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Hello, my name is JPeeBs and I’m a video game enthusiast. I’ll be keeping you up to date with the latest video game news as well as making suggestions on Twitch streamers and YouTubers that you should watch.

Paragon: What Happened?

Epic Games have announced that their take on a moba, Paragon, will be closing on the 26th of April. They state that “After careful consideration, and many difficult internal debates, we feel there isn’t a clear path for us to grow Paragon into a MOBA that retains enough players to be sustainable.” This came just 10 days after a call-to-arms of sorts; in a forum post epic requested suggestions from the community to figure out a way to help the player base grow. So, how did this game get to this point? At one point it had a large player base with regular updates and changes to the game.

Many members of the community are putting the blame on the developers, suggesting that they haven’t been listening to them and that the game could be in a much better state if they had done. I’ve suggested that the community didn’t embrace change or attempt to adapt before complaining, which forced the dev team to react to something that wasn’t broken, or to simply ignore the players until they figured out that they were wrong.

A number of the development team working on Paragon were swiftly moved over to the Fortnite team (Epics hugely successful Battle Royale), which has led many to speculate that it was in face Fortnite witch killed Paragon. Did you play Paragon? What are you going to miss? What did you love? Why do you think it failed?

Modding for a large Twitch streamer (TSM_Myth)

TSM_Myth has seen tremendous growth in the past 6 months. Being one of the best Fortnite players out there, the captain of the TSM Fortnite team and the first PC player to reach 1000 solo wins has done wonders for his stream. In September, when Fortnite BR was released, Myth would average around 50 viewers in the stream, yesterday (07/03/2018) he peaked at 40,492 viewers. It’s safe to say that being a moderator for him has changed a lot.

With 40k people, all with the ability to type, you can image than the chat screen is scrolling fast. Internet trolls are nothing new but on this scale it gets hard to deal with. The mod team have implemented strict rules and have adopted a “no mercy” approach so dealing with the chat. We allow Nightbot to deal with the majority of issues now, we’re constantly updating the blacklisted spam words which allows Nightbot to time people out who spam or promote hate. Moderators will normally ban someone rather than timing them out, with such a huge number of people watching second chances are a luxury. We also use a logging system which allows us to check the chat logs when someone asks “why was I banned? I didn’t do anything wrong.” Of course they, more often than not, did.

I hope that the effort the moderation team puts in results in a positive chat experience. Have you visited Myths stream? What did you think of the chat? let me know!

The 5 Best things about Fortnite BR (other than the gameplay)

1. New POI’s

Since the game’s release there have been 6 new named points of interest added to the map and a number of smaller locations added. This is a great way to keep the game feeling fresh and exciting.

2. New Weapons

There have been 12 (that’s right, 12!) new weapons added to the game. I think it’s likely that we’ll begin to see a weapon rotation system once the roster fills up. They’ve already put the SMG “in the vault” and I’m sure one day they’ll put another gun in the vault and let the SMG out again.

3. Bug Fixes

Bugs come with every patch, but they sure do get squashed quickly! Epic have an amazing turn over when it comes to bug fixes and with their new “Community issues” page we can track them!

4. LTM’s

During the Game Awards Epic pulled off one of the coolest marketing stunts ever when they announced their first ever Limited Time Mode, 50 vs 50. Immediately after the announce trailer had finished we could log into the game and play the new mode. There have been 5 LTM’s since then and more to come.

 

5. Battle Pass

Skins, glorious skins! Everyone loves a good vanity item and Fortnite has plenty to choose from! They can get expensive though, that’s why the battle pass is so good! For just 950 V-Bucks  you’re able to unlock 76 different cosmetic items just by playing the game and completing challenges.

 

What’s your favourite thing about Fortnite BR?