Mixer streaming sensation, Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, has called out content creators and influencers for shaming video games and supporting a “rage culture” alongside explaining why it needs to stop.
The video games industry is booming and bigger than ever. However, that doesn’t stop plenty of people from far and wide critiquing their game, including some of the biggest personalities, such as influencers and content creators.
While their efforts are often a plea for the developers behind said video game to fix an issue, the respective size of their platform (i.e., following) can amplify an issue tenfold. With that in-mind, Ninja has called for a more positive outlook when attempting to provide feedback on a video game.
After a heated online engagement, Brett ‘dakotaz’ Hoffman hit out at Ninja after being called out by the Mixer star for criticizing Fortnite in a Tweet.
Given that Blevins has been directed to ‘stay in his lane’ by Hoffman, the Mixer star has responded with a full-length Twitter video to “clear [his] opinions” on the statements which he has made “about people who are negative towards video games.”
The 28-year-old opened by stating: “I don’t think that a lot of content creators, I don’t think a lot of influencers realize the power that they have and honestly, the influence that they have…”
Regardless of the game in question, Ninja explained that there are “positive ways to go about expressing your opinion,” while drawing a comparison to how some influencers may utilize their platforms (such as Instagram or Twitter) to post their negative thoughts which could be taken out of context.
“When you take the time to go out of your way to post on social media and without full context of really explaining what you don’t like about something. For example, just saying ‘oh, the game ‘effing’ sucks, Tweet it out… Boom, it’s only hurting you… It doesn’t help anyone.”
Blevins then went on the imply that “nothing good happens” when negative comments are directed at a game that essentially supports their career, aside from potentially getting more interactions on their social media. “Since we live in a rage culture where everyone wants to hop on board negative sh*t, you just get a bunch of retweets and likes,” Ninja clarified.
This comes as the Mixer streamer probed comments made by Turner ‘Tfue’ Tenney, which hurled hate towards Fortnite — as Tenney labeled it a “dying” game.
Ninja also gained the attention of Modern Warfare developers, following a Tweet that questioned the changes made to the fan-favored game mode, Gunfight.
While influencers will likely continue to vent their frustrations regarding a specific issue in a game, Blevins will be hoping that his effort won’t be in vain, and that streamers will seek to use their platforms to spread positivity as opposed to hating on a video game.
Chapter 3 Season 2 Live Event: Everything we know so far
The first live event of Chapter 3 is expected to take place in less than six weeks. Here’s everything we know so far, based on various leaks.
Leaked Map Stages
All future stages for the territories controlled by both The Seven and Imagined Order have been leaked by data-miner Hypex. The maps show the Resistance will retake control of most of the Island, leaving only Command Cavern and Loot Lake for the IO. The final stage will lead the story directly into a live event, with the Imagined Order having little options left for victory.
Leaked Quest Voice Line
Epic also recently added new voice lines for the upcoming Week 6 Quests which, when reviewed closely, appear to tease the main story of a new live event. The Agent Jones character claims “one of the IO’s Doomsday devices is now in production”, seemingly hinting that the new event could be related to Chapter 2 Season 2’s The Device, which was also focused around a “Doomsday Device”.
A transcript of the Agent Jones voice lines can be found below:
“This will not come as a surprise, but IO management loves Doomsday machines – loves them! There’s even a doomsday division at HQ, oh man their softball team is awful but they will one day destroy us all so… kind of a wash. We have very credible intel that one of the IO’s Doomsday devices is now in production. We need to find out everything we can while we still can. Hit the field, I’ll prep the cameras . . . I have a very bad feeling that we are not ready for what we’re gonna find out.”
According to Fortnite data-miner GMatrixGames, a new Landmark code-named ‘DDMachine’ has been added to the game’s tags, suggesting that the Doomsday Device described by Agent Jones could be added to the map in the future.
Less than six weeks remain until the potential live event. We’ll keep you updated with the latest leaks and official announcements.
Boogie Bomb and Rift-To-Go Unvaulted Until April 25
In preparation for the upcoming item vote, the Boogie Bomb and Rift-To-Go have both been unvaulted for a trial period until April 25.
Players can now find the items scattered throughout the Island from Chests, Llamas, Supply Drops, Loot Sharks and ground loot. Once the short trial period ends on April 25 at 8AM ET, new gold funding stations will go live in-game on the following day to let players “fund” the item they want to see return permanently (for the rest of Season 2). The item that becomes 100% funded first will automatically be reintroduced to the loot pool as soon as the goal, of which the exact value is unknown, is reached.
We’ll keep you updated on which item gets unvaulted.
Leak: S.T.A.R.S. Team and El Chapulín Colorado to Return Very Soon
Fortnite has re-added multiple Item Shop sections to its API, meaning they will be available very soon. Five existing sections have also been removed, suggesting Epic doesn’t plan to bring those Sets back to the Item Shop for a while.
Re-added Item Shop Sections:
- S.T.A.R.S. Team
- El Chapulín Colorado
- Wu Wear (new)
Removed Item Shop Sections:
- Silk Sonic
- Chloe Kim
- Cobra Kai
- Turn The Music Up
The ‘Wu Wear’ section, which was added to the API today, will contain the new Wu-Tang Clan cosmetics; featuring two Outfits, two Bundles and more.
We’ll keep you updated if any additional sections are changed.
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