PUBG: The phenomenon called Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

November 11, 2018
November 11, 2018 Nadeem Damique



If you are here you already know what this article is going to be about. None other than the legendary game PlayerUnknown’s Battleground or in short PUBG. The year 2017 has been the year of battle royale and battle royale still continues to be on the top genre among gamers all round the world. Although after launch, several other gaming franchise have adopted the battle royale format most famous and most competitive being Fortnite which is free to play and has a much more colorful environment and in contrary, PUBG free download for PC and Xbox is not available. However, PUBG Mobile is free to download. There are several pros and cons of each game but one can’t deny that it is because of PUBG that Battle Royale has come back to life. Let us dive a little deep into PUBG. Following are some of facts about pubg that will interest you as a PUBG player.

Who is PlayerUnknown in PUBG?

PlayerUnknown is the online handle of PUBG’s creator Brendan Greene. the named playerunknown comes from a time when Greene was playing ARMA at a friend's house and the default player name was player1 and when creating a new profile and his friends copy of the game he deleted the 1 and added unknown

What brought PUBG into existence?

The game’s concept as well as the name were inspired by the popular 2000 Japanese film battle royale and which teens are placed on an island and forced to fight one another until only one survivor remains. Another inspiration for the game was the Battle Royale inspired Hunger Games series an early plan for PUBG had gear place in a central area of the map just like in Hunger Games but this design choice was changed in part due to copyright issues and partly just because they found that other styles of gameplay worked better through his experience working on mods for ARMA. Greene learned that Island maps worked well for his Battle Royale style.

What’s with Erangel - PUBG's first map?

Erangel is the first map of PUBG and yet after release of several other maps, Erangel continues to be in players’ choice. Erangel has a special connect with gamers’ heart because of the location and environment it offers. To build Erangel Greene wrote a fictional history for PUBG's first Island map for his art team in order to help them conceptualize it's visual design. Some of the in-game architecture was inspired by 1950 Soviet era brutalist buildings. The island which is called Erangel is modeled after Eastern Europe. Erangel is 8x8 kilometers in size and has mountains in the middle not exactly the tropical island we could've all dreamed of. The artist in charge of designing the vegetation on the island spent a week reading the book the trees of Crimea in order to create more realistic trees

Realworld tactical response

One reason for the high difficulty of the game is due to green feeling that single-player games were getting less challenging with ending sequences of games like Call of Duty or assassin's creed not posing a challenge to him. In his word quote, “I want a boss that will take me 17 tries to beat.” Keeping this in mind, Greene decided to give all the weapons a real world response. All the weapons in PUBG matches the pretty much exact damage recoil and projectile of its real counterpart. For examples long ranged bullets hit the players a little below the aim because of the gravity. So whenever you want to take a headshot, it is better to aim a little higher to get a bullseye. Similarly, some bullets can penetrate wood and some may not.

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner-Where did it come from?

After PUBG got its global fame, ‘Winner Winner Chicken Dinner’  or simply ‘Chicken Dinner’ became a quite common noun used extensively by gamers. However, Winner Winner Chicken Dinner was earlier used in ARMA game mod by Greene and hence he decided to keep it the same way in PUBG as well. But the origin of this phrase is pretty much a mystery. Many explanations float on the internet, two of them the very common ones briefed below.

One explanation of the origin of the phrase goes back to the Depression when people played craps and alleys and if they won that meant they could afford chicken for dinner.

Another explanation reveals that years ago casinos in Las Vegas had a three-piece chicken dinner with a potato and a veggie for $1.79. A standard bet back then was $2, hence when you won a bet you had enough for a chicken dinner.

There are several other explanation around as well. Whatever the truth may be, from this century onwards, Winner Winner Chicken Dinner will always be referred with PUBG and the gamers.

PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS though as of today does not rank on top of steam, but it still rules the genre.

The rewards received by PUBG included “Fastest time to sell 1 million units for a Steam Early Access game,” “Fastest Steam Early Access game to gross $100 million,” and “First videogame to reach 2 million concurrent players on Steam.”

In August, PUBG overcame Dota 2 for Steam’s concurrent player record, and broke the two million player barrier just over a month later at the beginning of October. Just after few months of launch, the game was confirmed to pass 20 million copies sold.

Now by the end of this year we have many competitors for PUBG and we have also seen that battle royale games of 2018 include some reputed franchise like Call of Duty as well. Not to mention this has aroused a diverse gaming audience. But after-all this only adds to the gaming community and makes it stronger than before.

Least before you go, one last mind boggling fact. One of the virtual items was reportedly sold for about 1000$. Earlier it started off with 200$. These are rare items as pitched by the company. And who knows, one might be able to sell these for more than 1000$ in coming future.



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Nadeem Damique

I am a graduate to be from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi and more importantly I am an Alig-a student of AMU, Aligarh. Always in a quest of doing something new. This website being a part of that quest is a result of my interest in computers. What I really want from life is still a puzzle for me. I am primarily going to be an architect but i do have exertise in Web design, Graphics design, 3d modelling and animation, Digital arts and many other things. Secretly i am a big fan of Black Panther :p Well, I think that concludes my bio.