in PUBG?

Asked on 02-02-2019 by Shaid Ali

Answered by NewsBytes

The M416 is the overall best assault rifle for PUBG.

How to get snipers like M24 easily in all matches?

Asked on 02-02-2019 by Abhishek Yadav

Answered by NewsBytes

There is no easy way to get snipers. They spawn in the game naturally, so maybe you can go to high-density loot areas to get them. However, beware that these areas are also high action areas.

What is the best gun for PUBG?

Asked on 01-02-2019 by Hemant Singhal

Answered by NewsBytes

M416 is the best all-rounder gun for PUBG.

What is the best sniper for PUBG?

Asked on 01-02-2019 by Shreya Rathore

Answered by NewsBytes

AWM is the best sniper for PUBG.

What are the 4 PUBG Mobile maps?

Asked on 01-02-2019 by Sanvi Powar

Answered by NewsBytes

Erangel, Miramar, Sanhok and Vikendi are the 4 PUBG Mobile maps.

What is PUBG?

Asked on 01-02-2019 by Abhinav Mehra

Answered by NewsBytes

PUBG or PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is a battle royale game where 100 players drop onto a shrinking map and must loot and kill opponents in solos, duos or squads to win chicken dinner.

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