Teen Kept Playing ‘Fortnite’ As Tornado Ripped Through North Carolina
A powerful tornado has ravaged parts of North Carolina, tearing down power lines, flipping cars and even ripping a house from its foundations. When these types of weather systems hit, it can be a terrifying experience.
While most of us would gather our things or make sure our family and friends were safe, one teen had something more important thing on his mind.
Anton Williams could hear the storm raging outside but he needed to win his game of Fortnite: Battle Royale.
Speaking to WXII 12 News, the teen said: "I was sitting at home and I was playing Fortnite. All of sudden, I hear a bunch of noise and I look out the window and I started seeing the roof come off the houses in front of me.
"I sit back down because I only have a couple people left in my game. I was going to try to finish the game, but then it started getting worse and I started to see the power lines come down."
With all that commotion happening around him, surely he would've just logged off and put himself in a safe position.
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"Honestly, I was thinking about the game, but I was hoping everybody was OK around me," he told the network. "When I came outside, to check on my neighbours, they said everything was fine."
That is severe dedication.
Clearly the game must be good if users can't hunker down during a goddamn tornado - but while players are praising the third-person shooter, others aren't so happy.
Petitions have been launched online to have it banned because it's so addictive.
One initiative on Change.org read: "Fortnite is turning into more than a game, it's turning into an unhealthy obsession. I have heard kids saying, 'Why bother to read books or do work when I can play Fortnite'. It has to stop NOW."
While a separate one said: "Fortnite is getting rid of social interaction for relationships. It would be different if the game was a little interesting but it's just ruining everything altogether."
One mum went to the press saying the game is 'changing' her son while another revealed that a bloke tried to groom her kid while he was in the midst of murdering his virtual enemies.
It's highly unlikely that any of these motions will result in Epic Games pulling the massive juggernaut that is Fortnite, but they can give it a red hot go.
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