Opinion: Prince Harry's call to ban Fortnite is laughably ignorant

It may be tough to believe, but spending your entire life in a bubble can be detrimental to your development as a human being, and today we got a great example of that, as one of the British Royal Family decided to wade into the debate on computer games. Never shy about coming forward, be that in fancy dress or in his role as "the prince who married the girl from Suits", Prince Harry offered his opinions on online gaming, and Fortnite in particular.

The Duke of Sussex has labelled online games "irresponsible" and said: "The game (Fortnite) shouldn’t be allowed. Where is the benefit of having it in your household?". Immediately, the potential problem becomes obvious, a lack of understanding. If Fortnite were a butler Harry would no doubt understand exactly why it would be useful to have around but, alas, he has seemingly never been exposed to gaming in the Royal Family.

The sheer mind-numbing fear involved in not knowing how to turn off a PC or unplug a console must be hard to live with

Undeterred by his lack of qualification, the Prince pressed on, keen to get his message across in his new role as expectant father. "It’s created to addict, an addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible. It’s so irresponsible," he said There is no doubt Harry has some experience with additive substances of course, given his experiences in life, but never anything with pure evil at the very core, such as Fortnite.

No f in clue

In fact, from this point on, in the interests of helping people like Harry sleep at night, we’re going to call it the F-word, so nobody gets too scared. No doubt Harry is terrified, and not alone, as he said: "Parents have got their hands up - they don’t know what to do about it. It’s like waiting for the damage to be done." The sheer mind-numbing fear involved in not knowing how to turn off a PC or unplug a console must be hard to live with, although we suspect it’s not as universal as Harry thinks.

After all, most of us just learned to do that because we had nobody being paid to do it for us, but we can see why Harry would imagine the average parent wringing their hands in desperation as the child refuses to give up the heroin-like addiction that is Fortnite. The fact that player numbers have declined in recent months clearly never crossed Harry’s radar, but then again this is a person who lives in a fantasy land, and has never visited the real world.

To be honest, it’s another day, and another case of a person with zero knowledge talking about gaming. Why the likes of Harry, or old German men feel qualified to speak about a subject they are very obviously ignorant of is beyond this writer, but at least it gives us an opportunity to come together as a scene, and laugh at someone else. As it turns out, all the expensive education in the world can’t save you if you are born ignorant.


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