British press is reporting about horrified parents and game addiction.
The young girl would prefer to wet herself than take a break from the game. She would secretly get up at night and play until to dawn only then to doze off in class the following day. Attempts to remove her from the console resulted in her father being struck in the face.
The news reports then point out some 40 million people have downloaded the game. The Mirror calls it a ‘so-called survival shooter’ so it doesn’t seem likely that the reporter has played the game. It’s clearly a survival shooter but I can see why there’s concern.
The girl’s mum told press;
We had no idea, when we let her play the game, of the addictive nature or the impact it could have on her mental health. She is in therapy for the addiction after she became withdrawn, agitated and disturbed from playing up to ten hours a day – sometimes playing until dawn, wetting herself so she didn’t have to leave the screen.
“This is a serious issue which is destroying our little girl’s life and someone needs to step in to ban it before it becomes an epidemic.”
In the UK the game is available from retailers like Amazon and is rated 12. The game is so popular it’s often sold out even at the big retailers and so it is likely this family downloaded the game from Microsoft directly.
The young girl is now in rehab getting the help she needs.
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Source: Mirror. Image: Samantha Sophia.
The general consensus among parents seems to be that Fortnight is far more of a problem than usual. I’m not surprised, the game is designed specifically to be an intense, compulsive experience.
I’m not saying it’s a national emergency or anything but I can see why it’s Fortnight getting singled out here.
More addictive than Tetris? Nevah! :D