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Why esports will never be considered sports.

#21TheMoonJumperPosted 7/13/2014 7:05:03 PM
ghostemp77 posted...
With this logic, auto racing is not a sport. Pretty sure that is a sport.


Auto racing is very physically demanding, regardless of what a casual sports fan might think. For the most part, obese people would have trouble making it through half of a professional race.
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#22ShadowThaReaperPosted 7/13/2014 7:07:30 PM
Fat people are mad as hell.
#23Worknofun370Posted 7/13/2014 7:18:42 PM
CELTEKK posted...
yeaa.... don't think chess is considered a sport anywhere in the world. it's simply a game, hoss.



Lolz. Good job making a complete fool out of yourself, hoss.
#24TimePharaohPosted 7/13/2014 7:19:33 PM(edited)
TheMoonJumper posted...
ghostemp77 posted...
With this logic, auto racing is not a sport. Pretty sure that is a sport.


Auto racing is very physically demanding, regardless of what a casual sports fan might think. For the most part, obese people would have trouble making it through half of a professional race.


Obese people have a problem making it through half of anything, unless it's a donut.
#25CommonJoePosted 7/13/2014 7:25:59 PM
According to SportAccord (which governs most international sport federations):

SportAccord uses the following criteria, determining that a sport should:

have an element of competition
be in no way harmful to any living creature
not rely on equipment provided by a single supplier (excluding proprietary games such as arena football)
not rely on any "luck" element specifically designed into the sport

They also recognise that sport can be primarily physical (such as rugby or athletics), primarily mind (such as chess or go), predominantly motorised (such as Formula 1 or powerboating), primarily co-ordination (such as billiard sports), or primarily animal-supported (such as equestrian sport).


Gaming can in fact fall well within those parameters.

The problem is the games themselves, as very, VERY few games have the status of say, Chess. Only Starcraft and Counter Strike come close. This is because game rules vary from game to game and because even in non-moddable games the structure of the game can vary by quite a bit. There's seldom any fixed amount of players or any real rules other than no cheating. There's also seldom any one playing field.

This is why RTS and FPS games tend to be the most competitive because they're the only games that offer that kind of structure that traditional games (be they physical or otherwise) follow. But even so, the real lack of rules stops them from being easier to call a sport, even though games like Starcraft or Counter Strike can potentially call for a level of strategy and skill that's required by the likes of Chess, which is in fact considered a sport.
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#26calcyclePosted 7/13/2014 7:29:01 PM
Is pool considered a sport? I think it's as physically demanding as esports.
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#27cancerstormPosted 7/13/2014 7:30:48 PM
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#28ShadowThaReaperPosted 7/13/2014 7:56:37 PM
Fighting games are the only competitive games that matter.
#29cancerstormPosted 7/13/2014 8:08:07 PM
angry mod must be of the heavier persuasion xd
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#30jake-sfPosted 7/13/2014 8:10:26 PM
CommonJoe posted...

This is why RTS and FPS games tend to be the most competitive because they're the only games that offer that kind of structure that traditional games (be they physical or otherwise) follow. But even so, the real lack of rules stops them from being easier to call a sport, even though games like Starcraft or Counter Strike can potentially call for a level of strategy and skill that's required by the likes of Chess, which is in fact considered a sport.


Well, don't forget fighting games in there.

They fit quite perfectly.
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