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The Inner Game of Fortnite – Beware The Complainers
If you’ve participated in the Fortnite community for any period of time you’ve undoubtedly noticed the complainers. Aside from giant mistakes like the Infinity Blade and the B.R.U.T.E., any changes to the game produce complainers large and small. Everyone from the biggest, most influential streamers, to some guy on reddit, they all have something to say, it seems. It can be exhausting.
This edition is just a reminder to protect yourself and your mental state. It’s easy to let the complaints in and internalize them. It’s easy to feel the outrage that “the community” feels, when it’s really just a small, vocal minority who has some feelings today.
Bizzle gets roasted for his comment about how his favorite part of his day is waking up and checking what’s new in Fortnite, especially when Epic does something to throw the game into a state of flux. But what’s also awesome about Fortnite is that it’s constantly evolving, balancing, experimenting. I would love if some of my favorite games from the past could go through weekly evolutions like Fortnite does.
Think about that tradeoff: would you rather play a game that’s constantly evolving, making mistakes, but genuinely trying to get better? Or would you rather have a one-time release game where you get what you get, you don’t get any patches or anything new, and the developer just moves onto building the sequel to release in two years? I’ll take the former.
If you’re that mad at Fortnite, if it’s not bringing you joy, or you’re just not having fun, stop playing. It’s that simple. Otherwise, I encourage you to figure out how to handle the changes; figure out how to adapt. Change is the only constant. Miss things, talk about them with friends, but then accept where the game is now and figure out how to win.
Just because your favorite streamers believe something about the game doesn’t mean you have to. Just because reddit or Twitter is up in arms about something, doesn’t mean you have to be. Do you actually feel the same way? Consider it for yourself.
Part of being a great competitor is blocking out that which truly do not matter. Don’t let the other guys get you down. Ignore the noise.
Sub-Skill Drills – Tunnel Edits
This is something I’ve been working on and it’s helped my game a lot. What we’re going to do in this drill is to build a tunnel and then edit one of the walls, ideally not breaking our speed, so we can keep moving forward.
If you have Sprint by Default turned on, I suggest you turn it off for this drill until you get good enough at it that you can run through these.
Let’s start our tunnel by placing a wall to our right. Then place a ceiling over your head.
Next, walk forward, first placing another ceiling overhead, placing walls on our left and right so we have coverage everywhere but in front and behind us.
Place a wall in front.
Corner edit the front wall so you can proceed.
Repeat steps 2 and 3: ceiling, side walls, front wall, etc.
For a bonus, once you get good at this, make 90 degree turns in your tunnel and keep the front or side wall edits going as you proceed.
If you’re doing this a layer above the ground, you’ll also need to place a floor below you before you walk forward.
Practice this tunnel and edit for 10-15 minutes, working on mechanics, not speed. The speed will come.
This drill is perfect to use in a mid or endgame when you need to move out in the open and you need to manufacture some cover for yourself.
Have a great weekend. Get those dubs.
See you Monday.