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Fortnite: The latest gaming phenomenon with no signs of diminishing

Ethan Meyers

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In a generation where trends come and go, something about it has to be truly special in order to stand the test of time. In the case of the latest Epic Games release, Fortnite, it seems like a game that’s only growing in popularity as time moves forward has no signs of stopping. Considering I’m the same guy who infamously compared the Nintendo Switch to the Fidget Spinner, I took it upon myself to analyze and understand this new trend.

For those who aren’t aware, Fortnite is an online co-op sandbox game set in a world where the 98% of the population is wiped out and infected with Zombie like creatures. The remaining humans on earth band together in order to survive this apocalyptic world. The gameplay features a four-player mission mode where you fight through five different mission types and take back your objectives.

The main selling point for many people is a battle royals mode that is available for free, where up to 100 players can join in and fight against each other in an intense player versus player match. The map is constantly shrinking and it’s up to your shooting skills and building abilities to stand a chance against a large number of players. The last man standing in the map wins.

Despite only being a small part of the main game, its accessibility caused the game to increase in popularity and has become one of the most successful video games in recent memory. It has 3.4 million concurrent players, helped bring attention to the battle royale genre, and is currently making over $15 million as of late February. It seems to be a game that is sweeping the majority of our population, but what exactly makes it so popular?

In an attempt to understand the craze surrounding Fortnite, I decided to play the game myself and get an outsider’s perspective. What followed was an adventure that was more complex than the standard battle royale mission. After waiting what seemed like an eternity for the Epic Games icon and the game itself to download, as well as another several years for it to actually load, I found myself finally getting into the game. What came after was a series of losses, computer crashes, lagginess and overall exhaustion. Eventually, I switched from the PC to the mobile app, where I quickly realized that the problem may have been that I have no skill and wasted hours of my life to a game I will never win.

So after completely failing at playing the one aspect I was supposed to report on, I turned to the general public to gain more insight on Fortnite. One major detail that was brought up was how addicting this seemingly simple game could be. The need to get that win and be on top seems to drive players to succeed, giving them the motivation to get better and think. In a way, Fortnite seems to be a way for people to relieve stress and therefore motivates them to do better.

“It’s like so addicting to play and you just wanna get that one so bad and just rub it in everyone’s face,” sophomore Raven Shew said.

Another unique feature of the game is some of the new mechanics it brings to an underrepresented gaming genre. Not only is it one of the first mainstream battle royale games of our time, but it creates some new concepts that many others don’t implement. The added crafting system helps create a new layer of depth to the gameplay and forces the player to think more strategically. The decreasing map also gives more tension to the game as it once again challenges the player to think about map placement and how they will manage to survive. The art style is one of the most noticeable features of Fortnite, creating a more cartoony aesthetic that sets it apart from the more dirty and realistic graphics of other online shooters. All these make the game a more enjoyable experience for some players.

“It’s really one of the first in its field. There hasn’t been many battle royale games and the art is completely different.” freshman Aidan Jaramillo said.

Some have noted that a select few get so sucked into the gaming world that it almost becomes an obsession. Many players have taken the game too seriously and in turn make a fun game more of a chore for some people. This has been poked fun of in the community and is often frowned upon by experienced players.

“People can’t take it seriously because people get like super obsessed with it and take it too seriously. People get really into it and I think that’s a little too much. It’s just a video game,” sophomore Danny Anderson said.

Nevertheless, the popularity of “Fortnite” remains constant and appears to show no signs of stopping. The enjoyment factor and unique features make for an exciting game that is easily accessible to everyone. If you would like to try the game out, it’s available for free on PC and mobile for all to play.

 

About the Writer
Ben Weiss, Perspectives Reporter
Ben Weiss is a junior perspectives writer for Metea Media. It will be his first year writing on staff. He’s also involved with The Mane, Bass Chorus, and Metea’s theater program. Ben’s quite the workaholic. His poor social skills are only rivaled by his desperate need to be liked, along with other insecurities. But outside...
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34 Responses to “Fortnite: The latest gaming phenomenon with no signs of diminishing”

  1. Reality Doctor on April 3rd, 2018 7:23 am

    I feel the hate coming!

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  2. Grammar Grandma on April 3rd, 2018 7:30 am

    battle royale *
    You heathen.

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  3. Gilberto Rosado on April 3rd, 2018 7:31 am

    I mean it my be a simple game but when we get to like get fully into the game like concentrated we are like playing to enter a tournament like I did when I was playing Modern warfare Remastered but everyone has their opinion and I respect what everyone has to say but the most things that I do in Fortnite Battle Royale is play duos and squads to practice every time and get better and better .

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  4. John Wick on April 3rd, 2018 7:54 am

    “Underrepresented gaming genre” “one of the first mainstream Battle Royale” “helped bring attention to the battle royale genre”
    Now listen here friend, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds reached a concurrent playerbase of 3.1 million players while only being on PC, so Fortnite didn’t really “bring attention”, the attention was already there. While the second quote above has ‘some’ credibility to it, again, PUBG and H1Z1 survivor helped to popularize and bring Battle Royales to the mainstream, you could even argue that Minecraft Survival games was the first mainstream Battle Royale. Overall, this article helps to highlight some cool things about Fortnite, but it’s not very unique expect in it’s building aspect, which was misrepresented as a “crafting system” (which was actually a feature of games like H1Z1 and The Culling). The cartoony aesthetic was also achieved by H1Z1 beforehand, with multitudes of colorful arcade-style shooter skins and general design.

    game bad

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    Minnow Reply:

    Only on PC? I’ve seen PUBG on my Xbox store for the past couple months. I completely agree with you, however. Battle Royale has been around (and popular) for years now. Not gonna lie, at first I thought Fortnite was just a Clash Royale ripoff because of the graphics. I find it pretty ridiculous how lots of people think the “realistic” graphics are so much better and mean the game is “for adults.” Sure, it’s usually the case, but come on. We need more neutral styles. Fortnite is overrated by now. My brother always prises me and I just tell him that everyone else is just bad. And it’s true! Charging at me with a pickaxe as I’m holding an automatic is NOT a great idea.

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  5. ya on April 3rd, 2018 8:19 am

    Flappy Bird

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  6. unknown on April 3rd, 2018 10:37 am

    i have 121 solo 49 duo and 9 squad, because squads to easy

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  7. gamingdud on April 3rd, 2018 11:01 am

    anyone tryna squad up?

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    Dave Smith Reply:

    Yee

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    toptenben22 Reply:

    PS4 or Xbox?

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    gamingdud Reply:

    PS4 or PC, whats your username.

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    toptenben22 Reply:

    actually nah imma just play by myself. it rly do b lik dat

  8. Shobhit Singh on April 3rd, 2018 11:37 am

    Fortnite is bad. PUBG is many times better

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  9. Neha on April 3rd, 2018 12:01 pm

    my boyfriend plays it all the time and it’s so annoying

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    Minnow Reply:

    Good for you. At least TRY to get to know the game. I’ve never had a boy/girlfriend, but it’s common sense to try to get to know someone’s interests to become closer.

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    Neha Reply:

    Oh it’s not common sense if he dumps me over this game

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    GD Reply:

    OOF

  10. Seann Kelly on April 3rd, 2018 12:55 pm

    Make a article for 2k my boy

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  11. eli B on April 3rd, 2018 1:38 pm

    PUBG is infinitely superior

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    james marque Reply:

    false

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    Minnow Reply:

    F2P scrub.

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    Shobhit Singh Reply:

    true

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  12. james marque on April 3rd, 2018 2:49 pm

    Minecraft Survival games is way better

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    partially Anonymous Reply:

    Intellectual here

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  13. your boy on April 3rd, 2018 3:11 pm

    All of this article is wrong.
    It’s so obvious it’s going to die out, just like every game. It just got popular that’s why it hasn’t shown any signs of disfavor or replacement yet.
    Just wait.

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  14. Minnow on April 4th, 2018 8:05 am

    Wow, really? Trust me. I pretty much live in the Internet because 99% of students at this school disgust me, and there are PLENTY of signs this game is diminishing. Memes galore, my friend. Memes galore.

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    This is good Reply:

    The students at the school discust me too. People like you and I shouldn’t be here bud.

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  15. Ivan on April 4th, 2018 11:58 am

    ADD me on ps4 Nolimitivan150 if you about it

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  16. Tumelo Makau on April 4th, 2018 12:20 pm

    YO who got 250 wins plus on fortnite ps4, and is tryna run

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  17. hank aredofnenena on April 4th, 2018 12:41 pm

    Fortnite is the best battle royale game of the generation. Its speed and skillful players, plays an essential role in why this game is so successful. Unlike PUBG which takes too long, is quite boring and has to much of a realistic feel to it making it too serious. Fortnite on the other hand is constantly updated and provided with a substantial amount of emotes, skins, and even dances which allow the game to maintain a fun and exciting aspect.

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  18. gamingdud on April 4th, 2018 1:31 pm

    PS4 or PC, whats your username.

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  19. unkown on April 4th, 2018 1:51 pm

    Fortnite will die out just like minecraft,battlefield 1 and GTA V

    It will happen in a couple of months
    EX:fidget spinners almost take over the world and then they die out

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    gamingdud Reply:

    Fortnite is still in early access though

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  20. hello on April 5th, 2018 12:30 pm

    can I get something off of my chest? forknight is fun :v i love the part where the zombies show up and you use the plants to get them to leave your yard 🙂

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