Lion of the Blogosphere

The most important video game on the planet

http://nymag.com/selectall/2018/07/how-fortnite-became-the-most-popular-video-game-on-earth.html

Video games are more important than most of my readers realize, therefore an article about “the most important video game on the planet” is worth reading, plus it’s good to see an article in the mainstream media that’s not about bashing Trump.

However, I think that Overwatch is a better video game for the middle aged gamer.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 13, 2018 at EST am

Posted in Nerdy stuff

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  1. The Super Guido Bros. of Nintendo are probably the most important characters in video game history and highly relevant to your blog and the readers it attracts. Two proles, specifically two guido plumbers are out on the mission to become White Knights for a beautiful White princess in an universe surrounded by diabolical lifeforms that remind you of NAMs who’ve invaded White spaces.

    The Japanese are indeed racist. They came up with a game before us.

    JS

    July 13, 2018 at EST am

  2. How come you’re interested only in these onlinemultiplayer games in which the only point is to keep playing battles or quests over and over, as opposed to games that have a story that you play through and can actually “finish” the game?

    Hermes

    July 13, 2018 at EST pm

  3. Take a group of 100 Fortnite players and 10 NFL fans, evenly matched for age and general physical appearance. I’d bet that the 10 NFL fans have porked more (and better) women in the past year that the 100 Fortnite players.

    Peter

    ironrailsironweights

    July 13, 2018 at EST pm

    • Would not be the case, because Fortnite is a mainstream activity for those in that age bracket, not a weird nerdy pursuit.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      July 13, 2018 at EST pm

      • I’m a 20-something nerd and this is the first I’ve heard of it. The photos in the article suggest the fanbase is primarily prepubescent and extremely dorky.

        snorlaxwp

        July 13, 2018 at EST pm

      • “The photos in the article suggest the fanbase is primarily prepubescent and extremely dorky”

        ALL real prepubescent boys look extremely dorky compared to actors playing boys in TV and movies.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 13, 2018 at EST pm

      • I looked pretty dorky when I was that age, and well into my teens, but then I was a dork. Anyway, the point is they aren’t having sex with anyone, other than the parish priest. And even grading on the prepubescent boy curve, they look dorky, and the few adults look even dorkier.

        snorlaxwp

        July 13, 2018 at EST pm

      • Lion is correct in this case. I teach in a HS, IRIW is definitely wrong. Even the ‘popular’ guys in school are fortnite addicts.

        That said, hs students (even the popular crowd) are boning less than hs kids 15 years ago.

        Simba of the Blogosphere

        July 13, 2018 at EST pm

      • Lion is right, from observing my kids social circle it seems like everybody in their early teens are playing it, the dorks, the chads and the new Syrian immigrants. In some way you would be the weirdo if you don’t play it.

        Hashed

        July 14, 2018 at EST pm

  4. You know, I thought the supposed Fortnight mania was just a viral marketing campaign. But my kids are REALLY into it. Their friends are REALLY into it. Also, it’s a shooting game that is played by both boys AND girls, which is interesting.

    Joe Schmoe

    July 13, 2018 at EST pm

  5. I downloaded and played Fortnite on my PC last week. I couldn’t find a menu on how to work the controls, so I was done after just the one round. Like Overwatch, it looks heavily influenced by TF2, which is also free to play (though no where near as popular). I prefer the mechanics of TF2, which I believe is one of the earlier games where users could purchase “cosmetics,” but it’s always struck me as silly. Why should I care about how my video game character is dressed? I hear adolescents complimenting each other on their stupid hat. One 50 year-old man who had all of the kids in awe with his various gear admitted that he’d spent “around $40,000” over the years, but quickly added that it’s “worth it” considering how many hours of enjoyment he’s received from “the greatest game ever.”

    It’s unnerving to think that *I* am socially maladjusted because I bloodlessly focus on winning/functional value, but I realize one of the game’s appeals is foster a sense of community. Why should achieving a map’s objectives be more important than socializing? Except that’s how I feel in my bones.

    Vince

    July 13, 2018 at EST pm

    • “I downloaded and played Fortnite on my PC last week. I couldn’t find a menu on how to work the controls, so I was done after just the one round. ”

      Same experience here. I guess kids get taught how to play by their friends.

      “Why should I care about how my video game character is dressed?”

      I also totally don’t get this. I wouldn’t pay a cent a virtual “skin.”

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      July 13, 2018 at EST pm

    • These gamers ARE socializing—they play in teams with or against friends they know in real life and make online.

      I guess I’m about The Lion’s age, and I have many fond memories from the 1980s and 1990s of playing TSR and Games Workshop Games with my brother, and of playing Atari 2600 and Commodore 64 Games with him, as well as DOS and Windows games like Doom. The tabletop games were no different socially than the video games, we were spending time together laughing and trying to figure out how to beat the game and just enjoying the artistic elements of the games.

      Gozo

      July 13, 2018 at EST pm

  6. Lion, you should check out games that require you to think, like Factorio and the Zachtronics games (Infinifactory, TIS-1000, Shenzhen I/O, SpaceChem). And if you like tycoon games and making complicated train schedules Japanese-style, A-Train Classic is a blast (and A-Train 9 too, but Classic has a tutorial which you WILL need).

    Fortnite, Overwatch, even WOW are a waste of your generous intellect and predictive abilities.

    John Hunyadi

    July 13, 2018 at EST pm

  7. Video games are incredibly important in the sense that some vast percentage of human time is devoted to developing and playing them. The industry is huge, and the market is stupendously huge.

    The movie and television industries are also huge, but YouTube has opened my eyes in recent years to just how stupid 95 percent of what I used to watch is, not to mention what I didn’t watch. Radio dramas and pulp literature were huge in their day, and pulp literature is still around.

    As I get older, I get increasingly sad about how much of my life I have lost to this mindless stuff. I suppose there is some real wisdom, though, in understanding the size of the amusements market and using that knowledge to make money. P.T. Barnum was a very smart guy.

    SQ

    July 13, 2018 at EST pm

    • “Video games are incredibly important in the sense that some vast percentage of human time is devoted to developing and playing them. The industry is huge, and the market is stupendously huge.”

      Right! That’s what I meant.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      July 13, 2018 at EST pm

      • okay…I’m in…how do I profit from said games?

        EzE

        July 13, 2018 at EST pm

  8. For the current up and coming generation video games are perfectly normal and not associated with nerdiness.

    toomanymice

    July 13, 2018 at EST pm

  9. Notice that the young man featured at the start of his article, who used a Fortnite theme to invite his girlfriend to the prom, is from Canada. No one much cares about the NFL in Canada, and while the Canadian Football League is reasonably popular it’s not an eternal cultural icon like the NFL is here. Canadians don’t face the NFL = winners, video games = losers difference that we do.

    Peter

    ironrailsironweights

    July 13, 2018 at EST pm

    • I’m going to watch a few NFL games this fall and see if there is any change in the number of women who come on to me. Right now, I get hit on by women about once a month. How many games would be a fair test? 3? 4?

      fortaleza84

      July 14, 2018 at EST am

      • Watching the NFL won’t turn a Beta or Omega into an Alpha. Instead it works the other way around, the intense masculinity and physicality of the Most Important Sport in the World means that its fanbase is disproportionately comprised of men who *already* are Alpha, who can get sex with top-quality women and are natural leaders of men.

        Peter

        ironrailsironweights

        July 14, 2018 at EST am

    • In Canada it’s NHL = winners, video games = losers.

      snorlaxwp

      July 14, 2018 at EST am

  10. My grade school daughters love Minecraft. They will play for hours, and all day if we let them. They have friends over to play. It is a creative and social thing. I’ve played a lot of Minecraft too. What you can do with it continues to amaze me, but then I was brought up in the Atari 2600 period.

    Over at the high school, it’s all fortnite. It’s mostly boys, across all cliques. Some girls play but not as much as the boys. I’ve heard they’ve tried blocking the server, so kids have to find ways around. I’m too old for competitive gaming, shooting games in particular.

    Steverino@Steverino.com

    July 14, 2018 at EST am

    • My young children (3 and 6) love phone games like piano tiles and alpaca world. Grade school daughters are minecraft crazy and they group (online) with friends from school while playing. Teenage daughters play overwatch and SIMs.

      My adult son doesn’t leave his room much but stalking his steam profile I see the last games he played were universe sandbox, rimworld and turok 2: seeds of evil.

      toomanymice

      July 15, 2018 at EST am

  11. I certainly wouldn’t call this game the most important on the planet. Yes, it’s popular, but at the end of the day it’s just a 3rd person shooter.

    GLS

    July 14, 2018 at EST am

  12. Off topic. but they had an item on the news about how Kylie Jenner is now one of the richest women in the world because of Lion-y things like being able to sell cosmetics because of her instagram fame.

    When I saw her on the telly I thought that she looked like a sex doll–and that’s when I had a brain wave. When the time comes, sex dolls can come in the form of celebrity endorsed sex dolls–‘I’m Kylie Jenner, you’ve lusted after me on programmes like ‘at home with the Kardashians’ so how about getting to know me a little better with the new Jenner love doll’

    It all makes sense. It would mean that female celebrities could branch out into selling things to men, and at the same time selling their sex dolls would also help sell their cosmetics. Women would think ‘well, if half a billion men want to have sex with a Kylie Jenner doll I guess she must be attractive so I will buy her make up’–not the sassy, independent minded ones who see through such lies, like Gothemette would, but other women. The usual kind.

    Also this helps overcome feminist objections, as Kylie Jenner will be able to say ‘it’s my likeness and I can do what I want with it’. This will mean that women who would normally write ‘disgusting’ on an article about sex dolls will instead be writing ‘you go girl! it’s your likeness and you can do whatever you want with it! It’s 2028!’

    prolier than thou

    July 14, 2018 at EST pm

    • I remember fake vaginas, made from a mold of a famous porn star’s own anatomy, for use in masturbation, being advertised on the Howard Stern show years, maybe decades, ago.

      Gozo

      July 14, 2018 at EST pm

  13. I’m sure you’re right Lion, but I’m too old to care about video games. I noted that “John Wick” was mentioned, which is funny because the movie series stars the 50-ish Keanu Reeves. Still a heartthrob.

    gothamette

    July 14, 2018 at EST pm


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