Games are known to bring positive impacts on people. However, there are a small minority of games that have, in recent years, the capability of ruining people’s lives.
Of course, that’s only if gamers don’t keep their gaming habits in check…
Malaysian daily, Harian Metro, recently reported that a woman left her husband and three-year-old child to play Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds aka PUBG with an unknown man.
The incident, which happened on May 31, saw the 22-year-old woman from Setiu, located in the Malaysian state of Terengganu, disappear without a trace.
According to sources, the woman had ran away by riding a motorcycle.
“The woman is believed to have been addicted to PUBG and had met a man who could have influenced her to leave her family,” Setiu district police head, superintendent Afandi Hussin said.
He added that the family found the motorcycle in a supermarket in the town of Manir, some 50km where her house was.
Following her disappearance, the family lodged a police report on June 2, 2020.
PUBG, in recent years, have had a huge following with Malaysia hosting its first ‘PUBG Mobile’ championship in 2019 with a prize pool of US$14,030 (RM60,000).
Yet the game has come under intense scrutiny following spates of reports surrounding the addictive nature of the online multiplayer battle royale game.
Developed and published by PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of South Korean video game company Bluehole, PUBG has even seen its players arrested in India.
The reason? The number of harm indirectly caused by the game led to loss of lives.
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