Fortnite and the Art of War
Recently my son & I have been playing fortnite, currently the most popular video game in the world. The idea is straightforward – you and 99 other souls land on an island replete with weapons and ammo, then shoot it out until there is 1 survivor.
It hasn’t taken me long to work out how to place in even 2nd or 3rd place. This hasn’t been through skill – my skills leave a lot to be desired. I have, however, spent a fair amount of time skulking in sheds and cowering under trees. This isn’t cowardice, its strategy. I’ve simply applied the ideas from Sun Tsu’s famous military treatise, the Art of War… “Subdue the enemy without fighting” said Sun Tzu. Also no-one “benefits from prolonged warfare”. Sun Tzu recognised that violence is inevitably risky; prolonged violence is costly. Better to achieve your strategic aims by avoiding violence – better still if you can do so while fooling your enemy into thinking they have achieved theirs. So, in the game, don’t just automatically rush to engage enemies. If you can let them kill each other off all the better.
When you do fight “engage the enemy on your terms, not theirs”. Also “wait to take the enemy unprepared”. For example, let 2 enemies fight each other while you hide close by. When 1 achieves victory, attack!
On the other hand, “forage from the enemy”. To win, you need to gather enough resources. Killing your enemies is a good way to achieve this (you can pick up whatever they’ve dropped). “Sweat more during peace, bleed less during war”. All that cowering is never going to win me a game. I can come close but to win I will have to polish my skills, I must acquire the right technical skills, even though I choose to use them sparingly.
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