Fortnite is a hugely popular video game, a third person shooter game in which players gather together in a virtual reality in groups of 100. There, they try to kill goofily dressed avatars in a quest to become the last person, or team, standing. There’s dancing involved too. You know, like you do.
The game is notoriously addictive. But, according to this report in the Wall Street Journal, some parents are feeling pretty okay about their kids being glued to the screen. Some are even shelling out cash for Fortnite tutors. According to the report, these tutors can cost anywhere from $20-$50.
Ally Hicks, a mother, told the Wall Street Journal:
There’s pressure not to just play it but to be really good at it. You can imagine what that was like for him at school.
Another parent, Euan Robertson, said:
I want them to excel at what they enjoy … They’re not going to break a leg playing video games.
Of course, there are many other health risks associated with video games.
Some people wondered if this was a harbinger of the apocalypse.
This is the end, folks. Pack it up. An asteroid will surely destroy us all because of our excesses. We have no one to blame but ourselves.
— Dunc (@onedunc) July 31, 2018
— Matthew Grishaber (@mattgrishaber) August 1, 2018
— Justin B (@jfb880) August 2, 2018
— Kurt Ohlen (@APUSHSensei) July 31, 2018
Others were shook.
— JB (@jbrady1212) July 31, 2018
— Rachael Caldwell (@soccerfoot14) July 31, 2018
— 1880's BMXer (@spazcabinet) July 31, 2018
But some thought the parents were making a good decision.
I actually interpret this exactly the opposite as almost every prior commentator. This isn’t as the author said “no child left behind.” Fortnite is great because 99 out of 100 that play don’t “get medals”. Making a child realize they aren’t great and need a tutor to improve is
— Nick James (@Jick_488) August 1, 2018
No. Parents who were able have hired experts to help their kids get better at things basically forever. Soccer coaches, piano teachers, math tutors. This isn't new.
— Pete Holiday (@toomuchpete) August 1, 2018
But most were critical.
Fortnight and video games in general can become an addiction that affects a persons life much like a harroine or cocaine addict. Its a sad reality. Fast food is also like crack, fat food junkies everywere.
— splat (@cracking_egs) August 1, 2018
This is embarrassing and more importantly, bad parenting. Putting more effort into improving their kids gaming versus education. Ridiculous.
— Jason Rose (@JasonRoseEh) August 1, 2018
This is the hybrid spawn between the “Gig Economy” and the achievement “Parenting Culture” of our days. Why don't you explain some math to these fellows? After all, its just a Zero Sum Game…
— Francisco Arias (@AriasFco) July 31, 2018
If your kids sucks that bad at the video game maybe you should take that money for the tutoring lessons for fortnite and how about apply it to I don't know f****** math or history
— Lollipop_Dreamz (@DreamzLollipop) August 1, 2018
At the very least, maybe the kids will develop some good skills for when this all turns into Gilead!