Beyondthegrave07

Do you consider "Gaming" to be a Sport?

Do you consider playing video games (competitively) as a sport?   40 members have voted

  1. 1. Do you consider playing video games (competitively) as a sport?

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1 hour ago, Beyondthegrave07 said:

I'm sure curling takes some sort of balance and finesse, similar to archery or shooting a gun. It's easy to judge on those sort of sports when you never tried it imo.

 

I'm probably the only one who thinks this, but I think NASCAR (or car racing) is as much of a sport as baseball (so yes). The people changing tires in pit stops are insane and people don't realize this, but driving for a few hours at a time is physically painful for your legs, neck, etc. Drivers have to be physically fit to perform well in races. In other words, they have to physically train themselves outside of their sport to perform effectively. It might sound crazy, but I have a lot of respect for those who are into competitive racing. I'm physically fit and I don't think I could last driving 500 laps at 60 MPH, let alone 100 MPH and the focus required for that.

 

Fair point about curling.. I suppose there are quite a few sports that are much more fun to participate in than watch.

 

I can tell you from first hand experience that rally racing is very intense on the arms (not so much the legs as you'd think) the first few times, but the body adapts incredibly quickly so if you were doing it as a hobby or profession you wouldn't notice any of the strain after a little while. It's not like bodybuilding for example where you are continuously ramping up the strain, so your body has to keep rebuilding the muscle tissue. I would imagine other driving sports to be similar. The focus and mental fortitude on the other hand is a completely different matter for sure.. for me personally it's the curvature of the tracks that require the biggest amount of concentration as I have to make constant split-second decisions. I've never found the speed to be that much of an issue, even at 130-150mph because most, if not all rally/sports cars these days are designed incredibly well and don't feel as fast behind the wheel (the difference as a co-driver is insane, it feels a hell of a lot faster because you're not in control and imo is a 100x harder role) and the engineering behind the braking these days is phenomenal. I've always thought the mechanic teams were the most impressive when it came to F1 and so on; amazing how quickly they work and the engineering that goes into it to make that possible.

 

Back on topic, I think the distinction should remain between Sports and eSports. Correct me if I'm wrong but one thing all sports have in common is that they don't involve sitting behind a virtual screen.

 

EDIT: I also teach Taekwondo & run half + full marathons so actually you might be right about the external training that drivers need to do. I just never thought about it before as it isn't something that affects me.

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No and I think eSports are a massive joke.

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58 minutes ago, Zolkovo said:

 

Fair point about curling.. I suppose there are quite a few sports that are much more fun to participate in than watch.

 

I can tell you from first hand experience that rally racing is very intense on the arms (not so much the legs as you'd think) the first few times, but the body adapts incredibly quickly so if you were doing it as a hobby or profession you wouldn't notice any of the strain after a little while. It's not like bodybuilding for example where you are continuously ramping up the strain, so your body has to keep rebuilding the muscle tissue. I would imagine other driving sports to be similar. The focus and mental fortitude on the other hand is a completely different matter for sure.. for me personally it's the curvature of the tracks that require the biggest amount of concentration as I have to make constant split-second decisions. I've never found the speed to be that much of an issue, even at 130-150mph because most, if not all rally/sports cars these days are designed incredibly well and don't feel as fast behind the wheel (the difference as a co-driver is insane, it feels a hell of a lot faster because you're not in control and imo is a 100x harder role) and the engineering behind the braking these days is phenomenal. I've always thought the mechanic teams were the most impressive when it came to F1 and so on; amazing how quickly they work and the engineering that goes into it to make that possible.

 

Back on topic, I think the distinction should remain between Sports and eSports. Correct me if I'm wrong but one thing all sports have in common is that they don't involve sitting behind a virtual screen.

 

EDIT: I also teach Taekwondo & run half + full marathons so actually you might be right about the external training that drivers need to do. I just never thought about it before as it isn't something that affects me.

 

I remember reading about Jeff Gordon saying that he wanted to retire partially because staying in shape to drive the car was physically demanding.

 

That is a fair point too about Sports vs Esports. I think most people make a large distinction between sports vs eSport. They segregate the two into different categories to show the difference between the physical nature of one vs the sedentary nature of the other. Therefore, in most peoples' mind they don't consider gaming a sport even though it does take some of the same qualities (attention to detail, reflexes, hand-eye coordination, etc). Not to mention there are games that take actual physical exertion such as Dance Dance Revolution (though I am not aware of any DDR tournaments, nor would I like to see one... OK, that's a lie, maybe I would just out of pure fascination). I'm not saying your wrong by any means. I probably lean more towards the side of "It's not a sport." strictly by this distinction. That doesn't mean it doesn't make for a good topic to discuss. :)

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1 hour ago, Beyondthegrave07 said:

[...] OK, that's a lie, maybe I would just out of pure fascination [...]

 

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I stand corrected; this is more physically intense than most sports lmao.

 

Also, I completely agree this is a great discussion topic. I'm especially interested to hear the thoughts of those who do consider this a Sport, ideally with some elaboration as to why.

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No, it's not a sport.

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Not really, sports should be psychical activity and not just pressing buttons 

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Competitive chess is considered a sport so I don't see why video games should be any different.

Also, the Olympic committee considers it to be a sport since it fits all the necessary criteria, except for, you know... moving about and doing stuff. 

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On 3/27/2018 at 8:04 PM, Beyondthegrave07 said:

Do you consider playing video games (competitively) as an actual sport?

 

No.  I don't consider golf or darts to be sports either, and it bewilders me that people do class them as sports.

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Not unless we’re talking about boxing on wii sports.

 

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No, but if Nascar is considered an actual sport, then so should gaming. 

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Generally, I have to say that I don't consider video games to be sports. Just as I don't see board games as sports either. I say "generally" because motion games like DDR and Just Dance could be an exception.

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Games can be competitive and they can be spectator events, like Chess or Magic: The Gathering, but I couldn't consider them sports because there is no physical activity involved. I think the desire to call competitive games a sport comes from the same reason games used to be so oft compared to cinema: because some people make the assumption that sports (or movies) are legitimate forms of entertainment, and games are not.

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Well to be honest I don't really consider gaming a sport. 

Sports are psychical activities and gaming does not require much movements besides your hands and your brain haha.

 

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