If you have kids of a certain age, you’ll have heard them talk about the latest video game craze called Fortnite.
Chances are, if they don’t play on it, they’ll have a friend who does.
The popular survival strategy game is played on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows and Mac and combines Minecraft resource gathering and building with team survival shooter games.
It became very popular through its free-to-play Battle Royale mode where hundreds of aliens go head-to-head in a shootout until only one man or team is left standing.
But it has unwanted side effects on family life, not least because once the kids participate in it, they don’t want to get rid of it anymore.
Like any game with a fiercely competitive online mode, young players may find that Fortnite, from Epic Games, and People Can Fly, makes them angry 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 of the game.
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Mom Suzanne said her son’s attitude changes when she tells him to stop playing.
And the concerned mom has pleaded for the game’s age certificate to be increased, even though Fortnite currently has a 12+ certificate while her son is only 10 years old.
She said, “I’m strict with the weather, two hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I never had to enforce that with Fifa, but with that I was going up at 7.45am and he was screaming that he wasn’t ready.
“I had to tell her you’re not acting the way you normally act.” The game is so full of energy and adrenaline that when you take them out they scream on the TV; they hide, they call each other, they live there with their friends.
“When they try to get by, everything is boring, it can’t compete.”
Fortnite has grown in popularity with its Battle Royale mode which can be played for free and pits up to 100 players against each other as a mysterious cloud gradually shrinks the size of the war zone, creating knife-edge battles and climatic.
Psychologist Emma Kenny told viewers that it’s important to remember that there are benefits to playing.
Although this is only a shooter game, players will develop strategic thinking, forward planning, and creative approaches to combat. It teaches a great amount of collaboration, collaboration and economy from teammates.
But she said it was essential for parents to set boundaries and provide children with alternatives away from their screens.
She said: “You have to create scenarios and create boundaries and let the kids know that they are only allowed a certain time on the game.
“It’s about creating opportunities to explore different activities.