When I was young, I’ve always imagined myself to be the protagonist in war movies, getting into countless firefights whereby bullets miraculous missed me by inches while every of my bullet hit my target.
I would bulldozed through an army of enemies and finally meet my nemesis, who’d be my BFF. The shock on my face would then be meme-ified.
Then I’ll throw my weapon away and fight him hand-to-hand, because #drama.
Fast-forward many years later, I achieved my goals when I shaved my hair bald and switched my pink IC for a green one for two years.
Reality then started to fall on me: bullets (or lasers) would miraculous hit me, every single firefight is a screaming match with lots of drills, my weapon jammed more times than I have strawberry jams and my bullets always hit my friends’ targets instead of mine.
And being a Rambo isn’t a possibility; do it in real life and you’ll be holed up in the camp during the weekends.
Until PUBG, and later Fortnite, took the world by storm.
Battle Royale, a Genre That Keeps NSmen’s Dream of Becoming a Rambo Alive
Last year, the Battle Royale genre suddenly became as popular as the D24 Durian McFlurry.
Holy – not this.
With the release of PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) in 2017, the idea of “survival of the fitness” is no longer limited to The Hunger Games, as people all over the world, including non-gamers, got into the game, with over 50 million copies of the game sold as of June 2018.
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Then Fortnite came. With almost similar gameplay and free-to-download, it amassed well over 125 million players in less than a year.
The gameplay is simple: 100 players are parachuted down into an area, and the player would have to survive in the area. Weapons are scattered in the area, and players can drive a car or build things to survive.
Every few minutes, the area would become smaller, and players would have to rush to the safe area if not they’ll take damage and eventually die.
It gets more exciting as the playable area shrinks, leading to more encounters with other players (and more fights).
This is Becoming a Reality Thanks to Void Deck Games
Now, if you find Void Deck Games familiar, it’s because they were responsible for bringing a zombie apocalypse to St. John Island last year on 2 September.
Back then, Singaporeans get to experience a zombie apocalypse in real life and so far, the last we know, Singapore hasn’t been turned into Raccoon City, so I’ll take it that we Singaporeans should now know how to survive a zombie apocalypse.
After all, we even did a sponsored video with Singapore Discovery Centre on what we should do should zombies really parachuted in Singapore; here, take a look.
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Now, it’s not surviving a zombie apocalypse ‘coz that’s too 2017.
It’s going to be the survival of the fitness.
Battle Royale SG by Void Deck Games
I’m not sure why it’s school-themed, but anyways.
On 29 July 2018 (which is a Sunday, but the way), you’ll be parachuted from Kranji MRT Station (actually you just walk there) into Singapore Turf Club, whereby you’ll strive to survive a battle royale with other 99 players.
Weapons like water bombs (1,000 of them) and water blasters (100 of them) would be scattered in the area, and according to my Fortnite experience, you should really lie low and find enough weapons before Rambo-ing your way to victory.
Anyone who’s soaked (by the water, not your sweat) would be “dead”.
Unfortunately, Magneto isn’t joining the game so the area wouldn’t become smaller every few minutes.
But still, it’s a battle royale without SOPs, drills and ROEs; it’s definitely going to be LIT.
One ticket is at $39.90, and each ticket gives you two chances. Of course, join as a couple and the ticket price drops to $39 per person, and join as a “gang of four” and each player would just need to pay $37.50 (prices depend on the timings).
There would be three sessions:
- Morning from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
- Afternoon from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- Evening from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
If you’re a hardcore player who wants to join all three games, there’s a Day Pass that cost $112.90.
Not sure about you, but this is definitely better than ATEC.
There are Rules, Though
However, these rules are not exactly regulations to prevent abuse, but to add the “f” into the “un”.
Firstly, you have to wear a school uniform. Even if you wear a cosplay one like a Sailor Moon uniform, or some school uniform you wear for other purposes (just…erm, make sure areas are covered when they should be covered), it’s allowed.
Secondly, you can’t bring your own water guns in. I mean, other than that water gun, you’ll have to find all the weapons onsite. ‘Coz come on: you’re in for the experience and you want to cheat?
It’s like buying chicken rice without the chicken, you know.
Thirdly (this one we add one), have fun. And make sure you drink lots of water, because there’s going to be lots of running.
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