The sudden ban of PUBG Mobile by the government has left the gamers high and dry. Those who spent hours playing the game are in a fix as they face withdrawal given the addictive nature of the game.
The lesser known fact about PUBG gamers is that a sizeable chunk of players are girls. We spoke to a couple of female players based in Punjab.
Fifteen year old Sunidhi Goyal is a student of plus one. She spent three to four hours a day on PUBG Mobile before the ban. PUBG Mobile attracted more players because of the lockdown and uncertainty with reopening of schools. Sunidhi is not ready to give up yet and is now searching for a PUBG Mobile substitute.
"I was playing PUBG for the last four months after the coronavirus induced lockdown was imposed. The schools are also closed. Playing this game was a favourite pass time. My parents would ask me to reduce the time I spent on PUBG mobile but I ignored. Once I started playing this game it was difficult to detach from it. Now as the government has banned this game I will have to find another game," says Sunidhi who lives in Barnala town.
Another Barnala girl Arshdeep Kaur, who is also a plus one student speaks about the addictive nature of the game.
"I used to play for more than one hour. I was addicted to PUBG Mobile, and once I started playing, it was difficult to leave. We welcome the ban as the addiction was responsible for poor performance of many students as it consumed all their time," says Arshdeep Kaur.
Besides Sunidhi and Arshdeep, Jai Kumar a Fatehabad, Haryana based student will also be searching for another game as recreation.
"I used to play PUBG for three to four hours a day. Now as the game has been banned I will find another game to spend the time. Whatever the union government did will be good both for the students and for the security of the nation. The situation is already tense," says Jai Kumar.
What all the gamers have in common is that none of their parents were happy when their children wasted precious time playing PUBG Mobile.
"Yes, almost every PUBG player would get rebukes from the parents for wasting time. The union government's decision has left the gamers shocked as they do not have a substitute," says Jai Kumar.
Shubham of Fatehabad says he will miss the banned game which used to connect the gamers with strangers. However, he says he is not as affected by PUBG Mobile ban as there are other games to take its place.
"PUBG is a live action game and can be played by four people together. But just playing PUBG is not a compulsion for the gamers. There are other games as well," says Shubham.
Recollecting his experience Shubham also explained how the banned game affected the behaviour of most of the gamers.
"The person who spent three to four hours on the game got irritated when parents asked to switch off the computer. The gamers were under pressure following the addiction of PUBG Mobile," says Shubham while advising the young people not to get addicted to the games.
While on one hand PUBG Mobile ban has surprised the gamers, it has also come as a relief to the parents who now think that the time their children wasted on games can now be utilised in studies and physical activities.
"This game was not beneficial. Children would waste a lot of time. Many children wasted money, some even committed suicide. The government should ban all such games which waste children's time," says Dimple, a Barnala-based mom. "My child also used to waste two to three hours. It was difficult to ask her to leave the game. I thank the government for banning PUBG," she adds.
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