Shacknews Best Story (Non-Narrative) Game of 2017: PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds

PUBG may not have a campaign mode, but gamers told some amazing stories about the game in 2017.

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has taken the PC gaming world by storm this year. While the game is a multiplayer juggernaut that is devoid of a campaign mode, gamers have used it as a tool to tell some amazing stories. PUBG remains one of the most watched games on Twitch streams and has been a kingmaker of sorts. Summit1g, Dr. DisRespect and a number of other streamers have gained followers, wealth, and attention because of the stories they have told with PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. PUBG's emergent gameplay has landed it the title of Shacknews Best Story (Non-Narrative) Game of 2017.

There have been countless threads on the Shacknews Chatty forum about a variety of stories about PUBG. The game is an amazing tool for storytelling and now has a great replay feature in version 1.0 to help with the content creation process. Gamers have seen all sorts of awesome videos on social media about amazing things that happen in PUBG. Stories about winning chicken dinner, evading death, funny accidents, and other ridiculous situations have landed PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds the title of Shacknews Best Story (Non-Narrative) Game of 2017.


Be sure to keep up with the rest of The Shacknews Awards as we celebrate the Year of the Games: 2017.

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From The Chatty

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      December 31, 2017 10:06 AM

      PUBG deserves ALL of the awards

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      December 31, 2017 10:51 AM

      This will devolve into haters gonna hate but PUBG really is phenomenal in the fact it once galvanized the PC as a platform where an exclusive can live apnd do well. I know the xbox version came out like 30 minutes ago but for 99.1 % of the year it was a pc exclusive.

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        December 31, 2017 10:52 AM

        there are a lot of pc exclusives that do well?

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          December 31, 2017 10:55 AM

          Every year we hear PC gaming is dead. If you have so many exclusive games that have sold over million copies on PC then name'em. Don't be shy.

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            December 31, 2017 11:01 AM

            MOBAs of course, Divinity broke a million, going back games like Stardew Valley and Undertale were both PC exclusive for a while and broke a million during that exclusivity. PUBG is definitely on the higher end of that with something like 20 million sold, but the PC is healthy as a platform.

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              December 31, 2017 11:06 AM

              Yea...i just want the naysayers to go away and actual triple A ports to be awesome instead of shitty me toos. I bought COD this year on xbox because of their horrid PC follow through and support. Fucking shame.

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            January 1, 2018 5:29 AM

            "PC gaming is dead" hasn't been a popular narrative for a long time.

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          December 31, 2017 12:01 PM

          Minecraft was a PC exclusive for quite a while.

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      December 31, 2017 11:00 AM

      I never played PUBG, but I do understand why it wins this made-up category. For proof, open this video in a new tab:

      https://youtu.be/iyVbOkfJN9c?t=465
      (7 min, 45 sec)

      Reminds me of all the excitement I had playing the Gulf of Oman demo for Battlefield 2 when that first came out. So many emergent moments from the gameplay.

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        December 31, 2017 11:31 AM

        “Made-up category”

        Aren’t all categories made up?

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          December 31, 2017 11:58 AM

          You should just make a non ordered list of top games and a bunch of random categories and tell people to mix and match them how they see fit.

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            December 31, 2017 1:54 PM

            Like the current Steam Voting you mean?

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        December 31, 2017 11:56 AM

        It's basically DayZ distilled down into it's core components. Looting, transitioning across a large map, teamwork, gunplay, squad tactics etc etc. Basically they took the zombies out and FORCED people to engage instead of looting tons of gear and logging out thinking they might lose it.

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          December 31, 2017 12:11 PM

          I think the one aspect of dayz I found intriguing that pubg lacks is the idea of spontaneous teaming with people who could kill you. Sadly the internet is too bloodthirsty for that to work well without some kind of mechanic to incentivize it. I hope a game comes out like dayz that does a better job of it.