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The story of PUBG's ass saving frying pan

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Of all the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds stories, this is my favourite. In an interview with Eurogamer, PUBG creator, Brendan Greene explains how the bulletproof frying pan was never created with the idea that it would be bulletproof. It was included in the game in the first place to pay homage to Kinji Fukasaku's Battle Royale movie (2006), but because of a design flaw it turned into the most formidable melee weapon in the game.

"We didn't realise it would protect against bullets," explains Greene. "And then when we saw it, it was like: well, that's awesome. I've seen people use the frying pan and bat a bullet out of midair. It's amazing. Stuff like that is truly emergent. Something that you can never really plan for."

In the movie, the unfortunate student showed up for a gun fight (not with a frying pan) with a saucepan lid. BPUB's frying pan turned out to be such a big hit with players that it's now considered the game's most recognizable symbol. A South Korena politician (Congressman Dong Sub Lee), even brought a golden frying pan to an audit hearing for Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. There he argued the case for gaming (with said pan raised high in the air).

“Battleground was made by a developer from our country,” as quoted by Kotaku. “The game has sold 12 million copies and have gone over 1.99 million concurrent players in 6 months. This is unprecedented in Korean gaming history.”

"We wanted to eventually make it that you could hit a grenade with the frying pan," said Greene. "Just to give that level of detail. As Pixar say, it's 'bumping the lamp'. You wouldn't expect to be able to do it, but if you can, then why not? Someone will notice and someone will love it."

In an earlier version of the game, the frying pan could insta kill even if used against an opponent who had level three armour. The current version has been modified to more accurately resemble its IRL counterpart. It is still a formidable wepon with ass-saving properties.

"We wanted to eventually make it that you could hit a grenade with the frying pan. Just to give that level of detail," continues Green. "As Pixar say, it's 'bumping the lamp'. You wouldn't expect to be able to do it, but if you can, then why not? Someone will notice and someone will love it."

PUBG players sure did. Praise the Pan.

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