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Is Fortnite ruining relationships?

If you haven’t heard of the new first-person, active-shooter video game – Fortnite – that is currently sweeping the nation, then you have not heard of the game of the year. If you have seen “Victory Royale!” on just about every contact on SnapChat, then this video game is why.

The action packed thriller is a co-op sandbox survival game that is set in a fake, cartoon-like island full of hills, mountains, trees, homes, weapons, and various other resources. The game’s most popular style of gameplay, Fortnite Battle Royale, is what everyone is talking about.

It all starts with your player of choice being dropped out of a travelling bus that is suspended in the air from a giant hot-air balloon along with 100 other players. Your player skydives to your location of choice (whatever you do, don’t pick Tilted Towers), where you can then scavenge the area for resources.

However, your player must stay inside the safe zone at all times, or they could risk being eliminated. The safe zone is anywhere inside the circle on the map. Outside of the circle lies a storm that will kill your player if you stay inside it for too long. The circle also shrinks as time goes on, so you must always be weary of your location.

The overall objective of the game is to be the last one standing.

The game sounds fun, but it has been raising some questions in the relationship world. After speaking with several students about the issue, their answers turned out exactly as expected.

Hayley Fridman, a freshman majoring in intelligence and national security, said that her boyfriend “spends more time playing that game than paying attention to me. He doesn’t want to do anything anymore.”

“I hate that game,” she said. “I told my boyfriend that, when we hang out, that game is off limits. He can play it when he’s with his friends but not when I’m around.”

Some people really believe that this game is causing relationship problems, but is it really? It’s acceptable for your significant other to have hobbies and interests outside of the relationship and you – that is what helps keep it healthy. It can actually make things worse if you decide to reduce your relationship down to something so small as a video game.

We all have ways that we like to cope with our stress and Fortnite is doing just that. It’s important that we all find something that helps release the tension, especially in college, otherwise things may take a turn for the worst.

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