PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has officially launched today; are you playing?

Conventional wisdom says you probably shouldn’t launch a blockbuster video game four days before Christmas, but then conventional wisdom never met PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, which emerged from early access at 2 a.m. 3 a.m. this morning while breaking every other rule too, reinventing and popularizing its own genre. Glitchy as hell, big in China, and ridiculously popular on Twitch, the game set records for Steam concurrency and sales even before today’s launch.

It does appear that the game hit some technical snags overnight, bumping into EU server caps, leaderboard bugs, and PC downtime, and crate key confusion. In fact, as I type this, the servers are offline.

Are you playing PUBG?

  • Yep, playing currently. (13%, 15 Votes)
  • Nope, used to play but quit. (16%, 18 Votes)
  • Nope, never played. (68%, 78 Votes)
  • No response / view tally. (3%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 115

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StonerMk2

Nope, never played and have absolutely zero interest in playing. Its fun to watch every now and then via Twitch but otherwise not my cup of tea.

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Scrungle

I played 3 hours of it. Saw a 12 GB download and uninstalled it.

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Loopy

I’m really happy for everyone who’s enjoying themselves in the game, but it’s not for me. I don’t enjoy survival games in general, and camping-style gameplay was never appealing to me.

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A Dad Supreme

Nope, never played. Not my type of game or interest (esportsy stuff)

But I suspect PUBG won’t miss my measly dollars, they are doing just fine.

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CasualSlacks

I like PUBG more than I liked the Day Z mod, a game that garnered similar world devouring attention. It’s a lot closer to CSGO, Rainbow Six Siege, or Payday than a survival game in a persistent world like ARK, Rust, or Conan: Exiles. Consequently, the game doesn’t scratch an itch for me.

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Colin Goodwin

Idk how they even have the balls to call this threadbare amalgamation of cheap pieces of games a “finished product” in it’s current state…

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Sorenthaz

I might, but for me in general it’s hard to get into the game without others to play with. I liked what I played when I did a few matches with other folks, but not really sure if it’d be my cup of tea solo.

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Denice J. Cook

Too bad I bought an Xbox One X two weeks before this game started coming free with it! :P

Nope, not playing, but may snag a Steam copy if their winter sale materializes with a lower price.

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Mark

No. I tend not to like nor participate in the “latest, greatest gaming crazes” whenever they come along.

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Cyclone Jack

Nope, bland FPS does nothing for me these days. Same reason I don’t care for Overwatch or Destiny or whatever generic FPS of the month is.

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nobleeinherjar

I enjoy PUBG, but I feel that they decided to call this update 1.0 just because they could and not because the game is actually ready for launch. I’m also not a fan of the fact that they (apparently) got rid of fog and rain maps. I really hope that’s just temporary.

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CapnLan

Not playing and have no interest in it. I do find it interesting to watch though so I’ll be lurking around in various streams.

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IronSalamander8 .

I watched it played a couple times. It looks more fun to watch than actually play despite an interesting concept. Too busy with other games right now already.

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Serrenity

Nope. My faith in humanity is already at an all-time low. I don’t really want a simulator that actively mandates people be horrible to each other. I get more than enough of that in real life.

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rafael12104

Yup. I’ve been playing and will continue. It is a fast food gaming. I login play a few rounds and I’m out. Quick easy with no fuss or muss. No over complicated systems etc. etc.

May not be good for the overall MMORPG sensibilities, but it sure does taste good. And, there is a chance you’ll win a chicken dinner!

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ozzie

I’m a big fan of PUBG but stopped playing when they did first-person servers. I’d prefer them but it was too hard to transition after playing 250+ hours of third-person.

MMOs could learn alot by PUBG’s “open world pvp”. I said it in another thread, but I think MMOs could capture some of the intensity and adapt it to the genre. Not really the Battle Royale setting, but the high-stakes emergent gameplay, if the sandbox was set up right.

Well I see alot of interest in a fantasy-based Battle Royale, which could be fun. WoW had that Coliseum fight with 25 free-for-all, which was pretty fun in concept.

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Schmidt.Capela

IMHO the “high-stakes emergent gameplay” only works for PUBG because that game lacks persistence. No matter how bad you lose or how big you win you are back at square one as soon as the next match starts, on an equal footing with everyone else.

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ozzie

That’s how most MMOs do world pvp too, though. You just respawn and go about your business. There isn’t that artificial tension of battle royale and you don’t lose or gain anything really. PUBG has persistence within the match, and losing means you have to survive from the beginning again, gathering weapons and gear from scratch.

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camren_rooke

I am not. It is not something I am remotely interested in.

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Kawaii Five-O

Nope. I’m not touching the game again until they implement region and ping locks on their servers.

I don’t want to play first person and third person has become a pretty terrible experience, because it’s overrun with hackers and people exploiting high ping.

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Tanek

This is the one where the developer thinks he can copyright game genres, yes? I have no interest in playing, but I do want to see how that little drama turns out.

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deekay_plus

i wouldn’t say i quit the game but i have played it before and not currently playing it.

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