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5 days ago

Feature: Monstrous

Steam Charts: Entirely Original Edition

OK! OK! Look, thank you, yes, yes, I know, thank you. Yes, it's very exciting that I'm here with this week's Steam Charts, but come on, please, sit down now, that's really enough. Oh, come on, all of you, you're lovely, but it's only little me. Goodness gracious!

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1 week ago

PUBG puts down its guns, picks up many grenades for War Mode: Dodgebomb

One of my main takeaways from watching the PUBG Global Invitational, apart from disappointment, was "huh, I really should use grenades more". My psyche has clearly resonated with that of whoever comes up with the War Mode ideas for Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, because this weekend's deathmatch event hands every player 20 frag grenades while removing all their other toys. Apart from a frying pan, obvs.

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Feature: DOES IT?

Does PUBG work as an esport?

There are problems with claiming that Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds doesn't work as an esport. Thousands of those problems packed themselves into Berlin's Mercedes Benz arena for the PUBG Global Invitational, whooping, cheering and clearly getting their money’s worth from their tickets. At times, I whooped with them. I still think the whole idea is fundamentally flawed.

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds launches FIX PUBG campaign

"It's time to FIX PUBG," declare the makers of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds as they launch a new campaign detailing the many technical improvements and fixes they're working on. Framerate stuttering, rubberbanding players, desynced murders, and those dastardly cheaters are among the problems the devs list, detail, and plot the demise of on the new Fix Plunkbat campaign minisite. They've been putting out fixes and tweaks for…

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2 weeks ago

Feature: Recharted territory

Steam Charts: Life Changing Edition

Welcome to the Award Winning Steam Charts! Yes, you heard that right! I wrote "Award Winning"! It hasn't technically won any awards, but since everyone can agree it should have, it seems like it would almost be lying not to write it. But enough about how bloody brilliant I am, here are the top grossing games on your Steams this week.

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Feature: Gold goes for it

The PUBG Global Invitational finale: blow by blow

“I’ll write a blow by blow report of the final”, I said. “That should be fun”, I said. The final match of the third-person perspective competition at the PUBG Global Invitational had too many blows for one man to report, but it turns out you can still tell a good story if you focus on the most important. “When we are in game we are…

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds casting dynamic weather across older maps

After seven months of digital drought, the rains will finally return to Erangel in the next Playerunknown's Battlegrounds patch. Now live on the test server and due on the main client soon, update #19 adds variants of Erangel and Miramar with the dynamic 'overcast' weather which drifts between cloud, fog, and rain. I'm so happy to see that return--and spread--after they were pulled for December's…

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3 weeks ago

The best moments (and winners) of the PUBG Global Invitational

I spent the past five days watching the Playerunknown's Battlegrounds Global Invitational, looking on as people shoot at each other in showdowns that aren't officially stag and hen dos gone wrong. But don't listen to Brendan "Plunk" Greene. PUBG isn't about winning, it's about watching people get away with stuff that they shouldn't and laughing when things go horribly wrong.

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Feature: It's no one's fault but your own

Steam Charts: There Are Consequences Edition

Words are ill-equipped to describe how dull this week's Steam Charts truly are. Read on to see how I combat that. But also, thank goodness there's at least the interesting feature that Plunkbat has, for the first time since it shot to the top of the charts on its release, dropped to third place. Its year-long grip on the top spot was beginning to waver…

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds new event mode is totes pr0

After the big teams, big bants, and beefy vehicles of last weekend's Metal Rain, things will take a turn for the serious with the next Playerunknown's Battlegrounds event mode. Inspired by the PUBG Global Invitational tournament raging over in Berlin, this week's event will play by the official digital sports rules, where the tingly blue circle moves faster, the red bombing zone is disabled, good…

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Feature: "Why do you call it Plunkbat? Why?"

Brendan Greene doesn’t think Fortnite is eating his lunch

I've been watching the PUBG Global Invitional on the ground in Berlin (yep, it's even hotter), but before the pro-plunkers went to bat I got the chance to sit down with Playerunknown himself. Playerunknown is also known as Brendan Greene, the lead designer of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds. I asked Greene about how PUBG Corp handles player toxicity, and failed to convince him to embrace the objectively…

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds kicks off Invitational with free outfit

After a slapstick competitive debut with 2017's PUBG Invitational, where some matches stalled with players hiding in the sea or the 'dangerous' blue zone, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds today starts its first "major" official tournament. The PUBG Global Invitational [pubwha? -bants ed.] will bring five days of competition from twenty teams, all scrapping to be the last lads standing and claim their share of a $2 million prize…

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4 weeks ago

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds raining armoured vehicles in Metal Rain mode

Today's forecast for Erangel is spicy with outbreaks of banter and light showers of armoured vehicles, as the 'Metal Rain' event mode returned to Playerunknown's Battlegrounds this morning. Running for three short days, it features eight-player teams and lets us find flare guns to call in supply planes dropping either a family size care package or an armoured UAZ. As for other newness, remember that…

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1 month ago

Now YOU TOO can create custom games on the Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds test server

When I saw that Playerunknown's Battlegrounds had given everyone on its test servers the ability to create custom matches, I shrugged. I'm sure some are interested in fiddling with circle behaviour, loadouts and vehicle spawns, but not I. I was content to continue with vanilla Plunking, especially when today's update also includes a car and a new DMR for my favourite map. Then I learned…

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Feature: Steamy Windows

Steam Charts: Moderately Entertaining Edition

Hello! Goodness me, it's good to have you with us. If you're reading this sentence on Steam, then I simply implore you to click through to the site to read what has been described by Simon Pulitzer as "the greatest games journalism the world has ever been blessed to receive."

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds keeps fixes rolling

While the makers of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds work away on undoing some of its more enduring technical problems, fixes are still coming for the more immediate stuff. This past week saw the launch of an update aimed at reducing lag problems on the North American servers by fixing an issue which stopped their matchmaking from filtering people by ping - which turned out to have combined…

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds investigating causes of connection problems

The makers of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds say they have found one potential reason why some recent players have grumbled about being shot by people so far around corners they hadn't even seen them. PUBG Corp say the update last Wednesday, July 4th, unintentionally broke the North America servers' ping-based matchmaking restrictions which are supposed to keep high-ping lagjerks out. I find it extremely validating when my…

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Feature: Something's fishy

Steam Charts: Perfectly Normal Edition

Welcome to my nightmares. As chronicled last week, all human progress is wiped out by a Steam Sale. Where once we were a species that revelled in new, interesting ideas, pursuing our dreams, we are once more wedged neck-deep in the past, doomed to buy the same £40 five-year-old games until we rot and coagulate into a molten horror. Welcome to the Steam Charts!

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The 100 best-selling games on Steam in 2018 so far

We've just passed the half-way point of 2018, so Ian Gatekeeper and all his fabulously wealthy chums over at Valve have revealed which hundred games have sold best on Steam over the past six months. It's a list dominated by pre-2018 names, to be frank, a great many of which you'll be expected, but there are a few surprises in there. 2018 releases Jurassic World…

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds unleashes close-combat team deathmatch on Sanhok tomorrow

I've come to accept that battle royale shooters aren't usually my thing, but knockabout team rumbles like tomorrow's Plunkbat 'Huntsmen Vs Marksmen' War event and Fortnite's 50v50 mode are right up my alley. Tomorrow, the cozy new battlefield of Sanhok plays host to a fast-paced team deathmatch, with players dropping in (and respawning) with shotguns and pistols, while supply drops promise rare and highly contested longer-range…

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