Fortnite – what you need to know

Unless you have been living under a rock, you will know that Fortnite is the most talked about game of the moment, but what is it? Fortnite is a typical shoot ’em up game, where you go from level to level, killing the bad guys. Fortnite: Battle Royale is what has really got people talking. In short, 100 players jump out of a plane together and it’s a battle to the death with just one person left standing. Around the island you can find weapons and build buildings in order to defend yourself.

Why are kids playing it?

The game is free to download – so that’s the first thing. It can be seen as quite a silly game, and it’s really fun. The characters are not typical of shooting games and are more like cartoon characters. There is no bloody, graphic or gory violence depicted either. It is a very non-realistic and almost imaginary type world. You can also team up with friends and work as a team.

Should we be worried about the violence?

Only you can decide if you want your children playing this game or not. Yes it is seen as fake, and cartoon style violence, but it’s still violence and shooting. As with anything, perhaps start by limiting the time they spend playing the game. Try and get involved, whether that’s having a go yourself, or just being in the room at the same time. You can keep an eye on what goes on. If you aren’t sure – you can always check out one of the numerous videos on Youtube of actual game play so you can see what it is like.

At the end of the day, there are worse things that young people could be getting up to. If you talk to your children about the game and any concerns you have then hopefully, like most things, it will just be a passing fad and you won’t need to have any concerns going forward.

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