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Creative griefing in PUBG.
Precently broke 500,000 concurrent players on Steam, placing it alongside the likes of and in terms of sheer popularity. It’s one of the biggest success stories on PC, but a new feature is proving bothersome for some players. Horns were recently added to the game’s banged-up cars, which enterprising stream snipers have found a way to exploit.
Stream sniping typically involves playing on a server with a streamer while watching their stream to gain an advantage. It’s thoroughly unsportsmanlike, but some gamers find the activity hugely entertaining. Snipers have now found a way to use Battlegrounds’ new horns to help them out. Stream honking, as some refer to it, involves getting into a car, holding the horn button down, then chasing streamers around.
When they get shot at, they speed away only to return later with more maddening honking. It’s enormously childish, but also kinda funny. Although if it was happening to me I’m sure I’d find it anything but. Battlegrounds developer Bluehole has a strict policy of banning stream snipers, so it remains to be seen whether this will extend to stream honkers. Some will view it as little more than a bit of harmless tomfoolery, but for others it will actively ruin their enjoyment of the game.
Battlegrounds has also introduced FPS-only servers, which were hugely popular in DayZ. These restrict all players to a first-person perspective, which makes the game doubly tense. And considering how tense it already was, that’s saying something. The view forces you to be more careful, and means you’re unable to swing the camera around to look around corners and through windows. It’s a purer, tougher way to play.
Some will view it as little more than a bit of harmless tomfoolery
A new feature that hasn’t been quite as well received, however, is the addition of paid-for crates containing cosmetic items. “I do understand your concerns about the system, but I feel testing for a sturdy economy on the Steam Marketplace is necessary at this stage and ultimately beneficial for the game,” says Battlegournds’ creator, Brendan ‘PlayerUnknown’ Greene. “We are taking your concerns into consideration when it comes to the ability to get free cosmetics by playing the game.”
A game as widely-played as Battlegrounds is always going to make decisions that divide the community, but the game’s wild popularity shows no sign of waning. I can’t help but think of how DayZ was the hot new thing for about a year, but slowly fizzled out. It’ll be interesting to see how Battlegrounds’ longevity compares, and how it evolves with future updates.
Rockstar’s street racing series may be making a comeback
Hello, friends. The Spy is back with some more scalding hot PC gaming rumours. Well, reasonably hot. Mildly warm in some cases. But whatever the temperature, you can rest assured that the following nuggets will assuredly reveal themselves to be either correct or incorrect. That’s a Spy guarantee, and you can count on The Spy’s guarantees. They’re worth their weight in gold, and can actually be used as legal tender in over a dozen unrecognised rogue states across the world. Just tell ’em The Spy sent you. And if they give you an angry look, swear profusely, or brandish some kind of weapon, tell them The Spy is sorry about whatever it was that blew up that one time.
Remember Midnight Club? Well, Rockstar’s street racing series may be making a comeback – if a supposedly leaked screenshot is to be believed, that is. It appears to show the game’s start screen, with an Xbox One button prompt. And if it’s coming to Xbox One, it’s coming to PC too. There’s no number in the logo, so this is either a remake of the first game or a reboot of some kind. Or it’s a fake screenshot. Coincidentally, the Midnight Club is the name of a bar in Zurich where The Spy was almost poisoned by a rival agent. It’s a good thing The Spy is able to vomit on cue and ejected the deadly spiked Martini just before the toxin worked its deadly magic.
Another beloved Rockstar game may be returning as well. A dump of concept art allegedly from Bully 2 has surfaced online. There’s no way of knowing if this is legit, or even from a game currently in development, but the art is of a high enough quality to make The Spy think there might be something to it. Then again, GTA Online has been such a huge hit for Rockstar, would it really go back to Bully, a game that doesn’t lend itself to multiplayer? The Spy thinks these might be images from an abandoned project. At Spy School they called The Spy a bully. But if you’re going to leave your underwear unattended, of course an enterprising agent is going to bug them and feed the sound of you going to the toilet through to the cafeteria.
Grinning marsupial Crash Bandicoot has recently had a new lease of life in the form of PlayStation 4’s Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy. This collection of remastered platformers has been something of a nostalgia-fuelled hit for Sony, but it appears an Xbox version may be in the works. Not only did retailer Super Gamer list it on its site, but one of developer Vicarious Visions’ artists posted a few UI shots on their portfolio showing Xbox button prompts. And in this bold new world of Xbox being a single, unified format, that means it might be headed to PC. Honestly, The Spy doesn’t care much of bandicoots. Once, on a mission, an eccentric Aussie megalomaniac tossed The Spy into a pit of hungry bandicoots with lasers attached to their heads. It was most unpleasant.
Former Uncharted writer Amy Hennig is working with Visceral and EA on a Star Wars game, and some plot details have leaked courtesy of makingstarwars.net. Apparently the main character will be called Dodger, a criminal who ‘dodged’ the draft into the Imperial army. He’ll reportedly be played by Todd Stashwick (recently seen in the 12 Monkeys TV series), and if Hennig’s previous work is anything to go by, will almost certainly be roguish and/or charming. Sounds like Visceral is going big on story, which makes sense given Hennig’s involvement. The game, which is still untitled, will allegedly take place just before The Empire Strikes Back.
LEFT: This is a bullshot, but it’s what playing Battlegrounds feels like in your mind.
BELOW: Stream honkers use the Dacia to wage psychological warfare on players.