PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has quickly become one of the most popular early access games on Steam, and as such, has attracted the attention of many of the biggest Twitch streamers. One popular Twitch streamer, Dr DisRespect, was recently banned from PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds for killing a teammate, leading to an online argument between himself and the game’s creator, Brandon Greene.
Team-killing is frowned upon in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, so when Dr DisRespect killed a teammate in order to have a spot on a vehicle, it was met with a swift, but temporary, ban. Dr DisRespect, who seems to be playing a character as opposed to being his genuine self, decided to complain about his ban to Greene on Twitter.
If I could do the splits I'd roundhouse kick you in the neck.
But since I can't, I'll just front kick you in the chest instead.
— Dr DisRespect (@DrDisRespect) July 18, 2017
At first, Greene seemed to be playing along with Dr DisRespect, but then took offense to DisRespect’s threat of violence. Greene released a lengthy statement addressing the issue, admitting that Dr DisRespect’s comments were likely facetious in nature, but even so, they hit close to home due to an unpleasant experience Greene had in the past.
“I was told that I should have taken The Docs threat of violence as a joke. So now I will try explaining why I took this tweet seriously and tweeted out the response I did.
When I was in college, many years ago, I had a disagreement with my flat mate. Instead of talking it out like men, he decided to get aggressive and while I was backing away from him, he kicked me in the chest and put my head through a plate glass door. Thankfully, I don’t suffer from any ill effects due to this experience.
The point of that story is to attempt to explain why I think even the threat of violence is not something that should be joked about. Given my experience in college, and the fact that The Doc’s threat, even as a joke, synced up closely to a bad experience I endured, it could have brought up bad memories, triggered a panic attack or had other consequences The Doc might not have intended when composing the tweet.
All I ask from anyone that reads this is to consider that your words, however flippant they may be, could have unintended effects on those reading them.”
Greene’s point is that Dr DisRespect’s threat of violence could have triggered bad memories due to his traumatic experience, and that this potential to upset people should make violence off limits for jokes. Greene’s stance is certainly understandable considering what happened to him in the past, but some people may point out that his game makes light of violence itself, using violence as a tool for entertainment.
In fact, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is built entirely around violence, with up to one hundred players scavenging for weapons and murdering each other in an attempt to be the last player standing. The concept has proven popular enough to make the game one of the most popular Steam games ever, and surpassing 4 million copies sold at last count.
Considering the immense success PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has enjoyed due to the popularity of its violent concept, some may find Greene’s stance on the matter somewhat hypocritical. Others may acknowledge Greene as simply trying to make a point about being mindful of other people when posting online since you don’t know what they’ve been through. Regardless, it will be interesting to see if this online squabble will continue, or if Brandon Greene will tune Dr DisRespect out in favor of finishing the game in the next six months.
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is available now on PC through Steam Early Access, with an Xbox One release planned for later this year.