A Week Without: Fortnite


Jacob Rogoz and Kenton Baer

Recently, Kenton and I took on the challenge of not trying to play Fortnite for an entire week. Most kids would see this as one of the most difficult things to do and it really was, for both of us. A week seems like it’s not a big deal, but if you understand the feeling of getting a dub then you can relate.

Day one wasn’t that big of a problem for both of us. We still had the determination to try and go an entire week without it and there wasn’t really any urge to play. It was barely on our minds, but when you see your friends posting their dubs we got a little jealous, but still held back.

Day two was sort of the same as day one. We still didn’t have any urges until we were at home with nothing to do. We were able to resist another day of not playing Fortnite, but we of course had to watch some videos to get rid of the small itch. It didn’t give the same sensation of actually playing but it was better than nothing. Things got worse as day three approached.

Day three was a struggle for both of us.

Jacob: I was so tempted to hop on a quick match on mobile but I knew I couldn’t give up so quickly. The temptation expectedly increased nightly and it was the longest time I’ve been without playing Fortnite.

Kenton: Day four was exceedingly difficult for me, about four hours into my day I was already watching the infamous Fortnite twitch streamer Tyler “Ninja” Blevins.  As the day went on, so did my temptation to play. From 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM I had basketball to attend, which took away about all focus towards Fortnite.

Jacob: I had a busy day on day five so Fortnite wasn’t on my mind at all. Being out made it easier for me to distract myself. I didn’t think about getting a dub or that beautiful gold scar.

I didn’t realize that I was still trying to avoid playing. I then arrived at my friends house later that day and he started to play Fortnite. The urge to join in on the fun was excruciatingly painful and it was even worse when we offered me the controller to play. I refused because I was still determined to make it through. I saw my friend drink his shield potion before his minis and I busted out in a rage from all the stress of being unable to play. I got home and watched some  fortnite videos before going to sleep.

Kenton: Day six was my breaking point. As usual, I started watching Ninja and other Fortnite youtubers during my fourth period class (please don’t tell Mr. Weishaar). Whilst observing insanely talented gamers, my temptation to play was going through the roof. Then I started to think about Fortnite strategies, and at that point I knew I was over with tonight. “How should I really be using my impulses? Are heavy shotguns even that good? Gold semi-auto or blue bolt? I mean you can spam with semi-auto… but the damage from that gun is completely terrible, let’s be real.” all these thoughts were racing through my mind faster than I could handle. The time was 7:00 P.M, and at last, my hands finally gripped my custom “Halo:Reach” Xbox One controller. I had finally lost all my patience.

Jacob: Day six was also my breaking point. I didn’t even try to hold it back anymore. I didn’t try and stop myself at all. I needed to play so I hopped right on and a sense of relief was brought upon me. This challenge was actually very stressful and one of the hardest things i’ve ever done. I did fail this challenge, but i’m happy with how far I got and felt like I deserved to play on day six.