Fortnite vs. PUBG: Which Is More Accessible?
Fortnite and PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUND (also known as PUBG) are two of the biggest games right now. They stream with high numbers on Twitch and the Let’s Play videos on YouTube have a high view count.
In December 2017, I finally got back into my gaming roots. I was a gaming kid growing up and I ended up not gaming so much after I graduated high school besides Pokemon games and Sims 3. Not only did I get back into my gaming roots, I started streaming on Twitch. Honestly, the whole reason I got back into gaming was to get into Twitch and make income from that. Getting paid to play video games? Sign me up!
So let’s talk about deaf accessibility in Fortnite and PUBG. First off, here are the three videos I’ve already uploaded related to this topic:
Let’s get back to reading.
One of the biggest things about games like Fortnite and PUBG is that you have to rely on hearing your enemy’s footsteps. Generally, you’re supposed to be able to hear when someone is running up behind you, when someone shoots at you, when bombs and shots are going off around you, etc. When you’re deaf or have a significant amount of hearing loss, that is something that is difficult to do, but I’ve found that it’s actually easier to get past that on Fortnite.
Because PUBG is more realistic, the graphics are more of an earthy tone. There’s lots of camo. Everything blends in together. If you can’t hear that a shot came at you and missed, you likely won’t be able to see where they might be if you take a look around. On Fortnite, you might get lucky since people build forts. On PUBG, you don’t have the ability to build. Forts on Fortnite became an accessibility tool.
As far as not being able to hear footsteps goes, when I was playing Fortnite without headphones for a full month (which turned it into a 100% deaf experience), I had to make due. I had to get used to hiding more often, paying more attention to my surroundings, and relying on my Twitch viewers for help. I have been lucky enough to make it to the top ten a few times without headphones though it was mostly due to hiding.
Here’s a question for Fortnite and PUBG players: which game do you think is more accessible?
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