Unusually when a huge battle is taking place on television or in a movie, one of the most valid questions ends up being: well, why aren’t more people just hiding and letting everyone else bludgeon each other to death? Enter, author, gamer, and vlogger John Green playing the battle royale game Fortnite, but as a pacifist.
Green is probably best known as the author of the books Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars—the latter of which was turned into a live action movie not too long ago. It’s kind of ironic that he has such a reputation as a gamer too because many would argue that his contributions to the YA genre have been quite profound.
Now, when it comes to Green playing Fortnite, a battle royale game, his goal survive the match on a perpetually shrinking battlefield until he’s the last player standing. The term battle royale doesn’t exactly lend itself to the word pacifist, but when Green is doing actually makes a lot of sense. A la The Hunger Games, the real bloodbath takes place at the start of the match. So, if you can manage to not get taken out at the beginning, the rest of the match can turn into a game of avoidance in which you don’t have to kill anyone unless they try and kill you first. Ideally, you run out the clock or at most, you kill one other player.
Games like Battle Royale and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds employ a similar format as Fortnite, so playing the game as a pacifist is possible in them as well. For those who think it sounds boring to play that way, really think about it. It actually requires a fair amount of cunning to make it into the top four without killing anyone like Green did. The only trouble is that the longer you hide the more people die, and that means you start sticking out more. Still, as he states in a video about it, he’s never managed to win a match this way but plans to keep at it till he does.