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Teenager Upset That A Tornado Ripped His House Apart While He Was In The Middle Of A Fortnite Game

WXII 12 - As strong storms barreled through a Greensboro neighborhood on Sunday night, a young man on Phillips Avenue helped his sister and nephew stay safe despite being caught up in a video game.

“I was sitting at home and I was playing Fortnite, and all of sudden, I hear a bunch of noise,” Anton Williams told WXII 12’s Mallory Lane. “I look out the window and I started seeing the roof come off the houses in front of me.”

Next door, strong winds blew a family’s home away from its foundation.

“I sit back down because I only have a couple people left in my game, and I was going to try to finish the game, but then it started getting worse and I started to see the power lines come down, so I told my sister and my nephew to come to the bathroom.”

I don’t play Fortnite personally but as someone who works in the Barstool office I’ve seen firsthand how this game can consume people.  It’s the biggest video game craze I’ve ever seen.  I’m pretty sure Smitty had to get shoulder surgery from mashing his joysticks around so much.  These guys stay up playing Battle Royales and shit for 9 hours a night.  Walk in here looking sickly and hungover like they spent all night binge drinking with the flu.  Nope, just Fortnite.

So I’m not surprised that this teenager couldn’t be bothered by a tornado ripping his house off of it’s foundation and throwing his family’s truck into the next school district while he was in the middle of a game.  I’m just super impressed he hit pause for even a minute to get his family to safety and possibly save their lives.  Fortnite addiction is no joke.

While seeking shelter in the bathroom, Williams was still focused on his game.

“Honestly, I was thinking about the game, but I was hoping everybody was OK around me,” Williams said.

After the storm let up, Williams said he went outside to check on his neighbors — who were alright.