Update:

I just played the game for the first time on the Xbox One X and finally got my Chicken Dinner! I am aware that this post may not have the same meaning, but I just needed to share this awesome moment. The rest of my post is filled with my impressions of the game…I think it’s worth a read.

It’s frustrating. It’s maddening. It keeps me up some nights, but I just can’t get enough of this game.

I started playing PUBG when it was released on Xbox mainly because I have never really liked PC gaming. In my opinion, gaming on a PC takes much more money and effort, and all you get in return is the same game just running slightly better.

I watched various videos on PUBG in order to see what all the hype was about and found it very underwhelming. The game was buggy, glitchy, and overall broken. I couldn’t imagine why or how anyone would actually have fun with this mess. Some time later, Microsoft revealed their partnership with PUBG and this peaked my interest. Surely Microsoft can offer more money and added personnel in order to make this game perfect and functional…right?

I picked up the game once it was available and tried my luck at this gaming phenomenon, but was met with some loading errors and game booting issues. Being a veteran of all games belonging to Ubisoft, I have developed a thick skin when it comes to game breaking bugs. I took a deep breath and tried to play a match for the fourth time.

I was surprised how fast I was able to get into a match when it finally decided to work. After sitting in the black loading screen for awhile, my character was placed in a hellscape of bullets and badly rendered graphics. I ran around in a hope of finding a weapon to defend myself with, before I was quickly taken to the outside of a plane that was also badly rendered and glitchy. As my plane made it closer to landfall, I noticed a ton of people jumping from the plane, using deductive reasoning and figuring out that people=death, I decided to wait till I got to the other end of the map before I made my jump.

I dove towards a small outcrop of houses on a coastal river and, to my surprise, actually landed on a roof top.

Being in the military has taught me various tactics that I can use in combat, but I rarely use in video games. I searched the sky when I landed, felt safe that no one was around, grabbed the first weapon on the ground, and ran into the building. To much of my surprise, a man was standing in the living room of this building with a shot gun trained on me. I pulled my weapon up, tried to fire, and realized that not only had I not loaded my weapon, but that I didn’t have any ammo.

My quest for the Chicken Dinner was over after playing the game for two minutes.

I took a sip of my drink, audibly said to myself “ok”, and launched another game.

This time I was more strategic in my approach throughout the game. I was checking doors, checking rooms, checking corners, and before I knew it, I was in the top 20. I had no encounters the entire game and had in fact been scared of my own shadow.

I made my way to the middle of the circle when my moment of combat arrived. I was in a long distance fire fight with someone on top of a hill. I measured my shots and began hitting my mark. I took the guy down and felt the rush I was looking for. I looked up at the top of the screen with pride when it stated I was one of fourteen left alive. This feeling ended when a dude in a jeep ran me over.

Another sip. Another breathing exercise. One more chance at the Chicken Dinner.

Little did I know that I was actually getting hooked. Every encounter made me aware of the different mechanics. Every fire fight made me more proficient with the various weapons. Every heart pounding experience in the top 10 made me appreciate the level of skill it takes to stay alive.

Sure the game is glitchy and it has its flaws, but I finally understand what all the fuss was about. The rough edges began to smooth out when the game starts going, and eventually the glitches seem like partners in the game.

I have yet to get a chicken dinner, and have recently developed new curse words when my team made it to the final two, but I’m in love with this game and I will win that damn chicken dinner.

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