Fortnite star and internet personality Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, one of the most successful gamers in the world, appeared on The Tonight Show on September 18, discussing the effect of video games on society. The conversation ensued after host Jimmy Fallon brought up the subject of video game myths, specifically the impact of their violent content.
With mass shootings taking place all over the world, politicians are pointing the finger at video games, with Fortnite being mentioned in a recent debate.
“Just like there are movies that are rated PG-13, rated R – same thing with video games. Your kids shouldn’t be playing rated M for Mature games. So, as parents, you guys, it’s up to you to make sure you’re watching and making sure your kids aren’t playing those violent games at a young age,” Blevins said.
When asked whether video games make kids antisocial, Ninja busted the myth wide open by explaining that tournaments, conventions, and meet-ups help fill that gap. He told Fallon:
“I would honestly make the argument that if you’re playing video games, you are probably more social than people who aren’t playing video games. I’m literally talking to… not only am I talking to my friends, my family, and people who are around me when I’m at home, but I’m also communicating with people and competing all across the world.”
Ninja also discussed the release of his book Get Good: My Ultimate Guide to Gaming before bringing up Fallon’s gaming skills and how the host might beat him if he bought and read the book. The conversation also touched on the streamer’s recent partnership with athletic goods giant Adidas.