PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds wants you to cut out all of that casual racism

If there’s one golden commandment in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, it’s not that thy shall not bludgeon thy teammate with a frying pan when their back is turned. It’s that for the love of all things holy and sacred, remember to disable the public VOIP chat if you want to retain some semblance of sanity before you start playing.

Before you get dropped into a free-for-all brouhaha, PUBG first gathers its selection of Battle Royale players together in a loading zone. Most people run to the camping tables to grab a gun for some consequence-free action, some people stand around doing nothing and at least several dozen voices can then be heard screaming profanities and racial slurs at anyone within online earshot.

It’s honestly baffling stuff, that people can flip a trigger and just become horrid turds for craps and giggles. It is, of course, a perfect example of what happens when the Internet guarantees you some anonymity, so you have to roll with it as a tween learns that they can use curse words as adjectives. No more says PUBG developer BlueHole Studio, as the game now has a new code of conduct that seeks to stamp out discriminatory language and abuse.

Here are the pertinent parts:

  • Do not use any discriminatory language, including but not limited to any language regarding ethnicity, nationality, race, gender, religion, sexual preference or personal beliefs.
  • Do not use extremely foul language, including but not limited to excessive profanity or language that is graphically sexual, grotesque, or violent.
  • Do not make threats of real-world violence or other intended harm to other players or our employees.
  • Do not harass, stalk, or purposely do things to make someone else feel uncomfortable or threatened.

How BlueHole aims to enforce those rules is unclear, but it is nice to see the problem being directly addressed. Especially for people who just want to escape from the doldrums of life with a quick jaunt over the Russian arena of PUBG:

It’s not about censorship, it’s about encouraging people to stop being horrid little wastes of organs and oxygen. You can have a fun verbal sparring match without needing to appeal to the lowest common denominator, if you’re passionate enough to be creative enough to do so. It’s not that hard.

Last Updated: August 4, 2017

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