Weekly Wringer 108: Of Videogames and Anime

Ever wonder why videogames and Anime seem to show up everywhere together? Today, the Commodore tries to figure out why using your comments from last time. And for next week, there’s a question about the legitimacy of professional gaming. It’s the Weekly Wringer!

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  • ichigok5
    Posted August 19, 2014 at 7:24 AM | Permalink

    No, because when I hear the word sport, I think of football, soccer, baseball,ect. Gaming for me is a pass time to sit down and sit down, relax and get immersed into the world itself. Gaming should become a sport due to its competitive attributes, but replace the word “sport”.

  • Mog Mog
    Posted August 19, 2014 at 1:51 PM | Permalink

    Many video games already are popular sports in many countries. Have you seen Free to Play: The Movie? Football, soccer, baseball, ect are just games. What difference does it make if there is a large digital component or not? Nascar is a sport despite its large mechanized component. Football or hockey are sports despite their need for sophisticated protective gear and specialized equipment.

    Nascar and “e-sport” video games have a physical component even if you wanted to get really particular with the definition of “sport”. Hand eye coordination and finger dexterity play a large role. Golf or bowling are largely technique as opposed to physical exertion.

    A video game that was entirely a mental activity might have trouble being classified as technically a sport, but there aren’t many video games that fall into that category and none I’m aware of that are played competitively.

  • zero zero
    Posted August 19, 2014 at 2:35 PM | Permalink

    I see no reason that it couldn’t be stretched to include gaming if people were to push for it. I think of it in the same essence as say a chess match or memory tournaments, no one really calls it a sport. It can be competitive and fun though things that deal with mental capabilities don’t really bring “sport” to mind. So personally I think not.

  • mrandycretin mrandycretin
    Posted August 19, 2014 at 3:19 PM | Permalink

    i’m going to answer, “NO.” simply because i think the only reason sports exist is to make money, and i would have to assume people have already tried to make that happen with video games. the problem with video games being a sport, is that it’s not usually very exciting to watch other people play.
    i’ve seen a madden tournament on tv before, and it seemed pretty gimmicky.

    also, not everyone likes the same video games; so the “sport” of video games would end up being based around madden and call of duty, just because those are the most popular competitive games. those games are really just a bore to watch others play.

    so for video games to be a sport, i think, you would have to trick people into thinking they want to PAY to WATCH people play CALL OF DUTY and MADDEN. i don’t think that’s a thing that needs to exist.

    • Mog Mog
      Posted August 19, 2014 at 9:59 PM | Permalink

      Esports already exist and it’s not CoD or Madden. It’s League of Legends and dota2. There are many professional gamers and they make good money. The top dota 2 money winner has made over a mil just this year. It’s very popular in Asia, just not here yet. Last year’s League Championship had 32 million viewers.

      • Mog Mog
        Posted August 19, 2014 at 10:19 PM | Permalink

        To put in perspective. The last game of the World Series only had 19 million viewers. The NBA championship peaked at 22 million.

      • mrandycretin mrandycretin
        Posted August 22, 2014 at 4:46 PM | Permalink

        i guess i didn’t think of games like League of Legends, because they’re pretty far off my radar. but i still stand by my point – i would find watching someone play league of legends just as engaging as watching someone play something like call of duty or madden. it just doesn’t sound fun.
        but i also don’t understand the enigma of let’s plays or anything like that. so maybe it could work, but i don’t see it working on as large of a scale as what comes to mind when we think “sports”. viewers aside, i don’t see a video game competition selling large amounts of tickets to bring in large amounts of attendees on a regular basis. ..outside, you know, conventions or what have you; or some other event that’s only held once a year.
        i think that on a consistent basis, public interest would quickly wane.

        • Mog Mog
          Posted August 23, 2014 at 7:50 PM | Permalink

          Watching any sport is rather boring to me so it’s hard to argue, but I don’t find watching LoL radically different than watching any other sport.

  • Posted August 20, 2014 at 8:22 AM | Permalink

    From Webster:
    sport verb \ˈspȯrt\

    : to wear (something) in a way that attracts attention

    : to play in a happy and lively way

    The real question here is, are you happy and lively while playing Lester?

    • Posted August 20, 2014 at 10:31 AM | Permalink

      Just in case my screams of pain were at all unclear, no I was not happy nor was I lively while playing Lester.

      However if games can truly can be sports, then I would consider playing lester competitively. I’d be less angry with Lester and would focus on winning over the competition. Lester has felt the full force of my hate at this point, he need not feel it again… or does he?!?!

  • punch_a_bunch_a_buttons punch_a_bunch_a_buttons
    Posted August 20, 2014 at 1:56 PM | Permalink

    No it should not be. How is that for negativity? Gaming is almost nothing physical. Unless the future hold VR equipment to play a particular game and the game demand extreme physically abilities then sure for that particular game… but for the rest there is no excuse in turning them to sports. This coming from someone that do not consider Golf as a sport but more a game for some richer folks.

    What is a sport? It demands physical ability, it purifies the body and the soul. Sure both activity demands certain concentration and dedication but everything you do in life demand a certain amount of each anyways so that nothing special. People into sports can see the result in their bodies. Just like in video games, sports can be means for escapism or relaxation but video games are too different in nature to sports, it’s not worth debating their similarities.

    I’m sorry, this is not the first time i hear this and it is an annoying topic that should not be debated… but i keep seeing it coming back.

    • Mog Mog
      Posted August 29, 2014 at 1:13 PM | Permalink

      Do you even lift?

      • punch_a_bunch_a_buttons punch_a_bunch_a_buttons
        Posted September 2, 2014 at 4:33 PM | Permalink

        Do i even lift… Is lifting the least of sports? What kind of remark is that?

        I play football (where you use your foot to kick the ball as i refuse to call it soccer).

        • Mog Mog
          Posted September 4, 2014 at 7:21 AM | Permalink

          It’s just a meme. Seemed relevant.

          I’ve played American football and soccer. American football is much more physically demanding than soccer. American football takes a lot more training than soccer. Becoming a professional football player is much more about genetics than soccer. American football is more physical than soccer. Soccer is much more about technique than American football. Pretty much anyone can play soccer. Does that make soccer less of a sport than American football? Not to mention football is more popular in America and to hell with the rest of the world, amirite?

  • TreuloseTomate TreuloseTomate
    Posted August 22, 2014 at 3:13 PM | Permalink

    I don’t like how the question is phrased. It’s like asking if board games should be considered a sport. Of course not, you would say. Board games are just there to have some fun with your friends or familiy, right? You wouldn’t consider Monopoly a sport. But then there is chess. At one point it must have been just another board game. But when enough people play the game and realize, that it is rather complex and has some intricate mechanics, it grows more popular and can eventually become a sport.
    I’d put it this way: The fact that a game is played with mouse/keyboard/controller on a screen shouldn’t be a reason to deny it the title of sport. If you cringe at the thought of CS or LoL being a sport, it’s time for you to accept that videogames aren’t just for kids or nerds or escapism. LoL is srs bsns.

    • TreuloseTomate TreuloseTomate
      Posted August 22, 2014 at 3:17 PM | Permalink

      btw, I play neither LoL nor CS. I just wanted to give some popular examples.

  • I Feel Asleep I Feel Asleep
    Posted August 26, 2014 at 11:37 AM | Permalink

    I think the idea of video games being considered sports is fine. They might not have the draw of football or baseball, but people watch them just the same. You have events like the evo tournament and the DOTA international tournament. Both of those events have a massive following and are gaining more mainstream notice. If people can earn a living playing video games I say go for it.

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