It’s pretty standard that when something gaming related reaches the general public in Australia, mainstream media generally try and turn it into a negative. We’ve seen it with several games, but more prominently when Pokemon GO emerged and more recently Fortnite. We’ve done countless posts on Channel 9, A Current Affair and The Today Show doing multiple stories about the dangers of Fortnite and it definitely looks to be having an impact.
An email obtained by Goto.Game from a Sydney school teacher has told parents that they should be stopping their Grade 5 children playing the game, due to the fact that their children could be chatting to anybody (through audio chat) as well as the fact that there’s addictive qualities in the video game.
Firstly, audio chat can be turned off through the settings, so it comes back to parental guidance, and whilst it’s unclear if Fortnite specifically has addictive qualities, there’s definitely nothing concrete that suggests that it’s more addictive than any other form of technology, and once again comes back to parents watching and monitoring their children.