Why Does Fortnite Still Exist?

Heather Robinson, Journalist

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Fortnite Battle Royale was undoubtedly the hottest video game of 2018, gaining popularity worldwide for its addictive, accessible and simple play. Its’ rapid emergence of trendiness and presence in social buzz appeared to carry on for quite some time, but was quickly diminished into seemingly no more than a joke after wearing out for most teenagers.

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The only time the term “Fortnite” budges its way into conversation nowadays, seems to be in a form of mockery. Phrases such as “T-posing”, “Salty Springs”, and “Orange Justice” evoke instant feelings of cringe to the average person with a basic knowledge of the game, which is why I was absolutely shocked-and mortified-to discover that an average of 40 million gamers worldwide still log onto Fornite every month. Though the social presence of the game has much dwindled, its players appear to stay highly committed.

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While some parents and doctors view this video game obsession as a typical phase of growing up, others are growing increasingly concerned that it has become a serious addiction for their children.

Aside from  the annoyance this game has plagued our culture with, pediatricians are also concerned that it is having damaging effects on the youth who play for hours daily, leading to a dangerous lack of sleep and a decline in academic performance.

So, what exactly are the benefits of such a game? Naturally, I’m attempting to find the answers in my younger brother, who has also been plagued by the Fortnite epidemic for quite some time, but unfortunately, I don’t think he can hear me through his headset.

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