Settling into the world of Fortnite can be daunting, especially for adults. It’s like trying to decode an alien language. This tale is about a father's quest to understand a game his children are obsessing over.
The first step in this journey was buying Fortnite. The game, with its multiple editions and the term 'Battle Royale', was already a mystery. But purchasing it was certainly a straightforward process.
Then came the actual gameplay. Instantly, it was like being thrust into a parallel universe. Equipped with a pickaxe and nothing else, survival appeared like a Herculean task.
Understanding the controls further complicated things. The simple act of moving around and aiming was a nightmare to the father initially, leading to his character’s early demise.
Grasping the Objective
Fortnite isn’t just about survival, it’s about being the last one standing. This exciting twist, though thrilling to most, was another perplexing aspect for this parent.
Teleportation into a flying bus and being thrust out into an island with 99 others just added to the confusion. Determining where and when to land became the first strategic decision thrown at him.
Moreover, the need to scavenge for weapons was another learning curve. Understanding that loot color types indicated the item's rarity and power was almost like taking a crash course in a new language.
Additionally, comprehending building mechanics was another challenge. Converting materials into forts to protect oneself from enemy fire sounded fascinating; however, executing it effectively was another proposition altogether.
Mastering the Battle
Fighting against 99 players, all aiming for the one victory, was an intimidating prospect. Being new to this, the father was often the first one eliminated, yet this didn’t deter his intent to learn.
The prospect of spectating other players after his elimination was initially a drag. Little did he know, it was the key to unraveling the mystery of Fortnite's game mechanics.
As he spectated, he began to pick up strategies used by others and got a deeper understanding of gameplay. This helped refine his own strategy and gradually improved his game.
However, even with this newfound knowledge, the frustration of early eliminations was still prevalent. The randomness of the loot couldn't be controlled, neither could the maneuvers of other gamers.
The social element of Fortnite is another important aspect. The player needs to effectively communicate with teammates, share resources, and strategize in real-time.
Another fascinating yet potentially worrisome point for the parent was the live chat feature. Recognising the potential pitfalls, he enlisted some help for his Fortnite journey through this very feature.
By partnering with sympathetic and patient players, he learned the ropes more effectively. These interactions not only improved his game but enriched the overall Fortnite experience.
These fellow players gave him valuable insight – where to land, how to collect resources, and build strategies. This co-operative experience fostered an appreciation for Fortnite's community spirit.
A Different Perspective
For kids growing up with gaming consoles, understanding the game’s perspective comes naturally. For a father, however, it may take some time to familiarise with the third-person perspective of Fortnite.
The kind of view provided by the third-person perspective offered strategic advantages like viewing the surroundings without revealing the character, understanding the 'fight or flight' decision, etc.
This perspective also helped in realizing the importance of sound in the game. Distinct noises indicate proximity of other players or hidden chest locations, thereby adding another dimension to the game.
Mastering these aspects of Fortnite took time, patience, and lots of practice, especially for a dad, unforgiving and challenging at the same time.