For better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health.
Until PUBG do us part.
Not death, but PUBG, the mobile game. Lest you’re not aware, PUBG is an acronym for PlayersUnknown’s Battleground. The general gist of the game is basically staying alive for the whole round and being the sole survivor as the playing area became smaller.
And honestly, as a PUBG player myself, I do admit that the game can be a little addictive. Especially if you love winning.
But distracting enough for your own wedding?
Distracted During The Ceremony
I’m not married, yet. (Or never because I plan to be a crazy cat lady when I grow older.)
But people around me always say that a wedding day is usually one of the most important days of our lives.
But not for this PUBG player. It’s like any other ordinary day for him. Literally.
In a TikTok video that went viral, someone at the wedding ceremony was recording the groom and his new wife.
In the video, he is seen playing PUBG on his phone and completely ignoring everything around him.
Including his new wife who is seated right next to him.
And to make things worst or more amusing, if you may, he even pushed away a present that someone gifts to him.
Is this allowed?
Might Be Staged
The people of the internet have found this situation very amusing, with most of them not knowing how to react to the video.
Many sympathised with the bride, but many others also found the groom relatable because of his PUBG addiction.
Some people theorise that this might be staged to get more views on TikTok, which I hope is the case. Getting ignored by your new husband on your wedding day because he’s playing PUBG?
Doesn’t sound very excitable to me.
And besides, people are willing to stage over-exaggerated scenarios for views on any platforms these days.
Also, for us to be writing about him, he’d have succeeded.
PUBG Addiction Gone Wrong
Ever since its release on mobile, PUBG has taken the internet by storm. Almost everyone is playing it, with the exception of those that find it boring.
For India, in particular, there has been a lot of controversy surrounding it.
Earlier in February this year, Goa’s minister for IT Rohan Khaunte actually called for a law to keep a check on the game. He said that students were neglecting their studies because of the game.
Gujarat’s primary education department also banned the game in schools in the state too. And get this. Police in the state capital even set up a helpline for parents who are worried about their children’s addiction to PUBG.
Okay, so not all kids are addicted to it.
Now, read this carefully: Ahad Nizam, an 11-year-old boy, started a petition to ban PUBG. He claimed that it promoted “violence, murder, aggression, looting, gaming addiction and cyberbullying”.
Good on this kid!
But people with extreme addiction to the game have gone overboard. Severely.
In February, an 18-year old boy from Mumbai hung himself after his parents refused to buy him a new smartphone to play PUBG on.
A few days later, another case surfaced. This time, a man had left his pregnant wife and family because of his PUBG addiction. It was also reported that he would play the game through the night, and because of that could not wake up in the morning to go to work. He also didn’t care for his family either.
She would even advise him against his gaming addiction, but he only called her an unfaithful wife for criticising him. The fights got worst and worst, and eventually, he abandoned his family in the same month.
You can read her full Facebook post here.
Video Game Addiction
In June 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified video game addiction as a mental health disorder.
They describe the disorder as behaviour “characterised by impaired control over gaming, increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences”.
Gaming addiction not only affects you but the people around you. So remember to play games in moderation and keep yourself in check with reality.
If you or someone you know needs help, you can call the National Addictions Management Service at 6-RECOVER (6732-6837).
So that they won’t be Candy-Crushing when they’re supposed to be exchanging vows.
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