Jen Senior (author of All Joy and No Fun) writes a compelling piece in The New York Times on how Fortnite is basically the mall for today's tweens and teens: A place to hang out, get away from the parents, make friends, and have fun. And since they don't get to GO to the actual real-world mall, it is at the very least a gathering place in these atomizing times. Yes, adults are panicking, she writes. (At least the ones not busy...playing Fortnite.) But they panicked about comic books back the day, too.
The majority of the commenters seem to believer Senior is out of her mind or out of her friggin' mind. They say Fortnite is turning boys into anti-social, vacant-eyed, violence-lovers who are wasting their time and their parents money (even when scarce) to play a game deliberately designed to addict them.
I quizzed my older son and he said both things are true: The game teaches cooperation because kids play in teams, "and you can play alone but you won't win." But he also said that kids are, indeed, on it All. The. Time.
So -- what say ye? If you have a kid who loves Fortnite, what side do you take? Is it a cooperation-building tool for the 21st Century? Or the Devil's own pixilated layground? And especially if you're a player yourself (young or old), what words of wisdom do you have for parents?