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General Gaming / Re: PUBG exec comments on Fortnight BR
« Last post by PyroMenace on Today at 01:09:13 AM »
Pretty much was Xessive said. PUBG is in no way original at all, in fact I honestly feel like the game is over blown by its hype and popularity. After playing it with you guys I was more or less like "Yup, I know what this game is." I really didnt have the experience everyone else was apparently.
General Gaming / Re: PUBG exec comments on Fortnight BR
« Last post by idolminds on Yesterday at 11:26:43 PM »
It was a bit silly for them to make this announcement. I think it honestly just gave Fortnite a bunch of exposure, which was probably the opposite of what they want.
General Gaming / Re: PUBG exec comments on Fortnight BR
« Last post by Xessive on Yesterday at 12:34:31 PM »
Why is this even an issue? It's not like PUBG invented Battle Royale. That alone indicates it's referential and not original.
General Gaming / PUBG exec comments on Fortnight BR
« Last post by idolminds on Yesterday at 10:02:39 AM »
 Bluehole, Inc., developers of PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG), the first standalone Battle Royale survival shooter game, responded today to growing concerns regarding the similarities between the battle royale mode in Epic Games’ newly revealed Fortnite and PUBG.
 “We’ve had an ongoing relationship with Epic Games throughout PUBG’s development as they are the creators of UE4, the engine we licensed for the game,” said Chang Han Kim, Vice President and Executive Producer for Bluehole, Inc. “After listening to the growing feedback from our community and reviewing the gameplay for ourselves, we are concerned that Fortnite may be replicating the experience for which PUBG is known.”
 The development team for PUBG has no relationship to Fortnite’s development as concerns around User Interface (UI), gameplay and structural replication in the battle royale mode exist.
 “We have also noticed that Epic Games references PUBG in the promotion of Fortnite to their community and in communications with the press,” Chang Han Kim continues. “This was never discussed with us and we don’t feel that it’s right.”
 With its release on March 23, 2017, PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS is a last man standing shooter that drops players on a realistic 8 x 8 km island where they start with nothing in an ever diminishing field of play. Gamers must fight to locate weapons, vehicles and supplies as they strive to be the lone survivor.
 In a recent Reddit AMA (e.g. Ask Me Anything) session, Brendan Greene (aka PLAYERUKNOWN) was asked about other companies replicating the Battle Royale experience:
 “Other companies will, of course, enter the marketplace, but I would just hope they put their own spin on the game mode and not just make a carbon copy!”
 Chang Han Kim closed, “The PUBG community has and continues to provide evidence of the many similarities as we contemplate further action.”

I have a few thoughts on this. Obviously, with PUBGs success clones were an inevitability. I think Bluehole was caught off guard thinking it would be much longer before one could be developed. This is made worse in that Epic will be the one to put a battle royale game on consoles first, and for free. That makes it harder for Bluehole who have plans for console versions of their game.

Where it gets weird is Epic and Bluehole have a business relationship since Bluehole is using UE4 for PUBG. I imagine that makes things a little weird when asking support questions, like "How would we implement X feature" means Epic could take that and also put it in their game.

On the other hand, this is kind of how the game industry goes. It would be like id Software getting mad about "Doom clones" back in the day or every game that had deathmatch or CTF. Fortnite does take quite a few things from PUBG: the shrinking blue circle, jumping out of a plane at the start, etc. But having every object in the map be destructible, being able to build your own bases, placing traps, the loot system is way different. I feel like they are similar games that each offer something different, not a straight up clone.
General Gaming / Re: Fortnite gets its own battle royale mode
« Last post by idolminds on Thursday, September 21, 2017, 12:30:07 PM »
I've played a few matches so time for impressions! Keep in mind my frame of reference is 160+ hours of PUBG.

Players have shields, but you don't start with any. If you find these blue "potions" and drink them you will get 50 shield. Max is 100. Shields are almost like an extra health bar and will deplete before your health does. The shield things seem much rarer than healing items. If you are outside the circle the damage dealt ignores your shield and hits your health directly.

There are 2 healing items that I've seen, bandages and med kits. Bandages are like PUBG and heal a small portion of health. Same timer to "use" the bandage but the healing is instant so you can spam them without missing out on heals. Also like PUBG healing with bandages will max out at 75. Med kits are a full 100% heal and I believe the only way to get back to 100.

Inventory is...weird. You have 6 inventory slots, but one is always the pickaxe. The other 5 can be whatever you pick up...weapons, shield potions, or healing items. Shield potions you should just use right away unless you're already at 100. But you will have to decide how much inventory you want dedicated to weapons and healing items.

The actual looting part of the game is also weird. Coming from pubg where you have a couple ammo types, various guns that all take various attachments, it seems like it would be more confusing than Fortnite. But at least in PUBG you can bring up your inventory to sort out the stuff you find on the ground. This doesn't appear to be the case in Fortnite so when you kill someone it's like a Diablo-style loot pinata. They might have a better gun you want, so you need to switch to whatever gun you no longer want, pick out the new gun in this big pile and pick it up to swap it. Was your old gun full of ammo? Too bad, that ammo just goes with it. It all feels more complicated than it needs to be.

But hey, its still early. Hopefully they work on that a bit. Otherwise the game runs great, looks great (I love the day/night cycle), and is pretty fun.


Some other things I'm noticing.

Circle movement is way more obvious. Timer pops up on screen telling you how long until it moves, with a noise. Another notification with noise when it starts moving, plus the timer switches to show you how long it will take until it closes. Really nice.

Matches also seem to be super fast. Smaller map means people are running into each other constantly so deaths happen frequently. I've been in top 20 in like, 5 minutes.
General Discussion / Re: Monitors
« Last post by Xessive on Thursday, September 21, 2017, 05:59:49 AM »
Yeah, it was weird for a few days.

I've readjusted to the flat screen and all is well.

I think curved screens make more sense for ultrawide monitors (21:9 ratio).
General Gaming / Re: Fortnite gets its own battle royale mode
« Last post by idolminds on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 12:52:39 PM »
Fortnite BR will be free Sept 26th

I got an email that said since I had played the Unreal Tournament beta they are giving me access now. Will download and report my findings. Watched some streamers play and picked up a few things. Characters don't level in this mode, you're all the same at the start of a match. the only "levels" are that of the weapons you find, kind of a color coded rarity level like WoW. Building stuff and breaking stuff is kind of cool and different.
General Discussion / Re: Monitors
« Last post by gpw11 on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 08:31:50 PM »
Ha, that's pretty hilarious
General Discussion / Re: Post neat things you find on the interwebs
« Last post by Quemaqua on Friday, September 15, 2017, 06:57:33 AM »
I would love to have been part of the drug-fueled meeting that spawned that amazing monstrosity.
Serious Topics / Re: Everything is burning west and hurricane disasters out east
« Last post by Quemaqua on Friday, September 15, 2017, 06:54:47 AM »
It's super messed up. I have friends in Texas, Florida, and Oregon who've been telling me all about it, and let's not forget the huge floods in India, Cuba, Mexico, Bangladesh, and Indonesia, amongst others. But no, no such thing as climate change. Even though the European Environment Agency just released a report showing flood losses to increase five times by 2050. Also this:

It'll be interesting times, these next couple of decades.
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