“Fortnite” has taken over my house and there’s a good chance it has taken over yours, too.
It is the newest and coolest video game, particularly popular with boys. And when I say I’ve never seen my kids love anything more than this game, I’m really not kidding. They’ll hop out of bed at 6 a.m. on a weekend to play. They’ll race to get their homework done so they can play. They’ll even try to feign being sick so they can stay home to play. (Mom doesn’t fall for that one.)
They will even spend hours watching videos of other people playing. Good use of time, right? They argue that it is.
And don’t get me wrong. This isn’t a rant because I hate the game. I don’t.
Unlike many video games that isolate boys into what can be a very unsocial and even antisocial space, “Fortnite” is interactive. In the spirit of the old school employees at Banana Republic, most kids wear headsets that allow them to communicate, hands free, with one another while they play.
I have to confess that, because kids rarely talk on the phone anymore (and talking on the phone was life when...