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Discussion in 'HardForum Tech News' started by Megalith, Jul 8, 2018.
$1000 hacks? Wut?
I used to wonder why people would want to watch other people play video games until I started playing Street Fighter 4 and now 5. Watching somebody play Street Fighter on twitch offers more than a typical sportscast, as there is often direct interaction with the person playing and the others watching. You can learn from people who are extremely talented and even get to know them personally. Big tournaments have become incredibly exciting for me, and I now often know some of the people competing personally, and have learned enough from watching many of them play that I myself have gained sufficient skills to even consider entering some local tournaments myself.
I never in a million years thought I'd watch others playing games over watching professional sports, but more often than not these days I'd much prefer to watch a Street Fighter tournament or individual streamer than my usual NHL and MLB teams. The tournaments can be incredibly exciting, even my wife and non-gamer friends get in on the hype.
Esports, professional gaming, whatever you prefer to call it, is an unstoppable movement at this point. If you don't understand it, or doubt it's potential to compete with traditional sports, you're probably out of touch. It's okay, until a couple years ago, I was too.
I'm not demeaning the skill of eSports gamers. I also don't generally find athletes intriguing. But athletic competitions are physical and mental, but not in the same way eSports are. Athletes spend time in the gym honing their bodies and practice their sport to hone their skills.
No disrespect to eSports, but it's not the same thing.
eSports atheletes spend countless hours in front of their gaming rigs honing their index fingers, WASD fingers and wrists, to develop gamer skills too! Many will get serious cases of carpal tunnel in their autumn years... ever think about that? XD
(i'm not serious in my reply.)