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Video games aren’t sports

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Video gaming is something anyone at any age level can do and requires very little physical activity and therefore should not be considered a sport.

Sports like football, baseball and basketball are real sports. They require a lot of physical training and energy to do.

Even Grandma Lilly in the movie “Grandma’s Boy” can play video games!

It doesn’t take a lot of effort to play a video game; all you need is two hands, sometimes one depending on what game console you’re using.

The main reason it is even a sport is because of the game “League of Legends.”

According to Tech News World. com, e-sports require the same level of training and specialization as regular sports.

People don’t need to run across 50 yards or dribble a ball to play a video game.

All you need to know is how to work the controller. In order to be an athlete, you need to be in top physical shape and have some type of athletic ability.

Anyone can learn how to play video games, no matter what age or physical capability he has.

It’s doubtful we’ll ever see video gaming in the Olympics. Yes, video games are popular in this modern day but does that mean it deserves to be called a sport?

We have professional football players, basketball players and baseball players. People like Michael Jordan, Payton Manning and Babe Ruth are all looked up to and admired by sports fanatics for their specific talents and skills in their respected sports.

A guy who does nothing but eat and play video games all day at home as someone that would be considered a sports role model is unfathomable. That’s not exactly a profession that parents would encourage their kids to get into.

Just because it has the word “game” in it doesn’t mean it should be considered a sport.

You can play video games from almost anywhere. Other sports require you to physically be in the same room as your opponent(s) when competing.

The bottom line is how lazy is our society becoming where we make sitting at a computer and twiddling our thumbs while we eat chips all day a sport?

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5 Responses to “Video games aren’t sports”

  1. Brannon McQuinn on September 26th, 2017 7:40 am

    Even though I disagree with you I want to help you out. Speaking from a writing perspective, your argument is weak because it is based on the idea that the only thing that quantifies a sport is physical activity and that professional gamers sit around all day and eat potato chips.
    I would recommend that you do some more research and re-write your argument. Those who consider themselves professional gamers keep themselves in good psychical condition because they need to have a clear mind. You are right in thinking that during the actual event of a game there is no physical activity, but there is a lot of mental work involved. I know that may sound strange but the things that separate a professional gamer and Grandma Lily from “Grandma’s Boy” are their ability to strategize and know the intricate details of the game they are playing. Somebody who wishes to become professional must study every part of the game they are playing, everything from the character roster, to the way that the game’s code works.
    Again, from a writing perspective, your argument could use some work. I would love to read something that you write after researching a bit more so that you understand the argument from both sides.
    I hope this didn’t make you angry and I hope that you take what I have said into consideration. I am writing about this for a college essay, and I thought this might be good practice.

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  2. Ashley on November 9th, 2017 1:19 pm

    video games should not be considered a sport because all your doing is sitting dow on your couch to bed and using your hand to play .While a sport is something you do outside in fact video games are a HOBBY .Sports have to do with physical and mental extertion .In addition video games has NOTHING to do with athletic ability that is also a kind of sport .

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    Sky Reply:

    Evidence? Also, why don’t you try to download League, or Dota 2 if you really want a challenge, and try to climb to the number 1 position in your region, you will NEVER be able to do it, as you won’t have the physical (dexterity, reflexes) , or mental (positioning, strategy, counter-picks) capabilities to do it.

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  3. Landon on November 14th, 2017 11:51 am

    Gameing does not have a lot of physical exertion, but it takes a lot of mind power. You have to be very smart to play some games like magic, hearthstone, hands of chaos, all these take strategy. Now, Call Of Duty, god of war, and overwatch all you are doing is trying to stay alive. Tetris, space invaders, and Pac-Man all take strategy to.

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  4. Peirce on November 14th, 2017 11:56 am

    Hand of the gods not hands of chaos. Sorry

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