If you’ve been keeping up with new trends in gaming, then you’ve probably heard of Fortnite. And if you’ve been keeping up with Fortnite, you’ve probably heard of “the W gang.” I first heard of it when I was watching “Daequan Loco” (a member of the TSM Fortnite organisation) using a pair of pump shotguns to, I quote “BOP KIDS.” (RIP Double Pumping, you will be missed.) Now before you cringe out at the thought of Fortnite, give me a chance to explain what “the W Gang” means and represents, because in my opinion, it’s pretty cool.
In most games, you would have to control some sort of character, and if you’re playing a game that requires a keyboard, you’ll probably have to use the “WASD” keys to move. The most important button there, would be the “W” key, the key that makes your character move forward. This powerful key, “The W key” is what birthed “The W Gang.” It’s a guideline to the player, to you, despite being shocked by a Seeker Mine, stunned by a 9-Bang and radiated by a Reactor Core all at the same time, to mash that escape button, hold down fire and Usain Bolt the hell away from that hellhole. It’s a guideline to the player, to you, to clutch that 1v5 even though they have a Clash shocking you like you’re on Death Row and a Maestro watching you on his camera’s like a stalker, WITH the defuser on site whilst you’re two floors below. It’s a guideline to the player, to you, to keep playing Fortnite despite that brief 24 hour period where explosives penetrated through walls (SIKE I CTRL + ALT + DEL’ed FROM THAT CRAP REAL QUICK).
“The W Gang” is a collection of people who abide by the “W” key, a collection of people who move forward despite all broken mechanics happening in front of them. But the most amazing thing about it is that the “W” key is not limited to a keyboard or a game. I mean sure it comes from PC gamers but it seeps its way into the real world, into us. It’s motivation from the PC gaming world to encourage you to force your way forward in life, with no regard to the horror and awfulness, to push hard even though everyone doubts you. To move forward no matter what’s happening. And I don’t know about you, but as a gamer, I think that’s amazing.
Now, let’s leave the gaming world for a minute and get real. Really real. The W key tells you to move forward in life, but sometimes you simply can’t. I’m here to tell you that it’s okay to press the S key in life. I know I know, it sounds cringe, but it’s true. Press whatever key you want, so long as you make your way back to the W key. However whatever you do, don’t get salty enough to press the two buttons of rage: Alt + F4. Billy did this. Don’t be like Billy. Nobody likes Billy.