Video games have been getting a lot of mainstream media attention, and most of it hasn’t been good.
After two shootings in Ohio and Texas, President Trump pointed towards video games as one of the reasons why there was so much gun violence in America. Of course there’s the simple fact that while these video games are played worldwide, only America has a massive problem with gun violence.
In addition, numerous studies have been commissioned to study this claim and they have almost all found that there is no correlation between playing shooting games and actually being violent in real life.
Still, many members of the gaming community have had to step forward to answer questions around the ties between shooting games and violence.
That includes Ninja who is now apparently being followed around by TMZ Sports paparazzi who wanted to get his thoughts on the issue:
Clearly he disagrees with the presidents assessment and points to the lighthearted side of the gaming community in games like Minecraft as an example of the good they do. This also is not an official statement by any means, he’s on the sidewalk outside of a restaurant after all, but it does show how pervasive this question is becoming towards people in gaming.
In response to these comments by Trump, Walmart removed many video games from their shelves and all advertising for any mature rated game. No word on what they plan to do about the gun displays though.
Open-world Fortnite may be the only way to attain Donald Mustard’s metaverse
Chief Creative Officer Donald Mustard has a vision for Fortnite’s metaverse, and the open-world game mode could be what takes it there.
A leaked document from the Epic Games vs Apple lawsuit titled Stipulated Exhibits Documents revealed plans to take Fortnite beyond battle royale. Paired with Chief Creative Officer Donald Mustard’s vision to create the metaverse, it’s possible an open-world Fortnite may be the only way to do so.
Mustard has often referenced Fortnite’s overarching storyline which isn’t the easiest to follow. From the outside looking in, Fortnite seems like a cartoony battle royale featuring cash-grab crossovers with popular media icons. However, there is a complex story that has stretched across multiple seasons over the past three years. In an interview with The Verge, Mustard states, “It might not necessarily be story in the traditional character-driven, three-act structure… That story is happening, but you’re only seeing some of it.”
Fortnite’s goal of becoming a metaverse is admirable, and it has proven it can entice brands to relinquish the right to their characters. Fortnite has seen an entire Marvel-themed season that not only affected The Island but also made Fortnite a canonical universe in the Marvel comics. And currently, Fortnite is having a similar impact on DC Comics. However, Fortnite’s current last-player-standing gameplay limits storytelling, player enjoyment, and the sense of community players can form.
When people think of the term “metaverse” they often think of the digital world of Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. While Fortnite has perfected its battle royale mode, a small party-based island and massive in-game event every few months does not a metaverse make. Yet, Epic Games’ plan to implement an “open-world simulation sandbox mode” may be what Fortnite needs to fulfill Mustard’s vision.
Mustard is aware that fighting 99 other players to be the last man standing every 20 minutes isn’t the most ideal format for storytelling. Yet, Fortnite has managed to weave an intricate storyline into the fabric of the battle royale. Epic Games is undoubtedly great a storytelling, and what it has managed to do with a game like Fortnite proves that. Rather than attempt to build a more universal metaverse from the ground up, Epic can mold Fortnite into the proper game fitting for that title.
The open-world sandbox that’s described in Epic’s court documents makes it easier to visualize a metaverse. Fortnite’s expert storytelling, arsenal of licensed characters, and immense popularity can flourish when removing the intensity of the battle royale. Player won’t have to always be looking over their shoulder for the next sweaty opponent. Instead, they can explore and enjoy the richness of Fortnite’s lore-filled world.
“Our lofty goal is to create the entertainment experience of the future,” stated Mustard, and that experience could be right around the corner. Assets for the upcoming open-world mode have already been loaded into the backend of Fortnite, and many speculate it could be implemented as soon as next season. Regardless of when it comes, it needs to be given the same amount of attention as Fortnite’s battle royale.
The Party Royale mode is a great example of how Fortnite shouldn’t handle the open-world experience. What started with the intent to allow casual players to hang with friends quickly became the least interesting facet of Fortnite. There are digital concerts and movie showings on occasion, but Party Royale doesn’t offer much more outside of these events. If Mustard truly wants to establish the metaverse within Fortnite, it needs to be rooted inside of this open-world experience.
Fortnite will continue to tell brilliant stories that incorporate the icons of today, tomorrow, and yesterday regardless of whether that takes place in the battle royale or a new experience. But as the need for digitized social interactions grows, so will the need for a revolutionary digital platform. That platform very well may be Fortnite’s imminent open-world experience.
Fortnite’s Boundless skins are still pay-to-win
Fortnite’s Boundless skins are still pay-to-win even after Epic Games issued a fix that no longer allowed all-white or all-black styles.
Even after Epic Games “fixed” the Boundless skins, pros are still using them to get a leg up on their competition. Players may not be able to use the all-black or all-white styles, but the Boundless skins are still pay-to-win.
Epic Games has stated on a number of occasions that all cosmetic items in Fortnite do not offer a competitive advantage. Skins, backblings, and pickaxes are optional additions to the player character meant only for cosmetic purposes. Yet, on occasion, players will find cosmetics that give them an unintended advantage.
This has happened on a number of occasions across different types of cosmetics. The Dragacorn glider from Chapter 2 Season 2 was reworked due to its mount animation. The Plastic Patroller had its texture altered after it became too easy to hide in plain sight. And Epic also attempted to fix the Boundless skins, but they might need to be fixed again.
Boundless skins are pay-to-win
The Boundless skin set was a must-have when introduced in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 4. These hyper-customizable skins allowed players to create their own superheroes. However, players quickly discovered that the skins could be made all-black or all-white allowing players to hide in shadows or bright spots.
Epic Games caught wind of this strategy and announced that it had fixed the skins. Among fixing the lighting around the map, players could no longer make their superhero mono white or black. Yet, this didn’t stop players from finding another way to make the Boundless skins pay-to-win.
While you can’t choose white for both colors, players can make one layer white and the other light gray. By mixing up the texture of the layers, the skin looks just completely white. This doesn’t give players the same advantage as the all-black skin did, but it still gives them the upper hand in some situations.
This is most apparent when comparing the top streamers during a competitive tournament. As shown in the image above, a large number of streamers still use the Boundless skin because of its advantage. Being one of the smallest skins in the game makes it harder to see, and even more so when paired with how well it blends into brighter areas.
All Tier 100 Fortnite Skins ranked
Fortnite has given us a long list of Battle Pass skins. Here, we’re ranking all of the tier-100 Battle Pass skins from worst to best.
Fortnite has been providing us with skins for over two years. Take a look at all Fortnite tier 100 skins as we rank them from worst to best.
We’re 16 seasons into Fortnite at this point, and 15 Battle Passes deep. We’ve seen hundreds of skins come and go with varying degrees of originality. Some are still in Battle Royale to this day while others are collecting dust in a crowded locker.
Not all Fortnite skins are created equal. Today, we’re looking at the Fortnite tier 100 skins and ranking them from worst to best. Let us know your opinions in the comments!
15. Vendetta: Season 9
The Vendetta is my least-favorite tier 100 skin of the bunch. The non-upgraded version is lame and the final stage leaves a lot to be desired.
This one was one of the most uninspired tier 100 skin, in my opinion. It doesn’t look very good, either, which is why it’s placed at the bottom of our rankings.
14. Ice King: Season 7
The Ice King is a skin you’ll hardly ever see in a modern Fortnite match. It’s probably not the ugliest skin we’ve gotten as a tier 100 reward, but it isn’t far off.
The reason this is so low, though, has to do with the size. This skin is massive and clunky, making you feel like an easy target when you’re wearing it.
13. Ultima Knight: Season X
The Ultima Knight is, simply, an addition to the OG Black Knight that ranks much higher in this list. This is a poor man’s Black Knight and everyone knows it.
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Not only is the skin unoriginal, but it’s large and clunky when you rank it up. Anyone who already has the Black Knight won’t be rocking this version into battle
12. Dire: Season 6
The Dire skin is one of the cooler skin concepts Epic has added as a tier 100 skin. The werewolf skin, while interesting, is probably among the least-popular skins you’ll see in the game.
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The base skin is boring and the upgraded version is too big – two ingredients that lead to a bottom-half ranking.
11. Ragnarok: Season 5
The Ragnarok skin sits right in the middle of the pack. It’s not horrible, but it’s not great, either. The upgraded skin is a little busy for my taste, so I take everything off and roll with the topless bald man.
10. Fusion: Chapter 2, Season 1
The Fusion from Fortnite Chapter 2 is decent but relatively boring. You’d be hard-pressed to find a player still wearing this skin – especially since there were far better options in the same Battle Pass.
I had this one high on my original rankings (from C2S1) but time has knocked it down to just inside the top-10.
9. Omega: Season 4
The Omega skin suffers from many of the problems as of the other bottom-half skins: it’s unathletic. That is until you take all of the armor off of the outfit.
I rock this skin stripped-down, just as I prefer the Ragnarok skin. It looks sleeker and cooler that way, in my opinion. The base Omega skin squeaks it into the top-10 – especially since you can change the color on the stripped-down version.
8. Mandalorian: Chapter 2 Season 5
This might be a controversial placement, but I’m not a huge fan of the Mandalorian skin. Fans of the show will probably like it more, but it didn’t really do it for me.
Sure, the customization options are there, but you’ll never go back to the pre-upgraded armor like you could with some of the other tier-100 skins. Baby Yoda is a hit, but the Mando skin leaves a lot to be desired.
7. Luxe: Season 8
The Luxe was the number-one tier 100 skin in my book for a long time. This is one of the only tier 100 skins that I still regularly wear when I play Fortnite, and one of only two female skins in the group.
The real reason this one ranks so highly is the back bling. Those golden wings are at least the second-best back bling reward in any Battle Pass.
6. The Reaper: Season 3
For some, the Reaper is going to be a number-one tier 100 Battle Pass skin. I understand this argument, but I never liked it, myself.
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There were some bugs during Season 3 that caused Epic to hand everyone several Battle Pass tiers for free. The result was that almost everyone who bought the Season 3 Battle Pass got the Reaper skin, which is one of the reasons I never really liked it.
Despite my personal bias, I recognize that Season 3 was the golden age of Fortnite and this skin brings back the feels. It’s well-deserving of a top-five finish.
5. Spire Assassin: Chapter 2 Season 6
The Spire Assassin is the latest tier-100 skin added to Fortnite in Season 6, and it jumped right to the top-five in my rankings. This skin comes close to the best we’ve seen in Chapter 2, but it’s too early to tell.
It’s always hard to rank a skin while the season is currently underway, but I’m betting that Spire Assassin will be a common sight on the Fortnite island long after Season 6 concludes.
4. Eternal Knight: Chapter 2, Season 3
The Eternal Knight is a strong contender for the best tier-100 skin in the history of Fortnite. All of the variants are cool and unique and the customizable pickaxe is another huge point in favor of the outfit.
Along with only a few others on this list, the Eternal Knight is still a common sight on the Fortnite island. As long as players are still wearing the skin, it deserves a high placement on this list.
3. Midas: Chapter 2, Season 2
Midas remains a favorite of a lot of Fortnite players, whether you’re using his Ghost, Shadow, or all-gold version.
The Midas skin is the best of both worlds. He’s slender, which means he doesn’t take up much of your screen, but he’s still a cool and interesting character whose outfit goes well with a lot of different combinations.
2. Iron Man: Chapter 2 Season 4
Come on, it’s Iron Man. This is how you do a tier-100 crossover skin, and the Mandalorian was a huge step back from Tony Stark in the previous season.
With one skin, you get both Iron Man and Tony Stark – which you can switch between in-game. If you leveled up the Battle Pass, you can also play as Gold, Silver, or Holographic Iron Man/Tony Stark. It’s hard to see this as anything less than a top-rated skin.
1. Black Knight: Season 2
I know, I know. The Black Knight isn’t technically a Tier 100 skin. It’s a final-tier Battle Pass skin, though, so it’s worth including on this list.
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The Black Knight is the classic. It’s the OG. Wearing one of these skins doesn’t mean that you’re good, but it does mean that you’ve been playing the game for a long time.
The Black Knight takes the number-one spot because it’s one of the most aesthetically pleasing final-tier skins we’ve ever received. It’s not my personal favorite, but it carries a certain amount of significance for OG Fortnite players.
What’s your number-one tier 100 Fortnite skin? Let us know in the comments.
Image Credit: Epic Games
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