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The Fortnite Takeover

By Rodney Latham
On March 11, 2018

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Have you ever been in your dorm room or apartment when, suddenly, it sounds like there’s a WWE title match going on? You freak out, thinking it’s something serious — until you hear “Build! Build! He’s on top of the hill!” Congratulations, you’ve just been introduced to Fortnite.

Fortnite has spread through the gaming community around the country. It is a free-to-play game with in-game purchases and can be downloaded on Play Station 4 (PS4), Xbox One and PCs. It doesn’t matter what system you have, odds are you can find someone near you to play with.

Fornite has been able to do something very few games have: It has brought back the sense of gaming community. Good-natured yelling between friends, energy drinks at four in the morning and marathon gaming sessions are typical within the culture of this addicting video game. Fortnite has created friendships and ruined them in the same hour, as you die, curse your teammates’ names and then immediately press the back-out button to start another game.

According to, Fornite has a concurrent player-count of 3.4 million players. The Fornite culture is similar to that of Call of Duty, MW2, Madden NFL, NFL 2K and Super Smash Bros -- in that the game causes players to put off all obligations, staying up late, passing the controller around and screaming at the screen until they’re exhausted.

So, the next time you’re up in the middle of the night trying to study for a big test and you hear the people next door shouting at the game, don’t call the RA to complain. Simply get online, take their squad out and send them a message to keep it down. 

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