Kids are getting bullied in school for not spending money on Fortnite.

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#1  Edited By loco145
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The confrontations could get ugly. One student in Towler’s class “begged his parents for [money] to buy a skin because no one would play with him” because he wore basic virtual clothes. While the bullying wasn’t always Fortnite-specific, Towler recalls that it seemed “vicious for [the student] to have another avenue for the meaner kids to attack him.” Things got better for that kid, but when your social scene begins and ends with Fortnite, having nobody to play with is like a mark of death.

Players earn prestige with other fans based on their character’s look. And in the realm of Fortnite, there is nothing worse that having a standard character, otherwise known as a “default.”

“On more than one occasion I heard the kids refer to one another as a ‘default,’” Towler says, referencing things he’s overheard at school. “At one point they started to use it just as a generic insult both in and out of the classroom.”

The abuse goes beyond insults. Fans who play as defaults end up getting ostracized by classmates, too. Libby, a middle schooler in seventh grade, told Polygon that defaults at her school “get made fun of,” and that mockery is compounded by the fact that these players are often on mobile platforms, which are perceived to be a worse experience.

“My 10-year-old is obsessed with buying skins,” Twitter user Travis Manley tells Polygon. While Manley plays with the basic costumes to show his kid that skins don’t dictate your capacity in the game, his son genuinely believes that cosmetics reflect skill. Based on conversations with dozens of parents, it seems that young children circulate playground rumors that a sophisticated costume says something about your in-game ability. According to Manley’s child, “People with cool skins must be better players.”

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Ban Fortnite!

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#2 SuperfluousReal
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Bullying can be self deception.

Wasting money on Fortnite is exactly that... stupid.

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#3 Ant_17
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Dumb kids are dumb.

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Kids bullying other kids over stupid things.

More news at eleven.

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#5 BenjaminBanklin
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Do kids have to reveal who they are in Fortnite or something? Not sharing this would be a key for saving a lot of grief.

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Serves them right how having mediocre parents.
Less money on cigs, more on micros ya tight fuckers.

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#7  Edited By The_Stand_In
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@BenjaminBanklin said:

Do kids have to reveal who they are in Fortnite or something? Not sharing this would be a key for saving a lot of grief.

This.

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Assholes are why I'm raising my kids to not care what others think. They're better than anyone's opinion of them.

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That's dumb, but it's also not something relevant to SW.

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#10 lamprey263
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Calling someone a "default" is bullying? That's not even a micro-aggression. I mean, I hear bullying, I think...

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This is relevant to System Wars while the other forum remains underused?

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#12 loco145
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I have a default GS avatar. Plz bully me.

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#13 Fedor
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@loco145: Check out Mr. Generic pic over here... What's the matter, mommy didn't pick out an avi for you???

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Moved to general discussion

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#15  Edited By mrbojangles25
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Let's see if Tencent-Epic releases a statement about this...

In all seriousness, has bullying really changed all that much? When I was a kid (25 years ago...oi), sneakers were sort of a fad and some kids couldn't afford Nike's or Adidas and had to wear some basic shit. They got made fun of. It's not right, but I think it's sort of a trial kids unfortunately have to go through. This is just more of the same.

@onesiphorus said:

This is relevant to System Wars while the other forum remains underused?

This applies to literally 2/3 of System Wars; should be on Games Discussion

@xantufrog said:

Moved to general discussion

Yay!

@loco145 said:

I have a default GS avatar. Plz bully me.

#wearedefaults

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Shame. I remember it was similar with Pokemon/Yugioh cards and even Beyblades.

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#17  Edited By Yams1980
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This is funny stuff kinda.

Back in my day, if you even said you played video games you'd get hassled. I kept all my gaming habits to myself because of this because if you went around saying you played video games, you were a loser. I wish i was a kid growing up in todays world where I could tell people I played games.

Kinda weird though people bully cause you don't spend money on a certain game, seems oddly specific. I've never even played fortnite, i'd likely be sacrificed on my first day of school because of this.

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#18  Edited By deactivated-5d78760d7d740
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This is why you learn martial arts and beat up the other kids. Problem solved :).

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#19 Ish_basic
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didn't Tfue make wearing the default skins cool? I mean, for awhile there he was notorious for baiting people while disguising himself as a "no skin."

But it is kind of funny, as pointed out above, that suddenly it's cool to be more involved in gaming. Certainly wasn't when I was a kid. Just goes to show you, just do whatever you're doing and it's going to be cool eventually. Like a few years back when everyone had the beards and dressed like homeless people...or is that still a thing?

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#20 RSM-HQ
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Kids are getting bullied in school for not spending money on Fortnite

That's school life dood!

Personally got bullied in school for not owning the 'current' Gundam. Was all about the ZGMF-X56S Impulse from the Seed Destiny series. While I had WD-M01 Turn A.

So really it's just the same as when I was a young. Who cares, circle of life and all that nonsense. The rich commonly bully the poor, it's a sad fact of life regardless of where you live.

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#21 VagrantSnow
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Back in my day, bullying was getting kicked in the back of the neck and pushed down stairs.

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#22 HEATHEN75
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That's not cool. They should be bullied just for playing Fortnite in general.

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#23 RicanV  Moderator
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Not surprised. This is just the newest trend. Im surprised we went from: cards, latest action figures, latest gaming system, sneakers, jackets,tamagotchis, etc. to something that isn't even physical.