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A parent’s guide to Fortnite

A parent’s guide to Fortnite

If you have a child who is aged somewhere over 8, then you may have heard them talk about Fortnite. They may play it themselves on their Xbox One or PS4 consoles, or they may mention that their friends play the game. With over 125m players worldwide and news stories concerning whether or not people are addicted to this game, it makes sense that our children would have heard about it and be keen to play it.

If you have a child who is aged somewhere over 8, then you may have heard them talk about Fortnite. They may play it themselves on their Xbox One or PS4 consoles, or they may mention that their friends play the game. With over 125m players worldwide and news stories concerning whether or not people are addicted to this game, it makes sense that our children would have heard about it and be keen to play it.

It can be hard for parents to know which games are appropriate for their kids, especially if they hear the term multi-player online shooter. So, with this in mind, we have put together a parent friendly guide to Fortnite, so that you can learn more about it and whether or not it is right for your child.

So, what is it?

Fortnite Battle Royale is a game that is seen somewhat as a mass online brawl. 100 players are sent leaping out of a flying bus, landing on a small island. They then fight one another until there is only one person left. Around the island are many weapons and items hidden. This includes rifles, traps and even grenade launchers, all for the players to grab and arm themselves with.

Another part of this game is that you can also collect resources as you go around the playspace, these then help you to build structures that you can then hide in. As the game plays out, the playspace gets smaller and smaller, so that those playing have to get closer to one another.

The last person standing is the winner.

How does a game like this appeal to kids?

When you consider the premise and idea of the game, it can be hard to see how exactly this has ended up being a game that is popular with kids. The main reason that it really appeals is that it is completely free. Not only this, but the game is a whole lot of fun to play, rather than being completely serious and it comes with a sense of silly offbeat humour that kids are going to love.

The graphics within the game are bright, colourful and cartoon-like, especially when you compare them to games such as PUBG. Other factors that seem to be making sure that the kids carry on playing Fortnite includes the fact that you can buy costumes and silly add on items such as space suits and dinosaur dress up. You can also perform a number of dance moves as a part of your characters other interaction with the other players and the world around you. This includes the ever famous Floss and the Hype too.

Finally, it is the sheer hype that surrounds the game, not only is there a whole lot of talk of it on the playground, but you will not be able to escape the volume of merch that is around at the moment too. YouTubers and other streamers are also having an impact on the popularity of this game, as they broadcast themselves playing it and talking about the game as a whole.

Fortnite encourages playing with friends, right?

Now, we hear this a lot. One of the reasons that kids love to play Fortnite, just as they have also enjoyed playing other co-op games such as Minecraft, is the fact that they can talk to their friends as they play. This means that the game becomes social and that whilst the kids are enjoying playing together, they are also able to enjoy chatting and catching up together too.

You don’t have to worry about the fact that your kid may have a different games console to their friends. This is because it is completely cross-platform. You can play with your friends no matter what machine that they have. If you have an Xbox One you can play with someone who has a Switch. You can even play with someone who has an Android Phone or an iPad.

That said, you will need to make sure that you download the Epic Games system, and your child will also need to sign up for this service too.

Isn’t it addictive and violent?

As a parent, you are going to want to ensure that your child is kept safe and protected from some of the bad things in life. This includes violence. The thing about Fortnite, is that, whilst it is a shooter based game, which could be a concern, there is never any bloody violence shown within the game, rather than being compared to the likes of Call of Duty, which really should not be played by children, Fortnite is much more of a Splatoon type game. Non-realistic and non-threatening.

Another negative that is often shown in the media about Fortnite is that it is addictive. There has been research carried out it see whether or not, as a game, it is more addictive than other options out there. Whilst the game itself should not be addictive, it is perhaps the combination of the fun nature of the game and the fact that it is social and allows kids to play with their friends, which could be causing a slightly addictive nature in kids.

Essentially, kids can only become obsessed with something if they are allowed to be. Limit the amount that they play it, explain that the game does not replace interacting with their friends in the real world and ensure that it if is fun treat, rather than something that they do all the time.

Are you thinking about buying your child the ultimate Christmas present, a games console, maybe so that they can play Fortnite or any other game that takes their fancy? If so, then you might want to take a look at trade-in games console options. Not only will this allow you to buy a top quality console, but also make sure that you save money too. Which is an important consideration for us parents.

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