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PUBG Developers Address Unannounced Changes Noticed By Players Following PC 1.0 Update #13

Published: 23/May/2018 15:53 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:57

by Ross Deason

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The developers of PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) have commented on the recent audio changes that some community members have noticed since the recent PC 1.0 Update #13 patch.

PC 1.0 Update #13 brought a number of bug fixes and a new Crate but was more of a follow-up patch to the massive PC 1.0 Update #12 which was released in April.

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However, players quickly began to notice that some changes had also been made to the audio but there was not sign of them in the patch notes.

On May 23rd the developers addressed this issue, apologizing for not being more “thorough” when it comes to “documenting changes in the patch notes”.

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“It’s something we’re going to try our best to fix going forward, and you guys should absolutely continue to hold us accountable when we miss something. We can and will do better.”

They then went on to explain that the “primary audio changes” affect the way that other players’ gunshots sound due to some new changes to the HRTF (Head Related Transfer Function) plugin.

“Previously, this plug-in only affected sounds related to movement, explosions, and empty cartridges—not opponents’ gunshots. You could generally tell whether shots were being fired from your left or right sides, but things were more problematic when trying to differentiate between sounds directly in front of or behind your character. There was also no way to tell whether shots were coming from above or below. Our new implementation of the HRTF plugin fixes both of these issues.

The remainder of the official press release features a number of before and after audio clips which should help you to understand the changes that are being described.

Some players are still experiencing issues with HRTF but at least the announcement from the developers confirms that people weren’t going mad since the last update.

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PUBG Mobile banned in India alongside 100+ China-linked apps

Published: 2/Sep/2020 13:35 Updated: 2/Sep/2020 13:43

by Calum Patterson

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The Indian government has banned PUBG Mobile, one of the most popular mobile games in the country, along with over 100 more apps with links to Chinese publishers.

PUBG Mobile has a touchy history in India specifically. Countless news reports of teens becoming incredibly addicted to the game have filled Indian media for over two year. The game has been blamed for bad exam results, and in some extreme stories, death.

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The controversy around PUBG Mobile in India has prompted calls for the government to ban it in the past, by a student association worried about its effect on education.

On September 2, India’s Interior Ministry banned the game, along with 118 other apps, citing concerns around cybersecurity, as tensions with China rise.

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PUBG Mobile was one of the most popular games on iOS and Android in India.

They said the apps were “prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, Defence of India, Security of State and Public Order.”

The move follows India’s previous bans of other Chinese social media apps, including TikTok.

In a statement, the Indian government said: “The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has received many complaints from various sources including several reports about misuse of some mobile apps available on Android and iOS platforms for stealing and surreptitiously transmitting users’ data in an unauthorized manner to servers which have locations outside of India. There has been a strong chorus in the public space to take strict action against apps that harm India’s sovereignty as well as the privacy of our citizens.”

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Other banned apps, via TechCrunch, include Baidu, WeChat Work, Tencent Weiyun, Rise of Kingdoms, APUS Launcher, Tencent Weiyun, VPN for TikTok, Mobile Taobao, Youko, Sina News and CamCard.

PUBG Mobile is notable though, because of how wildly popular it was in the country. In March 2019, police actually arrested ten students who were playing the game because the game had been banned in that specific region.

“Our team caught these youths red-handed. They were taken into custody after they were found playing the PUBG game,” said Police inspector Rohit Raval at the time.

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