PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Ollie Toms)

Keeping track of the vast array of guns in Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is one of the largest contributors to the game’s steep learning curve. PUBG features nearly forty guns to choose from, each with specific stats relating to damage, range, recoil, bullet drop, and much more – and that’s not even considering the enormous range of attachments you can use to augment all those weapons.

In our PUBG weapons guide, you’ll find a comprehensive overview of every weapon in PUBG, from bogstandard pistols and SMGs to coveted air drop-only weapons like the AWM and the M249, and even map-exclusive variants such as the G36C and the QBZ. You can take a look and find the stats of each weapon, as well as our personal opinions on how the guns perform under different circumstances. You’ll also find a handy table of attachments at the bottom of the page.

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Grand Theft Auto V - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

Don’t be scared. It’s OK. I’ve got you. Hold my hand. Tighter. Come on. We can do this together. You and me. Lets… Steam Chart.

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Grand Theft Auto V - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (John Walker)

A lot of people first discover this Pulitzer Prize-winning* column via the Steam pages for their favourite games, and it’s always a pleasure to welcome in new readers to RPS’s most respected feature. So if you’re new, welcome! Please settle in and find out why Steam Charts is the industry’s most respected and revered games journalism.

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PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Ollie Toms)

One of the most challenging aspects of Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, for new and experienced players alike, is keeping track of the vast array of guns to choose from, how they differ from one another, what attachments you can equip onto each weapon, and whether anything has changed since the last time you played. PUBG features nearly forty guns to choose from, each with specific stats relating to damage, range, recoil, bullet drop, and much more. It’s a hell of a learning curve, no matter whereabouts you find yourself on it.

But that’s where our PUBG weapons guide comes into play! Below, you’ll find a comprehensive overview of every weapon in PUBG, from bogstandard pistols and SMGs to coveted air drop-only weapons like the AWM and the M249, and even map-exclusive variants such as the QBZ and the G36C. You can take a look and find the stats of each weapon, as well as our personal opinions on how the guns perform under different circumstances. You’ll also find a handy table of attachments at the bottom of the page. Aren’t we the best?

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PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS

We've become pretty used to hearing about major ban waves from PUBG, and it seems even professional players are getting caught out, as PUBG Corp has punished a further 12 pros for either cheating or allowing their teammates to cheat.

The first part of the purge, which began in December, turfed out four pros along with over 30,000 other players. This latest development bans a further 10 pros for cheating, and suspends another two from competitive play "on the grounds that they were fully knowledgeable about their teammates' using an unauthorized program during PUBG Europe League Qualifiers". That brings us to 16 pro players affected in total.

The six players who used the cheating program in professional matches are receiving a three year suspension from competition, while the four who used it only in public games get the slightly lighter punishment of two years. Sans Domicile, a European team which had four members involved in the cheating, has lost its Contenders League spot and can only re-join subsequent events once it has an entirely new roster.

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On December 19 of last year, PUBG Corp began "a global investigation on all the currently active professional PUBG players to uncover any potential in-game bans related to the use of unauthorized programs on their accounts." As a result, four players—Cuhris, Liammm, DevowR, and Tefl0n—were banned from competitive play on December 31. But the pro ban wave wasn't over.

Earlier this week, PUBG Corp announced that 12 more players have been added to the list. Four players are accused of cheating during public matches, and will each receive two-year suspensions from competition. Six players are accused of cheating during competitive play, and will each receive three-year suspensions from competition. Two of the players identified did not cheat, but PUBG Corp says that they're also being slapped with three-year suspensions "on the grounds that they were fully knowledgeable about their teammates’ using an unauthorized program during PEL Qualifiers."

Those suspended for using an 'unauthorized program' in professional matches are:

  • Papaya
  • Cabecao
  • swalker
  • zuppaa
  • Houlow
  • sezk0

Those suspended for using an 'unauthorized program' in public matches are:

  • Avalon
  • Smitty
  • TEXQS
  • S1D

The last two, THZ and Fr_Steph, are accused of knowingly allowing Sans Domicile Fixe teammates Houlow and sezk0 to cheat during professional matches. "We believe that condoning the cheating activities of teammates to share the common benefit should be as severely punished as performing the activities itself," writes PUBG Corp in the announcement.

"In the future, before any official esports competition, all participating players will go through a comprehensive background check on all their accounts, and any player with incriminating evidence of having used an unauthorized program will be suspended and prevented from competing," says the developer.

Sans Domicile Fixe has lost its Contenders League spot, because all of its players have been suspended. However, "the organization will be permitted to join any subsequent events with an entirely new roster, since we have no suspicion the organization was aware of the cheating activities by the players."

Red Diamonds can compete so long as player S1D is replaced, and Pittsburgh Knights may compete if TEXQS is replaced. 

PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS - Valor


Hey Survivors,

Update 24 brought brand new ways to play PUBG with Vikendi, a new vehicle, and a new weapon, but it also brought a better way to share those experiences with the world. The new PUBG Replay Editor is now live and gives players the tools they need to turn the automatically saved replays of their games into dynamic video clips that let you show off the action of your matches in a way simply recording the screen never could. Adjust camera angles, apply special effects, and export your creations for easy sharing. Just how much can you adjust? Well, the new Replay Editor was used to capture the footage for our Official Vikendi In-game trailer, linked below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfjazBN0DwA

In this article, we’re going to show you how to use the new editor functions as well as some of the quick keys that make navigating much easier.

First, you’ll need to open a replay file from the in-game menu. Once inside the replay, you can open the timeline using the J key. Clicking on the Edit button at the bottom right will then start Replay Editor mode.




1. Key Frames

Key Frames determine where your editing actions begin.



When a Key Frame is generated, the current camera location is saved. When you press play, the camera will move between the saved Key Frames to create a camera path.



Markers and thumbnails will also be created on the timeline when Key Frames are applied, allowing you the ability to select your Key Frames easily.



(Located on the bottom left of the timeline: Add Key Frame , Delete Key Frame, Camera Path On/Off (from left to right))

If you want to check the camera’s current movement path, you can activate the camera path option after your Key Frames have been generated.



(How the camera path shape changes depending on the camera movement setting)

Key Frame properties include options such as skipping the current Key Frame section, setting the targeted player, and toggling curved or linear camera movement.


Skip
  • Set a key frame portion that you wish to exclude from the video play.

Camera (Free / Player / Follow)
  • The camera path set between Key Frames will be ignored if Player Camera or Follow Camera are selected for the current scene.

FOV (5~170)
  • Set the camera’s FOV

Target Player
  • Select the player you want the camera to target. If there is no set target player, the camera will move as you’ve directed between Key Frames.

Camera Move (Linear / Curved)
  • Select either linear or curved camera movement

Camera Direction (Blend / Fixed / Orient to Path)
  • The direction the camera faces has three different options:
    • Blend: The camera faces the direction it was looking when the Key Frame was created
    • Fixed: maintains the direction set when the key frame was added
    • OrientToPath: The camera will face the direction of the camera path

Replay Speed (0.25X ~ 2X)
  • You can adjust the playback speed of the current Key Frames to speed up or slow down the action.


2. Effects

Effects are used to retouch you replay footage.



The Effect function can be found at the bottom of the Key Frame menu, and the dropdown menu there can be expanded to view all available options.



Depth of Field
  • Sets the camera depth of field.

Gaussian / Bokeh


Bokeh is specifically the out-of-focus areas of an image.


Gaussian blur is an algorithm to fog selected image areas, to hide details or make them look out of focus.

Color Grading (Bleach/Warm/Winter/Fall/Bleak/Horror/Sunset/Moonlight)
  • Sets the color tone of the screen

Bloom (1~100)
  • Adds a glow-like effect to lighting and gives sunlight or other bright lighting a more dramatic effect

Vignette (1~10)
  • Darkens the peripheral area around a designated spot in the center of the screen.

The Effects function includes settings frequently found in video editing software, but is simplified so that even those who have no prior knowledge of the effects listed above can apply them easily via the UI. More advanced users with their own editing software can apply their own effects once their clips have been exported.

Effects such as screen filters and vignetting effects are saved in the Key Frame, and whenever Key Frames are played, the saved effects will be applied.

The following images show a before and after of some Effect menu options:


(No effect)


(All effect - DoF, ColorGrading, Bloom, Vignette)


3. Export



The Export function extracts images directly from the game, based on the start and end of your generated Key Frame.



The biggest advantage to using Export over simple screen capture is it allows you to extract high quality videos with stable frame regardless of your computer specs, though hardware may still impact the time it takes to extract higher resolutions and frame rate clips.

Resolutions (Game Setting / HD / FHD / 4K)
  • There are a variety of higher resolution options, but higher quality may increase export time.

Frame Rate (18 / 24 / 30 / 60 / 120 / 150)
  • Lower frame rates will allow for a faster export speed and smaller file size.

Quality (Low / Middle / High)
  • You can choose the quality of the saved video.

Video Length
  • This displays the total length of the video.

File Name
  • You can view and edit the exported file’s name.


4. Quick Keys

We’ve added a number of new quick keys for convenience in the Replay Editor.

Save | CTRL+S
Export | CTRL+E
Apply (Key Frame Setting Panel) | ALT+A
Reset (Key Frame Setting Panel) | ALT+R
Cancel (Export Pop-up) | ALT+C
General view→ Move to Edit Mode | CTRL+J
Edit Mode → Move to General view | CTRL + Q
Hide UI during the edit mode | CTRL + U
Hide Timeline | J
Switch Character Spectate | B
Switch Camera View | SPACE

Replay Editor gives you more control over your PUBG clips and allows you to tell the story of your best matches in grand new ways. Use it from start to finish to create a sharable clip or drop your exported file into video editing software and add your own personal touches.

There are some bugs and known issues to work through and surely some more cool features that could be added, so your feedback on this system is greatly appreciated.

We’ve seen some amazing video creations already and are excited to see what these new tools allow you to create. Thanks and happy editing!
Grand Theft Auto V - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Alice O'Connor)

Ho ho ho! John still hasn’t returned after Christmas, missing presumed drowned in egg nog, so I’m filling in today. Valve have already blarbed about 2018’s best-selling games so we’re back on the weekly charts. Last week’s top ten was largely familiar, though catching the tail end of the Steam Winter Sale has introduced a few surprises.

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PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS - contact@rockpapershotgun.com (Ollie Toms)

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, as we all know, is simply bursting with guns to choose from, each with their own behaviours, stats, and available attachments. And knowing the ins and outs of whatever you choose is just as important as the choice you make, because if you don’t understand the differences between a SCAR-L and a Groza, you’re unlikely to nab that sweet, sweet chicken dinner anytime soon.

But fear not, for that’s where our PUBG weapons guide comes in! Below, you’ll find a complete rundown of every weapon in PUBG, including exclusive weapons such as the G36C and the QBZ, and air drop-only weapons like the AWM and the M249. We’ll walk you through the stats of each gun, as well as our personal opinions on each and the situations in which they are best used. Scroll down a little further and you’ll find a useful table of PUBG attachments, to boot.

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PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS

It looks like PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has turned something of a corner - it's back up to over one million concurrent players on Steam for the first time since October.

PUBG has steadily lost players on Valve's platform since an incredible January 2018 peak of 3.2 million concurrent players.

After November 2018 saw a low of 895,650 peak concurrent players, this week has seen a significant increase, with, at the time of publication, 1.1 million concurrent players. It's the first time PUBG's peak concurrent player count has risen since January 2018. All this and we haven't even mentioned the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions.

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