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I have a feeling it’s happening more often.
As Amazon begins to place a large footprint on every part of America, some people are wondering if that’s entirely a good thing.
Last week, I wrote about a very clever filmmaker who changed the music on Amazon’s latest ad and made the company seem like an alien invader, there to gobble all before it.
Now it’s becoming a trend.
Was he portrayed as an innovative tech genius, bringing joy to all the people of the world?
Instead, here was a man who communicated through a twisted telepathy and spoke in the robotic tones of someone who’d really rather like to immolate you, as soon as you serve no further purpose to him.
He knows how to hit you where it truly hurts.
If you don’t do what he says, he threatens to, gasp, take away your Amazon Prime status.
And who can live without that?
You might think that anyone who achieves power is likely to face a certain level of ridicule.
What’s different with Amazon is that too may stories are now emerging in which the company appears entirely without heart.
You might imagine there’s little Amazon can do about that.
Growth, after all, is the only characteristic America respects in companies.
You have to get bigger and bigger until you burst, rather like the average American diner.
Yet Amazon executives are surely concerned that a company claiming to put consumers at its core may become a little more unpopular with those very consumers.
Some might wonder whether, instead of this being Amazon’s prime time, it’s actually the beginning of the end.
Fortnite got a new weapon today, and while that’s a sentence you can write just about every other week, this week’s feels like it might actually have the potential to change the way the game is played. The stink bomb went live today, and it’s basically a cute name for mustard gas: a brutal, yellowish cloud that forms sulfuric acid in your lungs and melts you from the inside. Despite the aesthetic similarities, Epic want sto be sure that you know the stink bomb is not that. Regardless, it’s just as brutal. Damage was a major question when the stink bomb first released, and I can assure you: the thing hurts.
Like most players, my first experience with the legendary-tier stink bomb was on the receiving end. I was playing squads without teammates because I was getting some challenges done and I find they’re easier in squads. So I was already at a steep disadvantage when I came across three opponents by the indoor soccer stadium. Regardless, I built my little 1X1 fort and took aim, like you do. I was immediately pelted by at least two stink bombs, rendering my fort completely unusable. I did the only thing that I could do and hopped out, where I was immediately shotgunned by the players that had been using the stink as a cover for an approach.
The stink here does 5 damage every half-second for 9 seconds for a total of 9 seconds, which is just under what it takes to kill an opponent at full health. Despite the two grenades, the damage I received did not appear to stack, meaning I still only received the five damage per half second. Regardless, that was enough to make my life very unpleasant. It means that if I were to have stayed put it would only have taken 10 health damage to put me down for good.
I’d expect this to change the game in interesting ways. Right now, explosives and wild firing are the only real area control methods, and neither does so as effectively as the stink bomb. It could really change the way the early moments of an encounter go if one player is able to scare the other out of their fort without losing access to theirs. I’m interested to see what this looks like at the higher levels.