Many of you have been following our journey regarding the use of Fortnite Creative mode in my 8th grade game design classes. Essentially it started with the student question, “Can we use Fortnite Creative to make our game”. I am a huge proponent of student choice and student voice. The stigma around fortnite leads me to believe that it should be cleared with our administration. The more research I’ve done the more I see how Fortnite Creative mode is no different from any other design tool. It really comes down to how you use it and what elements you include. I encouraged the students who asked to write to our administration for approval. I believe their argument below is well developed.
We are students in Mr. Isaacs period 4 game design class and we have received the task of creating our very own game for our final project. Mr. Isaacs said we could choose the tool of our choice like minecraft, unity, twine, super mario maker and almost anything we can think of. A couple of students asked if we could used Fortnite Creative, a section of Fortnite that is dedicated to building your own world. Mr Isaacs sees the value of using Fortnite Creative as a tool to create our game but wanted us to get approval from the school first. He suggests that students should get parent approval first in addition.
There are many benefits of using Fortnite creative compared to other software like Minecraft. Fortnite creative saves your work to the cloud so you could access your work on any computer, video game console, or your even your phone, where on Minecraft your limited to only the computer your working on. In class we will only be working on a computer, but Fortnite allows us to work on our game at home, which will allow our final game to reach its full potential. Another advantage about Fortnite creative is that new things are added everyday and updates are released every week. This will allow us to constantly update our game and improve it. Since Fortnite creative is apart of Fortnite, our friends would have easy access to test and play our game anywhere they want. Mr. Isaacs has been researching this and found a number of educators using Fortnite creative in their classrooms. They have had good experiences with it and the students haven’t needed to use any of the guns or questionable aspects that would be considered inappropriate for school, but mainly focused on all the creative possibilities like obstacle courses and other challenges like races. You can even make your own music note by note, which is a vital aspect for game design, One teacher named Mrs. Wright “used it as a student choice for the design and construction of a medieval castle” in her social studies class. Epic games, the creator of Fortnite also made Unreal Engine, a game creator for super high end games. They are trying to make Fortnite creative an easier to understand version of Unreal Engine (an entry point to using their more sophisticated tools), but for everyday people. Like Fortnite creative, every game design software has the possibility to input guns. This is not necessary and we realize that we need to ensure that our game is appropriate for school. The idea for our game is to make a ultimate obstacle course that uses only creative aspects of Fortnite creative and nothing violent, so anybody at any age can play it.
We hope you understand that despite the stigma that fortnite has associated with it, we are asking to use Epic Games open ended tool as we would any other game design engine. Thank you for your consideration!
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Here are some photos that show the amazing potential of this tool
Here is an example of someone making music in Fortnite creative game engine
A race track that someone made with Fortnite creative game engine
A building someone created for their game using Fortnite Creative game engine