If you have children of a middle to old age, they are sure to be talking about a year-old craze, Fortnite Battle Royale. But if they aren’t playing it, their friends are guaranteed to own it.
But what IS Fortnite?
Fortnite Battle Royale is a free-to-play online video game first released on 25th July 2017 and developed by Epic Games. It is available as separate software packages having different game modes that otherwise share the same general gameplay and game engine. It is available on Android, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, iOS, Microsoft Windows and Macintosh operating systems.
100 people are in a Battle Bus that drives you across the air, and you can choose where you want to drop off. There are many houses, trees, boulders and buildings to loot and gain materials from, with your harvesting tool, that can chop down almost everything. You can use the materials to build structures and defences when attacked. But there is a storm to beware. It closes in on the players as the game carries on, which only allows one game to last 25 minutes. The last player standing wins the game, a “Victory Royale”.
Even though Fortnite has been on release for one year, it is still taking the world by storm (no pun intended), and dosen’t look like it is stopping any time soon.
But why are parents so worried about it?
One reason is that once children are on it, they don’t want to stop. It is mysteriously addictive. Like any game with a fiercely competitive online mode, younger players can find that Fortnite, from Epic Games and People Can Fly, makes them cross or angry when they lose.
This is common in games like FIFA and Rocket League, but even more so in Fortnite because you only have one life and then you are out the game. The case became so bad that it was discussed on British network and free-to-air television channel ITV’s This Morning. A mother complained that her son’s attitude switches when she tells him to stop playing the game.
And the concerned mother pleaded for the game’s age certificate to be risen, even though Fortnite is currently at a 12+ certificate when her son is just 10.
There are many underage children playing the game.
Another reason is the mysterious addiction. There was a nine year old girl who discovered Fortnite, and played it 24/7. She would stay up all night playing it, and didn’t learn anything at school, due to her falling asleep for almost the whole day. It was a while until her parents noticed, and as a result, she is in rehab, slowly weening of her addiction.
In conclusion, Fortnite is just a really good game thought up by bright minds, but some people take it too far.