Mike Rogers – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL)- It’s the hottest topic on campus grounds. Whether you love it, or can’t stand it, it has everyone talking. From students of all grades to the teachers, it’s seemingly unescapable. “Fortnite,” a cartoony mass-multiplayer online game is making waves nationwide.
The game pits 100 players on an island in a battle royale, with the ultimate goal to be the last one standing. Players skydive onto the island and choose their landing spot, where they must find loot and resources.
The island is slowly being encompassed by a storm, which forces the players closer and closer to each other. Using the loot they’ve gathered, the players can build intricate forts and try their best to eliminate other players.
Fortnite’s cartoonish aesthetic and humorous attitude make it a particularly charming and witty game that’s appealed to a large demographic. The game’s unexpected level of strategy, intense, close gameplay, and notable difficulty has led itself to critical acclaim.
Initially released in July of 2017 by Epic Games, Fortnite reached viral success around December of the same year, with an estimated 3.4 million players.
The game has become a viral hit, gaining positive reviews by major media critics and gaining the endorsements of celebrities like Drake and Chris Brown.
Available to play on the Xbox, PlayStation, computer, and now even on mobile devices, the game is free to play and widely accessible.
It has a reputation for being notoriously addictive, which is usually blamed on its difficulty to win. The average Fortnite player will spend 1,000 hours, or 41 days of their lives, playing.
The MMO’s viral popularity, especially among teenagers, has many Mustangs raving about it at school. The addition of Fortnite on the mobile platform even has some students playing it between classes at school (which the game discourages).
“I do play the game. I like it because you can hunt people down. I love building. I love building complex bases, so you can protect yourself from your enemies. I’ve been playing for maybe a month, and I play every day. I won once by default, but it wasn’t an actual win. It’s hard to win because it takes extreme building skills,” he added.
Junior Avery Lawson commented, “I play Fornite, it’s just too fun not to get in on it. I’ve known about it for a while, but I just didn’t want to get into until around winter break. It’s so fun and addicting.
“I love the everyone-for-their self-aspect and how you must hone your skills to get anywhere. Building is such fun gameplay, and there’s nothing like beating an opponent in a 1v1 fight. I pretty much spent my spring break playing Fortnite.”
You can easily talk to a student who finds themselves at the edge of their seats in a Tilted Towers showdown, and even some teachers have been reportedly enjoying themselves a game.
Students have shared their thoughts on Fortnite, and what about it makes it such a fine time.
“Yeah of course, I love Fortnite. I usually play every day, since winter break. The serenity of catching a dub makes it very fun. The most fun aspect is outbuilding your enemies,” said senior Reagan Jarolin.