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Why Fortnite has carefully worked to maintain a “Teen” rating

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On the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), Fortnite is rated “T” for Teen. 

This rating does a couple key things for the game that wouldn’t be possible if the game was rated “M” for Mature.

First, let’s look at the conscious decisions that led to this rating.

Careful Language

You will notice in Fortnite that the word “kill” never appears. When a player is taken down, they are “eliminated.” The count for eliminations is represented with the crosshair symbol. Epic was careful to not have players being killed in the game, just having them be eliminated is a small thing but goes a long way in the game’s rating.

Fantasy Art Style

Fortnite isn’t based in a fantasy world like Overwatch or League of Legends, but it also isn’t gritty and realistic like a CS:GO or Call of Duty. It exists in a sweet spot of being distinctly human but also not being set in a true war scenario.

Fortnite is considered a “blue blood” game – along with Overwatch – while CS:GO and Call of Duty are considered “red blood.” It’s no coincidence that both Overwatch and Fortnite have “T” ratings while the war simulations both have “M.”

It’s not that serious

While the game is definitely serious on Twitch, in the player base, and in the competitive prize pool, Epic has done well to keep the game light. Items like the grappler (literally a plunger) and boogie bomb add a layer of silliness among the rocket launchers and shotguns of the game.

In game events like Kevin the purple cube again keep the game cemented in the fantasy realm. All of these things combine to keep the game’s rating down in the eyes of the ESRB.

So what does the T rating bring to Fortnite?

Some games relish in their M rating. It’s a point of pride for any violent game. Just like a horror movie that is rated PG-13 just feels a little off, that is also true of many video games.

For Fortnite, they made a strategic choice and it is paying off in spades.

No barrier to entry

As everyone knows, Fortnite is free-to-play. That takes out one of the main barriers that prevent people from playing the game. Another main barrier is parents. Many have child locks on game consoles that require a password when someone tries to download a game.

Often those passwords are set for any game rated M, by keeping the game at a T rating Fortnite kept their player base incredibly wide as third graders picked up the game alongside college students. Nobody chose not to play Fortnite because of the rating, but many kids were able to pick up the game for the first time because it had that immediate stamp of parental approval.

Corporate sponsors are all in

Just today Ninja announced he is appearing a Super Bowl ad alongside football legends as part of Fortnite’s ongoing partnership with the NFL. Previously Ninja has also appeared on national ads for Samsung and partnered with companies like Great Clips.

For the game itself, Fortnite partnered with Marvel for the Thanos activation back in May of 2018. Speaking of places focused on ratings, The Avengers is rated PG-13. Like Epic, that is Marvel making a conscious decision. If Fortnite is rated Mature, that partnership may never come about.

Many companies use that red blood vs. blue blood as the line in the sand that their brand cannot cross when placing sponsorship money on gaming/esports.

By keeping their rating down, Epic was able to build the most successful video game title both in the American player base and in mainstream corporate sponsors.

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How to knock down Timber Pines with Ripsaw Launcher in Fortnite

Fortnite recently added the Ripsaw Launcher and we already have a weekly quest that requires players to cut Timber Pines with it for 15,000 XP.

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How to knock down Timer Pines with Ripsaw Launcher

Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 Week 4 challenges are here. Here’s a quick guide to finding the Ripsaw Launcher and knocking down Tumber Pine trees with it.

Amidst game-breaking bugs and glitches, Epic Games released the latest weekly challenges which will help players level up their Battle Pass in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3. The XP system is not at its best at the moment, so loopers desperately wait for new quests and challenges.

One of the weekly challenges is based on the newly introduced Ripsaw Launchers.

Where to find the Ripsaw Launcher in Fortnite?

The Ripsaw Launcher is now available as a standard loot item. Players can search for it on the floor, in chests, and in supply drops. The odds of getting the weapon are purely based on luck, but finding it in major locations like Logjam Lotus, Tilted Towers, Rave Cave, and Coney Crossroads, among others, should be not a struggle.

There’s also a fixed spawn location for the Ripsaw Launcher in Chapter 3 Season 3. There’s a Chop Shop near Logjam Lotus with an abundance of launchers. Even though this location can be highly contested at times, you should be able to get at least one Ripsaw Launcher.

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Chop Shop near Logjam Lotus has several Ripsaw Lauchers (Image via Fortnite.gg)

Where to find Timber Pines in Fortnite?

The next step to completing the weekly challenge is to find Timber Pine trees. Here’s what they look like:

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Timber Prine in Fortnite

Timber Pines are basically the tallest trees on the map with narrow brown trunks, and players can find them in the snow biome which contains POIs like Logjam Lotus and Rave Cave.

The aforementioned Chop Shop is located right beside some Timber Pine trees, and it is best if players collect a Ripsaw Launcher from the shop. Using a Ripsaw Launcher is quite straightforward. Just hold the aim button and point it towards the desired tree.

You can either shoot ferocious sawblades that will tear through the wood or hold the aim button to use the Ripsaw Launcher as a melee weapon.

Completing this Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 Week 4 quest will grant you 15,000 XP and will also help in unlocking some bonus XP rewards.

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Darth Vader in Fortnite has a ton of Easter Eggs

Fortnite introduced Darth Vader as a boss in Chapter 3 Season 3. Here are some easter eggs that Star Wars fans must know about.

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Darth Vader is one of the biggest highlights of Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3. True to its nature, Epic Games has included several Star Wars easter eggs with The Chosen One.

Even though Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 didn’t turn out to be a Star-Wars themed season, fans were finally able to witness Darth Vader. He is a tier 100 reward in the current Battle Pass and is also a boss.

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Darth Vader is finally here in Fortnite

Darth Vader is rightly one of the most terrifying bosses in Fortnite history. However, this is not the only thing that makes this crossover genuine and detailed.

Fun facts about Darth Vader in Fortnite

Over the past few weeks, the community has discovered these hidden details about Darth Vader:

Darth Vader boss doesn’t spawn in the island’s desert biome

Darth Vader doesn’t like sand. In a famous Attack of the Clones scene, he says:

“I don’t like sand. It’s coarse, rough, and irritating, and it gets everywhere.”

In addition to that, it is practical enough for someone in a robotic suit to avoid sand. This might be why Darth Vader doesn’t spawn in the desert biome of Fortnite island. In contrast, the boss has two spawn locations in the snow biome, two in the forest, and one in the latest mushroom-themed region.

Hence, Darth Vader’s hatred for sand seems to be the reason why he avoids the desert biome in Fortnite.

Darth Vader’s breathing sound

Darth Vader’s breathing is somehow quite popular among fans. It signifies that the character was once human, and creates an intimidating atmosphere even during silence.

There’s a trick to activate Darth Vader’s breathing in Fortnite. If you go to the Audio settings and ‘Mute All’ the Licensed Audio from the ‘Creator Options’, the Imperial March emote will only play a breathing sound.

Darth Vader takes a knee

Darth Vader is not allowed to die for legal reasons. Fortnite cannot be an exception to this rule, which is why when players defeat the boss, he takes a knee and disappears. This is also a reference to the Star Wars Battlefront game.

Defeating Darth Vader is challenging owing to his overpowered Melee abilities. However, you can refer to our guide and try out this easter egg.

Epic Games didn’t have to add any of these easter eggs to make Darth Vader better. The boss and the skin are great regardless but the community always appreciates such attention to detail.

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Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 NPC hints at the return of Klombo

Loopers can still not get over the sudden disappearance of Klombo in Fortnite Chapter 3. Here’s why their return could be closer than ever.

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Klombo might return to Fortnite

The war between the Imagined Order and The Seven in Fortnite had disastrous consequences including the expulsion of Klombo from the island. However, Haven is curious about the mysterious vanishing of the species.

Klombo is undoubtedly one of the most adorable features in the history of Fortnite. The giant dinosaurs roamed around the island on the new Chapter 3 island and provided players with loot, jump boosts, and countless memories.

However, we haven’t seen Klombo since Chapter 3 Season 2. Just like every other looper, Haven is worried about the dinosaurs and looks forward to their return.

What happened to Klombo in Fortnite?

Even though Klombo wasn’t present on the map during Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 2, loopers could still discover Klombo mounds. Accordingly, it seemed safe to assume that they were simply avoiding the war and will return soon.

There is a Klombo skeleton on the Chapter 3 Season 3 island which naturally shattered all expectations regarding their return. Having said that, anything and everything is possible in Fortnite, thanks to the Zero Point.

Here’s what Haven says when players interact with her while wearing special skins like Indiana Jones (to be released) and Mecha team leader:

  • I followed some Klombo tracks here, but they disappear.
  • The Klombo disappeared in the same strange flash of light that brought them here.
  • Have you seen any Klombo on your travels?

It is evident that Haven cannot digest how Dr. Slone managed to get rid of Klombo. She believes that the unstable Zero Point is the real reason behind their extinction which is why she also mentions a ‘strange flash of light’.

Epic Games was working on Klombo before putting them in the vault

A few weeks back, leakers revealed that Epic Games is not done with Klombo. In fact, the developers have been trying to make the dinosaurs killable and make them drop a ton of great loot.

Another leak disclosed that Klombo will soon be able to dance when players emote near them. Hence, it makes no sense for Fortnite to work on a wide range of features and then remove them altogether.

Moreover, the majority of the Fortnite community absolutely loves Klombo and their return will be highly appreciated. Content in Chapter 3 has been based on the player base’s demands, and to be fair, permanently removing Klombo is not desirable at all.

For now, loopers cannot do much but wait for new information on Klombo. However, we can assure you that the dinosaurs will return in Chapter 3 with the help of Haven and Zero Point.

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