Episode 24 – Aural Pleasure

It’s a new week and a new episode of Make Me A Gamer! On this week’s episode, HarveyZ has finally had time for games so after a long hiatus, we’re talking about XCOM 2 once again! After that we end up talking about the surprising new hit game Apex Legends, as well as a long discussion about the battle royale genre in general and what it takes to be a Twitch streamer. We hope you enjoy! (This episode was recorded February 12th, 2019.)

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Fortnite Fervor

After dancing around it for a good while, on Monday night for the first time I played Fortnite’s battle royale mode. I’ve never played PUBG or any of the other battle royale mods of other PC games, so it was my very first experience with the genre. And I have to say, due to me staying up way later than I should have after playing a good three hours of continuous games – I think I can see the appeal of Fortnite. (And then I played for a few more hours yesterday just for good measure.)

The thing that struck me almost immediately was just how easily I got into it. It’s one of those games that is very friendly to new players – even if you suck at it. I didn’t win a match (and honestly didn’t even come close despite having a few top 10 finishes) but I still had a lot of fun playing the matches. Unlike games like Overwatch where I get frustrated with multiple losses in a row, every time I died early I was easily able to shake it off and immediately requeue without any negative feelings or frustration.

So what is it about Fortnite (and the battle royale genre as a whole) that is so attractive and user-friendly?

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