Appearing on ITV’s This Morning, a mother said that she wants to see the video game Fortnite banned because she believed she briefly “lost” her son to it.
Suzanne, the mother, recently appeared with her son Leo on the British television program.
Suzanne told the hosts of the program—Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby—that her son now finds his normal life “boring” in comparison to the game, adding that the boy’s mood’s changed since he started playing the game.
In the interview, Suzanne said that prior to receiving the game Fortnite, Leo would play his Xbox for roughly an hour a day, and he would then rejoin his family. Then Fortnite entered his life. Suzanne said that the game is rated for 12, and Leo is almost 11—adding that she is not “super strict”.
Leo received the video game at Christmas. Shortly thereafter, she noticed the change in her son’s moods. It took a “couple of weeks”, she said.
Suzanne said that she is strict when it comes to her son’s time, and he was allowed to play video games for two hours on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. With the game FIFA, for example, she never really had to enforce that rule; however, she ran into problems when it came to the game Fortnite.
When she did try to enforce her rule, he would insist that he was not “ready” to stop playing.
During the interview, Leo said that the game sucks you in, adding that you do not want to “die” because the game is so “exciting”.
Suzanne became more and more concerned for the well-being of her son, and as a result she had to take a “drastic measure”. She had to tell Leo that he was not acting the way he normally acted.
She said that the game is so full of adrenaline and energy that when children are removed from it, they’re actually screaming at the television. Players are hiding and calling one another. They’re living in the game, she said, with their friends.
Understandably, viewers reacted to the interview. The viewers were pretty honest with their thoughts regarding the game and the situation.
Many of the viewers suggested Suzanne should be even tougher and forbid Leo from playing the game altogether. One parents said that she hadn’t really “lost her son”, but that she—as a parent—had not taken control of the situation and reinforced the rules she had set.
That person also added that there are worst things to which a person can be addicted—such as cocaine and heroin.
#ThisMorning You haven’t lost your son! YOU as a PARENT have not taken control of the situation and have not reinforced the rules to your son! Might I add I can imagine worse things your son could be addicted to…. like heroin, cocaine and PUBG 😂😂 #Fortnite #VictoryRoyale pic.twitter.com/htIR7uNZESAdvertisement
— VENOM FOX (@VenomFox93) March 7, 2018
Another person named Lauren commented that if she thinks a child playing a game like Fortnite is a danger to the child, she should consider not letting the kid play the game—one that has a “certain age rating”.
Imagine thinking a game like Fortnite is endangering your child..if you think it’s really a problem maybe don’t let a kid play a game that has a certain age rating or you know.. be a parent and take control of the situation. #ThisMorning pic.twitter.com/hhBhnyzkZV
— Lauren (@LaurenP96x) March 7, 2018
The game was confiscated from Leo, and he says that he now feels his life has improved.
He said that the game is fine, but after a day or two he felt it was kind of nice not to have it.
Fortnite, which was released last year as an early access game for multiple platforms, is a cooperative sandbox-style survival game. It is published by Epic Games; that company, along with the game developer People Can Fly, developed the game. The game is actually supported by microtransactions, which can be used to purchase the title’s in-game currency.
As of August of last year, more than one million people had played the game, and was pretty well-received by gaming sites.
The user who pointed out there are worse things to get addicted to—like hard drugs—may have had a point; however, video game addiction is believed by many to be a real thing. Those who are addicted to video games tend to play games excessively, to the point that doing so frequently interferes with their real lives.
Although it has been proposed as a true disorder, many researchers wonder if the video games themselves are the true problem; it has been suggested that playing video games excessively actually may be indicative of other psychological disorders and problems.
Research regarding gaming addiction may be in its preliminary phases, but there are actually support groups out there for those who believe they might be addicted to gaming.
One of those groups, Computer Gaming Addicts Anonymous, was formed in 2014. Meetings are held in various cities throughout the world as well as online.