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(New York Daily News)   Watching video games will overtake traditional sports by 2022: "The industry is huge and should be treated with the same respect as you would a top league football game." Ha ha. No   ( nydailynews.com) divider line
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2017-04-15 03:15:28 PM  
Reminder that if you are using videogames as a substitute for actual sports, you are a subhuman.  Le uncomfortable smiley face of truth. :^)
 
2017-04-15 03:36:08 PM  
3.images.southparkstudios.comUh huh.
 
2017-04-15 04:39:00 PM  

Mike_LowELL: Reminder that if you are using videogames as a substitute for actual sports, you are a subhuman.  Le uncomfortable smiley face of truth. :^)


Watching actual sports is not exactly superhuman endeavour.

I can see why a generation is growing up preferring video games as a spectator sport.

Action all the time as opposed to the stop start circus of an American football game, or the goalless drear of most European soccer games
 
2017-04-15 05:20:09 PM  
By 2022, if there is still an internet, video games (vr?) will be fabulous.
 
2017-04-15 05:20:52 PM  
I used to think there's no way that games could be a spectator sport.  I don't really care to watch people play FPS or RTS games but seeing Scott Manley mess around with Kerbal Space Program can be entertaining.  Probably because it's more of an open environment and he's building and doing unique things.
 
2017-04-15 05:47:08 PM  
As long as they're console-based, and not those wannabe "PC Gaming Master Race" dorks.
 
2017-04-15 05:48:24 PM  

mjjt: Watching actual sports is not exactly superhuman endeavour.


I agree with you.  People who watch sports (when they have the opportunity to play them) are also subhumans.  And as long as I keep using the smiley face, I can be as big an asshole as I want.  It's the law. :^)
 
2017-04-15 05:48:54 PM  

Dr Jack Badofsky: As long as they're console-based, and not those wannabe "PC Gaming Master Race" dorks.


frinkiac.com
 
2017-04-15 05:51:36 PM  
Maybe crappy little niche sports like lacrosse or water polo.  Hell, I'm pretty sure they've shown snooker on ESPN.
 
2017-04-15 05:54:33 PM  
they'll be right up their in the pantheon with poker and darts
 
2017-04-15 05:54:56 PM  

wejash: [3.images.southparkstudios.com image 850x478]Uh huh.


What makes that caricature any different from the average consumer of sports media?
 
2017-04-15 05:57:43 PM  
Gamers predict

gamers predict they will be having sex with each others' moms as well.  they also predict maybe they'll touch a breast by age 40 (well other than their own)
 
2017-04-15 06:02:13 PM  
This article always comes up yearly it seems but the same constraints remain.  Games are ever changing, along with the rules, governing body, teams, and cultures.  They would be a great spectator sport if everyone knew the rules and game mechanics like basketball, football, and baseball.  If that isn't a limiter most of the top players lose form after 2-3 years, so there isn't a Lebron James / Tom Brady like guy to follow just some team from some korean sponsor who's players usually are obscured to public attention.  In 2022 eSports will be like Volleyball, Ping Pong, Badminton, Cricket, and Soccer.  They will be watched in certain parts of the world but unlikely popular in North America and parts of Europe.
 
2017-04-15 06:05:51 PM  
Is there a gambling angle? There's your answer.
 
2017-04-15 06:14:30 PM  

Ow! That was my feelings!: Is there a gambling angle? There's your answer.


Yeah, man you can gamble skins that make your in game guns look NEAT. And you can do it under the age of 18! This is some sordid sh*t. Gaming is bringing down the morals of our youths. Not like the National Football League! Those players are all moral, upstanding citizens that are each individually and thoroughly vetted by Roger Goodell. No way they would ever be involved in violence or gambling!
 
2017-04-15 06:22:01 PM  

Phelyx: They would be a great spectator sport if everyone knew the rules and game mechanics like basketball, football, and baseball.


You don't need "everybody." You just need a lot. For example, something like 25 million people play Overwatch.

It also means that those people spent about a billion dollars on the game so far.
 
2017-04-15 06:24:52 PM  
Let me guess: they see a trend of increasing popularity and figure that if the rate of increase just continues, it'll overtake professional sports in five years.

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2017-04-15 06:28:54 PM  
Wait.

Are they saying I will be playing video games instead of the actual sport they are simulating?

Or playing a video game simulating a sport instead of watching sport?

The later may be true but the former? We may need to get millions of people better lives if that is the case.
 
2017-04-15 06:29:13 PM  

HotWingConspiracy: What makes that caricature any different from the average consumer of sports media?


People watch football/basketball/hockey/etc with friends.
 
2017-04-15 06:30:11 PM  
Do I like watching Quickybaby play WOT?  Yes.   Do I get the same out of it as watching Euro GT3 racing?  fark no.
 
2017-04-15 06:30:45 PM  

texanjeff: Wait.

Are they saying I will be playing video games instead of the actual sport they are simulating?

Or playing a video game simulating a sport instead of watching sport?

The later may be true but the former? We may need to get millions of people better lives if that is the case.


They're saying there will be videogames that simulate watching people play videogames.
 
2017-04-15 06:37:43 PM  

bainsguy: Ow! That was my feelings!: Is there a gambling angle? There's your answer.

Yeah, man you can gamble skins that make your in game guns look NEAT. And you can do it under the age of 18! This is some sordid sh*t. Gaming is bringing down the morals of our youths. Not like the National Football League! Those players are all moral, upstanding citizens that are each individually and thoroughly vetted by Roger Goodell. No way they would ever be involved in violence or gambling!


What a weird response. Thanks, I guess.
 
2017-04-15 06:41:45 PM  
While I don't think e-sports will ever overtake football and futball in popularity, I do think that let's plays scratch a similar "watching video games as entertainment" niche and are actually quite likely to be considered mainstream entertainment soon.
 
2017-04-15 06:43:41 PM  
Oh I agree it should be treated with the same respect as a "top league football game" - NONE.

It is no more or less important than Entertainment Tonight or a soap opera.
 
2017-04-15 06:44:21 PM  
What I expect in this thread.
frinkiac.com
 
2017-04-15 06:48:06 PM  
You know, I would have scorned this too.

Until one day for a dearth of background noise I turned on a LOL Esport stream.

And damned if I wasn't sports entertained.  A little bit of reading to figure out what the hell was going on, and actually, I enjoyed it quite a lot.  And judging from the number of people who watch those streams, investment by genuine athletic clubs like PSG and Schalke, and the prize money on offer... treat this as a fad at your peril.
 
2017-04-15 06:49:49 PM  

Hack Patooey: Do I like watching Quickybaby play WOT?  Yes.   Do I get the same out of it as watching Euro GT3 racing?  fark no.


There's an Asian series now too.  And yes, SRO has it up on YouTube for your viewing enjoyment.

Motorsports fans might be the luckiest group of sports fans right now for the sheer quantity available free of charge.
 
2017-04-15 06:54:10 PM  

Sandvich is loose cannon: What I expect in this thread.


Counterpoint:
cdn1-www.craveonline.com
 
2017-04-15 07:00:15 PM  
Yeah this is coming.  One day someone will figure out they need to do a capture and render of the action instead of showing the game itself.  That way they can do cinematic style presentations and custom graphics for popular players without having to deal with the gaming issues around that.
 
2017-04-15 07:12:23 PM  

Hack Patooey: Do I like watching Quickybaby play WOT?  Yes.   Do I get the same out of it as watching Euro GT3 racing?  fark no.


See, this is a big obstacle to it being popular.

As an adult, even if I did enjoy watching other people play video games (only fun when super high), I'm not talking about how I like to watch "quickybaby" do anything.

Actual athletes use real names. Fake names are for when you do sh*t you don't want attached to you in real life. Like comment on Fark.
 
2017-04-15 07:20:38 PM  

Dr Jack Badofsky: As long as they're console-based, and not those wannabe "PC Gaming Master Race" dorks.


Sorry, I can't hear you over all these frames per second.
 
2017-04-15 07:33:39 PM  

IAmRight: Hack Patooey: Do I like watching Quickybaby play WOT?  Yes.   Do I get the same out of it as watching Euro GT3 racing?  fark no.

See, this is a big obstacle to it being popular.

As an adult, even if I did enjoy watching other people play video games (only fun when super high), I'm not talking about how I like to watch "quickybaby" do anything.

Actual athletes use real names. Fake names are for when you do sh*t you don't want attached to you in real life. Like comment on h


Ive had the same thought - that gamer usernames/handles are a problem for esports. I've noticed in the last couple years the real names are being shown a bit moret. They'll introduce a player as "Flashmaster22, Jim Jones", but then use the handle to refer to the player throughout the broadcast.
 
2017-04-15 07:41:59 PM  
People enjoy watching others do something that they enjoy doing as well? Imagine that.
 
2017-04-15 07:45:16 PM  
From what I understand, in countries like South Korea, gamers are on par with sports stars here. Posters, signing tours, t shirts. Seems like watching video games is already got a decent start in Asian countries. I doubt it'll get to that level here, but I could see some leagues starting up.
 
2017-04-15 07:51:07 PM  

IAmRight: Actual athletes use real names. Fake names are for when you do sh*t you don't want attached to you in real life. Like comment on Fark.


Rod "He Hate Me" Smart begs to differ.
 
2017-04-15 07:52:27 PM  

Olympic Trolling Judge: IAmRight: Actual athletes use real names. Fake names are for when you do sh*t you don't want attached to you in real life. Like comment on Fark.

Rod "He Hate Me" Smart begs to differ.


Yeah, the XFL was super successful.
 
2017-04-15 07:54:47 PM  

mjjt: Mike_LowELL: Reminder that if you are using videogames as a substitute for actual sports, you are a subhuman.  Le uncomfortable smiley face of truth. :^)

Watching actual sports is not exactly superhuman endeavour.

I can see why a generation is growing up preferring video games as a spectator sport.

Action all the time as opposed to the stop start circus of an American football game, or the goalless drear of most European soccer games


Rugby is a decent middle ground.

Very little stop-start, with very few stops even for injuries - if a player is rolling around with a broken leg they'll often only stop things if the play is near the poor bastard, but you get similar levels of scoring as American football.
 
2017-04-15 07:58:00 PM  

HotWingConspiracy: wejash: [3.images.southparkstudios.com image 850x478]Uh huh.

What makes that caricature any different from the average consumer of sports media?


If anything he's better than the average fat slob who spends his Sunday drinking on the sofa while watching TV and shoving pies in his pie hole - at least he's an actual participant in the game.
 
2017-04-15 08:06:14 PM  
Given the fact that I could not possibly care less about professional football leagues...
 
2017-04-15 08:15:23 PM  

IAmRight: Actual athletes use real names. Fake names are for when you do sh*t you don't want attached to you in real life. Like comment on Fark.


Tell that to MMA fighters
 
2017-04-15 08:25:11 PM  
If I'm watching something being shown on a screen, I'm doing the same thing someone else watching something on a screen is doing. What is being shown makes no difference. That's why I don't mock people for watching something I dislike, since I'd then be mocking myself for watching what I like.

It's like when someone 'needs' their cup of coffee to start their day. That's no different than someone needing to do a line to start their day, or smoke a bowl, or light up a cigarette. I knew a guy who liked his alcohol and he never passed up a chance to talk shiat about pothead or junkies or other 'druggies', while he himself was getting more and more drunk. Let's not be hypocrites.
 
2017-04-15 08:27:11 PM  
Um no, no even close. Unless you count the number of people who watch online vs the number who watch on broadcast TV. But that's apples to oranges. You want to compare them since almost any amateur can broadcast online, you compare online VG viewing to everyone watching a t-ball and up level game in person.
 
2017-04-15 08:29:26 PM  
Can't wait for Monday mornings in 2047 at Spacely Sprockets.

"Watch the game bro?"

"Of course...can you believe how KingFelcher pulled off that 180 noscope after getting caught teabagging one of the L33tCrew B rushers he knifed?"   "I'm not going to get any work done today I'm so pissed at those guys, I swear they are juicehacking"
 
2017-04-15 08:30:09 PM  

machoprogrammer: IAmRight: Actual athletes use real names. Fake names are for when you do sh*t you don't want attached to you in real life. Like comment on Fark.

Tell that to MMA fighters


Sorry, I meant respectable people.
 
2017-04-15 08:32:42 PM  

IAmRight: machoprogrammer: IAmRight: Actual athletes use real names. Fake names are for when you do sh*t you don't want attached to you in real life. Like comment on Fark.

Tell that to MMA fighters

Sorry, I meant respectable people.


Then why are you talking about professional athletes?
 
2017-04-15 08:39:28 PM  
Could I interest anyone in joining my server on World of World of Warcraft?
 
2017-04-15 08:40:53 PM  
That's fine. If people like it, watch it. But don't you farking dare call it a sport or call the players athletes.
Even professional tournament fisherman are more athletic than gamers.
 
2017-04-15 08:43:46 PM  
I had been involved in the competitive Pokemon Video Game Championship scene for the past 9 years. It's growing by leaps and bounds every season. Smash too. Not to mention the worldwide behemoth Starcraft. And others. It may not be familiar to some of the elderly in this thread, but wstching competitive gaming is growing exponentially.
 
2017-04-15 08:44:14 PM  
I wish Final Fantasy 14 was a competitive pro game. I could've made ludicrous money as a black mage. Thing about being the best in the game at something is that it's lonely at the mountaintop.
 
2017-04-15 08:46:29 PM  

HotWingConspiracy: wejash: [3.images.southparkstudios.com image 850x478]Uh huh.

What makes that caricature any different from the average consumer of sports media?


That demographic drinks Monster, not Rockstar.
 
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