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Are you or your friends into Fortnite? In some classrooms, #BattleRoyale has become a royal battle between educators and the digital distractions brought about by the mobile version of this highly popular game. First off, Fortnite is built to encourage continual play as the first-person-shooter-survival game does not save progress. Consequently, if a player stops in the middle of the game, all of that hard work is lost. Secondly, players can broadcast their victories on social media whether by sharing screenshots on Snapchat or by posting updates on Twitter or Facebook. Not only is participation in gameplay an open door to obsession, but watching others play via live streaming can hook Fortnight enthusiasts. On the other hand, some educators have opted to harness the game’s popularity by integrating Fortnite into classroom and assignments. At first glance, this seems like a fantastic idea as commercial games have the potential to help students develop soft skills such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. But teachers need to make sure that they have covered their bases so that they aren’t putting schools at risk for legal issues. (Schools must be sure to gain what is called Verifiable Parental Consent before using commercial sites, apps, and games for educational purposes.)
Although some students say that they can “multitask,” science has proven that multitasking is a myth. Moreover, an online game integrated with social sharing features is a recipe for digital addiction. How can you tell the difference between an avid gamer and unhealthy gaming habits? Here are a few indicators:
1. You begin to disregard your physical needs for adequate nutrition, sleep, and exercise.
2. You neglect to do your school work and other responsibilities at home or at work.
3. You withdraw from your friends in preference to participating in the game.
https://morningconsult.com/2018/05/10/fortnite-battle-royale-success-signals-mobile-gamings-future/ ... See more
The runaway success of “Fortnite: Battle Royale” is impressive on its own, but experts say the way Epic has embraced mobile gaming is blazing a trail for the rest of the industry.
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