The Science of Fortnite: The Real Science Behind the Weapons, Gadgets, Mechanics, and More!

The Science of Fortnite: The Real Science Behind the Weapons, Gadgets, Mechanics, and More!

by James Daley


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Discover the science behind the Fortnite phenomenon!

Drawing in more than a hundred million players in its first year of existence, Fortnite's crazy mix of intense combat, wild weapons, innovative construction mechanics, and eccentric environments has made it one of the most popular online video games in the world. A perfect gift for any Fortnite fan, The Science of Fortnite addresses more than fifty topics that span the entire Fortnite universe! This book includes scientific discussions of many of Fortnite’s most interesting gameplay details, including:
  • The island
  • The battle bus
  • Traps
  • Gadgets
  • Weapons
  • Schematics
  • Building
  • The storm 
This book will discuss how many of the game’s most fantastical weapons might actually work, how the player-made structures would or wouldn’t stand up to the stress of battle, and what the deal is with that huge purple storm! Whether you’re a fan of Battle Royale, Save the World, or Creative play, The Science of Fortnite will entertain and enlighten you with the scientific truths behind this amazing game.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510749627
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 11/19/2019
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 771,385
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

James Daley is a writer, editor, digital designer, and creative director at LearningWork for Kids, the world’s leading website on educational video games and game-based learning. When he’s not glued to his computer, obsessively poring over pixels and pronouns, James can usually be found somewhere in the waters around Newport, Rhode Island, with his wife, daughter, and a very well-dressed, cute little mutt named Savvy.

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Chapter 1

You might not think about it while too much while you’re wandering around the island, trying not to get killed and searching for some sweet loot, but gravity in Fortnite, just like in every other video game, is one of the most important scientific concepts to understand if you really want to master the game.

Just like in real life, most people take gravity for granted in video games. If you jump up, you fall back down. If you accidentally slip and fall off a cliff, you drop until you hit the ground beneath you, and if that cliff is high enough (and you don’t have that weird special ability where you glow a little and don’t take any fall damage), you will die.

But why? What’s actually happening when gravity is pulling you down toward the ground, both in Fortnite and in the real world? How is gravity different in Fortnite than it is in the real world, and how do the laws of physics apply—or not apply—in the Fortnite universe?

Before we get into all of that, we need to have a little history lesson. Gravity is one of the most interesting concepts in the history of science, and it all started with Sir Isaac Newton, and the apple that fell on his head while he was sitting under a tree . . . okay, not really. The story goes that Sir Isaac Newton was sitting under a tree when an apple fell on his head, and this made him decide to figure out what gravity is and how it works. In truth, this probably never happened. Much like Benjamin Franklin and the story of how he discovered electricity by flying a kite in a lightning storm, the story of Newton’s apple is a nice way to illustrate a complex scientific principle, but it is most likely just a story. What is not just a story is the fact that Newton did, in fact, completely change the way humanity understood the world and the universe when he came up with his Universal Theory of Gravitation.

Though the apple-falling-on-the-head story is apocryphal, apples did play a role in the development of Newton’s thinking about gravity. Newton had been interested in how gravity functioned even before he went to university, and this interest greatly informed his studies. He was especially intrigued by the role gravity played in the movement of stars and planets, and much of his academic work was focused in this area. Even with all of his scientific education, it wasn’t until later in his life, when he observed some apples falling from a tree (no, they never actually landed on his head), that he first realized that the same force that kept apples from falling sideways (or even upward) could be responsible for the moon revolving around Earth, Earth revolving around the sun, etc.

What was it about that apple falling from the tree that gave Sir Isaac Newton the idea that eventually led to his Law of Universal Gravitation? Unlike the story, it wasn’t merely the fact that the apple came down that made him wonder about the forces acting on it; it was the fact that this particular apple made him realize that any apple that fell from any tree at any spot on the surface of the Earth would fall in a slightly different direction than all of the others.

Now you’re probably thinking, wait a minute, that doesn’t make any sense! Any apple that falls out of any tree is going to fall down!

Well, yes. All apples do travel more or less straight toward the ground when they fall from a tree, but not all trees point in the same direction, do they? No, of course not. In fact, every tree is pointing in a slightly different direction, depending on where it is on the surface of the Earth.

Think about it this way: Imagine you have two apple trees planted on exact opposite sides of the Earth. Let’s say one tree is in Wellington, New Zealand, and the other is just outside of Alaejos, Spain. Now, imagine that an apple were to fall from each of these two trees at the exact same time. What direction would each of these apples be traveling? Would the apples be going in the same direction? After all, they’re both falling down toward the Earth, right?

No, of course they would not be going in the same direction. In fact, these two apples would be falling directly toward each other. If these apples somehow had the magical ability to pass through solid material, they would eventually collide at the exact center of the Earth . . . just like any object that falls from any other object at any point on the entire planet will always fall toward the exact center of the Earth itself.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

Part 1 The Physics of Fortnite 1

Gravity 3

Jetpacks 14

Driftboards 24

Skydiving and Gliding 34

Battle Bus 41

Rifts 49

The Volcano 55

The Storm 61

Part 2 Shooting Science 65

How Guns Work 67

Cannons 71

The Revolver 76

DPS 78

Rate of Fire 81

Automatic and Semiautomatic Weapons 83

Firearm Accuracy 85

Part 3 Things That Go Boom 89

Dynamite 91

Hand Grenades 97

Grenade Launchers 100

Rocket Launchers 103

Quad Launchers 108

The Stink Bomb 110

The Shadow Bomb 116

Index 121

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