'PUBG' online game addiction lands fitness trainer in hospital, sixth case in Jammu

The doctor said the patient is recognising people but is still not conscious and his mind is completely under the influence of the 'PUBG' game.

Published: 09th January 2019 01:04 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th January 2019 05:48 PM   |  A+A-


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JAMMU: The PUBG online game addiction has landed a fitness trainer in hospital in the sixth such case in the winter capital of Jammu & Kashmir.

As per reliable sources, a fitness trainer (name not disclosed), got addicted to playing PUBG online nearly ten days ago and ultimately he was admitted to the hospital when after completing one of the rounds, he started hitting himself with blows and was injured.

"The patient is unstable at the moment and has partially lost his mental balance," a doctor (neurologist) treating him, pleading anonymity, said.

He said that he is recognising people but is still not conscious and his mind is completely under the influence of the 'PUBG' game.

"He is under observation and we have started the treatment. We are hopeful that he will be fine in days," said a doctor.

However, hospital sources added that it was the sixth case in a row reported in the winter capital, adding, "These are the cases that have been examined and diagnosed after the patients were brought to the hospital but we apprehend that there might be many other such cases existing but either left ignored or not being understood by the families."

 The doctors, however, have appealed to the public to keep watch on their children especially when they prefer to sit alone and operate mobile phones for long hours.

"The night hour mobile use should not be ignored and if possible, the cellphones should not be in the custody of their children during night time to prevent them from entering into trauma, which could be fatal if it remains unchecked," they added.

Meanwhile, the locals have also appealed to the Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik to get such "life-threatening" online games banned in the state and the country as well.

Pertinently China's Online Gaming Ethics Review Committee last year in December has reviewed 20 games for containing "ethics risk" and nine of these games have been reportedly banned including "Fortnite" and "PUBG", whereas corrective action has been proposed for the remaining 11.

'Player Unknown's Battlegrounds'(PUBG) is an online multiplayer battle royale game developed and published by PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of South Korean video game company Bluehole.

In the game, up to one hundred players parachute onto an island and scavenge for weapons and equipment to kill others while avoiding getting killed themselves.

The available safe area of the game's map decreases in size over time, directing surviving players into tighter areas to force encounters.

The last player or team standing wins the round.


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  • Ashwin

    I have been playing PUBG for the past 5-6 month and have not experienced any such symptoms
    3 years ago reply
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