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Fortnite Covered on Australian TV News Show Claiming It “Increases Aggressive Behavior”

Published: 13/Jun/2018 18:42 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:05

by Calum Patterson


Australian morning television show ‘The Today Show’ did a special section on ‘Fortnite’, posting an excerpt to Twitter in which an “expert” claims the game is very detrimental for children.

The immense popularity of free-to-play game Fortnite Battle Royale has brought a lot of increased attention from the mainstream media into the world of gaming, but not all of it has been positive.

There have been numerous TV specials, particularly in the United States, where so-called experts give their view on the game, such as Good Morning America which warned parents about how it ‘affected the brain’.

They even unashamedly linked Fortnite and other shooter games with the recent school shooting in Florida – despite there being no link whatsoever.

So the recent episode from network 9Now’s ‘The Today Show’ is not the first to label and blame Fortnite for being a very negative pastime for kids, but it is perhaps the most unapologetic, stating flat out: 

It’s proven that VIOLENT games like Fortnite increase aggressive behaviour and a lack of empathy in players.

Of course, this has not been proven. In fact, if anything the opposite has been proven, but nonetheless, the expert invited on to the show doubled down on this claim, citing apparently “130 evidence based pieces of research” which she said show:

“Violent games like this increase aggressiveness, increase angry thoughts, increase aggressive behavior. […] It decreases empathy – what it’s actually doing, it’s aim is to kill, hurt, maim.”

Predictably, this video received a lot of backlash on Twitter, with the show and guests questioned over the accuracy of the report.

Many recent studies continue to debunk the often reported myth that violent video games of any kind lead to violent tendencies, aggressive thoughts or lack of empathy.

A January 2018 study from the University of York roundly concluded that there is “No evidence to support link between violent video games and behavior.”

Further, a 2018 psychology study found “No Evidence for Desensitization in Empathy for Pain after a Violent Video Game Intervention”, calling it a ‘myth’.

This piece from The Today Show is not the first to make these claims on national television with little evidence to support, and it will likely not be the last as games like Fortnite continue to take over the screens of many.

Presumably, the two children featured playing the game in the clip immediately began to fight each other with pickaxes after the camera turned off – shame the footage did not include this.


How to watch Fortnite’s J Balvin Afterlife Party: Event time & rewards

Published: 31/Oct/2020 16:12

by Connor Bennett


Epic Games have confirmed that a Fortnitemares Afterlife Party event with J Balvin is set to rock the Main Stage in Party Royale. Here’s what you need to know.

Over the years, as Fortnite has grown more and more in popularity, Epic Games have teamed up with TV shows, movies, and musicians for a number of live events. 

This has included everything from something as simple as a DJ playing a few songs from their living room to showing off new trailer for a Star Wars movie. Though, it’s stretched all the way to Travis Scott having a jaw-dropping concert live event too. 

With Fortnitemares now being live, the next event will involve Colombian artist J Balvin debuting a new song during an ‘Afterlife’ concert. So, here’s everything you need to know. 

What time is the J Balvin event in Fortnite?

Just like a number of other events in Fortnite, there will be an initial showing before a number of encore shows so that everyone has the chance to get involved. 

The initial J Balvin show will get underway on Saturday, October 31st at 9 pm EDT/1 am GMT/6 pm PDT and 2 am CEST. Though, if you miss the live showing, there will be two other showings.

The first replay, according to Epic, will happen a day later on Sunday, November 1st at a much reasonable time for European fans – 1 pm EDT/6 pm BST/10 am PDT and 7 pm CEST. The second replay will be five hours later on the same day. 

How to get J Balvin Party Trooper Fortnite skin

While these events have, sometimes, given all players free rewards, the J Balvin event will be a little different. 

Instead, anyone who owns the Party Trooper skin that attends the Afterlife Party will unlock an exclusive J Balvin style. However, you don’t have to wear the skin to the event to unlock it, you just have to own it. 

Screenshot of the J Balvin Fortnite skin style for Party Trooper
Epic Games
Party Trooper skin owners will get an exclusive J Balvin style for attending the event.

Where to find the J Balvin event in Fortnite

If you want to watch the event, as we’ve already noted, it’ll happen inside Party Royale. That’s slightly different to the usual Battle Royale and Creative modes. 

To access it, you’ll want to select the Party Royale game mode in the lobby screen and then search when the event goes live in the menus. Be sure to get in early for the live showing as you don’t want to miss out!

  1. Load up Fortnite
  2. Enter the Battle Royale lobby screen but change the playlist to Party Royale
  3. Search for a game and wait
  4. Once inside, head over to the Main Stage area on the east of the island and enjoy!
Fortnite's party royale map
Epic Games
The Main Stage is where you’ll be able to find the Fortnite music events.

Obviously, you won’t be able to drop in and watch the show until the date and time that Epic has revealed, so don’t try and get involved too early. 

If you manage to get in, though, make sure to enjoy it and get involved with the party.