Fortnite passes $5M in mobile sales while adults grapple with its popularity

Like it or not, the Fortnite wave has yet to crest in our culture. The multiplayer shooter just passed $5 million in mobile sales over the first 10 days of its release — and that’s not even counting everything that Epic has raked in from the PC edition.

The sheer phenomenon of this game among youth has sent parents and teachers scrambling to understand it and even use it for good. A piece on Waypoint points out how adults are noticing how the game is dominating discussion and playtime among children of a scope that hasn’t been seen in years.

Some of the effects of the game are positive, such as connecting introverted kids with their classmates or being incentive to do good work in school. Some of it is strange, such as Fortnite-themed prom invitations and a Fortnite version of The Great Gatsby in a high school literature class. Some of these effects have resulted in less-than-desirable outcomes, such as declining grades and a concern over desensitization of shooting violence.

It’s an interesting piece that doesn’t come to any conclusion other than seeing the Fortnite phenomenon as “messy” and very pervasive among youth today.

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Valen Sinclair
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Valen Sinclair

Everything comes in waves. This too will die when the next game gets adopted by streamer and the lemmings jump on board.

That being said, I don’t get the popularity. It’s basically last man standing type mods I used to play in Quake 3 twenty years ago. Basically slightly larger death match. But everyone thinks it’s the most amazing thing ever. /shrug Surprised it doesn’t have a capture the flag mode yet.

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the_gaardian

I hate this game. I hate PUBG, I hate battle royal. Give me some last stand games! *shaking old man fist*

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Mewmew

Where are all those people that said Fortnite was going to fail hard?

Anyway the co-op Save the World part of the game pretty much changed most of what the old doom sayers were complaining about. You can earn all the best stuff for free now, you can upgrade lower tiered weapons into higher tiered stuff, and in the future you’ll even be able to re-roll the stats. Yes, everybody who spent hundreds and thousands on Loot Llamas in the past is still screwed, but those that didn’t and future players will have it easier.

I’ve been spending a lot on the game (well over $1,000 over time) and it’s funny, most of my best weapons have been free from doing events. That money spent was mostly a waste.

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Meanie

wow good to know! is there a detail on all these changes?

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Valen Sinclair

I’ve been spending a lot on the game (well over $1,000 over time)

Uhhhh…what?!

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Grave Knight

Desensitizing to violence is like the one thing I agree with parent groups when it comes to video games. But at the same time…tv, movies, news (dear god is news really bad about this, seriously there is nothing that says they need to show violence).

Anyways. I don’t know. Maybe pick up the game yourselves, learn what this game is and why the youths like it so much, maybe even have your kids show you the ropes, could use it as a means to connect with your kids better.

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Mewmew

Games don’t desensitize you to real violence. Especially when we’re talking about a game like Fortnite, which is super cartoony with no blood. It doesn’t feel remotely realistic.

People who have grown up playing the most violent terrible games still see real life death and are disgusted and turned off by it hard core. Playing games doesn’t relate to real life, it’s all fake, we know and feel it’s fake. Study after study from people *trying* to link real life violence and de-sensitivity to games have come up not being able to link them again and again.

This stuff has been happening from the dawn of time. They blamed books, comics, radio, TV, movies, games was the natural progression. No amount of game violence makes me desensitized to seeing real violence and real death.

People used to gather up in big giant groups to watch real horrible bloody violence and death thousands of years before video games existed. That’s just human nature for some people. If anything we get that same release watching and participating in fake violence now and that makes us less able to deal with the real kind when it comes around, not more into it.

Is there a point where stuff is too realistic for people at a certain young age? Yes I’d say. When people are of a certain age and see it as real because they’re too young to really tell the difference yet. Stuff that is too gory and realistic to be filling the mind of a child. But Fortnite wouldn’t be put in that category.

Fortnite is basically like a nerf gun or water gun fight wearing cartoonish halloween costumes. While you’re shooting, it’s really not very violent feeling at all.

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Jack Pipsam

With so many in the 20-30 demographic having grown up on violent video games, you’d think if there was actually an issue we’d know by now.

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A Dad Supreme

“Some of it is strange, such as Fortnite-themed prom invitations…”

Compared to what teens usually have as prom themes these days, it seems perfectly normal and far more appropriate. After all, it is a gamer generation.

https://www.promnite.com/themes

“For one night only, the Sea God Poseidon has transformed his underwater abode into a Prom playground just for you. Prepare to embark on an undersea voyage of the heart as you enter Poseidon’s Paradise.

Total: $979.99

Complete Theme includes:
1 – Neptune’s Nirvana Ship Kit
1 – Artifacts of Oceanus Wheel and Anchor Kit
1 – Sea Nymph Soiree Plants & Sea Horses Kit (set of 6)
Seashells and Gossamer
Complete theme does not include: periwinkle background paper on back wall and floor and marine and sky blue background paper on back wall and a bubble machine.”

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camren_rooke

I hate to be that old guy on the porch but I tried to head out to youtube to find a few gameplay videos and well, every single one was this …

Happy to them for their success but it didn’t seem very fun.

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*dabs*

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camren_rooke

that was a dinky lil graphic

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camren_rooke

This one is better

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Mewmew

It will happen to us all in cycles. We have to try to understand what comes next and not blame it for stuff humans have been doing since humans existed.

We always want to find an excuse, a lot of people are just violently inclined and that’s the way it always has been.

We get bored easily. Violence is “exciting” to a great many people and cures that boredom.

Anyway I’m sure I’ll be looking at something if I live to be much older that I think seems too realistic for people to be partaking in and worrying what it might do to people, because it will be something new I didn’t grow up with. The people who do grow up with it have a way of easily seeing the difference between reality and non reality.

Sure we keep trying to blur the line and make the experience more and more realistic, and maybe one day that line really will be too blurred, but maybe those that grow up with that technology will be able to deal with it just fine while those of us who didn’t are sitting around nagging about how dangerous and bad it is.

People enjoy violence because they’re people. The media gives us violence because that’s part of what we want to experience. It was made because we wanted it, we weren’t made because it existed.

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Jack Pipsam

I’m not really into the game or genre personally, but I love how popular it has become, I think it’s an overall net positive for gaming that this has appealed to many kids.
Considering that when I left high-school a few years ago, there were many younger students who seemed more interested in the kind of Candy Crush or Clash of Clan style games, I am glad that this has now replaced that in terms of interest.

Between Minecraft, Five Nights at Freddy’s, Undertale and now Fortnite all hitting youth demos in a big way, I hope that this will all be good in the long-run for gaming. The last thing we need is to discourage people from becoming gamers.

For the long-term health of the industry, Minecraft and Fortnite being huge is only good news. The more gaming is normalised makes for what I hope will be a better society.

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Duey Bear

Nursing homes are going to be great for us. It’ll be like a LAN party that no one can leave XD.

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Bryan Turner

Imagined in Oprah’s voice ” and you get a stage four bed sore from spending all day in that office chair, and you get a stage four bed sore, and you get a stage four bed sore!” Just another exciting day at the Pleasant Meadows Home for the PC Rig Elderly.

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Bryan Turner

I’d add a screen shot of what a stage four bedsore looks like but no one here needs to see the nightmare fuel I see on a daily basis.

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Duey Bear

Like Runescape and Minecraft that came before, Fortnight is the game of this generation of schoolkids, expect there to be big changes in the industry when these kids begin developing. And it may not be what you expect! Most game-makers are seeking a perceived under-served market, these kids growing up in the thick of Battle Royal craze, will have a different perception of the market than those before, so who knows what games are to come.

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Jack Pipsam

I have a lot to thank RuneScape for in my life.

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Duey Bear

Runescape taught me a lot about order of operations, organization and efficiency. I even learned how to use excel because of Runescape.

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Weilan

That’s really scary to think when those kids grow up and start developing games. I can only imagine what the developers that were aspiring in the late 80s and early 90s think of the developers today that back then were kids…

I started gaming around 1998 and I can see the game quality heavily degrading over the years, aside from a few old school RPGs, 90% of the games released in the past 10 years have been utter garbage requiring the IQ as low as the one of a retarded cucumber to be able to play them properly.

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Bryan Turner

My problem isn’t the intelligence (I’m in the mid 130s), my problem is my lack of patience and my acute awareness of the value of limited free time where I’d rather be experiencing story or killing things; that said if you’re going to include content for smart people it better be fucking well crafted such as Secret World/Legends Investigation Missions.

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Weilan

I’m also said to have 130 but that aside, I like racing games, shooter games, RPGs, tactical RPGs and turn based strategies. I tried my luck with the Secret World puzzles, but I didn’t have the patience to figure them out. Sure Skyrim puzzles are an insult, but Morrowind puzzles are sitting at a nice place.

Right now the only old school classic RPGs that I’ve found from recent years are Eschalon Book 1-3 and Tales of Maj’Eyal and the likes of those. I also never have experienced games like Baldur’s Gate, NWN, Dungeon Siege, etc. so there is a lot of old stuff for me to play. I will eventually try to get into older games and maybe one day MUDs.

I still keep an eye on new games and play the ones I’m interested it, but they seem to lack the depth, quality and the love the developers put in the oldies. Of course not all games are good, there is also trash among them.