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Video games are a sport

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Started: 7/8/2015 Category: Sports
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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This is a question many gamers and non-gamers ask all the time online. Are video games a mental game, or are they just for inactive slackers? Everyone knows a person who is into video games or you just might be into video games and it is very well to know if these games are worthwhile. Although something might be a sport, it doesn"t mean it"s productive.
Video games could be a sport in a way. Many people say that video games aren"t a sport for its lack of physical activity. There are many games that are considered to be a sport but have no physical activity in them; some of these sports include curling, chess, auto racing, golf, competitive eating, and poker. You would think that most of these sports include mental productivity but so do video games because many them challenge the gamer to make tough decisions, take risks, and work as a team. Games such as "Star Craft" can increase a player"s brain flexibility (This was found out by British researchers Brian Glass, Todd Maddox, and Bradley Love).
Although video games could be a sport they also could not be considered a sport. "Sport" is defined as "an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature," by If you think about it most people play video games for entertainment and for doing nothing. Most people don"t play virtual games thinking that they are going to become a professional gamer with mental skill in the game. Video games do have some productive games but are not used for productiveness and used as excuses to wasting time on a computer or console.
In conclusion, I would say that video games are a sport. Even though they can be useless, they are a sport. Sports aren"t always productive just like video games but it is a skill that is very challenging to earn. Video games can be very lazy, sluggish, and idle but it"s still a skill that can be a competitive and worldwide.


Sounds like this will be an interesting discussion.

My opponent brings up the argument that video games are not a sport due to lack of physical activity. Pro argues that other activities with little physical activity are considered sports, but he does not challenge the fact that video games lack physical activity. Since we are agreed on this, I will use it as my

Contention 1: Video games lack physical activity.

Video games, such as Star Craft, which Pro mentioned, can require a variety of mental skills, as well as good vision and hand-eye coordination. However, one thing they do not require is physical activity, which is something Pro confirms.

My opponent uses, which is not at all a problem in the context of this debate. However, if we dig deeper, we can find that Pro trunucated his definition of "sport". Normally, this is not a problem, and such an action can often be justified for the sake of brevity, but in this case, the full definition has more useful information to consider: "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." This definition provides not only criteria for inclusion, but a variety of examples, including racing, (maybe not auto racing, but this works just as well) which is considered a sport due to the physical stamina that is necessary on account of the moderate G-forces that riders experience, and golf, which requires physical skill to control the ball with a wide variety of clubs and in many circumstances. This can be expressed as

Contention 2: Sports require physical activity.

I could stop right here, but it might also be very useful to return to If a sport is an "athletic activity..." the definition of "athletic" might be useful here: "of or relating to athletes; involving the use of physical skills or capabilities, as strength, agility, or stamina"

These are our established criteria for a sport. Sports involve physical activities or capabilities. We could discuss why video games do not meet these criteria, but that is unnecessary, since Pro argues that they do not, and we are in agreement on this. To conclude, let me explain my stance on the other four activities my opponent mentioned: Curling, chess, competitive eating, and poker.

Curling involves the physical abilities to release a stone with vital accuracy in speed and direction, and to manipulate its trajectory by shaving the ice with technique and accuracy. These are physical activities. Conclusion: Sport.

Chess is said by some to be a sport because professional games, which can last for six or even seven hours, require stamina and endurance. However, chess has always been a primarily mental activity, and it can be enjoyed just as well at faster time controls, in which games can be done in under two hours. The physical aspect does not play a role in most contexts. Conclusion: Not a sport.

Competitive eating involves at its core a physical skill, the ability to ingest large amounts of food in a short time. Conclusion: Sport.

Poker, like chess, involves mental skill and decisions. One could argue that it also involves the ability to psychologically interpret opponents, and keep them from doing the same to you. However, this again is a mental activity, not a physical one. Conclusion: Not a sport.

The word "sport" can mean a wide variety of things. It does not only involve brute force, as in American football or wrestling, or endurance, as in long-distance running or soccer, but more subtle physical abilities, as in archery or golf. Video games are not a sport, since they primarily involve mental and not physical abilities.
Debate Round No. 1


SRNitro forfeited this round.


Carrying forward my arguments into round 3.
Debate Round No. 2


SRNitro forfeited this round.


I was hoping for a little more than this, but it was enjoyable to post the arguments, even if just for one round. I urge potential voters to vote Con, due to the fact that my opponent's definitions contradict his assertions, and also due to the fact that my arguments have gone uncontested. Thanks to my opponent and anyone who will vote.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by jascha 1 year ago
theallknowingginger - source?
Posted by theallknowingginger 1 year ago
: a contest or game in which people do certain physical activities according to a specific set of rules and compete against each other

: sports in general

: a physical activity (such as hunting, fishing, running, swimming, etc.) that is done for enjoyment
Posted by jascha 1 year ago
My goal in this debate, though, was not to refute every possible argument that video games are a sport. If my opponent had begun his arguments with a few definitions that directly affirmed that video games are a sport, I might have begun quite differently. If you choose to vote, I suggest that you base your decisions on the arguments that were actually brought up in the round, not on your own ideas; since I can only refute my opponent's ideas, I cannot refute what may be going through your head. Thank you very much for your input. It is much appreciated here in the comments section, though it does not matter in the round since my opponent did not bring it up.
Posted by SmartSoda 1 year ago
The government recognizes League of Legends and Chess as official sports.
Posted by jascha 1 year ago
Hitman - we're going by contextual definitions in this round. But I appreciate the input.
Posted by HitmanNumber86 1 year ago
"Chess is a recognized sport of the International Olympic Committee"
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Reasons for voting decision: FF, so conduct to Con.