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Fortnite Frenzy: What's behind the video game obsession

Fortnite Frenzy: What's behind the video game obsession

It has become the latest video game phenomenon to take over the minds of American children, and sometimes even adults.

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Fortnite Frenzy: What's behind the video game obsession

500 was off 18.

It is the latest video game that's taken the nation by storm..

With at least 45 million players - and rapidly growing..

But some parents will tell you -- their kids are a little too obsessed... eric franke is one of those parents..

And he tries to explain to us the craze over fortnite..

Susan..

Mark... this is not another story about how videogames are bad for kids..

In fact, there are positives..

.and they're fun... but yes, many of us - me included -- ..

Have seen our kids fall into a bit of a fortnite obsession..

My oldest makes a cameo in this piece by the way..

For those who aren't familiar today -- a bit of an introduction to the game, and how to work your way through the fortnite frenzy.

(((nat pop of shots))) it's the latest video game, that everyone is playing... (((more nat pop shots))) (((simonson@ 214029:"it's big for a reason, there's a reason why there's 3.6 million players daily."

214032 ))) (((dr trias@220130 it's kinda of a combination of minecraft, and call of duty and hunger games 220135 ))) (((zack @74233: "did you see where that sniper shot came from?"

74236))) a shooting game..

Called...fortnite.

.

(((74430 "oh i see him, yep!!!"

74431))) (((kay kratochwill @225309: "i asked a lot of adult people that i knew, that play it what it was all about.

Like is this age appropriate for my 10-year-old son?"

225319))) kay kratochwill..

Did her research before allowing her 10-year-old son max to play his first shooting game..

(((kay @225321: "i watched a little bit of it and i thought, well, it seems okay" 225327))) so what is this fortnite that everyone's talking about?

In short, players are parachuted onto an island with only a pickaxe..

Often joined online by their friends ..

In a battle for survival.

(((jared simonson @213332: "it's so built around that team structure, 213335 it's a team of 4 jumping into this thing, you can do a team of 2, you can do, jump in alone if you're feeling bold enough, it really emphasizes that social structure of like let's work together towards a goal kinda thing."

213345 ))) and that can be a little addicting... (((dr. trias @220553: "i think it's unrealistic to not have any electronics or screen time..

But as parents we have to be very aware of how much theyr'e doing..

220602))) meawhile families everywhere..

Are fighting their own battle for survival -- forced to schedule dinner or homework..

Around a game of fortnite..

(((dr trias @220646: "most of these kids are old enough, you can develop ground rules before the situation happens, i think that's, that's huge."

220652))) pediatrician dr. michael trias with ssm health..

Downloaded the game himself..

And he sees how it's drawing kids in..

Parents..

Need a plan... (((dr. trias @220654 "saying you know, developing, this is the amount of time you're going to be playing..

And sticking to that, and enforcing that."

220700))) in addition to how much your kids are playing.... also keep an eye on how much you're paying..

..

(((kay kratochwill: "225328 the biggest thing was the charging on my credit card."

22532))) while the download is free -- fornite made over 200 million dollars in march alone..

On in- game adds on known as "v- bucks"..

Kay had to ask max about more than 50 dollars in unknown charges from his xbox..

(((kay@225413: "who would have done that?

Well i don't know somebody else must have done that, well i'll have to call microsoft and see who must have done that and see who did that, because obviously our account has been hacked.

Oh i did it."

225427))) max paid for that... and now pays for anything fortnite related-- out of his own allowance..

(((kay @230220: "he learned a lesson definitely, and he's also learning about responsibility, he's learning about honesty" 230227))) (((dr. michael trias@220800: "there's a level of trust, that you have to have and a level of understanding and ground rules when we're talking about not only spending money but also interacting with other people on these devices and games."

220811))) while fortnite presents another thing for parents to navigate in the ever changing world of high tech video games..

And social media..

After what kay went through with max -- even she sees some positives..

(((kay @230242: "as a single mom i can't always set up play dates for him, so he kind of has a play date right there, because he's playing with 2 of his best friends."

230251))) (((dr. trias@221046: "you can play with your friends.

You communicate with your friends while you're playing..and i think that's a huge draw.

You know when you and i played, back in the olden days, we had to be at someone's house.

Playing together.

Taking turns."

221058 ))) (((jared simonson@213604: "i think fortnite has become a great opportunity for me and some of my best friends to bond together blow off steam when we're not working hard..and that's kind of like really what it is, because it can bond so many people across so many divides and so many platforms."

213617 ))) when kids aren't playing fortnite..they're often watching fortnite videos... by march... there had been almost 3 billion views of fortnite sessions uploaded by players around the world.

It is the most viewed game on youtube, ever.

Q&amp;a...



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