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Fascination Battle Royale - What Parents Should Know

In 2017, the game principle Battle Royale experienced a real boom. Through games like Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds or Fortnite: Battle Royale, The game principle came across almost every player last year and cast a spell over many young people.

by Saskia Moes

What is Battle Royale?
The principle is the same every round: 100 players come by plane to an island without any luggage and are allowed to independently decide where to jump with their parachute. Once there, everyone has to find weapons, ammunition, medicines and protective clothing for themselves. Then the fight begins and the last survivor wins. The players are only allowed to stay in a given zone. If the character is not in this zone, he or she will steadily lose life energy. The whole thing is not only playable alone, but also in pairs or in a team of three or four. The teams also play against other teams and the goal is to survive with as many team members as possible. As soon as at least one team member is the last person alive in the round, the team wins.

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The game principle is derived from a Japanese novel of the same name from 1999 and the accompanying feature film from 2000. Battle Royale takes place in future Japan. Every year students are forced to kill each other in a state-arranged death game. This is also very reminiscent of the film that was released in 2012 The Hunger Games, which is based on the novel of the same name by Suzanne Collins. After the book authors and filmmakers, the game developers were also up Battle Royale attentive and more and more titles are integrating this mode.

Pedagogical classification
It is important for legal guardians to know that the Battle Royale game principle is always a violent scenario with the aim of killing other characters and staying alive as long as possible. Due to the warlike setting, without a background story, games like PUBG are not approved for young people and should therefore not be consumed by children and young people under the age of 18. Fortnite: Battle Royale is a more defused comic-style version with fun elements. The existing violence against other players is not exaggerated. But despite the futuristic setting, there are realistically ajar weapons. The players should also have a high tolerance for frustration and the nerve-wracking gameplay could be overwhelming for sensitive young people. thats why Fortnite: Battle Royale Suitable for young people aged 14 and over at the earliest, even if the main game Fortnite is released from the age of 12.

For extensive information on the respective games, there are educational assessments too Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite: Battle Royaleon our platform.

Established games jump on the path to success
PUBG was one of the most successful games of 2017. According to the development company Bluehole, the game recorded over 26 million copies sold for PC and Xbox One during Early Access. At peak times, 3.15 million players were on the battlefield at the same time, which led to records on the distribution platform. Existing games can also be expanded with a Battle Royale mode. Recently, GTA V also offered the option of playing a Battle Royale mode in online mode. In the so-called 'Motor Wars' it is also important to fight in an area that is getting smaller and smaller until only the last game character or the last team survive. In contrast to PUBG or Fortnite: Battle Royale available at GTA V the possibility of wiping out the opposing team with armored cars that are capable of firing. In addition, weapons, cars and, above all, the opponents are displayed on the minimap. In this mode, up to 28 players can take part in the fight. GTA V Online also has no youth rating and is therefore aimed at adult players.

What will the future hold for you?
Playerunknown’s Battleground, Fortnite: Battle Royale, H1Z1: King of the Kill or Ark: Survival of the Fittest: They all have the battle royale principle in common, but each game is unique and has innovative elements. Also in the future we will encounter other Battle Royale titles, such as Islands of Nyne: Battle Royale, which is currently only playable for selected players in the closed alpha. The game wants PUBG compete this year, relying on a futuristic scenario and faster ways of getting around.

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