It Took a 12-Year-Old to Explain a Fortnite Black Hole to Joanna
The Fornite black hole is officially over! Gamers rejoice! If you are like Buzz and I, then none of those words make any sense to you! But thankfully, I have a 12 year old nephew who plays Fortnite explain it all to me.
To begin with, Fortnite is one of the most popular video games in the world right now. Not only are your kids (or siblings or nieces or nephews) playing it, but lots of celebrities are playing it as well. Fortnite: Battle Royale, which is the free-to-play game where up to 100 fight to be the last one standing, held one of the biggest streaming events where famous streamer (because yes, that is a thing) Ninja played the game alongside Drake, Travis Scott, Kim DotCom and Pittsburgh Steelers wide reciever Juju Smith-Schuster and broke Twitch streaming records. It's crazy popular enough that just this past summer Fortnite developer Epic had to create a Fortnite World Cup where 16-year-old Kyle Giersdorf, known online as Bugha, took home a $3 million grand prize. Now, my nephews play this game all the time, how are they not winning $3 million? What are they doing wrong? But I digress.
Anyways, on Sunday, players were happily playing Fortnite when suddenly they were sucked into a black hole; a literal black hole that appeared on the screen. For about a day an a half there was no Fortnite playing (or battling? I'm not sure what the proper term is here). Players literally only had a black screen staring back at them. According to my nephew, this is normal. Apparently, developer Epic usually takes the game offline while they update the game into the next "season." That usually lasts around two hours, this time was different because it was a DAY AND A HALF! My nephew was literally watching streamers watch the black hole. I would completely judge my nephew if I could, but, I have photographic evidence that I too would watch other people play video games so I am in no position to be judgy.
My nephew informed me that there had been a message that the "end of Fortnite" was near and he thought that this was it.
Cue the sad Sarah McLaughlin song that my nephew played while he reminisced about good times playing Fortnite.
Alas, it was not the end. Well the end of chapter one. On Tuesday, Fortnite came back with Chapter 2. Chapter 2 features an all-new island with new weapons. The trailer released shows that maybe the day and a half wait was worth it? I'm not sure yet because my nephews haven't played it, because they're at school, also they're 10 and 12-years-old.
That about covers it. I did a lot of research about Fortnite, and, while I understand it a bit more I'm almost certain that if I tried to play it, I'd die almost immediately