The recent popularity of Fortnite has allowed it to accumulate over 45 million players. Photo by Matt Fast

The recent popularity of Fortnite has allowed it to accumulate over 45 million players. Photo by Matt Fast

Fortnite is a game that belongs to the newly formed, niche genre of battle royale alongside other extremely popular games such as Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds. In the battle royale genre players are dropped onto a map where they compete against other players online to become the last player standing in order to win. In Fortinite, 100 players are dropped onto an extremely large map that contains 17 major regions such as Tilted Towers, Anarchy Acres, and Flush Factory. Once landed, players compete to find loot and chests to collect weapons, health, and shields to compete to be the last player left standing. However, players cannot simply find a bush and sit in it for the entire round. The “storm” pushes areas to a random location on the map that gets smaller and smaller every time the storm comes in again. Players caught outside the set location take damage until they die and are eliminated from the competition. Junior Jacob Boehle said, “I like to play on the weekends and occasionally on school nights. I play with my friends because it’s fun to hang out and be competitive with the boys.” Fortnite has taken popularity among gamers worldwide and many teenagers within Parker and at Chap have caught on to the trend. Part of what has led to this popularity is the ease of access to Fortnite. For Xbox Live Gold users the game is free to play as it is still in beta testing. Fortnite also has many interesting game mechanics that differentiate it from other games. The ability to collect resources and build cover and forts is essential to the game design. This along with the cartoonish graphics and unrealistic gameplay sets Fortnite apart from other 3rd person shooter games. Fortnite also is a very social game with game modes such as duos or squads where a player can team up with 1-3 other players in order to compete against other squads in the game. Many students at Chap have their dedicated squad or partner that they play with whenever they play Fortnite which makes the game a more enjoyable and social experience. Junior Noah Gerwinat said, “I play Fortnite to relieve stress and to enjoy the light-hearted, competitiveness in video games. It’s an excellent game to play with friends and I’ve met so many new people. My go-to strategy for solos is to land somewhere inconspicuous, my favorite location being the metal crates near Wailing Woods.” Fortnite has blown up among students and doesn’t look to be losing steam in popularity soon. Not a day goes by without talk between players in the hallway of the amazing game they played last night, their disappointing loss that was so close yet so far, or their funniest story about how they tried to hop in a bush that was already occupied. Students will keep continue to play, continue to build friendships through the game as a social platform, and continue to grind for sweet, sweet victory royale.

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