Four Popular Games Your Kids Are Playing as Their Hobby

Fortnite

Fortnite is an online video game available to play on personal computers, smartphones and game consoles such as PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.

The free version of the game, and the most popular, is called Battle Royale, a multiplayer mode where 100 participants battle one another to be the last one standing.

Players can communicate through voice and text chat on the platform but there are restrictions to what you can say, according to Orme. “You are constrained by things in the game. I don’t think it’s something you need to worry about in the way you would with some other more open-ended platforms,” she says.

League of Legends

Rated T for Teen: Blood, fantasy violence, mild suggestive themes, use of alcohol and tobacco

League of Legends (abbreviated LoL) is a free, online, multiplayer video game available to play on personal computers.

The game is played in two teams of five, either with friends or strangers. You can communicate with other players through messages or voice chat.

The LoL community has a reputation for being highly competitive and sometimes even “toxic” says Orme. “I play and sometimes have to step away because people can get mean.”

You can mute someone on the headsets, says Orme. You can also mute people on the message chat, but then “you’re less able to communicate with people so the game gets a little harder to play. There’s a tradeoff, but you can do it,” she says.

Red Dead Redemption

Rated M for Mature: Blood & Gore, Violence, Nudity, Sexual Content, Strong Language, Use of Drugs and Alcohol

Red Dead Redemption is a Western action-adventure game played on consoles like PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. There’s also an online version of the game, Red Dead Online, where you can make in-game purchases and interact with other players on the net.

Player interactions on Red Dead Online aren’t censored, and some players have even reported incidents of racial slurs being used on the platform.

Fallout

Rated M for Mature: blood and gore, intense violence, strong language, use of drugs

Fallout is an apocalyptic action role-playing game available to play on Microsoft Windows, and consoles like Playstation 4 and Xbox One. The current versions out right now are Fallout 4 and Fallout 76.

Fallout 4 is a single-player game and there are no in-game purchases. Fallout 76, which is a prequel to the series, is the first multiplayer version of the game and is entirely played online.

Players do have the option to play solo, however. Players can also interact with one another via voice chat.