Dark side of PUBG

Prime Minister’s recent address at New Delhi focused on the negative aspects of gaming

By Author  |  Published: 30th Jan 2019  6:00 pm
Pros and cons

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to 2,000 students, teachers and parents from across the country at his ‘pariksha par charcha 2.0’ at Talkaltora stadium in New Delhi. There, Modiji reacted to a mother worried over her kid getting too involved with online games, mainly PUBG.

Agreed that the game is extremely popular right now with all its cool features, but then, what are those negative things about this popular game that got parents worrying?


The game primarily ideates on killing other players while its main focus is survival. It is a shooter game. Though such kinds of games prevail in the gaming universe, problem arises when such kinds of games are not restricted to their respective age category. Kids, in general, tend to get influenced by everything they see. If kids are allowed access to such kind of games, they tend to get influenced by the violence aspect.

Educational downfall

Introspecting into the causality of the current situation, PUBG gratifies its players through ranking. For a better ranking, a player needs to constantly play the game. Students start off with this game as their leisure activity but, due to this competitive aspect of the game, they tend to vigorously play beyond their leisure time. Most times, they get engrossed in the game during the study time.

Disrupted work

A single PUBG match would last for around 25-30 minutes. In order to stay alive in the game, players have to give their undivided attention. In this particular timeframe, they tend to ignore everything that is happening around them, and that includes work deadlines.

Deteriorating health

It is quite evident that this game demands a lot of screen time from its users. “Staring at phones at night will hinder with brain activities. Blue light emission from a closely held phone mimics the daylight and obstructs this process, resulting in a disturbed circadian rhythm of the body,” says a leading Acu therapy and alternative therapy practitioner, Indumati Uddaraju.