I remember the first time I played “Fortnite.” The moment I started building a wall, I knew this was the game for me because I enjoyed defending myself against other players. After playing the game a couple of times, everybody else in the world and I got addicted because it was so unique.
“Fortnite” is a game that combines building and combat, mixing elements of “Call of Duty,” “The Hunger Games” and “Minecraft” all together. Millions of people are playing “Fortnite” for hours and hours on end, and there seems to be no sign of gamers stopping any time soon.
“Fortnite” is a multiplayer shooter where a maximum of 100 people are inserted into the game to fight to the end. The game, released July 25, 2017 by Epic Games, is an open world game where you can do anything and explore without any limitations. The game is available on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, mobile and PC.
“‘Fortnite’ has affected my physical life by keeping me in the house more,” said 16-year- old Dorchester resident Clynton Caines.
“Fortnite” players are spending endless hours staring at the screen and have become addicted to the game. According to the New York Times, “Some of what hooks players is obvious: it has quality graphics, a sense of humor and advances rapidly.”
However, because these gamers are focused on their victory royale, they are not fully moving their bodies, just moving their fingers to control their players. Therefore, they are not getting enough exercise.
“My little brother, a freshman in high school, is constantly playing ‘Fortnite,’” said Joseph Downing, a computer engineer major at Northeastern University. “He plays the game several hours a day without leaving his room.”
“Fortnite” is also preventing kids from socializing with their friends and family. According to the Guardian, “Whether it’s social media or video games, children should enjoy them safely and as part of a lifestyle that includes exercise and socialising in the real world.” But, if you talk to people online and stay in your room all day, you are disconnected from your friends family, and the world around you. “Fortnite” is driving a wall between you and your family and friends.
My advice for people who want to play “Fortnite” and still have a well-balanced life is to limit yourself. You need to learn how to balance playing games and living the rest of your life. Make a schedule to set an amount of time to play the game, and spend the rest of your time on your social life and studying. You also need to have the willpower to say “no, not another game” to yourself and just get off the game.
Staying inside limits your capabilities. According to the Huffington Post, it is proven that going outside will make you healthier. It helps both your body and brain. Although there is a whole world on “Fortnite,” there is another bigger world outside.