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Shroud gives first impressions of new PUBG map Vikendi – “It’s still PUBG – that’s the problem”

Published: 8/Dec/2018 18:21 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 17:13

by Calum Patterson

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Top Twitch streamer Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has given his initial impressions of the new snow map in PUBG, Vikendi, with somewhat mixed feelings.

The new snow map headlines PUBG’s big winter update, which also coincides with the game becoming available on PlayStation 4.

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New weapons like the G36C have been added, as well as a snowmobile vehicle specially made for Vikendi, but shroud still wants “more mechanical changes”.

After playing a couple of games, shroud gave the map itself a glowing review, even saying “I think this is probably the best map they’ve made.”

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But, while he had no complaints with the map itself (save for some early performance issues), his main gripe was that it’s “still PUBG”, and “that’s the problem.”

The former CS:GO pro is likely referring to what is often described as a clunky feel to the movement and gunplay, which can feel even more so after playing CoD’s Blackout mode, which many would say is far smoother in comparison.

However, he does compliment the map’s design, highlighting the points of interest, particularly Dino Park, a run-down amusement park area.

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“It’s very visually appealing. It runs like shit though, but I’m sure that will get better. And the new vehicle mechanics, on the snow, is really cool too. You can like drift on the snow, the frozen lake, the snowmobiles and stuff, so that’s all cool. But I want some mechanic changing.”

Shroud has been spoiled for choice in recent days, as CS:GO’s newest addition of Danger Zone is their first attempt at battle royale, however he called the mode “questionable” after giving it a shot.

The snow map was a much needed addition for PUBG, as it now faces even stiffer competition, both from Fortnite which recently dropped its own winter update with the start of Season 7, and Blackout, which is dropping it’s biggest post-launch content update on December 11.

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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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