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According to gamers, there is nothing more cruel than abruptly yanking your gamer kids back into reality.

But, it's oh so satisfying to watch the ensuing mayhem.


Jimmy Kimmel, ever the mischievous late show host, loves encouraging parents to prank their children. His "YouTube Challenge" is a recurring staple on his show, like the hilarious "I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy" segment.

In a recent challenge on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the host asked parents to turn off the TV as their kids were engrossed in the highly addictive video game, Fortnite. The game is so popular, XBox One released their 1TB console with a Fortnite package. That bundle is available here.

Watch the ridiculous reactions after parents unplugged their kids from their fantasy world in the YouTube clip below.

Brace yourselves.


YouTube Challenge – I Turned Off the TV During Fortnite www.youtube.com

It's like cutting off the lifeline for some of these serious gamers. Lots of screaming, whining and even some bleeped out F-bombs ensue.

The stakes are that high.

One kid is uncontrollably vexed when his monitor suddenly goes black. His father negotiates to power the TV back on if the son says "hi, Jimmy Kimmel." Reluctantly, the petulant gamer gives in and utters the desired greeting.

In contrast, another gamer responded to the shut-down with a blank expression of disbelief.

Then, through giggles, he tells his father to leave and "go cook."



In a hilarious turn, a mother failed to execute the challenge. She struggled to locate the power off switch as she stood between her son and the TV screen for a significant chunk of precious time.

Her son exclaimed:

"My friend just died because of you!"

Meanwhile, mom was still all handsy with the side of the TV looking for the button.



On one level, the reactions are hysterical.

But on another level, it's a bit unsettling. Phones were smacked out of hands!







The online video game developed by Epic Games in 2017 has turned into a global phenomenon. Fortnite is considered an open-world survival game in which players gather resources to stay alive in a modern-day earth zapped of the human race.

So, how big of a deal is this game that captivates young gamers? As of June 2018, Epic Games announced in a blog post that "Fortnite has grown to 125 million players" in less than a year.

Jimmy Kimmel may have started a war in homes across the country.

Uh, oh. When is the Super Bowl?

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