Player Unknown, Battle Ground.
Why am I, a Pacifist, playing on line battle Royale war games? Because I can’t find a good Dungeons and Dragons game. I miss the social interaction. In PUBG, twenty five teams of four fly into a battle zone, and must find resources, defend themselves and defeat the other teams. Last team (or person) standing wins. Unless you set up a team, the game chooses three random team mates for you. You may get kids who haven’t a clue and drop you in the shyte straight away, or good players who have skills. I’m still learning.
The game algorithm has already labelled me a pacifist, because I have a low kill rate. I try to avoid combat and kill only when the alternative is to be killed. The time I’m not hiding or fighting I spend gathering medi packs, etc, and trying to revive injured team mates. Much as I did as a healer in D&D.
Despite my low kill rate, in over a hundred games already I have achieved an excellent survival rate of 72%. I’ve made it into the last five several times, and collected three chicken dinners. That’s three wins. I’ve been playing only eight days. It’s not an easy game.
In that eight days I’ve made friends with an Inuit in the far north of Canada, a man almost my own age in Ohio, a young woman in Hawaii, another in Cambodia, and a young man from Vava’u, Tonga, who is currently in Nelson, New Zealand. Those are the ones who speak English. I’ve also had invitations to rejoin others with whom I have no language in common.
We aren’t always all on line together, but there are two players I have been meeting regularly, to team up with. The young woman is reserved, not chatty, but an excellent player. I don’t blame her for being circumspect with an older male on line. My friend in Ohio is just a little younger than me and we have already exchanged email addresses and phone numbers. We talk as we play. He’s in it for fun, and is always cheerful win or lose. I enjoy his company.
I’m not going to write a full critical review of the game. I don’t know enough to to critique it. I will only say that the action and movements, are amazingly good, the scenery details and avatars are photo realistic. Mastering the movements on an iPad is not impossible, as the screen can be customised to suit. I suspect it may be easier than using a mouse or joystick and keyboard.
In any case, it is a fun way to spend a few hours, and it is socially distant interaction at its best. Except for the killing part.
That’s kinda fun too. Because it’s all pretend.