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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Fortnite Addiction Is Becoming a Problem for Major League Basebal

Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price, missed his Wednesday start against the team’s hated rival New York Yankees because of mild case of carpal tunnel syndrome. And after questions have arisen about how frequently he gets a Fortnite fix, the pitcher said he’s hanging up his controller, at least around the ballpark, reports MLB.com.

LOL GIT GUD NOOB

You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: May 16, 2018 at 06:48 AM | 84 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. zack Posted: May 16, 2018 at 12:01 PM (#5673426)
Can we go back to the news not just being headlines from The Onion, please?
   2. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 16, 2018 at 12:05 PM (#5673429)
WTF is Fortnite?
   3. Blastin Posted: May 16, 2018 at 12:07 PM (#5673435)
Snapper doesn't understand the youths, story at 11! :)

It's a very popular video game. My nephew is really into it. (shrug)
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 16, 2018 at 12:12 PM (#5673438)
Snapper doesn't understand the youths, story at 11! :)

I play videogames. I know most of the major ones by title at least. This one I haven't heard of.

And, checking Wiki, it hasn't even been fully released, and only started last July. So, that explains it.
   5. Lassus Posted: May 16, 2018 at 12:12 PM (#5673440)
That headline is beyond idiotic.
   6. Batman Posted: May 16, 2018 at 12:13 PM (#5673441)
I remember when Keith Hernandez, Lonnie Smith, and Dave Parker testified at the Pittsburgh Q*Bert trials in the 80's.
   7. Omineca Greg Posted: May 16, 2018 at 12:22 PM (#5673448)
I remember when Keith Hernandez, Lonnie Smith, and Dave Parker testified at the Pittsburgh Q*Bert trials in the 80's.

You're making stuff up. There's no way Lonnie Smith would be good at Q*Bert. When you watched him field you could practically hear that Q*Bert "pinball free game pop" every time he fell down.
   8. zack Posted: May 16, 2018 at 12:25 PM (#5673450)
And, checking Wiki, it hasn't even been fully released, and only started last July. So, that explains it.

These days release dates for games, especially online multiplayer games, are totally meaningless. Ark famously released a paid expansion a year before the game itself 'was done'.

I think the bulk of Fortnite's playerbase is technically a different game, or at least, has a free standalone option. Somehow a copy of a game that is a remake of a mod that is a copy of an 18 year old movie = most successful game on the planet?
   9. SoSH U at work Posted: May 16, 2018 at 12:27 PM (#5673453)
My kid plays it all the time. But it hasn't caused him to miss any starts.
   10. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: May 16, 2018 at 12:27 PM (#5673454)
I went on Twitch and there was a Fortnite stream with 40,000 viewers.
   11. bunyon Posted: May 16, 2018 at 12:32 PM (#5673456)
At some point in the last hour, I lost the ability to read English.
   12. Sleepy's not going to blame himself Posted: May 16, 2018 at 12:33 PM (#5673458)
It's a very popular video game. My nephew is really into it. (shrug)
They are also using a pretty clever viral marketing strategy to get their name out there. I haven't played a video game in 10 years, but I get 2 or 4 references to Fortnite in my daily feed nearly every day- worked into a headline that sounds just like this.

For example, right now I have:
The $10 premium 'Fortnite' item that makes the game so much better
Streamer Wins ‘Fortnite’ Tournament With a PS4 Controller
Thanos arrives in Fortnite teaser for Infinity War crossover
How free-to-play Fortnite became a money machine


Given those,
Fortnite Addiction Is Becoming a Problem for Major League Baseball
fits right in. Wonder how much Price received to blame this game for his injury?
   13. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: May 16, 2018 at 12:37 PM (#5673461)
Snapper doesn't understand the youths, story at 11! :)

I play videogames.


Just this and Minesweeper.
   14. This is going to be state of the art wall Posted: May 16, 2018 at 12:41 PM (#5673464)
I visited my younger cousin last fall and he was all about it. He's 21 and he was still on summer break at the time. He probably played Fortnite 8 or more hours every day. He's a cool kid, smoked some weed together and listened to music but my god he's not very active. His dad wasn't really happy with the vidya games either. He did have a job, to his credit. But if he wasn't at work he was playing Fortnite, and they live in a beautiful part of the world.

They are also using a pretty clever viral marketing strategy to get their name out there. I haven't played a video game in 10 years, but I get 2 or 4 references to Fortnite in my daily feed nearly every day- worked into a headline that sounds just like this.


You been under a rock the last 5 years (I guess you noted as much)? Micro-transactions, "loot boxes" and Twitch have revolutionized the industry. It's big business now. And every 16 year old with a C report card and a decent shot thinks he's the next streamer to hit it big on Twitch.
   15. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: May 16, 2018 at 12:44 PM (#5673466)
Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price, missed his Wednesday start against the team’s hated rival New York Yankees because of mild case of carpal tunnel syndrome. Questions have arisen about how frequently he gets a Fortnite fix


So put him on the 14-day disabled list.
   16. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 16, 2018 at 12:44 PM (#5673467)
Wasn't there a thread here linking wrist/hand problems to excessive masturbation? Maybe the media should ask Price about that, too.
   17. vortex of dissipation Posted: May 16, 2018 at 12:46 PM (#5673469)
Thanks to snapper for asking the question. I had no idea what it was. I've never played a video game, unless you count the computer version of Strat-O-Matic baseball, or a remarkably incompetent foray into Microsoft Flight Simulator, during which I never completed a successful landing.
   18. Los Angeles El Hombre of Anaheim Posted: May 16, 2018 at 12:53 PM (#5673474)
Damn, the average poster here is getting so old. No wonder the pop culture thread is all about Oxford commas and spaces after periods, and how much people hate the world's most popular movies.
   19. Sleepy's not going to blame himself Posted: May 16, 2018 at 12:54 PM (#5673475)
Wasn't there a thread here linking wrist/hand problems to excessive masturbation? Maybe the media should ask Price about that, too.
I suspect the venn diagram of "video gamers" and "excessive masturbators" has a pretty high intersection.
   20. sotapop Posted: May 16, 2018 at 12:56 PM (#5673476)
Wasn't there a thread here linking wrist/hand problems to excessive masturbation?


Good ol' Option J. (I've been on this site for a looooong time.)
   21. This is going to be state of the art wall Posted: May 16, 2018 at 12:57 PM (#5673480)
Thanks to snapper for asking the question. I had no idea what it was. I've never played a video game, unless you count the computer version of Strat-O-Matic baseball, or a remarkably incompetent foray into Microsoft Flight Simulator, during which I never completed a successful landing.


To give some context "Battle Royale" is the game type of the moment right now (taking over that crown from MOBAs like League of Legends) and everybody and their brother is trying to get in on the trend. At any given time over a half a million people are playing a Battle Royale game "Player Unknown's Battlegrounds" on Steam and that's just PC owners. It's estimated THREE MILLION people are playing Fortnite at any given time, thanks to the much larger worldwide reach of the PS4 and Xbone.

Battle Royale games are "round based" first person shooters where players are "dropped" into an island and must scavenge tools, armor and weapons as the area slowly shrinks and the player attempts to me the last man standing. In Fortnite you can build basic structures as well, which adds some additional gameplay. Unlike games like Rust or Day Z the time investment is minimal and it appeals to casual 20-60 minute seasons as well as all day marathons.
   22. Omineca Greg Posted: May 16, 2018 at 12:58 PM (#5673481)
I've never played a video game...

That surprises me, with your interest in Japanese culture. Video games are such a big part of spreading Japanese ideas and values around the world, I just assumed you would be part of that niche. Nothing wrong with you not being into them or anything, it's just interesting to me that you're not.
   23. Omineca Greg Posted: May 16, 2018 at 01:07 PM (#5673488)
No wonder the pop culture thread is all about Oxford commas and spaces after periods, and how much people hate the world's most popular movies.

The popular culture thread is all about piano duos and Eastern European/Central Asian fermented beverages...wait a second...are there two popular culture threads? Because the one I've been posting on is all about the Квас.
   24. vortex of dissipation Posted: May 16, 2018 at 01:09 PM (#5673491)
That surprises me, with your interest in Japanese culture. Video games are such a big part of spreading Japanese ideas and values around the world, I just assumed you would be part of that niche. Nothing wrong with you not being into them or anything, it's just interesting to me that you're not.


It's just not something I ever got into. Part of it is that I'm a bit afraid that if I found I enjoyed games, I'd become obsessive about them, and spend too much time on them. You're right that the ones which do temp me are primarily Japanese visual novels, rather than games per se. Many of my favorite anime series are based on visual novels, and it would be interesting to see the original media.
   25. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: May 16, 2018 at 01:09 PM (#5673492)
I was hoping this would become the new gaming thread since the previous one is a few years old.
   26. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 16, 2018 at 01:13 PM (#5673496)
The 10-12 year old kids I coach are all in on Fortnite. From what I hear from the parents it's definitely the thing to take away from the kid as punishment.
   27. zack Posted: May 16, 2018 at 01:14 PM (#5673497)

I was hoping this would become the new gaming thread since the previous one is a few years old.

Has anyone tried the new Super Mega Baseball game? I wanted to like the first one, but I'm extremely picky about baseball games and the fact that every pitcher could throw every pitch (and you'd be punished if you didn't mix it up a lot) took me right out of the game by breaking the flow too much.

The easiest way to rate a baseball game: can you be unintentionally walked by the AI when batting, and does the AI draw unintentional walks when you are pitching?
   28. Blastin Posted: May 16, 2018 at 01:19 PM (#5673506)
I was teasing you, snapper, because honestly I am very out of touch with the new version of gaming. I was in Flushing over the winter, and my wife and I were eating, and three boys (men? Idk how old, teens or early 20s) came in, and had an argument.

It became clear they had come from a gaming tournament and felt the... judging? Or something was very unfair. And were hashing it out over dinner.


My nephew plays games and talks with his friends throughout.

I used to play Sonic and Crash Bandicoot when people came over, and sometimes sports games alone to live vicariously through the players I created when I was a bad athlete (long before the marathons).


So I don't really understand these games either! But I am aware of this one because my nephew is into it.
   29. Perry Posted: May 16, 2018 at 01:24 PM (#5673510)
Micro-transactions, "loot boxes" and Twitch have revolutionized the industry. It's big business now. And every 16 year old with a C report card and a decent shot thinks he's the next streamer to hit it big on Twitch.


This appears to be written in English, and yet I only understand a few words. (I also have never played a video game.)

Also, #15 is great. Well done to you sir.
   30. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: May 16, 2018 at 01:28 PM (#5673517)
My daughter (8) loves Minecraft, which I guess was the last "big thing" with kid gamers. What she really wants to play is "Witcher 3" but she knows that's daddy's game. She does want to go as Ciri for Halloween this year though, which I guess is pretty cool.
   31. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 16, 2018 at 01:52 PM (#5673540)
Are people no longer fighting for Kate Upton? Sad, if true.
   32. This is going to be state of the art wall Posted: May 16, 2018 at 02:42 PM (#5673584)
This appears to be written in English, and yet I only understand a few words. (I also have never played a video game.)


I know this will blow your mind (it actually blows mine and I'm "only" just recently 35) but younger millenials and gen z LOVE watching other people play vidya games. It's the oddest ####### thing. Twitch is a streaming company that started about five years ago and it's now one of the hottest IPs in tech. Amazon bought them for 1 Billion a few years ago and right now that seems like a bargain price.

Microtransactions started mostly with mobile games but are now mainstream. The traditional model in gaming was to make a big huge blockbuster of a title (Think Zelda or Doom) and charge $59 (or more) per copy. This of course limited the audience of those games (most kids don't have $59 laying around to buy a game) and the studios that could make them, as they were so expensive, sometimes with budgets rivaling Hollywood productions. After a few really big flops (including the new Sim City) a lot of the industry started to move away from that model, even the big names like EA, and making games with microtransactions (hey buy that bigger sword for $1!) but that are priced much more "kid friendly" around $15-30. The studios take on a lot less risk and microtransactions have proven a huge boon to the industry. It's easier to bleed someone dry from a slow trip then a full on hemorrhage.

"Loot crates" are basically a form of legal gambling where you gamble on a "crate" that could contain something like an in-game bonus or collectible figure (another thing the kids love, figurines). It's totally a scam and is getting a lot of pushback, thankfully.
   33. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: May 16, 2018 at 02:50 PM (#5673593)
I wish Minecraft was still the big game among kids, because Fortnite is hot garbage even for what it is and Minecraft is basically the greatest Lego set ever except virtual.
   34. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: May 16, 2018 at 02:53 PM (#5673596)
Twitch is a streaming company that started about five years ago and it's now one of the hottest IPs in tech. Amazon bought them for 1 Billion a few years ago and right now that seems like a bargain price.


if you know a better way to watch a busty girl in a low-cut halter top play Stardew Valley I'd like to hear it.
   35. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: May 16, 2018 at 02:55 PM (#5673598)
I know this will blow your mind (it actually blows mine and I'm "only" just recently 35) but younger millenials and gen z LOVE watching other people play vidya games. It's the oddest ####### thing.

I can understand watching a tutorial, or a strategy guide, to help learn the game. Those often involve watching the guy play.
   36. Ziggy's screen name Posted: May 16, 2018 at 02:55 PM (#5673599)
Oxford commas

YES,

and spaces after periods,

TWO,

and how much people hate the world's most popular movies.

LOTS.
   37. Ziggy's screen name Posted: May 16, 2018 at 02:56 PM (#5673601)
Also, RBI Baseball 1-3 are the only decent baseball video games because they're the ones that I remember from when I was a kid. (And still play on an emulator and which causes my wife to roll her eyes when I brag to her about striking out Darryl Strawberry.)
   38. Jose is an Absurd Doubles Machine Posted: May 16, 2018 at 02:57 PM (#5673603)
I know this will blow your mind (it actually blows mine and I'm "only" just recently 35) but younger millenials and gen z LOVE watching other people play vidya games. It's the oddest ####### thing.

I can understand watching a tutorial, or a strategy guide, to help learn the game. Those often involve watching the guy play.


Last summer we took our 8 year old team for a little impromptu pizza party. The pizza place has a bunch of TVs and there were baseball games, soccer games, hell probably a lacrosse game on them. The kids were absolutely engrossed with the single tv that was showing a video game that looked like robots playing soccer. They were absolutely hooked, like the pizza didn't hold their attention hooked. I took a picture of them at one point and it's one of the best pictures I've ever taken. The 7-8 kids in the shot have looks on their faces that absolutely show their personality but ALL of them are staring at the TV.
   39. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: May 16, 2018 at 03:43 PM (#5673649)
To give some context "Battle Royale" is the game type of the moment right now (taking over that crown from MOBAs like League of Legends) and everybody and their brother is trying to get in on the trend. At any given time over a half a million people are playing a Battle Royale game "Player Unknown's Battlegrounds" on Steam and that's just PC owners. It's estimated THREE MILLION people are playing Fortnite at any given time, thanks to the much larger worldwide reach of the PS4 and Xbone.

Now here's a (really) Old School Battle Royale. And if you have to ask, you probably won't want to know.
   40. bunyon Posted: May 16, 2018 at 03:46 PM (#5673656)
(I've been on this site for a looooong time.)

It's a trap.
   41. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: May 16, 2018 at 03:46 PM (#5673657)
There's video footage of an actual Battle Royale from the southern "Chitlin Circuit" of black boxers, probably dates back to the 30s. Might be on YouTube, it's a pretty silly looking thing and I don't think the fighters were going all-out, but it's an interesting historical oddity.
   42. Baldrick Posted: May 16, 2018 at 04:15 PM (#5673699)
I know this will blow your mind (it actually blows mine and I'm "only" just recently 35) but younger millenials and gen z LOVE watching other people play vidya games. It's the oddest ####### thing.

It's almost as weird as people who like to watch other people trying to hit a ball with a piece of wood.
   43. The Good Face Posted: May 16, 2018 at 05:16 PM (#5673764)
I know this will blow your mind (it actually blows mine and I'm "only" just recently 35) but younger millenials and gen z LOVE watching other people play vidya games. It's the oddest ####### thing.

It's almost as weird as people who like to watch other people trying to hit a ball with a piece of wood.


Yeah, but most people who like watching other people hit a ball with a piece of wood don't have 17 other people available all the time to try playing it themselves, and even if they did, they'd probably be really, really bad at it.

But anybody can buy and play a videogame, and unless they're physically or mentally handicapped at least become competent in playing it.

   44. tshipman Posted: May 16, 2018 at 06:14 PM (#5673815)
Jesus Christ this site is old.
   45. Bhaakon Posted: May 16, 2018 at 07:43 PM (#5673844)

But anybody can buy and play a videogame, and unless they're physically or mentally handicapped at least become competent in playing it.


Eh, I don't know about that. Just like traditional sports, there are plenty of people who can't manage even mere competence. Most popular tend to have skill-matching of some sort, but that only works to a point.

Though I will admit that watching someone do something I am myself competent at is either boring or maddening. I can't really understand why someone who is good at, say, baseball could stand sitting down to watch a game.
   46. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: May 16, 2018 at 08:53 PM (#5673871)
I think being good at something makes it easier to appreciate others doing it at a high level.
   47. SoSH U at work Posted: May 16, 2018 at 09:25 PM (#5673887)
and spaces after periods,

TWO,


And yet, as your next post demonstrated, you can throw in as many spaces post period you want, and BTF is still only going to grant you one. Might as well save that space bar thumb some work.
   48. Baldrick Posted: May 16, 2018 at 10:37 PM (#5673931)
But anybody can buy and play a videogame, and unless they're physically or mentally handicapped at least become competent in playing it.

I enjoyed playing baseball, which I did for many years. I enjoy watching baseball. While obviously related, the pleasure I get from the two activities is quite distinct. I don't think it's remotely weird that people who like video games enjoy watching the best gamers in the world play games.
   49. GGIAS (aka Poster Nutbag) Posted: May 16, 2018 at 10:44 PM (#5673936)
Ok, I suppose this is where I can chime in. Twitch, Mixer, etc (Streaming) is more than just watching some guy/girl play a game. Many would be surprised, but skill level is often NOT a factor in who is being watched and why they have viewers. A lot of these folks are flat out entertaining, regardless of skill level. We've essentially got a modernized form of vaudeville/street artists. Anyone can do it (stream), but what actually makes this whole thing entertaining is the actual interaction with the gamer. Some folks "lurk", which is just to watch and enjoy the gaming and banter, but a lot of folks also like to utilize the chat feature (and various communications apps like Discord, Skype, etc) and fully interact with the "personality" on their screen. Over time, these streamers end up with little "communities" of fans that feel more like friends than just a fan or viewer. I totally get the concept of "who the hell wants to watch people play games, and why are some people PAYING them for this???" and it wasn't until I got into the gaming industry overall (Publishing, Marketing, PR) that I even fully understood for myself what was going on. What helped this boom along was that companies both big and small saw the effectiveness of these streamers and their communities in marketing damn near anything. It's a thousand times better than any commercial or printed advertisement. People can actually watch somebody consume your product in real time (be it a game, a snack, a drink, a hardware component, etc) and it's a huge boon for smaller companies who have very little to spend in marketing. Streamers come much cheaper than any ad agency or billboard or commercial ever will.

And yeah, #42 nails it. "Who wants to sit around and watch someone else play a game".....well, isn't that sports? It's different, sure. But imagine for a moment if you got to watch baseball while actually interacting in real time with the Starting Pitcher....wouldn't that be ###### awesome? He's constantly telling you what's on his mind with each batter, each pitch. Asking you for feedback and opinion. Making jokes, showing emotion. Hell, when he sees you enter the park, he even addresses you by name. That's precisely what this is.
   50. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: May 16, 2018 at 10:49 PM (#5673943)

And yet, as your next post demonstrated, you can throw in as many spaces post period you want, and BTF is still only going to grant you one. Might as well save that space bar thumb some work.


No way, putting in the two spaces is my quiet form of rebellion against the single space straightjacket.
   51. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: May 16, 2018 at 10:56 PM (#5673946)
The only time I was ever streamed on Twitch, the accompanying chat was mostly about how fat I am. Sadly, I was not able to interact with the chatterers in real time. I imagine it'd have been a lot of fun.
   52. GGIAS (aka Poster Nutbag) Posted: May 16, 2018 at 10:59 PM (#5673947)
The only time I was ever streamed on Twitch, the accompanying chat was mostly about how fat I am. Sadly, I was not able to interact with the chatterers in real time. I imagine it'd have been a lot of fun.


Really? Yeah, unfortunately there are a lot of jerks on the internet, and Twitch is no exception. It has gotten better than it was though. A lot of folks don't even bother with cams and stuff unless they are looking to get really big. Even then, you can ease in. If you ever wanna give that a go again and want some support, just lemme know. I'd be happy to help in any way I can.
   53. PreservedFish Posted: May 16, 2018 at 11:00 PM (#5673948)
Many would be surprised, but skill level is often NOT a factor in who is being watched and why they have viewers.


It's mostly just boobs, right?
   54. GGIAS (aka Poster Nutbag) Posted: May 16, 2018 at 11:07 PM (#5673951)
Honestly, for some it is. A lot of female streamers have an easy time getting views. There are quite a few surprisingly hilarious folks out there though too.
   55. Dog on the sidewalk Posted: May 16, 2018 at 11:15 PM (#5673954)
When I was on, it was on a third party's channel. It's not the kind of thing I'd be likely to do on my own, but I appreciate your offer, Nutbag.

And I really did enjoy reading strangers making fun of me. I'm weird like that. They certainly were jerks, though.
   56. PreservedFish Posted: May 16, 2018 at 11:22 PM (#5673959)
I get it. Video games are fun. You practice to get good at them. But some people are so much better it's nuts. It's fun to watch them play. I'd rather watch a professional gamer than watch professional bowling or chess. I just spent a lot of time watching the boring Olympic sports like luge and slalom where the human eye is literally unable to perceive the difference between the 1st best and the 8th best. Makes just as much sense to watch someone dominate Megaman.
   57. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: May 17, 2018 at 12:25 AM (#5673982)
Even though I'm in my early thirties, I've been spectacularly inept at non-sports video games my entire life. I was the kid who struggled past the first level of the original NES Mario game. I totally understand the appeal of Twitch: I've long preferred watching people competently playing a video game rather than playing one myself, if I had to choose between the two.
   58. Ben Broussard Ramjet Posted: May 17, 2018 at 03:06 AM (#5673989)
My wife's been a Twitch streamer for a couple of years (on short hiatus for unrelated health reasons). It's been interesting seeing what draws people in to watch and participate:

- Sense of community, both with the streamer and with other chatterers
- Seeing a skill that takes time to acquire; not just video games, she also has knitting and other craft streams
- Seeing something you can't afford to do, as she has a good gaming rig, and putting together expensive Lego Creator sets has been popular too

But one other thing was that she would play a game differently. This was most obvious when she ran through Mass Effect 1-3, making the 'bad person'/renegade choices to see what the outcome was. Most people haven't done that - it's a big 100hour+ time investment - but also don't want to do that themselves. They get attached to the characters. (As did my wife; making choices that hurt them was a genuine struggle for her.) But people wanted to watch the outcome, and her reaction to the outcome.

I had a T-shirt made at the end of her playthrough to commemorate what she did to poor Mordin.
   59. Walt Davis Posted: May 17, 2018 at 04:06 AM (#5673991)
Luge is boring? One wrong move and those guys could be dead. Incomprehensible to us normal humans, sure ... but boring, no.

But hey, it's all good with me. Maybe if there'd been streaming back in my college days spent mastering Tempest, it would have gotten me laid more. (I may be old but I can still dream dammit!)
   60. Random Transaction Generator Posted: May 17, 2018 at 07:14 AM (#5673997)
I play videogames. I know most of the major ones by title at least. This one I haven't heard of.

And, checking Wiki, it hasn't even been fully released, and only started last July. So, that explains it.


Games aren't "released" on normal schedules any more. They come out in beta form that they charge money for and people play.
Fortnite Battle Royale is the free version of the game that was released back in the early fall, and it is massively popular.
The fact that it is free to play, available on PC (and runs on lower end machines), XBox, and Playstation makes it a monster hit for younger players.
Athletes have taken to it because you can play a match in about 15 minutes, with your teammates.


I went on Twitch and there was a Fortnite stream with 40,000 viewers.


When the Twitch streamer "Ninja" played Fortnite with Drake (the musical artist), his stream topped out at more than 600,000 people watching it (and this was after 11pm EST).
YouTube videos of the games they played reached over 7 million views.
He consistently gets over 120,000 people watching him play live every day.
His YouTube channel has over 11 million subscribers to it.
From Twitch subscriptions alone, "Ninja" makes over $700,000 a month.
(He also pulls in a crazy amount of money in donations, like around $7,000/day).

He's played with other musical stars, NFL players, European soccer players, and baseball players (Trevor May).

Athletes from around the world (college basketball, MLB, European soccer, Asian soccer, international rugby) do Fortnite dances/emotes as celebrations.





   61. Blastin Posted: May 17, 2018 at 08:46 AM (#5674014)
There's a long profile of the game and its culture in the New Yorker this week. So now I know stuff I didn't know.

It also seems way less violent (they're shooting but no blood, etc) than the other games I've heard of, which surprises me.
   62. Greg K Posted: May 17, 2018 at 08:51 AM (#5674018)
I play videogames. I know most of the major ones by title at least. This one I haven't heard of.

You shouldn't feel too bad. About 50% of my discretionary income goes to computer games and I've never heard of this game either.
   63. Greg K Posted: May 17, 2018 at 08:53 AM (#5674019)
Even though I'm in my early thirties, I've been spectacularly inept at non-sports video games my entire life. I was the kid who struggled past the first level of the original NES Mario game. I totally understand the appeal of Twitch: I've long preferred watching people competently playing a video game rather than playing one myself, if I had to choose between the two.

Growing up with an older brother pushed me in a similar direction. I learned to enjoy watching other people play video games because I did a lot of it from ages 5-15.
   64. zack Posted: May 17, 2018 at 08:55 AM (#5674020)
By this site's standards I'm a toddler at 35, but while I've never been able to get into the streaming scene, I'm addicted to the biannual speedrun marathons. And I'm not alone since they've raised 14 million dollars for charity so far.

Speedrunning is something I can definitely not do competently, at least not without 5000 hours of practice. Next one is June 24th - July 1st.


You shouldn't feel too bad. About 50% of my discretionary income goes to computer games and I've never heard of this game either.

That Paradox DLC is a #####. (For serious that's why I've not bought EUIV or Stellaris).
   65. Greg K Posted: May 17, 2018 at 09:01 AM (#5674021)
That Paradox DLC is a #####. (For serious that's why I've not bought EUIV or Stellaris).

Yeah, I somewhat agree. I mean...it doesn't stop me from buying every Paradox product. I console myself with the fact that

A] I only buy the DLC when it is on sale for 60% or more
and
B] I've put in several hundred hours of EU IV, so even with the DLC gouging I feel like I've come out ahead.

Also, a provisional C] I technically put my play to use for my career, so if I squint real hard I got some of that money back in value.
   66. Fancy Crazy Town Banana Pants Handle Posted: May 17, 2018 at 09:22 AM (#5674025)
But one other thing was that she would play a game differently. This was most obvious when she ran through Mass Effect 1-3, making the 'bad person'/renegade choices to see what the outcome was. Most people haven't done that - it's a big 100hour+ time investment - but also don't want to do that themselves. They get attached to the characters. (As did my wife; making choices that hurt them was a genuine struggle for her.) But people wanted to watch the outcome, and her reaction to the outcome.

The renegade choices aren't necessarily the ones that hurt your squadmates the most. Depends on the character and the situation. For example, the only way to save Mordin Solus in ME3 is through the renegade path... of course it also requires you killing Wrex in ME1, and letting Eve die. But hey, Krogan are disposable.
   67. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: May 17, 2018 at 10:02 AM (#5674038)
I fiddled around with Fortnite a few weeks ago but it didn't captivate me. Part of the reason is the same thing that plagues many multiplayer-focused games which is that if you aren't an early adopter, by the time you get to check it out everyone is much better than you and the learning curve can become obnoxiously steep (I had the same issue with Overwatch). At least I didn't hear much of the notorious abuse that I've heard plagues the player base, nobody said a word about my mother, they were probably just happy to have me as an easy kill.

I'm further hindered by my preference to wait for games to become steeply discounted through Steam or GOG before pulling the trigger, which is obviously not much of an issue for 1P games (and even has its benefits, as a game like Witcher 3 that would have brought my system to its knees as a $60 AAA title in 2015 ran beautifully as a $20 game on my upgraded GPU in 2017, I ended up buying 3 $20 copies and gifting them to friends as a result). I'll pay a AAA release price if I completely trust the developers and the IP but those sorts of releases are few and far between.
   68. The Good Face Posted: May 17, 2018 at 10:36 AM (#5674074)
I'm further hindered by my preference to wait for games to become steeply discounted through Steam or GOG before pulling the trigger, which is obviously not much of an issue for 1P games (and even has its benefits, as a game like Witcher 3 that would have brought my system to its knees as a $60 AAA title in 2015 ran beautifully as a $20 game on my upgraded GPU in 2017, I ended up buying 3 $20 copies and gifting them to friends as a result). I'll pay a AAA release price if I completely trust the developers and the IP but those sorts of releases are few and far between.


That's pretty much where I am, only I can't really think of any developer I have that level of trust in other than maybe CD Projekt Red. I'll buy Cyberpunk 2077 immediately, no questions asked. But any other "AAA" title I'll typically hold off on. My Steam backlog of unplayed/unfinished games is becoming embarrassing at this point; I could probably go years without buying anything new and still keep myself entertained.
   69. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: May 17, 2018 at 10:57 AM (#5674101)
This appears to be written in English, and yet I only understand a few words. (I also have never played a video game.)

This is kind of how I have felt recently. I was recently reading about Post Malone on Wikipedia when I came across the following two sentences that seemed like something out of the Onion to me:

He enrolled in Tarrant County College but dropped out.[15] After leaving college, Post moved to Los Angeles, California, with his longtime friend Jason Probst, a professional game streamer.[16][17][18]

According to Post, he chose Post Malone as his stage name when he was 14 or 15.[19] The name was rumored to be a reference to the professional basketball player Karl Malone,[20] but Post later explained that while 'Post' is his last name, he used a "rap name generator" to get "Malone".[21]


I'm 38, played video games through college, but stopped cold turkey after that because I didn't want to let it take over my life (same thing with fantasy sports). "Cold turkey" is probably the wrong way to describe it -- when my roommates owned a gaming system it was an ever-present distraction, but when I stopped playing I didn't miss it at all.

All of that being said, the appeal of watching someone else play video games (let alone paying to do so) makes no sense to me. I'm sure other people would say the same thing about posting about baseball and politics on the Internet, so I try not to judge, but it just seems like a large and unhealthy waste of time.
   70. Jess Franco Posted: May 17, 2018 at 11:57 AM (#5674165)
Lana Del Rey kinda killed video games for me.
   71. jmurph Posted: May 17, 2018 at 12:25 PM (#5674193)
So put him on the 14-day disabled list.

This was an excellent joke, sir.
   72. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: May 17, 2018 at 12:49 PM (#5674229)
Ok, I suppose this is where I can chime in. Twitch, Mixer, etc (Streaming) is more than just watching some guy/girl play a game. Many would be surprised, but skill level is often NOT a factor in who is being watched and why they have viewers.


there was a New Yorker piece about Twitch stars a few months ago. The sense I got was that it was just another internet sub-community that is nominally based around watching video games, but is truly just a place for people to hang out online, kind of like BTF.
   73. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: May 17, 2018 at 12:57 PM (#5674237)
That's pretty much where I am, only I can't really think of any developer I have that level of trust in other than maybe CD Projekt Red. I'll buy Cyberpunk 2077 immediately, no questions asked.


Yep, same here, they've earned my trust not only with Witcher 3 (arguably the best cRPG ever created), but with the prior games in the series which they later updated to "Enhanced Editions" with improved graphics and gameplay at no cost to existing license-holders. Assuming there aren't any dire performance issues with Cyberpunk 2077 I'll be picking that up shortly after release as well, I'm eager to see what CDPR can do with a non-Witcher storyline and futuristic setting.

If Valve ever put out Left 4 Dead 3 or Half Life 3 or Team Fortress 3 I'd get those immediately as well, but, well, you know...
   74. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: May 17, 2018 at 09:06 PM (#5674684)
Hey, since Fortnite is free, do any of you basement-dwelling Mountain Dew-guzzlers want to try to wrangle up a game this weekend?
   75. GGIAS (aka Poster Nutbag) Posted: May 17, 2018 at 09:44 PM (#5674710)
I tried it once a few months ago, and just couldn't get behind the whole Minecraft meets h1Z1 thing. The building part is just meh.

My personal dream is for a BBTF Civ V game. THAT would be a blast, if you ask me.
   76. jacksone (AKA It's OK...) Posted: May 18, 2018 at 09:44 AM (#5674883)
Civ V


Civ V? Do you hate progress? Why not VI? Are you one of those 'Morrowind FOREVER!' people?
   77. Dingbat_Charlie Posted: May 18, 2018 at 11:01 AM (#5674959)
I'm currently hooked on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. I know there are great mods for it but I'm playing vanilla for my first run, and enjoying it very much.
   78. McCoy Posted: May 18, 2018 at 11:40 AM (#5675001)
I wouldn't mind a good pinball app.

At one point in time I was the #1 ranked Pirates of the Caribbean app player in the world.
   79. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: May 18, 2018 at 12:06 PM (#5675030)
Civ is life. Life is Civ.
   80. You Know Nothing JT Snow (YR) Posted: May 18, 2018 at 12:20 PM (#5675061)
I'm currently hooked on S.T.A.L.K.E.R. I know there are great mods for it but I'm playing vanilla for my first run, and enjoying it very much.


Oh that's a swell game with amazing atmosphere and some truly impressive mods available. When released it was a buggy, unoptimized mess that ran like crap but once that got patched there was some impressive gameplay.

One event that sticks out in my mind was wandering around The Zone and climbing into a tree to fend off some pseudodogs, after which I went to the bathroom (IRL) but forgot to pause the game. When I came back and was about to untree myself I saw something that caught my eye several hundred yards away, barely specks on the screen, so I pulled out the binoculars to get a close look. Some poor stalker was desperately trying to fight off a pair of pseudodogs and getting the worst of it, but eventually prevailed and killed them both. I shared in his triumph as he limped away, just sort of smiling to myself at the sort of emergent gameplay that was new to gaming back then, when out of my field of vision a pair of bandits gunned him down.

I felt like I needed to avenge the poor lad. No scripted quest can match that sort of impact.
   81. cardsfanboy Posted: May 18, 2018 at 05:06 PM (#5675350)
I recently got Civ 6 when it was on Humble Bundle, and yet still haven't bother to actually start the game up. I loved Civ 3(I think that was the one) and played the crap out of that back in the day. But I've actively tried to avoid video games, even though I now have 63 of them so far on Steam. (Humble Bundle does a free one every so often, and other times I pick them up as part of other bundle packages)

I really need to find time to play that. Buddy of mine is trying to get me to play Destiny 2 and Dark Souls 3(got that on accident) but I just think I'm too likely to get addicted to games. I know too many people who just can't seem to stop playing games.
   82. GGIAS (aka Poster Nutbag) Posted: May 19, 2018 at 02:03 AM (#5675561)
Civ V? Do you hate progress? Why not VI? Are you one of those 'Morrowind FOREVER!' people?


Oh goodness no! I have VI, it's just easier (and cheaper for those who do not have it) to get a group together that has V and all the DLC.
   83. Greg K Posted: May 19, 2018 at 09:23 AM (#5675577)
I recently got Civ 6 when it was on Humble Bundle, and yet still haven't bother to actually start the game up. I loved Civ 3(I think that was the one) and played the crap out of that back in the day. But I've actively tried to avoid video games, even though I now have 63 of them so far on Steam. (Humble Bundle does a free one every so often, and other times I pick them up as part of other bundle packages)

I recently had to unsubscribe to Humble Bundle because my backlog of games was getting too big. A quick check now has me at 402 games. Probably half of which I've never played.

I think I have responsibility to try out some of those, rather than look for a job this summer.
   84. GGIAS (aka Poster Nutbag) Posted: May 20, 2018 at 12:29 AM (#5675899)
I recently had to unsubscribe to Humble Bundle because my backlog of games was getting too big. A quick check now has me at 402 games. Probably half of which I've never played.


Anytime you need to feel better about that, just gander at my backlog/games on steam. Yikes....

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