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We Asked a Linguist How to Pronounce ‘PUBG’

We Asked a Linguist How to Pronounce ‘PUBG’

Is ‘PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds’ Pub-Gee? Pub-Guh? Pub-Gah? Pee-You-Bee-Ge

By now you must have heard about hit battle-royale shooter PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds, which has sold 7 million copies since it launched in early access back in March. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has a tongue-twister of a name that is unnatural to say and a pain to type out. This has led its players to shorten it to a simple acronym: PUBG.

But the thing is, no one can agree on how PUBG should be pronounced, as witnessed in numerous forums around the internet.

While some players like to say Pub-Gee, where the G rhymes with “bee,” others prefer Pub-Guh, where the G makes an “uh” as in “gun.” A few even swear that it’s pronounced Pub-Gah, ending with an “ah!” sound. Less common are Poo-Bee-Gee and Pee-You-Bee-Gee.

Meanwhile, at the E3 2017 trade show, the game’s developer Brendan Greene avoided saying the name out loud as much as possible.

So, how exactly are you supposed to say PUBG?

According to linguist Robert Daland, an assistant professor with UCLA’s Department of Linguistics, there is a perfectly good reason why no one can figure out this phonetic freak of nature. The trouble stems from the final two letters in the PUBG acronym.

“No English words can end with a B sound followed by a G sound,” he told me in a phone interview.

Unlike acronyms that have passed seamlessly into English vocabulary, like SCUBA (self-contained underwater breathing apparatus) or LASER, (light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation), PUBG was not designed to be pronounceable. It falls in a category of emergent acronymization, along with other internet shorthand, such as LOL and OMFG.

At this point, a native speaker has to make a decision: What to do with that G?

One approach is to break the acronym down into familiar sounds, giving them the word “pub” with a leftover G. That’s Pub-Gee.

Equally valid is the technique of looking at the G, seeing what word it represents, and borrowing the sound from it. In this case, the G stands for “grounds,” which is pronounced like “Guh-round,” leaving us with Pub-Guh.

Well, that narrows it down. But adding to the headache is the fact that PUBG is played all over the world.

“People from other countries might not be as conscious of how Americans pronounce the names of their letters,” said Daland. A French speaker, for instance, would see the G and say “Ja.”

Clearly, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds acronym is truly a product of the internet age. No matter what you say, you will be wrong somewhere.

Dell claims its latest laptops are great for cheating at PUBG

Dell claims its latest laptops are great for cheating at PUBG

Dell claims its latest laptops are great for cheating at PUBG

PC MAKER Dell has found a unique selling point for its latest laptop, claiming at a launch event in China that they are great for cheating at PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG).

That’s according to an Australian PC Authority journalist Ben Mansill who attended the launch. He claims that Dell account director Sally Xiao talked up the laptops’ 8th-gen Intel CPUs as great for running “plugins” in order to get an edge (ie: to cheat) at the popular ‘chicken dinner’ game.

“She spoke of how Chinese gamers are the most innovative and dominant in the world by using ‘plugins’ to, for example, run faster than other players, or blow up 10 cars at a time,” Mansill wrote.

“Behind her a video proudly shows various cheats in PUBG in action (they really like the one with the massively oversized gun and show that a lot), with the new Dell gaming laptops shown every few seconds while Sally told us that gamers should buy a Dell because they’re better at running many plug-ins.”

The presentation was all the more astonishing given the constant complaints, not just of rampant cheating at PUBG on the PC, but the suggestion that much of it is coming from players in China. The game has become so popular it has made ‘simplified Chinese’ the most widely used language on PC gaming portal Steam, way ahead of English.

PUBG, meanwhile, is three times more popular than the next most popular game on Steam, with more than two million people parachuting in for a game every day, despite the cheating claims.

Xiao’s presentation was covered more fully by Japan’s PC Watch, which published images from the launch.

“Besides being focused not only on gamers, the G series also targets ‘crazy’ gamers who will fundamentally reverse the concept of game developers’ games,” Xiao is reported as saying. “Recently, PUBG, [a game] that is popular all over the world, but some gamers enjoy using cheat programs.

“Although it is a cheat which greatly destroys the game balance, there are even bombs of hundreds of vehicles altogether [causing] high loads on CPUs and GPUs. With the top level G7 [laptop], you can choose six core/12-thread Intel Core i9 processors, so that even such ‘crazy’ gamers will achieve satisfactory performance.”

Xiao also claimed that the more legitimate Waves MaxxAudio Pro software bundled with the laptops could also help by focusing the sound on the footsteps of other players, giving players on Dell platforms an edge – although that sounds very much more like marketing nonsense rather than an actual cheat.

Ben Mansill, the journalist who covered the event for PC Authority, defended his coverage on the PlayerUnknown’s Battleground official forum.

“She [Xiao] got my attention when she started to talk about ‘plug-ins’, and ‘chicken dinner’. I thought it was mildly funny she wouldn’t use the proper name for the game, but then, all she talked about was how the best players use plugins to always win, and gave the examples I quoted, and others, of specific cheats (‘plugins’), ie. to run faster than is allowed, do more damage etcetera. Then it clicked she was endorsing cheating, and recommending Dell gear to do so.”

According to Mansill, none of the other 150 or so journalists seemed in the least bit surprised by this somewhat unique marketing angle.

“I wish I’d recorded it. It was only when she was done that I started to realise the magnitude of what Dell endorsing cheating meant,” he added.

“With a full press deck prepared, and Dell being Dell, I can only assume the presenter had run it by others in the company and wasn’t a loose cannon.”

The apparently nonchalant attitude towards cheating will further calls from many PUBG players to region-lock China.

In a statement given to INQ, Dell condemned cheating in any form and said it “does not encourage nor endorse any behaviour that undermines fair gaming practices.

“Dell has a strong track record in partnering with gaming teams, aiming at providing world-class gamers with the ultimate experience. In an attempt to communicate the power of the new Dell G Series, inappropriate modification examples were used in Dell’s product launch event in China last week,” a Dell spokesperson said.

“This does not reflect our global gaming culture or strategy. We condemn any modifications misused in gaming.”

PUBG mobile PC cross-play, release date, price, gameplay, trailer – everything we know

PUBG mobile PC cross-play, release date, price, gameplay, trailer – everything we know

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What is PUBG mobile? The battle royale genre is showing no sign of slowing down as 100 players are now taking their fight to phones and tablets. It is not just Epic Games that are getting in on the on-the-go battle royale action, either: Chinese tech giant Tencent Games now have PUBG mobile in their quest for a portable chicken dinner.

When we first heard about PUBG mobile, we were sceptical. Our experiences with the PC version have hardly been free of performance problems, so surely squeezing Erangel onto a phone is a technical step too far? And, even if Tencent could achieve such a feat, will it be better than Fortnite’s pocket edition?

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We are here to tell you everything we know about PUBG mobile. That includes how it relates to the barnstorming PC version, it’s release date for both iOS and Android, and how the gameplay translates to mobile phones and tablets. Below you’ll find all you need to know about PUBG mobile.

PUBG mobile PC cross-play: can I play with my friends on desktop?

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The pocket edition of Fortnite allows mobile players to take the suicide option by joining a server of PC players. Essentially it supports PC cross-play, but with restrictions: PC players cannot just join a mobile match to win a cheap victory royale.

In Tencent territory, there is no PUBG mobile PC cross-play, yet. However matchmaking changes have been designed to deter PC players using emulators to be matched with mobile players. Now, emulator users will be matched with other emulator users. In squads or duos, if only one player is using an emulator, the whole team will be matched exclusively with other groups of emulator users. While Epic’s system is a fair use of cross-play, we hope to see a similar opt-in one for PUBG mobile in future.

PUBG mobile trailer

In the PUBG mobile trailer we can see what we have all hoped for: Brendan Greene’s seminal battle royale game on a mobile device. If you are still not convinced that this is the real deal, give this a watch.

PUBG mobile release date

The PUBG mobile release date was March 19 – yes, it is already out. The required storage space is just shy of 1GB so you should be able to get your battle royale on lickety-split.

PUBG mobile price: how much does it cost?

Unlike the desktop version, PUBG mobile is free to download, so there is no barrier to entry if you want to try it out.

PUBG mobile gameplay: is this the full game?

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From our time with PUBG mobile we can confirm that the work put in to make this as faithful to the PC version as possible has paid off: this is definitely the full PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds experience on a portable platform.

The menus have been adapted to be more mobile friendly, but the character creation screen and lobby will be familiar to PC players. Solo, duo, and squad modes are all supported, and you can choose between low, medium, and high settings, depending on the power beneath your touch screen.

Erangel has the same design, but, graphically, it is a bit fuzzier – which is not a surprise on mobile. The touch screen UI works about as well as you could hope: you have a faux analogue stick on the left with an option to access your inventory in the bottom-left corner. On the right hand side are your options to crouch, stand, and go prone. Vaulting is also in.

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While Tencent promise that this really is the same game, the main difference we can see is during gunfights. It is awkward to aim, fire, and shoot all at once on mobile, meaning that head-to-head battles tend to descend to two people mostly standing still as they fire at each other.

However, one handy feature the PUBG mobile version has over PC is its sprinting. If you jog forward using the touch screen analogue stick and move your finger to midway up the screen you should find it locks into place, so you will keep running without touching the screen. PUBG often requires extended running sessions, so this way you can run desperately for the safe zone while staving off RSI.

Naturally, the power of your phone will impact the game’s quality and performance. Owners of phones with weaker internals might also struggle at long range, too. Fuzziness, blurring, and low-res textures tend to make spotting targets at a distance much tougher.

On a Samsung Galaxy S8 – one of the more powerful phones from 2017 – we were recommended medium settings, which is a little disappointing. While it did not look great, it did not look bad and offered respectable performance. There were some frame rate dips here and there, but that is not something absent even from the PC version. From what we can see, PUBG mobile will faithfully give you the battle royale game you love on-the-go, but it is still better on PC.

Understanding The Emotes in Player Unknown Battle Ground

Understanding The Emotes in Player Unknown Battle Ground

When PUBG Emotes were launched as an addition to the game, the players were excited. It has arrived both on the live and test servers on PC. The good thing about Emotes is that they make communication easier. The players need not have to mess around with a mic.

How to use Emotes in the game?

You can use emotes with ease. To use the same, you will have to do is to bring up the Emotes menu. You can press (~), in case you use the US Keyboard. If your keyboard is the European version, you should press (‘). You can use these keys either ways. You can find the former in US Keyboard under the escape key. Of course, you can change the key using the settings menu.

Once the menu is out, you will have to just point your mouse in the direction. Then, click on the emote that you wish to use. Here is how the emotes will look like:

As all the emotes are numbered, you can press on the appropriate number to use an emote. It means that once the image above shows up, press the number on your keyboard. So, you can avoid moving your mouse around.

One point to remember here is that you cannot use emotes to change perspective. You cannot use them for peeking around corners when you are in the first person mode. Also, they are for cosmetic purpose only. So, they will not have any impact on the gameplay. Click here for more PUBG hacks, aimbots and more!

How to Use Emotes?

When you take the number of emotes, they are 12 in number. They are numbered 0 to 9 and you will also find a + and a – emote. The number 0 is to show taunt and 1 is for waving. If you wish to thank a fellow player, you can press 2. If you intend to nod your head, you should press 3. If you wish to clap for one of your fellow team members, you should use 4. Do you feel like laughing, then 5 is the emote you should use? How about surrendering to an enemy? The number 6 will come handy for you. If you wish to show your anger, you will have to use 7. In case, your intention is to threaten an enemy, you should use 8. If you want to shake hands, you will have to use 9. The plus symbol is to point and the minus is for calling someone to come near you.

The emotes feature is soon to hit the mobile version of PUBG. So, you can keep your fingers crossed, if you are a mobile savvy. As you know, emotes are just for communication purpose. They will not bring any positive changes to your gameplay. But, your intention to move forward in the game will be met only by tools. To get the tools, you can use pubg wallhack. The hack tool will help you play with extrasensory perception. Of course, I can hear you saying, this is what I was looking for.