Technology The entire Fortnite ecosystem has been sucked into a virtual black hole, and the game is down
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The entire Fortnite ecosystem, from the game to the servers to the menu screens, has been sucked into a virtual black hole, and millions of players are wondering what happens next.
Fortnite’s Season 10 has been expected to end soon, and since last year, spectacular one-time live events within the game have been used to build hype, signal changes to the one map the game has used for two years, and usher in a new season and battle pass.
This time, players who logged in at 2 p.m. Eastern time witnessed a rocket launch from the Dusty Divot area of the island, which turned into multiple rockets, all zipping around in a manner similar to the rocket that players saw in the first season-ending live event in Season 4. The rockets then converged onto an area where a meteor was landing, and the collision caused players to fly up into the air to witness a black hole suck the entirety of the game inside.
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When it comes to the virtual reality ecosystem, even die-hard fans like Facebook's chief executive will tell you the technology still has a way to go before it can start to be regarded as anything resembling a mass-market technology. Mark Zuckerberg himself told CNET just a few days ago that, when it comes to VR, "I don't think it's a 2020 thing" -- a prognostication about the relatively slow expansion and adoption of VR, for a number of reasons. And, again, that’s coming from someone who’s so bullish on the technology he pushed for Facebook to spend $2 billion acquiring Oculus.
And since then, players have been left with nothing but the black hole.
Anyone looking for clues on Fortnite’s multiple social media accounts were left staring at the same image. The same black hole greets all visitors to Fortnite’s Instagram.
And intrepid players discovered that inputting” launches a Galaga-style shooting game starring the mascot of Greasy Grove restaurant Durrr Burger.
Some players may not have been able to log in to the game in time to witness the event (which usually happens thanks to the large load of people trying to queue in). But this time, they were treated to their own version of the black hole.
Smash hit video game Fortnite designed to be addictive: lawsuit
The makers of online video gaming sensation Fortnite were accused Friday of designing it to be addictive, in a Canadian class action lawsuit likening playing to taking cocaine. The game mechanics were designed to make people dependent on playing, said the lawsuit, likening the strategy to that used to get gamblers hooked on slot machines. "The addiction to the Fortnite game has real consequences for the lives of players: several don't eat or shower, and no longer socialize," it said, adding that players had been forced to seek treatment for their addiction.
As the event happened, many Twitch users reported having trouble using the popular streaming service, with more than 4 million people watching the event. Millions more tuned in on YouTube and Twitter, as well. So what happens next? Epic Games has always been mum about its planned changes. Rumors have swirled that the famous Fortnite map was going to be completely replaced, and given that everything’s now gone, it sounds plausible. There’s even hope that Fortnite would finally release as a full game, as the viral hit has technically been in beta since launching September 2017.
No word from Epic Games on when the game will return online.
Epic Games recently, including adding AI-charged ‘bots’ to replace human players, in an effort to ease the barrier of entry for even more players. Along with a new matchmaking system that will pair players with groups of similar skill, Fortnite probably needs significant downtime before the changes take place.
Epic Games has previously deployed marketing campaigns for a seasonal transition. To welcome Season 5, Epic Games placed real-life versions of fan-favorite items and locations across the world, like.
Seasonal updates have typically been made Thursday morning. It may be a long few days for players of the world’s most popular video game.
Will we see this year for the first time a black hole?
astrophysicists think they can do what has always been impossible until now, see a . And this could be done before the end of 2018. .
Albert Einstein had predicted their existence in his theory of general relativity, without any proof that they existed. Today, we still have no concrete proof that this is the case but the(EHT) could change that.
The EHT is an extensive network of telescopes around the globe. By working together, these devices offer all the components needed to capture the image of a black hole: "First, you need ultra-high magnification - the equivalent of being able to count wrinkles on a bullet. golf in Los Angeles when you're in New York, "said EHT director Sheperd Doeleman. Then you have to be able to see through the gases of the Milky Way and the hot gases surrounding the black hole itself. This requires a telescope as big as the Earth. The EHT team has created a "virtual telescope the size of the Earth" with this network of radio dishes spread over the planet.
In April 2017, the team tested for the first time this telescope. In five nights, eight parables pointed to Sagittarius A * (Sgr A *), a point in the center of the Milky Way where a supermassive black hole would be located. All data were collected only in mid-December. The team is now in full treatment. This could produce the first image of a black hole.
Not only that would prove their existence but it could also help us better understand our Universe: "The impact of black holes on the Universe is huge. [...] It is now thought that these supermassive black holes in the center of the galaxies and the galaxies in which they are located evolve together through the cosmic ages. Observing what is happening on the horizon will help us understand the Universe on a larger scale. "
The EHT team takes the utmost care in handling this data. No date has been advanced as to the end of this work, but one thing is certain, we have never been close to having an image of a black hole. And if all goes well, it could happen before the end of 2018.
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They can also only play for 90 minutes on weekdays.In-game spending will also be capped at 400 yuan or $57 a month for those aged 16 to 18, and 200 yuan ($29) a month for eight- to 16-year-old gamers, according to CNN.
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