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I know you're probably thinking I'm crazy for saying that I'm okay with FortNite taking over our home, and you're probably right. It's a game my son loves, is into and even though he can get a little out of hand at times. It shows his determination to keep getting better.
Here's the thing, so many people are against video gaming, especially FortNite, because they say it doesn't teach kids today how to succeed. I believe it's quite the opposite. Kids who are playing video games, whether it's FortNite, COD, GTA, etc. All learn how to do several things, that most people don't even think of.
FortNite is the latest craze with younger kids on upto adults. While some folks might be entirely against the game, which I can totally understand and get, I embrace it. I'm probably one of the few parents who do out there. I know my husband doesn't embrace it as much as I do.
FortNite Has Taken Over Our Home and I'm Okay With it
Problem Solving through Strategy
They think of so many different strategies that will help them get closer to, or even win. In order to figure out how to win, you have to first lose and think about where you went wrong. For some kids or teens, they will rage quit; mine does sometimes; but they pick that controller back up and think about where they messed up, how they will fix that and play another round.
How many times have you called your kid while they were playing FortNite and they “didn't hear you” because of the game? Sure, maybe they had a super cool, noise canceling headset, or maybe they were just ignoring you, but it was probably because they were concentrating on the current match and were so close to getting Victory Royale.
My son has probably developed more social skills in the past year, than he has in the prior 12 years of his life. Between watching videos on YouTube of his favorite FortNite gamers (like TFue or Ninja), or being in game with other players from around the world, he's learned how to discuss plans for the matches, developed some pretty cool friends, and more. Though we still discuss giving out personal information, we do still encourage developing friendships.
Just because he's playing a video game on the Xbox doesn't mean he's not creative. I think he's actually become more creative. He thinks a little bit more outside of the box than he used to and I'm loving it. He'll help me with some of my blog projects and we'll come up with ways to do things better, easier, and faster.
It requires you to be able to move the joystick, press triggers or buttons all while looking at the various features on the TV or Computer screen during the match. Doing that teaches kids to do more things at the same time or simultaneously so that they get done quicker, more efficiently, all while achieving the goal they set out to achieve.
As surprising as it may be, it is actually an excellent way to relieve stress. For the average non-gamer, in fact, spending 15 or 20 minutes a day playing an easy to learn, though difficult to conquer, does wonders for stress relief. However, the more complex and involved games may actually be more effective than their simpler brethren.
My kid is the WORSE when it comes to saving money. However, when it comes to that new skin, or battle pass that is coming out, he's doing extra work around the house or wanting to shovel driveways, dog walk, etc to make that money. He's learning what tax is, how much he has to earn in order to get those items, and how much he will have left over.
Look, I don't expect every parent out there to agree….
It has definitely taken me awhile to be “okay” with FortNite. But I've learned how to pick my battles with things my teens do. I did learn the other day that the creator of FortNite and CEO of Epic Games has done some pretty awesome humanitarian things around the US, such as purchasing large plots of land to keep billionaire hotel investors off so that the land stays how it's supposed to for the animals.
TV Store Online now has Epic Games licensed FortNite Shirts! You can pick yours up by clicking the image below. The shirts start at $17.95. You get to pick between Bus Crew, Cuddle Team Leader, Dance Dance (which is what my son's wearing) or Durr Burger Space.