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Should Video games be sports?

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Started: 4/12/2016 Category: Sports
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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PrivatePeaceful

Con

One reason I think video games should not be a sport is because the definition of sport says it should not be. Whether video games is a sport or not really depends on what you define to be sport. So I found some definitions of sport and thought about whether video games fit with that definition.

One reason I think this is:
Evidence 1: http://www.dictionary.com...
an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling, wrestling, boxing, hunting, fishing, etc.

Evidence 2 :http://www.oxforddictionaries.com...
An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment:

Evidence 3: http://dictionary.cambridge.org...
a R03;game, R03;competition, or R03;activity R03;needing R03;physical R03;effort and R03;skill that is R03;played or done R03;according to R03;rules, for R03;enjoyment and/or as a R03;job:
all R03;types of R03;physical R03;activity that R03;people do to R03;keep R03;healthy or for R03;enjoyment:

Evidence 4: http://www.collinsdictionary.com...
an individual or group activity pursued for exercise or pleasure, involving the testing of physical capabilities and taking the form of a competitive game such as football, tennis, etc

Evidence 5: http://www.thefreedictionary.com...
An activity involving physical exertion and skill that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often undertaken competitively.
Even though all these definitions differ, there are several things that they all agree on - it needs physical exertion.
Physical exertion is defined as - the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit; from http://www.thefreedictionary.com...
Now, video games does not exert your muscles - unless you count tapping your finger on your trackpad, clicking 1, 2, 3, 4 or up, down, left, right, or clicking w, a, s, and d as physical exertion. A, that does not exert your muscles, and B, that does not keep you fit. If that was physical exertion, then tapping A, B, C, D, C, B, D, A on a piano is also physical exertion. I think we all agree that tapping A, C, B, D on a piano is not physica
themarryonet

Pro

Like sports stars everywhere, professional-level video gamers need a place to practice, and for the high-tech athletes of the Evil Geniuses " the Yankees of the video gaming world " that place is the Lair, a sock-strewn tract house on an ordinary side street in this breezy island city east of San Francisco. With its redundant Internet connections and eight-to-a-toilet dormitory rooms, the Lair is a clubhouse and a crash pad: a residential exercise space where digital Derek Jeters can roll out of bed and stumble downstairs for workouts in the gym.

As the title says, chess is a sport. It requires strategy, is played worldwide, and is a competitive game. Those same principals can, and are - applied to video games. In my personal opinion, gaming takes much more mental prowess than say chess. You have to learn how your opponents play, you have to practice, and you have to understand the rules of each game - and how each game works. Unlike other sports, such as football, soccer, basketball, and etc. - gaming is not focused on one specific game. There are hundreds upon hundreds of individual games, all with completely different styles and methods of playing. From FPS' to RTS', both that are almost completely unalike - but they all go under the name of 'gaming'. Although some may not like it, and I am not sure why - gaming is now the most popular form of entertainment in the United States, going ahead of the movie and music industry. That's quite a feat to accomplish, and both the movie and music industry have been around for well over a decade - while gaming has only been around for around half of that. The difference between movies, television, and music - is that you aren't experiencing something that someone else is doing, but rather - you are the one interacting in a world where everyone is sharing the same experience with you. If we take all of this in, and add in the facts that there are formal teams, holding formal championships, and with monetary stakes and titles at hand, it would be absurd not to say that video games are a sport.
Debate Round No. 1
PrivatePeaceful

Con

Another reason I think that video games aren"t sports is because sports have a positive effect on you, but videogames don"t.
Evidence 1: http://www.education.com...
It promotes bad habits at a young age. Can cause violence / aggression from gaming addiction. This is one more evidence that esports are not sports. Any kind of sport, even chess, has a positive effect on you. But videogames do not give you any single bit of positive effect.

Evidence 2: http://www.cbsnews.com...
It affects your physical health too. It can cause eye irritation, dryness, fatigue, and blurred vision, for example.
This is another way that video games differ from sports. All sports are good for you in some way - even chess strengthens your brain. However, video games as these two sources have proven are not good for you.

Evidence 3: https://www.psychologytoday.com...
Children that are on a screen for more than 7 hours a day have: lack of sleep, become nervous, moody, and can"t pay attention. It also makes you very aggressive. When children play sports, it has a positive impact on them. They"re exercising their body and brain, like the definition of sports says it should. Video games don"t have a positive impact on children either physically or and are giving them an unhealthy future. Also, when sports are played, endorphins are released. However, when playing video games, this does not happen. This is another major difference that means videogames are not sports.
themarryonet

Pro

Like sports stars everywhere, professional-level video gamers need a place to practice, and for the high-tech athletes of the Evil Geniuses " the Yankees of the video gaming world " that place is the Lair, a sock-strewn tract house on an ordinary side street in this breezy island city east of San Francisco. With its redundant Internet connections and eight-to-a-toilet dormitory rooms, the Lair is a clubhouse and a crash pad: a residential exercise space where digital Derek Jeters can roll out of bed and stumble downstairs for workouts in the gym.

As the title says, chess is a sport. It requires strategy, is played worldwide, and is a competitive game. Those same principals can, and are - applied to video games. In my personal opinion, gaming takes much more mental prowess than say chess. You have to learn how your opponents play, you have to practice, and you have to understand the rules of each game - and how each game works. Unlike other sports, such as football, soccer, basketball, and etc. - gaming is not focused on one specific game. There are hundreds upon hundreds of individual games, all with completely different styles and methods of playing. From FPS' to RTS', both that are almost completely unalike - but they all go under the name of 'gaming'. Although some may not like it, and I am not sure why - gaming is now the most popular form of entertainment in the United States, going ahead of the movie and music industry. That's quite a feat to accomplish, and both the movie and music industry have been around for well over a decade - while gaming has only been around for around half of that. The difference between movies, television, and music - is that you aren't experiencing something that someone else is doing, but rather - you are the one interacting in a world where everyone is sharing the same experience with you. If we take all of this in, and add in the facts that there are formal teams, holding formal championships, and with monetary stakes and titles at hand, it would be absurd not to say that video games are a sport.
Debate Round No. 2
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Posted by PrivatePeaceful 1 year ago
PrivatePeaceful
I posted my next round, but I am no longer going to count this debate as valid. It contains plagiarizing, and I declare it void.
Posted by PrivatePeaceful 1 year ago
PrivatePeaceful
"Like sports stars everywhere, professional-level video gamers need a place to practice, and for the high-tech athletes of the Evil Geniuses " the Yankees of the video gaming world " that place is the Lair, a sock-strewn tract house on an ordinary side street in this breezy island city east of San Francisco. With its redundant Internet connections and eight-to-a-toilet dormitory rooms, the Lair is a clubhouse and a crash pad: a residential exercise space where digital Derek Jeters can roll out of bed and stumble downstairs for workouts in the gym."

That seems extremely like the
http://www.nytimes.com...
article on this topic. I am sorry, themarryonet, but I accuse you of plagiarizing.
Posted by ShakeNBake 1 year ago
ShakeNBake
movies have been around for FAR more than a decade.
Posted by ballpit 1 year ago
ballpit
I wish i had time for this because this is a debate that I would love to take part in.
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