PUBG The Virtual Drug

Player Unknowns Battleground or otherwise called PUBG is the top grossing game as of today. It has been downloaded more than 100M+ on play store alone. This game delivers the most intense free to play multiplayer action on mobile. The main idea of this game is to drop in, find some gear and then start killing. The game has got about 5 million active users every single day. Because of the revolution in mobile technologies, we can now afford to buy a decent smartphone within a price range of 10000 INR which can run this high demanding game very decently. It may be a very popular game in the world right now, but it is and will always be under scrutiny because of its user’s seeming inability to put the game down and carry on with their life. There are so many cases of individual being addicted to PUBG and finding it very difficult to come out of this addiction so that they must go to the rehabilitation centers for coming out clean. It is most definitely the virtual drug in today’s world.

PUBG AND ITS EFFECT ON INDIANS

From the survey conducted by a free internet provider, it is known that out of the 1047 Indian respondents,62% of them plays PUBG. Most of the respondents were males (92%) in the age group of 14-20 years. PUBG has become almost a social communication channel. Players uses the in-app communication tool to communicate with others about things that are not related to the game. There has been many incidents that occurred in India because of this deadly game, some of them being listed below

1. Recently, a 20-year-old youngster from Jagitial, Telangana died while playing the game. According to a report, the young boy was constantly playing the game for the last 45 days and suffered serious neck pain. The boy was taken to a hospital in Hyderabad where he died while undergoing treatment. Reports suggest that he played the game at a long stretch due to which the nerves in his neck were completely damaged.

2. A young boy has failed in his first year pre-university exam after he wrote only about ‘how to play PUBG game’ in the Economics exam answer sheet. Earlier the boy had secured distinction in his SSLC exam last year, but got addicted to the online game, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds he lost the track. “I was studious, but got attracted towards PUBG as it was entertaining, and soon got addicted to it. Sometimes I even bunked classes to play the game and sat in the nearby garden,” the told The New Indian Express.

“I got angry with myself and wrote about PUBG in the answer sheet. Now my parents have taken the mobile away, but the images of the game continue to linger in my mind. I realise how dangerous a game it is,” he further added. The examiner who evaluated the very same paper said, “usually students who do not know the answers write film songs or famous movie dialogues. But this boy has written everything about the game, starting from steps to download it to how to play it. He seems to have good mastery over the game. I brought the issue to the principal’s notice, and we summoned his parents and informed them about their son’s addiction.” Meanwhile, Varun now has a chance to appear in the exam scheduled to be held in June.

3. A recent report suggests that a young man from Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh drank acid mistaking it for water, while engrossed in the PUBG game. According to the report, the youth was so busy in the game that he picked up the bottle of acid instead of a bottle of water and drank it. He was rushed to hospital, where Dr. Manan Gogia performed an operation on the youth’s the intestines. His condition is now said to be out of danger.

4. Two persons engrossed in playing online game PUBG were knocked down by a train in Hingoli district in Maharashtra, police said Sunday. The incident happened at Khatkali Bypass in Hingoli, over 570 kms from Mumbai, on Saturday evening, an official said. “Nagesh Gore (24) and Swapnil Annapurne (22) were playing PUBG near the railway tracks. They were run over by the Hyderabad-Ajmer train. Their bodies were found late at night by people living in the vicinity,” he said. An accidental death report has been registered at Hingoli police station, he informed. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, popularly called PUBG, is an online multi-player game of South Korean origin which experts have said is highly addictive and gives rise to violent behaviour in many of those playing it.

5. The fitness trainer allegedly got addicted to playing PUBG online over a span of ten days ago and after completing one of the rounds, he started hitting himself with blows and was injured, which resulted in him being admitted to the hospital. “The patient is unstable at the moment and has partially lost his mental balance,” a doctor treating him stated. The doctor further added that even though he was recognizing people, his mind was not very conscious and still under the influence of the ‘PUBG’ game.

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