Competetive gaming at the Olympics

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  1. monke macrumors 65816

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    What do you think of video games at the Olympics?

    If I had the choice? No way, the Olympics aren't about video games, they are made for countries to compete physically. Go hold a tournament if you want but putting competetive gaming in the olympics would ruin them.

    Exactly how do they expect to draw more people in? Do they think that 100,000 more people are going to watch the games just to see a bunch of coach potatoes play Halo for multiple hours on end. Better think of something else.
     
  2. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816

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    This is pure lunacy. I think I'd rather see paintball in the Olympics over video games, but at least paintball bears some resemblance to sport. Then again, the Olympics have gone so far from for what they are supposed to stand, so I wouldn't be surprised if they found enough corporate money to throw at this to make it happen.
     
  3. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    Chess has never been part of the Olympic games. Video games shouldn't be either.
     
  4. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Originally, (in ancient Greece from 776 BC to AD 393) the Olympic Games included athletic, literary, and musical competitions.

    Therefore, according to tradition, the Olympics were not just for sporting events, but rather a variety of different talents. I would like to see other events involving other talents held at the Olympics, but I'm not sure video games should be one of them.
     
  5. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    I hope not. That would be terrible.
     
  6. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

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    Why not chess?
     
  7. floriflee macrumors 68030

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    I thought the Olympics were more about athletic sport....
     
  8. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816

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    It's a recognized sport along with others only. I wouldn't really call it a sport though. I play chess and don't consider myself an "athlete" per se.
     
  9. comictimes macrumors 6502a

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    I was about to say that exactly. I mean, I love video games, but I in no way would even consider the idea that they ought to be in the olympics...
     
  10. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040

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    oh yeah, let's put the idea into children's heads that "hey, if you sit on your fat @$$ playing video games all day then you, one day can be in the olympics!"

    I can certainly respect video gaming as a skill, heck I'm surprised there isn't a world of videogames thing like poker right now. I can see people making money competing at video games, but please, let's keep it out of the olympics. What's next, competitive photo retouching at the olympic level?
     
  11. Les Kern macrumors 68040

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    It's marketing.
    I very rarely watch the Olympics any more... ever since they started doing endless up-close-and-personals, then would show 3 100-yard dashes in a freaking hour. But to answer your original question: I don't give a rats ass what's in the Olympics. They are dead to me. Life is too short for plopping one's ass down in a Barca-Lounger and watching an endless string of commercials. I would love to live in Europe, where EVERY event, no matter how "un-newsworthy" is shown without commercials.
    Maybe then I would care about inclusion of various events.
     
  12. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    That ended with teh Olympic Poker!



    Who would choose the game, and who could possibly beat South Korea (or Japan)?
     
  13. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    That was the Worst Idea Ever™.

    Also, how are powerboating and motorcycle racing (FIM) recognized, but not car racing (FIA)? :confused:
     
  14. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Great idea, now those who compete in the Special Olympics will actually be better athletes than these sofa spuds.

    I guess this can be sponsored by McD's with an Bronze/Silver/Gold McFry award.

    Of course there will always be some athletes that will cheat and dash over to the competition.

    [​IMG]
     
  15. killuminati macrumors 68020

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    No way, the Olympics are about physical sport. If they were going to add sports other physical ones they should add card games instead of video games.

    I still think the Olympics should just be about athletic sports though.
     
  16. Xander562 macrumors 68000

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    wow, there's no way that that's going to work. and if by some freak chance it does, then the world has some serious problems. it would take out all of the prestige of the olympics. a gold medal would be worthless if couchpotato pat got one.
     
  17. combatcolin macrumors 68020

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    Come back in 20 years and maybe.

    But probably not.
     
  18. MacNut macrumors Core

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    Well Baseball was eliminated from the olympics but table tennis was added.:rolleyes: How is there more sport in table tennis then Baseball.:eek:
     
  19. killuminati macrumors 68020

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    When baseball eliminated? Thinking back on it, I can't remember watching olympic baseball but I always assumed it was there.

    And I don't think table tennis should be there, if they're gonna have that they might as well also add foosball. :rolleyes:
     
  20. Kernow macrumors 65816

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    This is similar to a discussion I have had several times with friends - what is the difference between a game and a sport. Personally I would class chess as a game, and it is my impression that the Olympic Games would contain only sports. As you point out, a sport would seem to imply a certain level of physical skill or activity, whereas a game would generally involve a more intellectual/mental approach.

    Instinctively, I would class computer games as, well, games and would not have thought they should be represented at the Olympics. However, games undeniably involve a high degree of hand/eye coordination, so an argument could be made for them being a sport, but I still think it is a daft idea.
     
  21. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816

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    I remember seeing a television program once where some smarmy teenager actually said with a straight face that people who play video games are athletes. If memory serves, he was interviewed on the couch with several of his friends, the smallest of whom was significantly larger than myself (6'1" and 255 pounds). I still laugh at that.

    It's hard to tell where to draw the line between game and sport. As I said earlier, I don't consider myself an athlete for playing chess. Nor do I for bowling, even though a better case can be made for bowling being a "sport" as opposed to a "game".

    The only thing I can possibly posit offhand is that a for a game to be a sport, it requires 1) the use of the entire body and 2) direct competition at the human level. Video games satisfy neither component.
     
  22. Mr. Durden macrumors 6502a

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    Heck yeah I want video games in the olympics. If they have a retro-gaming event with street fighter 2, I am assured of the gold. Noone can withstand the power of Ryu. I may have been training for the olympics all these years and never even knew it. Maybe instead of the national anthem I'll have them play We are the champions.:cool:
     
  23. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    Have you ever watched professional table tennis? It's literally like tennis, played with smaller equipment, and more diving/lunging over barriers.
     

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