Growing up as a suburban kid in the ’90s and early 2000s, Weezer was my jam. The self-titled blue album, Pinkerton, the green album, and even Maladroit were in my car’s CD player nonstop between the years 2003 and 2004.
But recently, it became pretty obvious to me several years ago that Weezer just wasn’t meant for me anymore. And this is just the topper: Weezer now has its own island in Fortnite.
I have to admit that the island is pretty cool. Made by four of Fortnite‘s top Creative Mode mapmakers, Weezer World features several tracks from the band’s upcoming Black album (launching March 1st), the patented Weezer “=W=” lit up in neon everywhere, a skate park, an on-rails shooting gallery using an all-terrain kart and a pistol, and a stage set up for a concert. Whether Weezer is going to host an in-game concert like Marshmello recently did is unclear, but the stage definitely seems to be hinting at that. You can check out a YouTuber named Mustard playing the island below:
Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo has stated on Twitter that he’s a fan of the game and plays it with his kid, so that probably helped solidify the deal between Epic and Weezer’s management. It’s a pretty clever marketing ploy for the band, which has two albums coming out this year, and it looks like Epic at least put some effort into making the island fun to explore.
But it’s also a stark reminder that the world has turned and left me here.
I’m not saying Weezer is a bad band or that Fortnite is a bad game. I’m saying they’re both meant for younger people now, and I think it’s just time for me to bow out.
But you know what? I’m not bitter. Why bother? I ain’t going to hurt nobody, and I ain’t going to cause a scene. I’m happy for Weezer that they’re still staying relevant and for the kids who might come to their music through the game. I still have four great Weezer albums to listen to until I die, and Apex Legends if I feel like playing a battle royale game.