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Fortnite: Don’t Believe the Hype

Is the highly popular game really as good as people say it is?

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It is astonishing how popular Fortnite has become. I played the game when it first came out, and it’s been through a lot of noticeable changes. But I never thought it would grow as viral as it is now. Honestly, the game isn’t that good, or at least it’s not as good as people say it is.

First off, probably the most devastating factor to this game is the amount of time you waste on striving for a win, also known as a “victory royale.”

Imagine it’s your first time playing Fortnite. You know nothing about the game. As you play more, you learn the basic controls, the habits of other players, how to build, and many other aspects of how to play with the most efficiency. Eventually, you apply the skills you’ve learned, and you grind and grind and grind until you finally earn that victory royale you so rightfully deserve. “YES!” you scream, “I WON! This is the greatest feeling of accomplishment I’ve ever felt playing a video game!”

So now you have a win under your belt. You notice in your personal stats you have a “1” under your wins. You’re the best player out of all 100 of those players that initially entered the lobby. Do you get anything? Like a reward for finally winning after grinding for three hours? Nope. Nothing. You earn absolutely nothing. All of that time you spent grinding constitutes to zero rewards. “Oh, cool, I received a little more XP than I usually do because I won.” Isn’t that the whole reason anyone plays a video game? To have fun and to feel a sense of accomplishment towards some kind of reward? Why do the game developers build up a win to be such an awesome achievement when you don’t actually receive anything for it?

It makes me wonder how people who play this game every night continue to play it every night when they are essentially wasting their time and earning nothing. It is probably one of the least rewarding video games ever created.

The most ironic part of it all is the fact that Fortnite does indeed have plenty of skins, emotes, and other worthless items (that don’t affect the gameplay mechanics at all) that the developers could allow players to unlock, but they are insistent that you buy the in-game currency (v-bucks) in exchange for real money. And of course, players fell into this trap, and they still do. Why not earn a fair sum of v-bucks for winning? Earning and saving up v-bucks would actually make the game worth playing.

You could blindfold yourself, hold in the run button, and still be alive five minutes later. It‘s hard to think that a game such as Fortnite, being as repetitively boring as it is, being this insanely popular.”

In terms of actual gameplay, 90 percent of what you do involves running and looting…nothing exciting. You repeat the same cycle every game. You could blindfold yourself, hold in the run button, and still be alive five minutes later. It‘s hard to think that a game such as Fortnite, being as repetitively boring as it is, being this insanely popular.

On a side note, you have your very own, friendly neighborhood Fortnite pros right here in Tyrone Area High School giving you “tips” on how to play a video game. If you want to be told how to play a video game, then I feel bad for you. Who wants to be told how to play a video game? Do you want a tip on how to win? Find a shotgun and learn how to use it.

Fortnite can simply be summed up as a repetitive, boring video game that only includes a minute amount of excitement and fun, and ultimately leads to no reward or accomplishment when you win.

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55 Responses to “Fortnite: Don’t Believe the Hype”

  1. Local Fortnite Pro on April 26th, 2018 1:47 pm

    You sir are quite wrong and should go home and play more fortnite till you love it

  2. Christian on April 26th, 2018 2:14 pm

    Only the smart people would play fortnite, so yes sir, go home

  3. Kiara Sch. on April 26th, 2018 6:16 pm

    Fortnite can be repetitive. I don’t play it a lot because of that plus it’s just frustrating playing a game with 99 other people who are probably better or worse than you. Also, I enjoy watching the game instead of playing it. The hype died when I played it but watching it gives me a thrill! Fortnite overall is a really good game, great mechanics, nice addition with vending machines all, plus the building mechanic but I just don’t find it satisfying playing it.

  4. SpG Luke on May 1st, 2018 9:19 am

    Bruh we dont care

  5. Kenobi on April 27th, 2018 2:37 pm

    fortnite is trash.

  6. Christian on April 26th, 2018 2:17 pm

    Also reading your article i can tell you play cod world war two because you rely on those kind of pay to win games that DONT require skill. So have fun with that until that game falls to fortnite as well 🙂

  7. Jarron Bower on April 27th, 2018 8:16 am

    lul. Caden isn’t a COD player at all.

  8. Ron Swanson on April 27th, 2018 9:23 am

    He seems like more of the kind of person that dumps all his cash into Nintendo products and games.

  9. Caden Brooks on April 27th, 2018 1:30 pm

    Lol maybe because Nintendo actually makes fun games?

  10. Ron Swanson on April 30th, 2018 9:23 am

    I find Nintendo games to be as childish as my coworker Leslie.

  11. Caden Brooks on May 1st, 2018 7:54 pm

    Ur comments are childish xD #roasted

  12. Caden Brooks on April 27th, 2018 8:18 am

    Oh? In this article, I literally bash on Epic Games for being insistent on buying their v-bucks. Quote, “And of course, players fell into this trap, and they still do.”

  13. Christian on May 1st, 2018 2:21 pm

    Only people with pea sized brains would actually buy the v-bucks. If you buy the save the world edition for $30-$40, around every two weeks it gives you 300 v-bucks. (I know i am cheap)

  14. John Fleck on April 26th, 2018 2:36 pm

    fortnite is trash. people need to go outside

  15. Christian on May 1st, 2018 2:22 pm

    try playing fortnite then you will see its BEAUTY!

  16. Epic E. Miles on April 26th, 2018 2:39 pm

    Preach it brother. Amen man peace be with you.

  17. SpG kat on April 26th, 2018 9:58 pm

    I strongly disagree with this, fortnite is the best game ever. I think he just gets wrecked all the time and thats why he doesn’t like the game. #triggertrash

  18. Nick Greene on April 27th, 2018 8:11 am

    Fortnite is dead, accept it

  19. Kenobi on April 27th, 2018 2:38 pm

    You are so right.

  20. Caden Brooks on April 27th, 2018 8:12 am

    I actually won my first solo the other day… and it inspired me to write this article

  21. Local Fortnite Pro on April 27th, 2018 11:09 am

    Prove it #TriggerTrash

  22. Christian on April 27th, 2018 2:17 pm

    #Triggertrash

  23. Noah Sprankle on April 27th, 2018 8:03 am

    Actually you get a seasonal glider for getting a dub

  24. Caden Brooks on April 27th, 2018 8:15 am

    Oh, cool! I didn’t know that. Do you get anything for any of your other wins? Oh wait…

  25. Noah Sprankle on April 27th, 2018 8:26 am

    if you win in different seasons but I get your point

  26. Jarron Bower on April 27th, 2018 8:07 am

    Well written. I can’t even argue against all of this. All of your points are very valid!

  27. Caden Brooks on April 27th, 2018 8:16 am

    Thank you! 🙂 I hope I didn’t hurt your feelings tho 🙁

  28. Devin Phillips on April 27th, 2018 8:22 am

    I love how people say that he hates it because he’s bad but that is not the case its just a cash grab. also you get nothing for wining so why even play?

  29. Christian on April 27th, 2018 2:19 pm

    You dont need to get anything for winning why do people always say that? Cant you just play it for fun?

  30. Jebsy Walstrom on April 27th, 2018 8:49 am

    Fortnite has that mega trash.

  31. SpG Brother on April 27th, 2018 9:19 am

    What you talking about brother, I saw you grinding the game last night.

  32. Caden Brooks on April 28th, 2018 5:10 pm

    Well you kind of have to play a game to critique & judge it don’t you?

  33. Ron Swanson on April 27th, 2018 9:25 am

    Fortnite demonstrates everything that’s good about democracy!

  34. drake b. on April 27th, 2018 12:28 pm

    BELIEVE THE HYPE

  35. will on April 27th, 2018 12:49 pm

    rip fortnite

  36. NinjasHyper on April 27th, 2018 12:54 pm

    Dude I’m an epic Fortnite pro and you better not be hating on my game. You need to lean that I am the one and only Ninja and I will have your account taken down.

  37. Caden Brooks on April 27th, 2018 1:30 pm

    o no! :O plz don’t, ninja! I’ll donate lots of money!!!

  38. jj on April 30th, 2018 8:40 am

    go For It NinjasHyper User Name: Tyicaldoorway

  39. TSM_Myth on May 3rd, 2018 8:27 am

    I think Ninja would a little better grammar than that

  40. Daequan on April 27th, 2018 2:20 pm

    Ninja, Brother you be speakin the truth. Fortnite is life.

  41. Caleb Orr on April 27th, 2018 9:49 pm

    What Caden said about holding the run button and running for five minutes and still being alive is true. I felt confident doing this because the majority of the game is barren and boring. I pressed the autorun feature and went to the bathroom for 10 minutes, and found myself still running, unharmed.

  42. Local Fortnite Pro on April 30th, 2018 8:56 am

    FORTNITE IS LOVE FORTNITE IS LIFE #FORTNITE4LYFE

  43. Luke Brooks on April 30th, 2018 12:09 pm

    I disagree brother you dont let me play xbox because you grind fortnite so hard.

  44. Luke Brooks on April 30th, 2018 12:10 pm

    u geek

  45. SpG Luke on May 1st, 2018 9:18 am

    Wasnt me

  46. SpG Luke on May 1st, 2018 9:18 am

    This is Not GOOD, but it’s better than Zelda.

  47. Goku on May 1st, 2018 9:21 am

    Nice dude Goku (me) would crush in Fortnite

  48. Jack Wagner on May 2nd, 2018 8:29 am

    Winning is a fun rush, it’s not really for a reward. Obviously, whatever Epic Games is doing, they’re doing it right considering its the hottest game out.

  49. Jack Wagner on May 2nd, 2018 8:31 am

    Also, the game is free, they need some way of making money.

  50. LocalFortniteBasher on May 3rd, 2018 10:21 am

    Yea Fortnite doesn’t deserve the hype. 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂 😂

  51. Local FBR god on May 7th, 2018 8:33 am

    Actually you a new umbrella for each win you get in the new season, also you earn small rewards each time you tier up in the battle pass, even if you did not buy the 10$ one, the free free one still gives off small rewards, therefore you are wrong sir.

  52. nate on May 14th, 2018 11:39 am

    this game sucks

  53. Daven on September 26th, 2018 8:30 am

    Fortnite is the best and its not dead accept it.

  54. ajbetke on September 26th, 2018 8:30 am

    fortnight is awesome it has different stuff it awesome u fun sukers

  55. Jay on November 6th, 2018 11:24 am

    Okay, lets get this straight. You fools can waste your time and money on playing fortnite, but it won’t help you later in life. It’s just some stupid video game that you are wasting your life on. You are probably going to be on your deathbed thinking “Man, i should have put the controller down and went outside, doing something with my life!”. Get rekt kids

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