Prince Harry Says ‘Fortnite’ Was “Created To Addict”
Prince Harry is reported to have said at an event in a YMCA in West London that a game like Fortnite "may not be so good for children" and that it's "created to addict - an addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible."
While Fortnite is a deeply compelling game, with the battle royale genre being particularly guilty of making players want to play 'just one more game', it's not particularly bad when it comes to its microtransactions systems.
The game is free and you can access matches with your friends without spending any money. So it's not forcing people to pay to play, or to keep up with their friends. The battle pass is reasonably priced, and gives access to a great amount of content - although, you still need to play to unlock that content and if you miss the window to unlock a cosmetic then you won't be able to access it again in future. That is the loop where Fortnite is at its worst for tempting people into playing.
But when the prince says "A game like Fortnite for instance may not be so good for children. Parents have got their hands up; they don't know what to do about it," he seems to be forfeiting parents' responsibility in the matter. As I said on the Andrew Peach show this morning, Fortnite is a colourful, exciting game, that children can play with their friends. If there are other opportunities for children to socialise - after school football, dance, or other activities - they're unlikely to sacrifice those to play a video game instead.
The prince also said that "Fortnite shouldn't be allowed. Where is the benefit in having that game in your household?" but I don't know how much the prince is aware of gaming as a hobby. Online games like Fortnite are social, children are often playing with their friends, which is a good thing. It's inexpensive, as the game itself is free, so it's something that's available to a great many families. It's also a great space for creativity, both in the game's building mode and for budding streamers and Youtubers.
Maybe he's just more of an Apex Legends fan?
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