Blurrring the Line between Sports and Video Games
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Hello world; so I know I may be way behind the times here (by about five years) but I just picked up a Nintendo Wii from a large retailer when the price on new systems dropped down. Now, I had previously played plenty of Wii, but I had never played the sword fighting game available in the Wii Sports Resort disk before. The game combined with the new Wii motion Plus controllers really wowed me for its ability to be fun and be very good at picking up my movements. Many hours of very intense Wii sword fighting have since followed, as well as some hilarious pictures of my roommates and our girlfriends battling each other on the television.
My questions to you are the following:
At what point does a video game become a sport? No one will argue that fencing is not a sport, so if a video game can be made accurately enough to represent fencing to the point where a human cannot detect a difference in the feel and accuracy of the movements in the game to the real thing, would that not be a sport?
Could video game based sport be better than the real thing? Think of it more this way, could a video game be "more perfect" than the "real" version of the sports we play? Take for example, Baseball. A lot of the sport has to do with the judgement of human referees and umpires. If you could make a simulation of baseball, in which the physics behind pitching and hitting were a perfect model of the real thing, wouldn't that be better than the real game? A perfect baseball game would never make an error in what was a ball or what was a strike. It would never blow a call on a foul ball or a home run hit or someone being thrown out at a base. In this sense couldn't a video game be "better" than the real thing?
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