Explained: The PUBG addiction

Is PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) more rewarding or infuriating? Either way, this popular game is about more than winning.

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Gamers are pretty competitive people. They don’t like to lose. They try to beat every game and everyone who plays it. Because of its very nature, PUBG has become one of the most competitive games released in recent times. Dropping in with 99 other players, either alone or squadding up with your buddies, emerging victorious is an achievement.

It also leads to serious stat-cravings. Folks are grinding leaderboards and chasing numbers. PUBG gives you three ratings: Overall, win and kill.

So lots of folks are playing. And lots are coming back. So why do you play? Are you the leaderboard grinder? Or the kill hunter or the player that will team up with some friends and have some laughs? Are you addicted to PUBG too??

If you are, then it is because….

 Easy To Learn, Hard To Master

PUBG sounds simple enough. If playing solo, jump off the plane and head to somewhere obscure and out of the line-of-fire to find equipment and weapons. That’s the easy part, and everyone can do that! However, from there on, the stakes drastically increase. It’s now time to survive and players have the choice of sneaking into the play area, avoiding confrontation, or go in all guns blazing with an aggressive mindset.

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Whichever you choose, the result is always the same. The tension is excellent, and getting into the top 10 survivors list feels sorta rewarding, especially if you’ve bagged a few kills along the way. It’s that increasing difficulty curve as the match progresses that kind of makes the game addictive. What steps will you take differently from the last match? Which weapons feels right or wrong for you? All these questions get answered with experience.

 Player Population

The game has millions of players across the globe. That simply means that queue times for matchmaking takes little or no time at all. That’s always a pro for any FPS or multiplayer game, as it lets you binge-play around the clock. Of course quantity doesn’t always ensure a quality play time. The majority of players  regardless of region, seems to speak a particular language. That poses a problem if you want to enjoy Duo or Squad modes, but that’s why you play with friends. The bottom line is, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is at the top of the online FPS food chain at the moment, and as long as it remains there, it means good news for players.

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Clear Progression

You earn BP for playing matches and obviously the BP rewards increase if you’re good. Finishing in the top 10, winning the match, getting more kills etc are all ways to increase BP. And BP can then be used to purchase character customization, crates and more. The game definitely rewards you for playing, but I think it could use more of that.

And because the population is huge at the moment, revenues are also at an all time high. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has spent some of that back into the game, by introducing a new map, new tech such as 3D replays, and we hope this continues.

Something For All Levels

Ultimately, regardless what critics say or don’t say about PUBG, in its essence, the game is incredibly fun because the premise is so simple. Battle Royale works because it’s somewhat sandbox – each match will be experienced in new and different ways, with the same strategy resulting in different outcomes. That’s what makes it addictive, and that’s what makes me come back to it from time to time. It doesn’t matter if you’re a newbie to FPS games or a veteran. PUBG does offer the right amount of fun and reward with its battle royale.

And if you’ve yet to sample it, what are you waiting for?