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Celebrate freedom with Polygon’s Awful Squad

Just another word for nothin’ left to lose

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is a very, very difficult game and while it’s easy to play badly, it’s hard to be truly awful. That’s why Polygon formed Awful Squad, a hand-selected group of the worst warriors in the world.

What is Awful Squad? That’s kind of like asking how much existential despair comes pre-packaged with Minecraft for the Nintendo Switch. That’s why we invited Polygon’s Simone De Rochefort to join our crack team. Just how much punishment can Awful Squad take? That’s like asking if a crash test dummy can feel pain. That’s why we signed on soft boys Nick Robinson and Griffin McElroy. What is the right outfit for hunting your fellow man across a post-apocalyptic Russian landscape? That’s like asking for the perfect picture of a very good Toad. And that, dear readers, is why Patrick Gill is here.

For a time I even joined them myself, but I just wasn’t Awful enough.

Happy Independence Day, America. As you grill meats and drink beers, tune in to this YouTube playlist of Polygon’s Awful Squad, because freedom’s just another word for nothin’ left to lose.