PUBG and Fortnite Enter Battle Royale In The Courtroom


All year, gamers have been debating whether PUBG (Players Unknown Battlegrounds) or Fortnite is better. But now things are getting real.

The Korea Times reports that the company behind PUBG believes Fortnite has infringed on its copyrighted “Battle Royale” game mode.

Battle Royale For Fortnite And PUBG

What’s a battle royale, you ask? Newb. A battle royale is a type of game play like capture-the-flag, team-deathmatch, or paintball mode in GoldenEye. In a battle royale, 100 players are placed alone on an island or closed map with nothing. They must quickly find weapons, then kill each other until only one is left standing.

Released in March 2017, PUBG took the online game world by storm. With a focus on gritty, semi-realistic but smooth game play and a team mode, how could anyone do better? They even released a mobile version for bored Marines to play while on duty.

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Then last August, Fortnite released its battle royale game mode. While players in Fortnite are still landing on the map with nothing, there are some very notable differences. Players need to gather supplies to build walls and forts that come in handy for defense. Characters also are more cartoonish and colorful, and they can dab. It’s Minecraft meets Thunderdome.


The Meat And Potatoes

Both games have amassed millions of digitally bloodthirsty users since their launch, but Fortnite is taking the lead. Many attribute this to the fact that Fortnite is completely free to play, while PUBG is $29.99 on Steam.

It’ll be interesting to see how this case plays out, as I can’t see this ending in PUBG’s favor. Any gamer worth their wrist protector knows that Day Z is the real original gangster. Plus, with Call Of Duty releasing its own version of the Battle Royale soon, I think this is a desperate effort from the makers at PUBG to get some of that Fortnite cheese.

My brother earned the Medal of Honor for saving countless lives — but only after he was left for dead

"As I learned while researching a book about John, the SEAL ground commander, Cmdr. Tim Szymanski, had stupidly and with great hubris insisted on insertion being that night."


Editor's Note: The following is an op-ed. The opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Task & Purpose.

Air Force Master Sgt. John "Chappy" Chapman is my brother. As one of an elite group, Air Force Combat Control — the deadliest and most badass band of brothers to walk a battlefield — John gave his life on March 4, 2002 for brothers he never knew.

They were the brave men who comprised a Quick Reaction Force (QRF) that had been called in to rescue the SEAL Team 6 team (Mako-30) with whom he had been embedded, which left him behind on Takur Ghar, a desolate mountain in Afghanistan that topped out at over 10,000 feet.

As I learned while researching a book about John, the SEAL ground commander, Cmdr. Tim Szymanski, had stupidly and with great hubris insisted on insertion being that night. After many delays, the mission should and could have been pushed one day, but Szymanski ordered the team to proceed as planned, and Britt "Slab" Slabinski, John's team leader, fell into step after another SEAL team refused the mission.

But the "plan" went even more south when they made the rookie move to insert directly atop the mountain — right into the hands of the bad guys they knew were there.

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Conflict photographer Lynsey Addario's seen a hell of a lot of combat over the past twenty years. She patrolled Afghanistan's Helmand Province with the Marines, accompanied the Army on night raids in Baghdad, took artillery fire with rebel fighters in Libya and has taken photos in countless other wars and humanitarian disasters around the world.

Along the way, Addario captured images of plenty of women serving with pride in uniform, not only in the U.S. armed forces, but also on the battlefields of Syria, Colombia, South Sudan and Israel. Her photographs are the subject of a new article in the November 2019 special issue of National Geographic, "Women: A Century of Change," the magazine's first-ever edition written and photographed exclusively by women.

The photos showcase the wide range of goals and ideals for which these women took up arms. Addario's work includes captivating vignettes of a seasoned guerrilla fighter in the jungles of Colombia; a team of Israeli military police patrolling the streets of Jerusalem; and a unit of Kurdish women guarding ISIS refugees in Syria. Some fight to prove themselves, others seek to ignite social change in their home country, and others do it to liberate other women from the grip of ISIS.

Addario visited several active war zones for the piece, but she found herself shaken by something much closer to home: the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, South Carolina.

Addario discussed her visit to boot camp and her other travels in an interview with Task & Purpose, which has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

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An Army staff sergeant who "represents the very best of the 101st Airborne Division" has finally received a Silver Star for his heroic actions during the Battle of the Bulge after a 75-year delay.

On Sunday, Staff Sgt. Edmund "Eddie" Sternot was posthumously awarded with a Silver Star for his heroics while leading a machine gun team in the Ardennes Forest. The award, along with Sternot's Bronze Star and Purple Heart, was presented to his only living relative, Sternot's first cousin, 80-year-old Delores Sternot.

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U.S. special operations forces are currently field testing a lightweight combat armor designed to cover more of an operator's body than previous protective gear, an official told Task & Purpose.

The armor, called the Lightweight Polyethylene (PE) Armor for Extremity Protection, is one of a handful of subsystems to come out of U.S. Special Operations Command's Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) effort that media outlets dubbed the "Iron Man suit," Navy Lieutenant Cmdr. Tim Hawkins, a SOCOM spokesman, told Task & Purpose on Wednesday.

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