PUBG: A Curse or a Blessing?

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Rivipedia PUBG

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds short formed into PUBG is a game probably known to everyone by now because of being popular in speech. PUBG game is published by Tencent games. It is basically a competitive survival shooter game. In this game, you can use a variety of exciting weapons and vehicles in the Battleground.

It is available for Android and iOS both. The Android version of the game can be found on Google Play Store whereas the iOS version is available on the Apple App Store for free. However, if you want to play this epic action-packed game on your Xbox One, PS4 or computer, you’ll have to buy it.

PUBG is an online game, so in order to play it; you will need an internet connection, be that via mobile network or Wi-Fi.

PUBG’s Road to Success

The person behind this game is Brendan Greene. Born in Ireland, moved to Brazil and worked as photographer initially. Before PUBG he made a game called DayZ; Battle Royale, which became a great success. After this Irish Greene and the game development company, Daybreak recruited him. Though, he did not stay with them for long.

Brendan Greene

After several months, Bluehole wanted Brendan as the creative director, and this was when PUBG was just around the corner. The game was developed in early 2016. It was on 23rd March 2017 when the game released and when it immediately became a success in spite of some bugs.

It was not longer than one and a half year after PUBG’s release that it had sold 50 Million copies across PC and Xbox One.

PUBG Mobile Minimum Requirements


This game is compatible with more than 500 android devices which is quite a number and means that you are good to go if you are using a device with Android 5.1.1 or higher. This is because these models have 2GB of RAM or more, which is what PUBG is compatible with.


When it comes to iOS, the list is a lengthy one. As an essential, you should be using the Apple device running iOS 9 or later. In other words, the iPhones compatible with this game are iPhone 5s or newer. In case of an iPad, it should be an iPad Mini 2, iPad Air or newer.

The List OF iOS Devices that PUBG is compatible with:

iPhone 5s, 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, SE, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad Air, Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, mini 2, mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, Air 2, Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, mini 3, mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, mini 4, mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th & 6th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (5th & 6th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular (2nd generation), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular, and iPod touch (6th generation).

PUBG Banned in Following Places


There are some places in the world where this game has been banned due to the action taken by the law authorities. The reason behind it being banned at certain areas is it being blamed for failing results of students, negligence, and even violence in some areas. The list of the places where this game has been banned is as follows:

  1. Gujarat
  2. Tamil Nadu
  3. Nepal
  4. China

However, you can still play PUBG on your mobile or your gaming console by simply using the best VPN for gaming. A VPN will switch your IP by giving you another one. The new IP will be from someplace where PUBG isn’t banned.

The Cost Of PUBG

The game’s mobile version is free to download and play. There is a system of reward within the game which allows the players to earn coins. Then these coins can be used to buy items in the game.

However, the game on Xbox One, unlike on mobile phones, will cost $29.99. In addition, it is also available for purchase on PS4 and Windows.

PUBG Mobile Controls & Experience

PUBG Mobile

The only difference between the game on PC/Xbox and PUBG Mobile is that on mobile, it uses on-screen controls. These can be customized to different layouts and elements depending upon which suits the size of your device or your own preferences. The gameplay on mobile is surprisingly very smooth and good as opposed to people’s predictions of this PC game running poor on smart phones.

The Negative Impacts of PUBG

Mostly, video games are blamed for the violence that they contain. The case is kind of same with this game. PUBG is a game that mainly contains violence. It is noticed that the children who indulge themselves in such violent video games are more likely to have more aggressive thoughts, behavior, and emotions.


Secondly, it is possible for people to get addicted to this game. According to the World Health Organization, gaming addiction was declared as a mental disorder.

Getting too addicted to this game can cause people to exhibit social phobias. This is because the game keeps gamers too busy playing PUBG only. This may, as a result, cause a person to become socially isolated.

Moreover, indulging too much of time in this game may cause the player to have less sleep. Similarly, it can impact one by him/her spending lesser time on other activities such as sports, reading, going out and interacting with their family and friends.

Addiction to PUBG can affect one’s career or a student’s studies as well.

Furthermore, a single game in PUBG takes around half an hour or more to end and a bigger problem is that you cannot pause at one game.

It is also noticed that people after spending longer times on playing the game complaint of weakness and flickering in eyes. And of course, the fact that it can affect one’s eyesightis inevitable.

Some recent news on PUBG coming out lately can also give an idea of how much of a negative impact it can have on certain people. According to an article on MailOnline, a 13-year-old boy jumped off a building because of this game and died.

Well, with all these adverse effects presented you can conclude that most of the problems with this game occur when one gets addicted to it or starts giving it a little too much of importance than it deserves.

Positive Impacts of PUBG

According to many scientists and psychologists, video games can actually have a good impact on the player’s brain; it can make the person smarter. As said by the psychologist C. Shawn Green of the University of Wisconsin – “Video games change your brain”.

Benefits of Gaming

Playing video games can alter the brain’s structure the same way as learning to read, navigating using a map or playing a musical instrument. Moreover, the effective combination of concentration and rewarding surges of neurotransmitters, for say Dopamine strengthen the neural circuits which are able to build the brain.

As opposed to getting anti-social in the real world, this game can make you less anti-social on your mobile or PC at least. An individual that is afraid of talking to other people in person can speak to other players via PUBG. When one plays this game with their friends, he or she can speak to them and stay in contact. – No wonders teens these days are so in to this epic video game.

PUBG is a game that requires the player to give quick response to any action of the enemy. Hence, this game makes a person respond faster and take action immediately or, in other words, makes one’s reflexes fast.

PUBG also helps people lose their negative thoughts. According to some of the many reviews on this game, people claimed that it helped them get rid of their negative opinions of the day as the requirement of this game is to have a player with full concentration and do many things all together in this game.

Reviews on PUBG

According to a person’s review on PUBG on Reddit,

He claimed “PUBG did change my perception in real life. I have now become a better employee because I am more careful with every single detail at work (I work as a receptionist in a clinic). It’s like it unlocked a whole new Spectrum of ways to act in my brain. I know it sounds crazy, but PUBG really is like a drug, a good one that is, when taking responsibly, just like anything else.”

On the other hand, some of the commenters had opposite response towards the game. One of the comments on Reddit said “Lmao PUBG probably has had the opposite effect to me. Less sleep, less time eating, less time doing other activities because what do I do in my free time, play PUBG”.


However it may be, every person has a different reaction to this game. For some people, it is fascinating, competitive and an addictive game whereas, for others, it is as dull as anything. They think of it as not at all as a source of entertainment, rather a complete waste of their precious hours and energy. What it depends upon is your perception, how you see this game, whether you consider its cons more impactful or its pros. That is the only way you can come upon a judgment about the well-known game PUBG.

Simran is currently an optimistic and ambitious student. She looks forward to fulfilling her dream of becoming a doctor one day. She loves music, art, reading, travelling and writing. Being a freelance writer allows her to show her love for writing.

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