The Nite of Forts

Oft referred to as “Fork Knife” by the unknowing or by anyone who wants to be a comedian, Fortnite has finally entered our house. Once upon a time I was writing about Minecraft as it consumed a certain then eight year old’s life. That game is a thing of the past now. Minecraft is no longer even mentioned, let alone played. Fortnite is the new addiction and I have two conflicting thoughts about it.

I grew up with video games. Granted, I started with Atari’s Space Invaders until I graduated to Nintendo’s Tetris, Mega Man, and Blaster Master. I didn’t have these first or third person shooter games growing up. I had Mario jumping on Goombas. I had Contra. And if you just thought up up down down left right left right B A select start to get infinite lives, you had Contra, too. It wasn’t real. It didn’t look real. There was nothing about my video games as a kid that made my parents go “Hmmm… is this okay?” I didn’t play these shooter games until I got to university after the invention of internet. Back when you had to use your telephone line. I was mature enough to know it was game.

Fortnight is a game of 100 people with the winner being the last person or team standing. It is third person game, meaning your point of view hovers just above and behind the character you are controlling. It is close to being realistic. One of the first times I played this game (last week) my character was shot and wounded to the point that I wasn’t (in the words of The Princess Bride) all the way dead. I was forced to crawl around hoping someone would revive me. Instead of finding my own team, the enemy found me first and I had the distinct privilege of watching the enemy character stand over my character and proceed to finish me off with his shotgun. On the plus side, there is no blood. A drone appears and teleports your expired character out of the game. I know there are 10 year olds around the world playing this, but is this the kind of game I want my 10 year old playing?

On the flip side, it’s just a video game. Even I know art imitates life. My kid certainly isn’t going to suddenly think that life is Fortnite and go about shooting people. He won’t become a violent psychopath playing Fortnite. I can’t blame Fortnite for violent behavior any more than I can blame heavy metal music. There’s no blood and it’s not like this game is hyper real some other first player shooter games I’ve seen. There is building it, well. You need to build “forts” for safety. It can as simple or as elaborate as you want or as time allows. Also, a lot his friends are playing it. Since this game has the ability to connect people through microphones so they may chat. Friends can play together and talk together without being in the same house. It will be his way of fitting in. And isn’t that what we all want, just to belong?

Has Fork Knife Fortnite caught on at your house, yet? What’s your opinion?

           

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19 thoughts on “The Nite of Forts

  1. 🤦‍♀️ naturally as I go to respond I honestly can’t remember if it’s made it’s way onto the PS4. But I’m pretty sure my hubs mentioned he wasn’t a fan of the game when I mentioned it because someone else made a meme about the theme song?… 🙄🤔 you know really as often as I log in and play Sims you would think I would remember seeing the game.. but there’s just so many. 🤦‍♀️ especially with the freebies of the month haha let me know if you start Sims4 because now that’s a game I can relate to 😂

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    • It is on the PS4 and XBox1 and PCs. It just came to the switch last week which is why we were able to get it. My PC is far to old and slow to play it. I get bored with it because it’s just a player versus player game… nothing to do but shoot each other. No missions or puzzles or anything.

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  3. We downloaded it and have played it a few times, but it isn’t a thing. I love the concept of the game, but I suck at it. LM isn’t much better. (Which is why it isn’t a thing, I guess.) We never build forts, though, so maybe that’s part of the problem, lol. I did make him play it on mute, as he only plays with strangers, since no one he knows is on there. That was a problem I had with the Minecraft servers, the chat stuff, so he only gets to do the building stuff.

    I hadn’t really thought about the shooting aspect of it, but he’s been playing Star Wars Battlefront for the past couple of years, another shoot ’em game, so I guess this is the same. I played Grand Theft Auto and stuff like that all the time when I was younger, so I may be a little desensitized to it all. As long as it isn’t super gory and have bad language (like Call of Duty, sniff, which I had to take back), I’m okay with it.

    (How cool would it be if Fortnite were just a paintball game, keep everything else the same?)

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    • The building aspect is a pretty big deal in Fortnite, I guess. We suck at building too. I never eyed Call of Duty but I did play GTA while I was I college. That one disappeared when the kids came. Our chat can be muted. I don’t allow him to use it unless he’s playing with friends.

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      • I bought GTA 5 when I got my PS4, but took it back and traded it for something else. You had to play the story mode instead of going around killing people, so it wasn’t nearly as fun. I want to get a PS2 so I can get all of the old good games back 😀

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  5. My niece loves video games and will blow up any bad guys that are in need of killing. She is also the kindest and most sensitive person I know. It takes more than a game or music to corrupt a young mind and make them want to kill real people.

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    • I think you’re right, Lynn. We need to find a way to be aware of those who can’t differentiate between what is real and what is a game/art. Perhaps your niece can be on our team (we’re not so good blowing up the bad guys 🙂 )

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  6. Yes oh yes, Fortnite features heavily in our house. Just with the 14 yr old boy but trust me, he plays enough for all four of us combined.
    I struggle with video games altogether and with shooter games in particular. I rein it in because in Fortnite’s case it’s more my severe anti-gun position than the game itself. He doesn’t play Call of Duty, for example. But the boy can talk Fortnite FOR DAYS. 🙄

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