© 2022 254 North Front Street, Suite 300, Wilmington, NC 28401 | 910.343.1640
News Classical 91.3 Wilmington 92.7 Wilmington 96.7 Southport
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Ohio Teacher Will Use 'Fortnite' Video Game In Final Exam


All right, one of the hottest video games in the world right now is called Fortnite. And here's the premise - you are dropped on an island with a bunch of other players, and you have to fight it out. The last person standing wins.



(Yelling) Duck.

Apparently, people not only play Fortnite, they watch other people playing Fortnite. Videos of people playing Fortnite on YouTube have been seen millions of times - no word if there are also videos of people watching those videos. But there are celebrity players like Drake and Joe Jonas and Chance the Rapper.

MARTIN: And some lesser-known names have also embraced the game. One of them is Mike McCray. He's an AP chemistry teacher at Tippecanoe High School in Ohio. His class made a bet. If their photo of an agreement that was written on this whiteboard - if it could get 6,700 retweets, Mr. McCray would make the final exam about Fortnite.

MIKE MCCRAY: And I said, well, I don't know anything about Fortnite, and I barely know what a tweet is or a retweet is, so I said, what the heck?

INSKEEP: He may barely know what a retweet is, but he got more than 31,000 of them. The story was picked up on game blogs and even some TV stations.

MARTIN: It's not the first time he's tried to make his tests cool, though.

MCCRAY: Like, "The Brady Bunch" was relevant, and so I would always do questions related to "The Brady Bunch," you know? Like, Greg throws a hydrochloric acid-filled football that hits Jan in the nose, or something like that.

INSKEEP: (Laughter).

MARTIN: Super cool, super cool.

INSKEEP: "The Brady Bunch" is relevant. Anyway, the test is Fortnite themed, even though Mr. McCray says just playing the game will not prepare them to take it.

MCCRAY: Maybe at some point, I'll play the game and learn something about it. But yeah, I'm real - totally a newbie about the game at this point.

INSKEEP: OK, that's just fine. And maybe one of his students can tell him a thing or two about it.


INSKEEP: He is currently writing his exam with a little bit of help from developers, and we'll see what happens. Maybe we'll learn the answer within - I don't know - a fortnight. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.