Fortnite, The Game of a Generation

I played a bunch of Fortnite during its 5th Season of the battle pass. I never got a solo win, but like a generous lover I often came second. I only ever got there by sneaking around and hiding, getting the odd kill here and there, and my only wins came in squads with a group of people, normally containing one player who had mastered the building mechanics. 

I managed to get okay at the building but when you see some of the stuff people are doing on there now, I am just scared off ever trying to play it again. The last time I had a go was a few months ago. I snuck up behind an enemy and unleashed a barrage of bullets into them, only for them to deploy a skyscraper in about 5 seconds and then murdered me from above. It was demoralising and I went straight back to Apex Legends, which has been my Battle Royale of choice ever since, although I have barely touched it lately.

Even with my retirement from Fortnite, I have never understood the hate it gets from platforms like reddit and twitter. It’s full of kids, yeah, but so was Call of Duty lobbies back in the day. In fact, the new Call of Duty has so much hype surrounding it because people my age were in their teens when they played the original Modern Warfare games, therefore hitting everyone right in the nostalgia. Fortnite is the new Call of Duty. It’s the game everyone has played, and it’s the biggest game on the planet. If you need proof, look at the last 24 hours of the game.

It has not been playable since an in-game event a couple of days ago. That event was a giant black hole sucking up the entire map, all the menu’s and everything else, and then just staying there as a black hole on screen. People then sat for hours, probably some streams are still sitting there waiting for whatever is next. This is where Fortnite is setting its trend. Call of Duty became a phenomenon and brought the First-Person Shooter genre to the forefront of gaming.

Call of Duty was not the first game of its kind. Before CoD, there was Halo, before Halo, there was Goldeneye, and the real origin of the genre is Doom. Fortnite came at a similar time. It might be a surprise to those of you who aren’t gamers, but Fortnite was not the original Battle Royale. In fact, it was original a survival game with no battle royale mode at all. It was released in response to the enormous success being enjoyed by PUBG. Since then, PUBG has struggled to keep up the fight and I have not seen much news about that game in a long while. Meanwhile Fortnite, like CoD, has become the biggest game around.

“I am fed up of being murdered by 12 year olds” is a common phrase I say when referring to Fortnite, but I remember being told by adults to fuck off when I was in my teens, because I was battering them on Call of Duty. Every generation has had a game that has defined it, and the youth of today have Fortnite. The current event has brought it back to the front of people’s minds, but it’s never stopped being a success and a game played all around the world.

I was thirteen when I started playing games online, Rainbow Six Vegas was the one, surprising because it’s not Call of Duty 4 or Halo like most people. CoD World at War was when I began playing CoD as a regular hobby and I was very good at one point. I have never got back to be that good, but I am excited to try and get there with the next CoD. I don’t have the hours to spend playing anymore but the competitive streak in me means anything but being the top player on my team is an enormous frustration to me.

That explains why I fell out of playing Fortnite, and why I have never enjoyed Mario Party or Smash Bros. Mario Party’s random nature drives someone with a serious competitive edge crazy. The lack of reason just drives me up the wall. With Smash bros, I am simply shite at the game through lack of playing it. Weirdly I won my first ever multiplayer game of it at a mate’s house using the only move set I know, the good old Suck and Blow with Kirby.

Back to my point with Fortnite, I think this is part of the generational cycle with video games. My generation are the first where Gaming has carried on from our childhood, through our teens and into adult life. We grew up with the consoles becoming more mature, and now there is a new generation discovering gaming in a different way to what we did. My parents’ generation played games when they were kids, but by the time they got to adulthood gaming simply had not progressed to the point where the games were telling interesting stories like they were for me with Metal Gear Solid or Heavy Rain.

I know that there are stories in games that my parents or even my grandparents would enjoy, but they will never see them. They are the “Games are for kids” generation. My generation seems to be becoming the “Games are for adults” generation and both of those views is a flawed way to see it. Games are for everyone, and next time you’re fed up of being murdered by 12-year olds in skyscrapers, remember when you were that kid.

I sat down today to write about Martin Scorsese’s ongoing comments about Marvel. Really not sure how I got here, but glad I did.

‘Til tomorrow!