Epic Games, the developers of Fortnite, have created a money-printing-machine

When it comes to time management, the saving grace of Fortnite is the rounds. Each game has a ticking clock and lasts about 20 minutes total, so games are short, and become even shorter if your kid gets knocked out early. This makes it easy to set time boundaries.

When he was going through his heavy Fortnite phase, my son Dexter responded well to being told “two more rounds and then bedtime.” It gave him a warning and a definite end point to his session, although it did lead to occasional arguments about whether being killed at the beginning of the game “counted.” I told him that if he didn’t suck so much, he’d get to play longer. Listen, you gotta give them motivation and inspiration when you can.

It’s designed to suck money from players

While Fortnite is free to download and play, it’s not a charity. Epic Games, the developers of Fortnite, have created a money-printing-machine in which your child’s addiction to pixel-violence pays off in very nice office chairs and flush 401Ks for many, many gaming industry nerds.

Tons of aspects of the game are monetized. Players can buy character costumes, flashy weapon and pickaxe skins, backpacks, dance moves, season passes for access to new levels, and more. None of these will help your child play better. They’re cosmetic, but there’s still a strong drive to not look like a noob with a default skin and lame dance moves.

You can get all of this content without playing money, relying on Fortnite’s in-game reward system, but you’d have to grind, playing for hundreds or thousands of hours, and who has time for that?

Unless you want a surprise bill for hundreds of dollars worth of weapon skins, make sure that access to your credit card is restricted. Offspring has an awesome guide to locking down your Visa that covers every platform on which you can play Fortnite. Read it and follow the steps!

You have to play it with other people

Other players are really the worst part of Fortnite v buck generator, especially when it comes to kids and safety. Any game that attracts so many people also attracts bottom-feeders who prey on those people—from pedophiles to scam artists to legions of garden-variety assholes. While the likelihood of meeting child molesters or con artists during a game is small (hysterical media coverage notwithstanding), if you don’t turn off chat, your child will talk to countless trolls, griefers, losers, people who play loud music into their mic, YouTube celebrities, and other lowlifes eager to teach them exciting new curse words, sexual positions, and racial slurs. Luckily, if you turn off voice chat, there’s not much online miscreants can do to bother your kid.

How to turn off voice chat in Fortnite

I highly recommend turning off Fortnite’s audio chat before your child begins playing.

Here’s how:

  • In the Fortnite v buck generator title screen, open “settings” by pressing the cog icon on the top right of the screen.
  • Choose the “audio” tab at the top of the screen. It looks like a speaker.
  • Disable voice chat.

“But Steve,” I hear you asking, “How will my child create effective team-based strategies and make long-lasting friendships if the game’s chat features are turned off?”

They’ll have to get really good at well-timed emotes. Or you can choose party-only chat. My setup on Xbox One has voice chat turned off entirely in Fortnite, with party-only voice-chat allowed through the console. Since Dex can only party up with friends, and his friends have to be approved by me, he can still talk to his pals from school while playing Fortnite.

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