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Feature: Stats and Plunkbats

PUBG guns/weapons [Update #27]: weapon stats, PUBG best guns, MP5K stats

Update #27 of PUBG has arrived, bringing with it a host of new features to the Test Server, including a new weapon: the 9mm MP5K sub-machine gun, exclusive to PUBG's Vikendi map. As we tested out this new weapon and got to grips with all the new weapon balance changes that this update introduced, we thought it high time to update our PUBG guns/weapons guide…

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4 days ago

Feature: While John's away, an Alice will play

Steam Charts: Devil May Die Twice

Oh hello! John is away in San Francisco gobbling up gum left on the underside of chairs at the Game Developers Conference, so I'm filling in for our regular rundown of last week's top-selling games on Steam. As is customary for weeks where I need to take over, the charts are full of the surprises he grumbles they never have. What can I say, John…

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1 week ago

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Has Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds been improved by its updates?

Who says games aren’t educational? When I woke up this morning, I didn’t know the Korean word for “Red Zone.” That’s “Red Zone” as in, the randomly selected section of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds’ map that becomes an artillery test site for a time every few minutes, and “Red Zone” as in “the roving death circle that you really don’t want to be stuck inside.” Now, thanks…

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Windows 10 fixes its recent game performance bug

Microsoft have blasted out a Windows 10 patch to fix a bug which was causing poor performance in games for many people. Destiny 2 is the only game Microsoft name as an example, though it seems to have hit many more. This problem was introduced in update KB4482887, released on March 1st, and Microsoft had advised affected players to uninstall the update and wait for…

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds designer Brendan Greene moves to new R&D team

Brendan "Plunk" Greene, the lead designer of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, is leaving the development team to head a new 'PUBG Special Projects' division at PUBG Corp. He'll still have a consulting role on the battle royale FPS, presumably suggesting people add more buckles to jackets, but his focus will very much be on the new team and their research and development into new multiplayer experiences. How…

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2 weeks ago

Feature: Hot Fresh Content

Steam Charts: Weeping Sore Edition

Hahaha, I can't believe you think the game you like is good! The game you like ISN'T good! Your liking the game you like makes you look just SO silly. Find out which games everyone else likes, and then start liking those games instead, with our handy Steam Charts guide.

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds to refurbish older maps

Despite growing competition, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds is still going strong, but its original, Arma-inspired Russian map, Erangel, is starting to feel a little long in the tooth. Developers PUBG Corp have announced that they're going through the game's older bits and polishing them up a bit. Their remastering of Erangel is well underway, with cartographically inclined data-miners on Reddit comparing the old and present test-server maps, and…

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3 weeks ago

Feature: It's coming apart at the seams

Steam Charts: Pretty Broken Edition

I'm nothing if not a hypocrite. Week after week I lament you utterly awful people buying the exact same five games again and again and again and again and again and again and again. This week I shall lament people buying games that barely even exist. Hold my hand, let me walk you through this most peculiar of weeks, and into oncoming traffic.

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This animated chart of the most played Steam games is unreasonably absorbing

I'm not big into numberwang. Vast numbers of people playing a game might indicate that it's fun, or it might indicate that it's Ark: Survival Evolved. (I haven't played Ark and it could be amazing, this is irresponsible journalism and I will hand in my badge and gun shortly.) Point being, it's more interesting to write about what has made a game popular than the…

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds fires up flare guns

After sporadic experiments in event modes and tests, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds has added flare guns that players can use to call in an airdrop of a double-sized care package or an armoured car. That's powerful, sure, but also sends up a literal flare to indicate where you are and where some big loot will soon be. I found they added an interesting tactical element during the…

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4 weeks ago

Feature: 100% True

Steam Charts: Historical Edition

Of course the original editions of the Steam Charts focused on those maps used by the early pioneers of steam-based exploration, so this week we take a historical look back at the origins of your favourite game series. For just one week, put aside your modern electricity-based computing, and come on a journey through time.

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1 month ago

Feature: Uncivilised

Sid Meier’s Steam Charts: Sid Meier’s Sid Meier’s Edition

The game you like isn't as good as the game I like. When you like the game you like, you are made to look a fool! Find out why in this week's Steam Charts.

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Feature: Stale Of The Century

Steam Charts: The Worst Ever Edition

I took it for granted. I knew I shouldn't, I think I even knew I was doing it at the time. But last week, when the charts were filled with new and interesting games, pushing out the tired and bloated titles, I didn't take the time to recognise what we had. And now, as can only be the direct responsibility of my careless credulity, everything…

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The Steam Awards show was short and to the point

While last year's Steam Awards were just a poll on the store, Valve are stepping up their game this year. Starting in a few minutes (at the time of writing) is the Steam Awards 2018 show, broadcasting live on the company's own Steam TV site. While I doubt there'll be anything as surprising as Epic's coup at the Game Awards before the holidays, there's still…

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2 months ago

Feature: Epic Content

Steam Charts: Fishy Wishies Edition

It worked! Everyone, it worked! The sacrifices we all made, they were all worth it. Some said we were fools to ritually slaughter those Fortnite players and smear our naked bodies with their blood and entrails, but look! No GTA V in the Steam Charts! And no Monster Hunter World! Sure, there's still flipping Clancy Siege, and obviously nothing short of sacrificing a god could…

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Feature: Now with added Anthem

All the Nvidia RTX ray tracing and DLSS games confirmed so far

With the arrival of the RTX 2060, we now have four [block id="640017" title="Nvidia RTX"] cards that can take advantage of the GPU giant's cool new graphics features, such as their reflection-enhancing ray tracing magic and performance-boosting DLSS tech. But not all games can do both things at the same time, and many more still have no confirmed support for ray tracing and DLSS at…

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Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds adds Vikendi night variant

The moonlit version of Playerunknown's Battlegrounds map Vikendi has launched in the main version of the game, after a week on the test server. Green rays of aurora borealis dance across the sky, the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, and the mid-sized snowy map doesn't play too differently but it does look jolly nice. This update also reworks item spawn rates…

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PUBG Report lets you see all the streamers you’ve murdered

Kill-cams in shooters are fun, but PUBG Report - a web-app that tracks when and where streamers get shot in Playerunknown's Battlegrounds - is just for farming schadenfreude. Using Plunkbat's extensive database of who killed what and where, all you need to do is plug an in-game name into the page here. If they've killed or been killed by anyone that was streaming within the past…

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PUBG devs investigating invisible player bug

So many games of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds end with me getting shot out of nowhere by someone I never saw. It's the authentic Plunkbat experience - though a bug that turns players invisible might be taking things a step too far. That bug definitely exists, and is definitely being investigated by developers PUBG Corp. The only question is whether it's a recent phenomenon.

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Steam Charts: Zombified Edition

Once bitten, twice shy, is not a good aphorism for zombies. They're not very shy at all. In fact, some of them are positively bold. They've wreaked havoc with this week's Steam Charts, taking over nearly half the entries. Which, admittedly, saves me thinking up a bunch of other stupid shit to write. Yes, click through, read on, for the bunch of stupid shit I…

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