If there was one internet fight I’d like to see go away, it’s probably this one.
Oh! You have met my dad then! (If I mention eSports he acts like it’s a thing that is silly and pointless cause they aren’t doing any real work)
My best argument for e-sports in NASCAR. In NASCAR a pasty middle aged white man sits in a seat working controls to beat opponents. In e-sports pasty Millennials sits in a seat working controls to beat an opponent. The only real difference is the NASCAR seat it moving.
Sitting with a beer watching other people play a “real sport” isn’t a sport
They say sports brings us together. And nothing brings us together like a good fight!
Does the label really matter? Semantics are a waste of time. When either side is making noise, they’re just being defensive.
There’s big name venues and leagues, competitions and tournaments, there’s fame and fortune, there’s hype publicity and coverage at the high levels, there’s armies of naive dreamers who think they’ll make it big, that they’ll become scouted and sponsored and major players.
Call it whatever you want, entertain any distinction in your mind, all of the above will still be true.
Real sports actually aren’t real sports. At least not anymore. In exactly the way the News isn’t journalism anymore.
A “sport” is simply a competitive activity between individuals or teams, but what people miss is that there are “athletic sports” and “non-athletic sports”. Don’t confuse or compare the two.
This isn’t a real comic.
I have long held the opinion that “sport” and “athletic competition” are two separate (but often related things). Look at the Olympics. The judged events (gymnastics, diving, figure skating, etc.) are all athletic competitions celebrating the peak of human capability.
I have a hard time calling a judged event a sport. The results are too subjective. To me a sport is a competition either against an opponent, a clock or a measuring tape. Something or someone has to be beaten. Not merely judged to be better. The judged events are completely valid by the way just not “sport” by my narrow definition.
By my definition e-sports, NASCAR and the World Series of Poker could all be considered sports; but I would not consider any of them athletic competitions. Too many people conflate athleticism with sport. While they are often the same thing they are also often not.
Wrestling isn’t real.
It’s still real to me, dammit!
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