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Fortnite is better without forts

Fortnite is better without forts

In 2017, months before Ninja stream Fortnite with Drake and making national news, I was trying out its new battle royale mode. The game was extremely simple then compared to anything you can do now, but the basics were solid: shooting was pretty good, building was useful, and destruction was like nothing on its scale.

After a while, a behavior began to emerge that would eventually define how Fortnite is played. Building became less about moving from place to place, and more about quickly constructing elaborate brick and metal towers to confuse enemies and block incoming fire. The firefights stopped looking like two people shooting guns and more like duels of carpentry wizards competing to make the biggest pile of trash.