NICKMERCS reveals the one thing he misses most about old Fortnite - Dexerto

NICKMERCS reveals the one thing he misses most about old Fortnite

Published: 13/Feb/2020 11:10

by Jacob Hale


FaZe Clan member and popular Twitch streamer Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff has revealed the one thing he misses most about the old Fortnite.

Already a popular streamer before Fortnite, Nick, like many others, skyrocketed when Epic Games’ battle royale title grew, and became dominant on one particular area of the original map.

Tilted Towers was the epitome of a hot-drop – often you would find a large portion of the lobby floating in, and if you were a good player it meant easy kills and great loot to set you on your way, and NICKMERCS took advantage of it every time he dropped in.

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NICKMERCS is one of the most popular controller players on Fortnite.

So, it’s no surprise that Nick is now missing Tilted Towers, a place where some of his best stream and tournament moments came, and he’s explained why he misses it in his February 12 stream.

“I was watching some of my old YouTube videos and I was like, bro, I miss Tilted,” he said. “I miss Tilted so bad. I hate that I can’t drop there. It made the game so much more fun.”

Sounding somewhat sad about the loss of his old hunting ground, he tells his viewers that Tilted was “so lit” and that he “misses it more than anything.”

If you didn’t know any better, you would think Nick was talking about a lost love, but he continued in a similar vein afterward, responding to people who claimed not to like the popular point of interest.

“If you hated Tilted, you’re just a bot,” he explained. “Let’s get that out of the way right now. If you hated Tilted, it’s because you got farmed up.”

He went a little further with this explanation, telling his viewers that when you’re having a conversation with a large group of people about a game, there’s “only so many of them that are actually good.” He then goes on to say that although he loves his viewers, they’re “probably big booty at Fortnite.”

While making a joke, there is an element of truth in what Nick said. You had to be a talented player to get in to Tilted Towers and perform well, the constant action making sure every player was at risk of being eliminated from any direction at any time.

You can never rule anything out with Fortnite, so we may still see Tilted Towers return yet, but for now, players like Nick will have to find their quick kills and loot elsewhere.


Dream angered by backlash blaming him for his fans’ actions

Published: 24/Jan/2021 2:07

by Theo Salaun


Following a wave of online controversy, popular Minecraft YouTuber Dream took to Twitter to address critics and show them why he believes all of the backlash is inherently misguided.

Dream and the Dream Team, with friends like Tommyinnit and Quackity, have been one of the largest sources of online entertainment thanks to a consistent flood of content across YouTube and Twitch. While their videos and streams, including of the entire Dream SMP Minecraft server, have brought Dream a huge amount of fans — that popularity appears to have come with a downside.

Originally, most of the drama surrounding Dream involved accusations about him cheating during a 1.16 Minecraft speedrun. But now, a very different sort of critique has emerged, as fans and critics bemoan the content creator’s inability to restrain the least appropriate segments of his community.

Over the past week, #dreamwaswrong began trending on Twitter and similar complaints moved across social media. The basis for this backlash surrounded a subculture of Dream fans that had begun creating inappropriate fanfiction and art involving the minors who represented the Dream Team. In response, Dream has shot down those critics.

Drawing a theoretical parallel, the faceless content creator philosophically makes his perspective known. Mocking his critics, Dream criticizes the media and his detractors using a hypothetical scenario.

“Dream has refused to condemn murder after one of his fans turned out to be a murderer. Will he finally be held accountable?”

Essentially, Dream suggests that people criticize him for the actions of others — noting that he ought to be “held accountable” for the vile actions (in this hypothetical instance: murder) of his fans. The point of this example is to highlight the absurdity of a causal relationship between influencer and the influenced.

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Who needs a face when you have a lot of fans?

While fans and critics appear to be divided on the efficacy of Dream’s tweet, it’s clear that he is trying to push back against those who blame him for the actions of his viewers. In the social media age, this relationship between popular figure and stan is a particularly nuanced one.

For what it’s worth, Dream has also taken a much more firm stance against inappropriate subcultures of his fandom on his alternate account, DreamWasTaken. It remains to be seen whether or not that will be enough to satisfy his critics, but the situation is obviously a contentious one.