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debateandcode
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Luxray2854
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should video games be considered a sport

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Started: 7/25/2017 Category: Games
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Debating Period
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debateandcode

Con

the definition of a sport is:
"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."
Luxray2854

Pro

Hi, thank you for the debate, can't wait to get this under way.

First off, I'd like to note that the opposition fails to cite a source on his definition.

Let's break down the definition you provided:
"An athletic activity"
The definition I'll be using for athletic is "of or relating to athletes; involving the use of physical skills or capabilities, as strength, agility, or stamina:" (1)
Video games require quite a bit of physical skill, and a good example is first person shooters. To be able to make the precise movements needed to be successful in the game requires skill.

"requiring skill or physical prowess"
Again, we'll have to define skill here:
"the ability, coming from one's knowledge, practice, aptitude, etc., to do something well:" (2)
As stated above, being able to make precise movements with a mouse or controller requires skill, and can be constantly improved with practice. Video games don't require physical prowess.

"often of a competitive nature"
Certain games are incredibly competitive, and can offer multiple million dollar prize pools at the top levels. Examples include the upcoming Dota 2 tournament, "The International", which has a $20 million dollar prize pool (3), that top teams can compete for and CS:GO's PGL Major Krakow with a 1 million dollar prize pool (4). Both games are already competitive in nature, but with the added prize pool, it's hard to make a case about them not being competitive.

So to recap, I've proved that video games are an athletic activity, require skill, and are competitive, which fits the definition Con provided in his opening round

Sources:
(1)- http://www.dictionary.com...
(2)-http://www.dictionary.com...
(3)-http://www.gosugamers.net...
(4)-http://major.pglesports.com...
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Posted by UnworthyPineapple 1 year ago
UnworthyPineapple
Well, you look at rocket league fro example, people to compete in a gaming "arena." Even though you dont physically move (unless you have that VR stuff) your a challenging your mind through competitive play. I would only call games that play multiplayer as cometitive. Not a campaign.
Posted by Luxray2854 1 year ago
Luxray2854
Naruto, I sent you a debate challenge. Let's debate this if you have a strong opinion.
Posted by Naruto_Usumaki 1 year ago
Naruto_Usumaki
Honestly video games aren't a sport and no matter what you say, It will never be the same as a sport. Sure it requires Logical Thinking and has Grand Prizes and Physical Extrusion on the thumbs, However doesn't make it anywhere near as physically active as a sport.
Posted by Luxray2854 1 year ago
Luxray2854
I'd love to debate that with you, did you get my challenge?
Posted by FanboyMctroll 1 year ago
FanboyMctroll
Video games are not a sport, they are a leisure activity done in the comfort of your couch with a bag of potato chips. There is absolutely no physical exertion used outside of twiddling your thumbs.
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