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Ace Protorney
07-14-2013, 10:19 PM
http://24.media.tumblr.com/80094525c453169827fea277ce3b9717/tumblr_mpxljqZFV51rw70wfo1_500.png
Your thoughts on this?

Denmark
07-14-2013, 10:21 PM
WE E-SPORTS NOW

professional competitors? sure. athletes? maybe not.

Faris
07-14-2013, 10:24 PM
What? No gamers here.

Pike
07-14-2013, 11:07 PM
[citation needed]

Shlup
07-14-2013, 11:17 PM
They also recognize pizza as a vegetable so let's not get too excited.

Sephex
07-14-2013, 11:18 PM
Sweet, I'm going to go beat up Mike Tyson.

Pike
07-14-2013, 11:28 PM
They also recognize pizza as a vegetable so let's not get too excited.

AWESOME

YES

I AM MAXING OUT MY SERVINGS OF VEGETABLES EVERY DAY FROM NOW ON :hyper:

Scotty_ffgamer
07-15-2013, 01:02 AM
US Government Recognizes League of Legends' LSC as Sport - IGN (http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/07/12/us-government-recognizes-league-of-legends-lsc-as-sport?abthid=51e1f4f9c61d539709000005)

Here's a citation for it, I guess. I think it's cool that the process is made easier for people from outside of the US to come play in a video game tournament like this. I wouldn't call gaming a sport, but maybe classifying it as one for the acquisition of sports visas was just the easiest way to make the process of travelling easier. I don't really know how that sort of thing works, though.

Raistlin
07-15-2013, 01:44 AM
Am I the only person who doesn't give a crap about whether a given competition is labeled a "sport" or not?


They also recognize pizza as a vegetable so let's not get too excited.

Pizza isn't a vegetable? Please, next you'll be telling me that bacon isn't one of the major food groups.

DMKA
07-15-2013, 01:45 AM
Am I the only person who doesn't give a crap about whether a given competition is labeled a "sport" or not?
You most certainly aren't.

NeoCracker
07-15-2013, 01:45 AM
This is by far one of the least strange things a government has tried to do.

This doesn't even come close to the DiHydrogen Monoxide shit. :p

Venom65437
07-15-2013, 02:29 AM
LoL, there is nothing athletic about gaming. Not a sport.

Jinx
07-15-2013, 02:37 AM
smh

i don't even

/long sigh

Ace Protorney
07-15-2013, 03:00 AM
This is also why chess is considered a sport.

noxious.sunshine
07-15-2013, 03:17 AM
Monopoly should be considered a sport then.

Stuff gets competitive in my house when Monopoly is played.

Pumpkin
07-15-2013, 03:44 AM
They also recognize pizza as a vegetable so let's not get too excited.

Venom65437
07-15-2013, 04:04 AM
Dinner would be really competitive in my house growing up. As my dad said, "in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, whoever eats the fastest, gets the most." :p

So I guess that's a sport, too!

Araciel
07-15-2013, 04:08 AM
Lol 'sport'

fire_of_avalon
07-15-2013, 04:41 AM
My thoughts on this are: "Are you fucking kidding me? Jesus."

Pheesh
07-15-2013, 07:36 AM
Do you even Rift, bro?




...I'll leave u_u

Vermachtnis
07-15-2013, 07:47 AM
Pizza isn't a vegetable? Please, next you'll be telling me that bacon isn't one of the major food groups.

It's not. It's a condiment.

NeoCracker
07-15-2013, 07:50 AM
Do you even Rift, bro?



...I'll leave u_u

That's probably for the best.

Pheesh
07-15-2013, 07:53 AM
Nvm, I got a rep. You're stuck with me now!

NeoCracker
07-15-2013, 07:54 AM
I will found out whoever repped you and then proceed to tar and feather them.

TrollHunter
07-15-2013, 07:57 AM
LoL, there is nothing athletic about gaming. Not a sport.

Completely depends on how you define sport.

Shiny
07-15-2013, 08:06 AM
If by professional athletes you mean people with no lives who do nothing to contribute to society and sit on their butts playing games all day, then yeah.

TrollHunter
07-15-2013, 08:12 AM
If by professional athletes you mean people with no lives who do nothing to contribute to society and sit on their butts playing games all day, then yeah.

Sounds like a good definition for professional athlete in general honestly.

Pike
07-15-2013, 10:20 AM
US Government Recognizes League of Legends' LSC as Sport - IGN (http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/07/12/us-government-recognizes-league-of-legends-lsc-as-sport?abthid=51e1f4f9c61d539709000005)

ahahahahahaha they could have at least picked a better game for this

as is I can't take it seriously though

Aulayna
07-15-2013, 10:27 AM
The LCS is pretty damn huge in all honesty - it's not many other games that have an officially run league in their major territories with weekly matches in live broadcast shows. Bash LoL all you want but Riot have really done a better job of jumping on that opportunity than Blizzard or Valve have. There's really not that much that rivals it right now. Even StarCraft 2's World Championship Series isn't getting the viewership that the LCS is which is something to ponder considering how massive the original StarCraft eSports scene was in Korea which lead to the founding of KeSPA and pretty much put the likes of GomTV on the map.

As for the US classing them as athletes, it certainly solves a lot of permit/visa issues that organizers otherwise have to deal with. Just seems more like using a legal loophole to smooth the hosting of these events more than anything else.

Pike
07-15-2013, 10:32 AM
Yeah but they could have at least picked a game like Aurora or something

http://imageshack.us/a/img225/4927/systemsv.jpg

I mean if chess is a sport then this is too

Stop being so sensible, Auly! :colbert:

Aulayna
07-15-2013, 10:38 AM
Don't worry. I hear CIV VI: eSports Edition is coming soon™

Pike
07-15-2013, 10:40 AM
Oh I'm going to lose that one hard

Those Civ IV grogs are something else entirely and I wouldn't even have a shot in hell

Aulayna
07-15-2013, 10:55 AM
There was actually a TV show in the UK a fair few years back that re-enacted historical battles which they then displayed using the Total War engine. It was pretty cool.

edit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_Commanders

Shiny
07-15-2013, 05:03 PM
If by professional athletes you mean people with no lives who do nothing to contribute to society and sit on their butts playing games all day, then yeah.

Sounds like a good definition for professional athlete in general honestly.
Except not as other sports require you to actually move more than just your fingers.

Pike
07-15-2013, 05:05 PM
Sports are for dudebros and boring normals

Therefore a videogame does not fit the definition because it's better

Denmark
07-15-2013, 05:09 PM
man video games are so MAINSTREAM now

Huckleberry Quin
07-15-2013, 05:15 PM
If by professional athletes you mean people with no lives who do nothing to contribute to society and sit on their butts playing games all day run around in circles all day, then yeah.

Sounds like a good definition for professional athlete in general honestly.
Except not as other sports require you to actually move more than just your fingers.

Rantz
07-15-2013, 05:30 PM
Do you even Rift, bro?




...I'll leave u_u

LoL, WoW. I know Ubisoft, man. You Myst not know the benefits of a-steroids. Let me Breakout my Pong and show you.

Scotty_ffgamer
07-15-2013, 10:16 PM
If by professional athletes you mean people with no lives who do nothing to contribute to society and sit on their butts playing games all day, then yeah.

Sounds like a good definition for professional athlete in general honestly.
Except not as other sports require you to actually move more than just your fingers.

Dance Dance Revolution!

Shiny
07-16-2013, 02:23 PM
If by professional athletes you mean people with no lives who do nothing to contribute to society and sit on their butts playing games all day, then yeah.

Sounds like a good definition for professional athlete in general honestly.
Except not as other sports require you to actually move more than just your fingers.

Dance Dance Revolution!
They're not recognizing that though, they are recognizing League of Legends which I play and attest is NOT a sport. I also play Chess and know it is also not a sport. I was always under the assumption that you have to exert considerable amount of physical movement for it to be considered a sport. If this isn't the case then a lot of really absurd things could also be consider sports if it's just done competitively.

Huckleberry Quin
07-16-2013, 02:24 PM
If you can call football a sport, then you can pretty much call anything a sport.

Scotty_ffgamer
07-17-2013, 12:10 AM
I was more meaning that there should be a DDR tournament, and it should become a sport. That's about the only game I can think of that really gives a workout while you play. I was feeling out of it and for some reason decided that typing "Dance Dance Revolution!" was enough to convey that, haha.

TrollHunter
07-20-2013, 12:30 AM
I was more meaning that there should be a DDR tournament, and it should become a sport. That's about the only game I can think of that really gives a workout while you play. I was feeling out of it and for some reason decided that typing "Dance Dance Revolution!" was enough to convey that, haha.

Wii bowling.

Laddy
07-20-2013, 12:36 AM
This is embarrassing, tbh.

Jiro
07-24-2013, 06:17 AM
Friend of mine once said Poker is a sport because it is a thing that people do professionally for money.

I guess Lawyering is a sport now too.