Video games have often been blamed for being addicting, and in many ways, they actually are. They’re stimulating, and that entices gamers to keep playing despite other things they should be doing. But in India, it’s apparently gone a little too far, as PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has gotten such a big fanbase there for the mobile market that teachers are saying that the students are failing tests because instead of studying, they’re playing PUBG Mobile.
This has gotten so bad that they’re actually asking the government to ban the game.
“We see youngsters on their mobile phones 24 hours a day, playing the game and doing nothing. We request the governor administration to immediately ban the game.”
Now on the surface, this doesn’t sound any worse than all of the other claims that video games have had about themselves over time. But this group in India is actually starting to push it even farther.
They even liken the game to drug addiction:
“The game should have been banned immediately after the poor performance of 12th and 10th class results but still we haven’t seen any action,” said Deputy Chairman Raqif Makhdoomi according to a report on Pristine Kashmir. “The addiction to this game has become more concerning than addiction to drugs as we get to see youngsters 24 hours on the mobile phones and playing the game and doing nothing. We request the governor administration to immediately ban the game.”
Ironically enough, this kind of accusation has become rather popular in the last few months/year of gaming. Fortnite has also been accused of such addicting qualities, and have even caused problems at college graduations with kids enacting their favorite dance emotes as they walk down the aisle to get their diploma.