Gangnum Style was released almost a decade ago, but that didn’t stop Fortnite from adding the famous dance from the music video as an emote.
Five years ago Fourteen days took over pop culture for a while, the song Gangnam style did exactly the same thing. Now the two media giants will come together as the Battle Royale will record the familiar dance from the Gangnam-style music video as one of its emotes.
There are many similarities between Fortnite and Gangnam Style when it comes to their sudden rise the top of pop culture. In just a year from its launch, Fortnite had well over 100 million players, and that was prior to the game’s launch with no name recognition. Gangnam Style saw an even faster rise when the music video became the most watched film on YouTube a few months after its debut. Both also became synonymous with certain dance moves, which makes the impending pairing between the two media seem all the more meaningful.
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The announcement of the addition of Gangnam Style was appropriately made in a short video Demonstration of the new emote Posted from the official Twitter account for Fortnite Korea. While the famous song doesn’t accompany the dance performance, there’s no doubt about what the characters are doing. Fortnite’s official North American Twitter account retweeted the video, suggesting the emote will be available for all versions of the game around the world.
The response to the announcement has been overwhelmingly positive, but there have been some comments that suggested that some Fortnite players didn’t realize what they were seeing. While the emote seems to fit in perfectly with the game’s aesthetics, it’s unclear exactly how it will land with the game’s main player base. As of 2021, it is estimated that more than half of current Fortnite players will be between 18 and 24 years old. That made Gangnam Style the oldest player in this 15th demographic.
Most people change drastically between the ages of 15 and 24. Although the Gangnam dance is recognizable to many Fortnite players, it is likely to be considered a decent retro shot instead of something as iconic as The Floss. This would make sense considering that Gangnam Style had time to shine as early as 2012. Still, the world might be surprised by the sudden resurgence of the nine year old song thanks to a four year old game. No matter what happens, the combination of Fourteen days and Gangnum style is too perfect for Epic Games to pass up. As the old saying goes, “Better late than never.”
Fourteen days is available for Android, iOS, Nintendo Switch, Mac, PC, PS4 and Xbox One.
Source: Fortnite Korea
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