Why Is Fortnite So Bad? (11 Reasons Why)

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Freya Crawford

Freya Crawford is a self-confessed geek. She loves gaming, watching classic movies, and her guilty pleasure is trashy reality TV. She also enjoys collecting old NES and Gameboy games.

Fortnite has taken over the internet several times in the past few years for multiple reasons. The most resent reason though, is the negative and frustrating reasons why no one wants to play.

Now there are still people who will tell you Fortnite isn’t bad and it’s worth playing. However, even those who play have plenty of issues with Fortnite as well.

Even though there are many reasons why Fortnite is bad, the largest ones are worth discussing and talking about. Here is what I found.

Why Is Fortnite So Bad?

1. The Bloom Effect

Not many people are aware of the Bloom effect that many video games use to cut down on kill/death ratios as well as making games last longer.

The bloom effect causes bullets to randomly jump around whatever the target is versus continuing straight at the target every time.

While it doesn’t exactly seem fair, it is a video game mechanic that is regularly used to make games seem more evenly matched and to allow them to last longer to keep peoples attention.

2. Hackers

Of course every game has hackers, but for some reason Fortnite is one of the games with the highest amount of hacking issues currently on the market.

Hackers make Fortnite incredibly frustrating to play, especially for those who are attempting to work their way to the top of the leaderboard.

Hacking can do anything from allowing someone to stay in one place on the map and shoot anyone, no matter where they are, to automatically getting the best weapons and loot.

For those attempting to play the game according to the rules, those who are hacking ruin the fun for them. Even after trying their hardest, the end up being outplayed by the hackers.

While it doesn’t make sense to most people why people use hacks, it usually boils down to wanting to win and even if they don’t get a win in a legitimate way, they find a way to get it.

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3. Teammates

While fornite has many different modes to play that vary depending on what you want to do and how many people you want to play with, this doesn’t stop people from breaking rules to win.

In modes such as solo, it’s a everyone for themselves type of game, however, many people end up queuing up with a friend and working as a team through the entire solo game to ensure a win.

Now, this is a banable offense, however, its incredibly hard to report people in game and unless you get their username right, fortnite won’t ban them or fix anything they messed up.

4. Bots

Fortnite does put bots into certain games to help align the matchmaking process, especially when attempting to match skill levels.

Now, some people love the bots and think it helped them to become a better player since they have minimal defensive tactics, however, many pros believe its a terrible mechanic.

Putting bots into each game lowers the amount of kills a person can get themseleves that they feel like they fought for. If you win against a bot, its not really worth bragging about.

So, given the large amount of bots fortnite can put into a game, it frustrates some people because they feel like they aren’t actually winning games by trying, only by default.

5. Internet Issues

Now, any game can have issues when your internet isn’t great, however, Fortnite seems to have a higher record of having issues with internet, even when other games don’t.

Slow or poor internet connection lowers the frames per second(fps) that your game will run at, which can mess up quite a few mechanics in your game, but not others.

So, for example, if your game is running at a lower fps than someone elses, they are likely to have more chances to hit you than you are to hit them.

Obvioulsy this can mean a win for those who have better internet or connections versus those who have poor internet.

Even though we live in a world where internet is widely normalized, this still makes it unfair or frustrating for those who have limited or poor internet.

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6. Server Issue

Server Issue

Thankfully server issues are happening less and less, but they are still happening on a pretty regular basis.

Fortnite regularly has issues where they don’t anticipate the large demand for their game and the server crashes. This usually logs everyone out and the game ends up down for a while.

While this is a simple issue where you can just wait and see, it’s more frustrating for those people trying to play in timed arenas or stream for income.

7. Toxic Culture

Every video game has its section on fans that end up rather toxic due to the nature of its competitiveness. However, Fortnite seems to have its own league of toxic players.

If you scroll through streams of Fortnite players, you are more than likely to find videos where people rage quit or break something due to a loss.

This nature doesn’t always affect other people, however, it does affect how others view the game.

If the toxic culture is what people know about Fortnite, they aren’t likely to play it, lowering its demand and therefore removing the need for future updates and storyline continuations.

8. Clickbait Nature

Fortnite has made a name for itself when it comes to in-game events, especially those that change the map or the entire basis for the game.

Now, because of this, clickbait is usually out of control for a month or two around event times.

This means that every streamer than can usually will post an article or video claiming they have the video content of the event.

Most people don’t fall for it at this point, but there is still a huge issue when most Fortnite content is clickbait instead of legitimate content.

9. Storyline Content

Fortnite’s lore is complicated, to say the least. Unless you are strongly following all happenings, and even looking into things when you aren’t playing the game, chances are you are missing things.

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Between the constant stream of enemies that want to disrupt the looped play or the organization that controls the island, there is almost always a threat to the safety of the Fortnite world.

Now, storylines are fantastic and needed in a game like this, but when they end up complicated and repetitive, it becomes something people don’t quite care about.

10. Addictive Aspects

Fortnite has been attacked several years in a row for being, “too addictive” for teens and young adults with requests to change some mechanics to lower the desire to play.

While addictive things aren’t great, Fortnites response hasn’t been to change anything. The responsibility has been put into the hands-on parents and individuals to teach self-control.

11. It’s The Same Game

The biggest complaint with Fortnite to date is that no matter what, you will be playing the same game over and over again.

Fortnite has tried to help fix this with creative mode and other options, but overall, people are still playing the same game, again and again.

It becomes monotonous and routine that people fall out of the desire to play until something changes.

To learn more, you can also read our posts on why Fortnite is so boring, why people hate Fortnite, and why Dark Souls is so hard.

Final Thoughts

Fortnite wasn’t created to be a bad game, but many people believe it’s not worth playing, much less downloading. The mechanics and gameplay leave much to be desired.

No matter what part of the game you look at, it’s not hard to find something that needs improvement or adjusting, resulting in a sub-par game that many people no longer find fun.


  • Freya Crawford

    Freya Crawford is a self-confessed geek. She loves gaming, watching classic movies, and her guilty pleasure is trashy reality TV. She also enjoys collecting old NES and Gameboy games.

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