*Summer Issue* Not Just a Two-Week Thing: ‘Fortnite’ Conquers Teens’ Time

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*Summer Issue* Not Just a Two-Week Thing: ‘Fortnite’ Conquers Teens’ Time

Ben Mihailovich, Reporter

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NEWSROOM – Recently, the game Fortnite has become one of the most popular video games in the world.

Fortnite is a battle royale formatted game which means there are 100 players to start the game and the last player standing wins.  Games are played with other online players and not against a computer.  

The game begins with all 100 players in a flying battle bus.  The objective of the game is to eliminate as many players as possible without getting eliminated yourself.  This can be done by sneaking up behind players or building a massive fort to try and win a battle with the high ground.  Health and strategy matter a great deal too.

In Fortnite, there are many different game modes.  The three classic modes are solo, duos, and squads.  Duos and squads are played with other friends or random people who are playing the game at the same time.  In solo mode, it is every player for themselves.  Every now and then, Fortnite comes out with a new mode, such as 50 vs. 50, where the unique challenges or circumstances are put in place to make the game more interesting.

One of the main reasons Fortnite is so popular is because it is free. The business model of free-to-play gaming has been popular for a few years now, but the popularity Fortnite has seemingly brought it to a whole new level.  As well as the appeal of being free to play, another aspect many people enjoy about the game is streaming.  While some may question the appeal of watching another person play a video game, Fortnite streaming has become a way for online entertainers to host streams with hundreds of thousands of people, all of whom have similar interests and can interact with one another as well as the streamer. One streamer, Tyler Blevins (known by alias “Ninja”), is even known for playing with mainstream celebrities like Drake and Travis Scott. His streams consistently get hundreds of thousands of views.

Freshman Chris Benincasa enjoys the social aspect of the game.          

“I love Fortnite because I am able to play with my friends from school and also in other states.”

Although Chris loves the game, Britain’s Culture Secretary, Matt Hancock, has warned parents that games like Fortnite are highly addictive and can be damaging to the brain.  This is according to the technology reporters of a New Zealand website, demonstrating the global appeal of the game.

Mr. Hancock also warned that Fortnite could have a bad impact on children’s lives because it is a shooter game; a particularly sensitive topic currently in the United States due to recent school-campus violence.

Stanwich School and others have also issued emails addressing the nature of the game and age (and time allotment) recommendations for parents and kids.

Fortnite is a fun interactive and competitive game which you can play while catching up with old friends or if you have free time.

Story by Ben Mihailovich, Reporter

Edited by Ted Frascella, Editor in Chief

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