Fortnite or Fort Night -Video Game or Game Night?
There is an enormously popular video game that continues to grow in popularity among students and young adults: Fortnite. Your kids may refer to it as a harmless game where there is no violence because when foes fall they simply evaporate and disappear with no blood or gore. However, parents, you need to take notice of the time your children may be spending on this game and the money they may be spending as well.
According to an article in Consumer Reports, although the game is free to download and playable across most medias (PCs, Macs, PS4, and Xbox One. There’s also a mobile app for most smartphones) there are in-game purchases that are highly encouraged to be competitive that can quickly add up given they are only available to be in certain increments set by the game designer.
Although there appears to be no bloodshed or vulgarity in game itself, there is need for concern. The Battle Royaleversion of Fortnite involves humans shooting and killing other humans and because the game is played online with 100 other players, you can be sure there is plenty of colorful language around. Is your child involved with Fortnite? Do you want to know how much? Here are a few questions to discover the answers to any concerns you may have.
Why do you think the game, Fortnite, is so popular?
According to PluggedIn, an online review service from Focus on the Family, Fortnite’s popularity is universally growing not only because the video game is free to download and available on multiple devices, but also because the battles are cartoony and silly which gives the players entertainment and an excuse to play a game that is less violent than most of the ones their parents have condemned or limited.
Do you think any of your friends are addicted to Fortnite?
This may be a loaded question and your children may be reluctant to answer at first, as it may be self-incriminating. Explain that you have learned that the video game is so engaging that time can get away from you and that you are just trying to understand the fascination. If you really want to know, just ask them to show you how they play.
What could we do as a family that would be as fun as playing Fortnite?
One of the points from both critics and supporters of the game is how quirky it is so use this opportunity to help your kids come up with something equally goofy you can do as a family. What about an actual FORT NIGHT where you gather all the extra sheets and blankets and make your own world of castles, forts, and towers with chip bag clips, bed sheets, and closet rods. Your whole family can be imaginative and competitive without spending a penny on V-bucks for skins or other virtual items.
Be intentional to know and understand what your children are involved in or what they may be feeling pressure to be involved in at school and among their friends. You may just discover that creative family time is fun and a preventative to the stress and anxiety that can result from too much screen time with so-called harmless games.
Information about Fortnite was derived from the following articles:
What Parents Need To Know About FortniteNicholas Deleon – https://www.consumerreports.org/gaming/what-parents-need-to-know-about-fortnite/
Game review by PluggedIn —https://www.pluggedin.com/game-reviews/fortnite