I’m not gonna sit here and act like I’m a Fortnite expert. I think I’ve killed fewer than 3 people in the 50ish Battle Royales I’ve been blessed to be a part of. That doesn’t mean I don’t have a lot of fun playing for about an hour a week with my guy-pals (I like to say gal-pals when talking about my #DaughterSquad, but I don’t think it translates when talking about my Milliron Sports co-workers and friends). Last night I hopped on to play a few round with former co-hosts of the Nati Boys, Whitty, Jefe and DB. Boy, were we having a load of fun. First, I flew a plane off the cliff killing both Whitty and myself within seconds of starting the Battle Royal. That got a lot of laughs but really sent DB and Jefe up Shit Creek for the rest of the match. I didn’t feel too bad though, because I’m in the squad for laughs, not helping everyone win.
About halfway though one of our first Battle Royales, some random dude came flying up on me with a badass sword that resulted in your immediate death. It’s not as realistic as having to shoot someone 500 times for them to die like the rest of the game, but it is still pretty sweet nonetheless. I had never seen it, but I was quickly informed by my gamer pals (that sounds better) that it was part of the most recent season, which is extra confusing because I’ve never known video games to have seasons like TV shows, but what do I know? What I do know is I really want to have a crack at the Infinity Blade, and if I have to resort to using my umbrella on a subway instead, then so be it. Continue reading
People often ask me, “Whitty, are you satisfied with the career choices that you’ve made in life?” A
wildly minimally successful blogger writing for a website that is literally read by millions dozens of people every week? Of course, what’s not to love? I have no regrets about the choices I’ve made that have led me to this point in my career. At least I didn’t until I learned that Fortnite scholarships were a thing. You mean to tell me you can get paid to go to school as long as you promise to play video games competitively for them? Where do I sign up?
If you aren’t into video games (or aren’t in a relationship with someone who is) then you may not be familiar with the game Fortnite. But even if you’ve never seen or played the game, chances are you’ve seen or heard references to it on TV, in the news or on social media. It’s one of the most widely popular video games I’ve ever seen. Where else can you get a professional video game player, a rapper and an NFL athlete all coming together to play a video game streamed live for over 600,000 people? When Drake, Travis Scott and some NFL receiver joined pro gamer Ninja for an evening of Fortnite, they broke streaming records. Athletes, celebrities and moderately popular bloggers everywhere are squadding up with average Joes like you and me and I’ve never seen anything like it. The newly released mobile version of the game brought in over $15 million in just a few weeks, and it’s a free-to-play game! As my good friend Jefe put it, Fortnite is changing the world of gaming as we know it.
Earlier this week it was announced that Toys R Us could be closing all of its U.S. stores as early as next week. The giant retail toy chain filed for bankruptcy in September of 2017 and already started shutting down stores across the country earlier this year. When Toys R Us is gone, I feel like a large part of my childhood will disappear with it. While I don’t have many memories of going to Toys R Us for the actual toys, there was one unique experience that Toys R Us offered that differs from anything I’ve experienced in this day and age: buying video games. Continue reading