There’s an inevitable predictability about the mainstream media. That these noble purveyors of justice, integrity and morality would find some way to condemn the “heinous” influence of computer games. Vilifying the industry as some sort of rogue cult that corrupts the minds of the young and the vulnerable with its unprincipled rhetoric of complicit violence. Once again irresponsible and neglectful parents across the country are now voicing their faux grievances at popular battle Royal game “Fortnite”. According to the fallacious miscreants at the Daily Mail, the reliable exponents of proprietary integrity and truth that gave us such thought-provoking, fact emblazoned headlines like “Dementia risk rises if you live near a busy road” and“Google, the terrorists friend…”not to mention the most scandalous of all “Is there no one left in Britain who can make a sandwich?” are now boasting further critical analysis that suggests Fortnite is having a “damaging impact” on the lives of children.
This proposed assertion originates from comments made by the UK’s cultural minister Matt Hancock, the leading authority of all things cultural and “hip”. “Too much screen time could have a damaging impact on our children’s lives” he explained. “Whether its social media or video games, children should enjoy them safely and as part of a lifestyle that includes exercise and socializing in the real world”.
Though his comments are considerably generic, condescending and rather pointless, not once does he specifically mention Fortnite as an example. The Daily Mail clearly taking liberties to elaborate on Mr Hancock’s comments. I’ve never played Fortnite myself so I can’t attest to its gratuitous and encouragable nature, but I doubt he has either. And I apologise that I don’t treat such general remarks as insightful context, nor regard him as a reliable moderator for modern culture.
The article goes on to propose that game developers must take greater responsibility to ensure that children are protected. That there are growing concerns from parents regarding games like Fortnite. Though the editorial fails to detail who these anxious parents are, presumably because this sweeping anxiety can be isolated to a handful of people. The most pressing concern being expressed is that children are being exposed to potential deviants who use the game to attract unsuspecting players for their own salacious deeds.
What this article does is adhere to the same arcane ideology that games like Fortnite are exclusively played by vulnerable, stupid teens. Published by a periodical that’s economical with facts and promoting yet another excuse for parental negligence . Could you imagine someone publishing findings that stated “A growing number of parents are concerned for the safety of their children as they venture outside to pursue activities that could potentially cause injuries, such as playing ball games, climbing trees or talking to strangers. Redwoods, oaks, footballs and paedophiles are encouraged to take more responsibility”.
It’s such specious reasoning to say that children are somehow more at risk playing games at home than they are out in the “real world”. It’s staggering to think that a game like “Pokémon Go” which encouraged exploration outside was criticised for endangering kids. Because of cause we witnessed a measurable escalation in “Pokémon Go” related molestation. Of course prolonged exposure to games or mobiles is going to have detrimental effect on anybody not just kids, but you could say that about just about anything that isn’t consumed in moderation!
Parents, its your job to raise your children, not Fortnite. Take responsibility. And stop reading that fecal wipe you call a paper.