This year’s Holi celebrations kick-started with burning an effigy of PUBG mobile game in order to create awareness about its negative impacts.
Seeking a ban on PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds—one of the most popular mobile games in India and other parts of the world—two brothers Amar and Ashish Vitthal from Sion Koliwada, Maharashtra built an effigy of the PUBG guy from the game’s posters complete with pistol and level 3 helmet to be burnt on the occasion of Holika Dahan.
Holi is the festival of colours and a celebration of fertility, love as well as the triumph of good over evil. On the night before Holi, bonfires are lit to signify the burning of Holika and the victory of good over evil. Only this year, the evil is represented by PUBG mobile game.
This game has gained immense popularity amongst youngsters. Such is the impact of this game that even our Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi referred to its craze while interacting with students and parents on exam stress.
Meanwhile, PUBG has also faced its fair share of criticism from worried parents who complain that their children have become addicted to the game. Their concern is, however, not baseless according to Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights.
DCPCR has said that online games such as PUBG, Fortnite, Grand Theft Auto, and Pokémon Go negatively impact the children as these games are full of misogyny, hate, deceit, violence, and vengeance.
PUBG has also been said to be responsible for a number of deaths across the country. In February, an 18-year-old boy allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself after having an argument with his family over buying a new mobile to play PUBG.
While talking to ANI about the reason behind their PUBG effigy, Ashish said, “It must be banned. Parents tell us children play PUBG all day. They appreciate us for the concept.”
“People are turning violent by playing PUBG, children are not focusing on studies. So we came up with this concept. We want to spread a social message.”
This is not the first time that the brothers have tried to give out a social message. In the past, they created awareness about issues such as noise pollution and demonetization to name a few.
Though PUBG was banned in Gujarat’s Rajkot and anybody found playing could be jailed, it is yet to be seen how successful would Amar and Ashish get in their endeavour to seek a ban on the game loved by children but hated by parents.
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