A gaming psychologist by the name of Michaël Stora has apparently begun an experiment by attempting to counter the nature of Fortnite addiction by having affected children play The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild instead. Results so far seem promising, but exactly how does something like this work?
Video game addiction has become a much more visible problem over the past several years, as news stories keep cropping up of people that spend their every waking hour playing a certain video game at the expense of their health, social life, and cleanliness, often with deadly results.
Fortnite addiction is a subtype of this sort of addiction, normally found in children that stop going to school and even urinate and defecate in their clothing, such is the strength of their addiction. However, Michaël Stora appears to have found a possible solution.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is seen by many Zelda fans as being a very relaxing entry in the franchise. With a massive world for Link to explore at his own pace, aside from the story players can do anything from walking around visiting temples, cooking, hunting, or just clowning around doing whatever they want.
The calming atmosphere of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, along with it being a story game rather than a multiplayer one, also helps children suffering from Fortnite addiction to be able to sit and reflect on their progress as they go through the story and interact with its various NPCs.
By his own research, Stora believes that the thought of competition and pitting yourself against other players is one of the leading factors in addiction to games like Fortnite, so not being able to do that and playing a single-player game instead can help to counteract those feelings.
While Stora’s approach to Fortnite addiction might be welcomed by frustrated parents with overly-entitled kids, no results of his research have actually been published yet, so there’s no telling if he’ll end up being proven correct or not.