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Old 01-20-2011, 09:59 AM   #150
Keyan Farlander
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I believe anything that takes a gross mental OR physical effort can be defined as a sport that is not directly related to the survival of mankind.
Yes, but...that's not what it means. (And yes K_K, I actually did look this up before posting, to make sure no one could pull up the alternate definition argument). A sport is athletic. Some people don't like this and argue to have things which are not inherently athletic classified as sports, and sometimes they succeed. Nevertheless, this is contrary to the traditional meaning of the word.

Originally Posted by Cmdr. Cracken View Post
I honestly think what me an Kinnison here share is the common "That's not a real sport" stuff we get, he from Curling...I from Starcraft: Brood War/II.
OK, but Curling is a sport. It is physical by its nature. Starcraft is not. It doesn't matter how much mental effort it takes. And while it CAN require physical effort, it doesn't HAVE to. It is not an inherent part of the experience. Just because it can result in exertion does not mean that it is athletic. By that criteria, competitive porn watching could be a sport (I just made that up, but it's possible that that's a real thing - if so, for the love of God, don't tell me). And it doesn't matter how much money you can make doing it. Starcraft is a video game, not a sport. Games can be competitive. In fact, games usually are competitive. So if professional, competitive gaming is your thing, great. It doesn't need to be called a sport to legitimize it.
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