I almost lost my sons to 'Fortnite'
They quickly become strung out and irritable if away from their PlayStation 4 or Xbox for more than a few hours. It’s by no means the game’s violent content that has me so distressed. Compared with many of the shoot-’em-up games out there it’s pretty tame – if not outright lame. Far more troublesome is how completely addictive it appears to be. By the time I got out of bed, around 6:30 a.m., I would find them already up and in front of the game.
A quick, albeit unscientific, survey of neighborhood parents confirmed that nearly every single kid I know has become utterly obsessed with this video game. One minute it mustered just a spark of interest as the latest popular video game. They travel in hordes throughout the neighborhood, playing at one house until their welcome wears out, at which time the entire pack travels, en masse, to another house or apartment, until again being banished. It’s like a zombie attack, but this time it’s the zombies’ brains that are being eaten. Decades from now, when I tell my grandchildren tales of the Great Fornite Epidemic of ’18, they will only be able to wonder what it was about this game that their parents found so hypnotizing.
I have to admit, as disturbing as the Great Fortnite Epidemic of ’18 has been, it’s been a lot less annoying than the Bottle-Flipping Pandemic of ’16 and a lot more interesting than the Fidget-Spinner Fever of ’17. An earlier version of this story misidentified one of the game systems used.
Fortnite Season 4 Is Here With Hoppin’ Hop Rocks and a Redesigned Map
A new season of Fortnite Battle Royale has arrived and the mysterious Comet has finally laid waste to the region. While Tilted Towers survived the impact for the most part, the map is now littered with impact craters and industrial sites that are collecting the shards left behind by the Comet’s destruction. These shards are valuable to the players as well as they provide gravity defying powers allowing players to jump much higher and for greater distances. With the Comet’s arrival, Dusty Depot has been obliterated by the Comet and been replaced with an impact site called Dusty Divot. This area is strewn with Hop Rocks and a new industrial complex as the mysterious rocks are investigated.
Other locations have been affected by the Comet as well. We now have new movie set in the Moisty Mire, a super hero base on the western side of the map, and the dance floor by Haunted Hills is now under construction. With the arrival of the Comet, Season 4 also brings us a super hero theme for the season’s skins. While their is a mix of special forces/soldier types mixed in, we also see super hero skins such as Carbide, Valor, and the Tier 100 Omega. While it is not known if the Comet shards have led to the rise of the super heros, the Hop Rocks do provide gravity defying jumping abilities to players who consume them.
These hops rocks can be found where ever a part of the Comet impacted. Personally, I am not sure if I like the addition of these Hop Rocks, but it’s too soon to tell.