David Sirlin’s “Play to Win” philosophy is adored by most self-identified “core” gamers and can be boiled down to this: “Do whatever is best to win within the rules of the game, do not get hung up on self imposed rules and artificial concepts of fairness.”
It’s a simple credo and very effective; in the competitive gaming world it’s basically iron law and is only challenged when something is considered to break the game and is then enforced by tournament runners and companies.
So here is PUBG which is now facing a backlash against players who win a round with 1 kill. It’s a game about survival and avoidance is therefore a legit technique for playing. It’s not a deathmatch game where kills are your points (and frankly unless you’re a deathmatch game you shouldn’t really even track/rank kills much, having that on the scoreboard of TF2 always encourage shitty non-objective play) it is a battle-royale survival title.
Why is PUBG getting this gamer backlash when the play is legit?