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tyler-kwon
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DNehlsen
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Should games be considered as a sport

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Started: 10/2/2017 Category: Sports
Updated: 9 months ago Status: Debating Period
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tyler-kwon

Pro

Sport is not only an activity that requires physical movement but also a behavior
of competing and trying to achieve a certain goal. In that case, E-sports have been
regarded as a new kind of sports.
DNehlsen

Con

By every dictionary I've been able to find, a sport requires a physical effort. Debating is not a sport. Although it requires mental effort, it still doesn't make the cut.

Dictionary.com (1) - an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of acompetitive nature, as racing, baseball, tennis, golf, bowling,wrestling, boxing, hunting, fishing, etc.
- a particular form of this, especially in the out of doors.

Oxford (2)
- An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment.

Learner's Dictionary (3)
- a contest or game in which people do certain physical activities according to a specific set of rules and compete against each other

Cambridge (4)
- a game, competition, or similar activity, done for enjoyment or as a job, thattakes physical effort and skill and is played or done by following particular rules:

The simple fact of the matter is that the term sport simply doesn't fit. We call them E-sports for a reason, because they're not real sports. They need a new name (Hence the E- part of it) because it's not an actual sport.

Now the question is whether or not it should be. The simple answer is no. Why should we change definitions because of a new trend? Leave sports physical and come up with your own term, or your own title.

(1) - http://www.dictionary.com...
(2) - https://en.oxforddictionaries.com...
(3) - http://www.learnersdictionary.com...
(4) - http://dictionary.cambridge.org...
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Posted by What50 9 months ago
What50
I feel that video games shouldn't be a sport, though it is a competition, I feel that e-sports is a good title for competitive video games. Nothing wrong calling video games not a sport, but let it be it's own thing.
Posted by DNehlsen 9 months ago
DNehlsen
If typing on a keyboard, to you, is a sport, breathing is too, since it requires physical process to breathe properly. If breathing is a sport everything is. If everything is a sport, the word means nothing. Congratulations, you've completely removed a useful word from the dictionary.
Posted by DawnBringerRiven 9 months ago
DawnBringerRiven
Alright so you have proven to me that debating can also be considered a sport! I would have never believed it! I thank you for showing me the truth
Posted by DNehlsen 9 months ago
DNehlsen
Debating requires one speaks verbally which is physical. It also required you walk places, which is physical. Let's also not forget the ever important hand gestures that debaters must make, which require hand eye coordination to perform to maximum efficiency. We definitely can't forget that debaters sometimes have notes and slides to accompany their discussion, which requires physical work to prepare. To type a debate requires hand eye coordination on the keyboard too, so written debates are given no free pass!Therefore debating should be a sport too.
-DawnBringerRiven's Logic
Posted by DawnBringerRiven 9 months ago
DawnBringerRiven
And hand-eye coordination
Posted by DawnBringerRiven 9 months ago
DawnBringerRiven
Games are still a physical as they require rigorous hand activity and require great reflexes. Your debating analogy is flawed because all you need to do in that is speak. It is very different from gaming.
Posted by Perussi 9 months ago
Perussi
They aren't friggin sports, sheesh. "Video game" has been a good enough category forever. If you play video games you know the skill involved.
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