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Psychology Expert Claims Fortnite is ‘Inappropriate For Children’ Because the Objective is ‘To Kill Other Humans’

Published: 13/May/2018 17:11 Updated: 10/Oct/2020 16:41

by Calum Patterson


An American Psychologist has claimed that parents should not allow their kids to play Fortnite at all, because the objective of the game is “to kill other humans”

This of course is not a new nor substantiated view – despite Leonard Sax MD’s ‘sources’ – but is perhaps the most ridiculous version of it that we have seen.


Many people, typically politicians, have asserted that video games are bad for kids because they make them more violent, less empathetic or ‘desensitize’ them, or just make them perform worse at school.

And of course, it is undeniable that doing anything in excess is not good for one’s overall wellbeing, but psychologist Leonard Sax, whose expertise lies in young people’s mental health, thinks that Fortnite is particularly bad.


According to Sax:

“playing video games where the objective is to kill people – games such as Fortnite – over time, desensitizes gamers to violence.”

However such a claim has been refuted numerous times by various researchers (See Kugler, 2018; Szycik, 2017; Ferguson, 2015), and others have called games only a single factor in a large number pool of influences on children’s behavior (Anderson, 2017).

Essentially, even if exposure to violent video games did increase risk to ‘desensitization’ (which much research says it does not), it would only be a single influence of many, including upbringing, social groups and exposure to other media.


Fortnite Battle Royale pits 100 players against each other in a fight for survival

Sax also goes on to say:

“[Parents] must have the courage to say: This is not a good thing. Kids need to learn face-to-face social skills. They need to be physically active, preferably outdoors. They need to get a good night’s sleep. A kid obsessed with Fortnite is less likely to be doing any of these things.”

No one would argue that any of these things are not beneficial and needed for children – in fact, they are beneficial and needed for adults too – but why exactly does Fortnite prevent any of this?


Well, according to Sax, “no child is born wanting to be a great scientist, or composer, or teacher, or entrepreneur. They have to learn something of the scope of human possibility beyond what they see in a cartoon video game like Fortnite.”

Firstly, plenty children grow up with aspirations of being scientists, musicians, teachers or entrepreneurs (you could even say some of the most successful entrepreneurs are in fact Fortnite players – see ‘Ninja‘).


Secondly, there is no evidence whatsoever that playing video games would blunt a child’s life ambitions, any more so than a child obsessed with basketball, music, dance, weightlifting or movies – or really any other activity which children or adults may participate in as a hobby.

Sax does suggest some reasonable recommendations, such as allowing video games after homework and chores are complete.

But apparently children should not be allowed to play ‘Fortnite, Call of Duty or Grand Theft Auto.’

Well, Sax is correct with the latter two, given that both Call of Duty and Grand Theft Auto are rated mature, and so only people over 17 should be playing them anyway – so nothing new there.

With Fortnite however, there is no blood, no dismemberment, no foul language, no dark themes, or any other ‘violence’.

Apparently, shooting non-existent bullets, boogie bombs, toilet plungers or easter-egg grenade launchers towards a character with a fish-bowl for a head with no blood whatsoever is now causing children to become desensitized to violence.

An example of a character in Fortnite

To conclude, Sax believes that it is a parents job to:

“To educate desire: to instill a longing for something better, more lasting, than video games or Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner on Instagram.”

Ignoring the rather odd and irrelevant mention of Kim Kardashian’s Instagram, there is no disagreeing with this statement.

But don’t be fooled into thinking that children playing Fortnite for a few hours with friends after having done their homework, will in any way negatively affect their life ambitions as a human being.

Oh, and it definitely will not make them more violent. They are shooting pumpkin shaped rockets at characters with fish bowls for heads.

Source: PsychologyToday


Epic Games reveal bug fixes coming in Fortnite v14.30 update

Published: 10/Oct/2020 12:38 Updated: 10/Oct/2020 12:40

by Connor Bennett


Epic Games have revealed some of the bug fixes that they’ve got lined up for the next Fortnite update, and a few annoying issues look set to be resolved. 

Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 4 is almost at its endpoint, some fans are already looking ahead to what the cinematic end of season event might have in store, as well as what Chapter 2, Season 5 could be about in terms of the theme.


Despite all the speculation, Epic Games are just cracking on with keeping the current season feeling fresh – releasing new challenges, new cosmetics, as well as some other superpowers for players to use.

On top of that, they’ve also been rooting out problems with their regular updates. With the v14.30 patch on the horizon, the devs have also got a few fixes coming to all of their modes. 

Epic Games
Season 4 has been all about Marvel, but that will change in Season 5.

A handful of problems have been labeled as ‘Fixed in next Game Update’ on their public Trello board as of October 10, with a few annoying battle royale issues being addressed.

These include the issue with movement stopping when placing a marker, inventory shuffling after respawning in Team Rumble, and licensed audio playing on the Last Forever emote.

In addition to those, mobile players who had been frustrated by the XP bar not showing the correct level will have their issues fixed as well. 


Fortnite v14.30 bug fixes

  • Placing a map marker cancels movement 
  • Inventory shuffling after respawning in Team Rumble 
  • Audio of Last Forever emote playing even with licensed audio muted 
  • XP bar can be visually incorrect while in a match/incorrect leveling up on mobile. 

As for Save the World, there are two issues labeled as fixed in Future Game Update, including the wrong animation for the Sword of the Daywalker and Xbox homeshare players being unable to access STW.

However, as leaker iFireMonkey points out, these are not guaranteed to ship with the v14.30 update and could be coming later down the line. We’ll just have to wait and see.