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As PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds hits 500,000 players, griefers are getting creative
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds recently broke 500,000 concurrent players on Steam, placing it alongside the likes of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Dota 2 in terms of popularity. It’s one of the biggest success stories on PC, but a new feature is proving bothersome. Horns were recently added to the game’s cars, which 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 unsportsmanlike, but some gamers find this entertaining. Snipers have now found a way to use Battlegrounds’ 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.
Some will view it as little more than a bit of harmless tomfoolery
When they get shot at, they speed away, only to return later with more maddening honking. 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 harmless tomfoolery, but for others it will ruin their enjoyment of the game.
Battlegrounds has also introduced FPS-only servers. These restrict all players to a first-person perspective, which makes the game doubly tense. Considering how tense it already was, that’s saying something. It’s a purer, tougher way to play.
A new feature that hasn’t been quite as well received, however, is paid-for crates containing cosmetic items. “I do understand your concerns, 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. Andy Kelly
This is a bullshot, but it’s what playing Battlegrounds feels like in your mind.
Stream honkers use the Dacia to wage psychological warfare on players.