Aidan Kirby, Writer

In 1972, Atari introduced to the world a great milestone in technological advances, Pong. Pong was the first video game for the public and was extremely revolutional in its time. As time went on and technology advanced, the public was introduced to better looking and more enhanced games that provided not only great gameplay mechanics but also intense storytelling mechanics to give a great gameplay experience. Nowadays, video games such as “Call of Duty” and “Skyrim” are at the top of the lists due to their gameplay mechanics and storytelling abilities. New to the scene, is a game called “Fortnite” which has brought on so much attention and controversy in our society today.

In short, “Fortnite” is a Player vs Player Battle Royale game, in which 100 players are brought into a world marked with locations that contain loot that will help the player win firefights with other players. The end goal of this game is to be the last survivor located on the map. This game is so popular in the gaming community, but to me, a “lifelong gamer”, I have no idea why it is so popular. Fortnite offers nothing other than its chance of winning the game. There is no story telling, there is no skill, there is no true player interaction. The game is based on algorithms that cause certain things to spawn in certain places, which provides nothing for the player. The game depends on who has the better guns, better potions, and better buildings, which provides no real gratification for the player, A person could play 100 games of Fortnite, and not win one due to the fact that they are simply unlucky. After 100 matches, they would still be right were they started as it all depends on the luck of the player, which is untrainable.

Fortnite also depends too much on the ability to build walls and buildings. Each player is given the ability to build walls out of thin air which causes quite the conundrum for the overall quality of the gameplay experience. Players can overuse this ability and hide in their buildings to stay safe, which causes a slow and grueling game as the game will continue on until one player gets the courage to leave their base and move on to eliminate other players.

Fortnite is a game with nothing but guns and the ability to build structures. There is no player reward system and there is no real end goal for playing. It is just repetitive and flat out boring. Fortnite is good in that it has set the building block for better games. Developers will look at this game and pick out it flaws and put in mechanics that improve the game in all ways, which will provide a better overall video game experience.