Opinion & Commentary

The Game of Fortnite

By Peter Murphy ’24

During this school year, we have been absolutely slammed with homework and tests. Many people find different ways to relax after a long day. But which is the right way?

 Some people will say they like to read a book after a stressful day, or maybe take a well deserved nap. But both of these assumptions are WRONG! It is proven a fact that playing Fortnite Battle Royale can calm your nerves faster than any other form of stress-relieving treatment ever. Now, for some of you reading this who do not know what Fortnite is, let me tell you…

Fortnite is a third person shooter game. You gather materials so you can build to block other opponents shooting at you, all the while you are slowly getting pushed into the middle of the map by an impending force called “The Storm”. To win, you, or your teammates (depending on game mode) must be the last person standing.

With that out of the way, let’s be real, Fortnite Chapter 2 was a bust and not successful in any way. The player numbers were dwindling and the game was producing more meaningless crossovers with different tv shows, movies, and games.With Epic games release of Fortnite Chapter 3 – season 1, we are now seeing a return from the mass exodus after Chapter 2.  

Tilted Towers is back! Spider-Man has emerged as a fun crossover. The addition of a huge dinosaur called a “Klumbo”, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson also make great appearances in the game. This is truly a step up. 

To get a more keen eye on how the game of Fortnite is doing, I interviewed professional Fortnite player, Andrew Raynville (FGS ‘24). He told me: “The game has definitely gotten better since chapter 2, but it definitely can have its lows and be bad sometimes.” 

All of that said, there is another looming issue plaguing the world,  specifically gamers like me. The urge to spend money on all of these add ons.  Battle passes, and ‘skins’ from the game put tremendous stress on my bank account in 2018 to 2019. I am still in crippling debt to some of my friends, I even had to have a Fortnite intervention with my parents. So, please, all of you make sure to control your Fortnite usage at a safe pace. With this incredible Reboot, it seems Fortnite is going nowhere; please play responsibly. I know I will try!

Photo Curtesy by Forbes.com
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