I watched a report on BBC News yesterday. If the date had been the 1st of April, I would happily have chuckled at it being a seasonal spoof. But no, it was real.
It featured the ‘sport’ of ‘Competitive Computer Gaming’. If you didn’t know, this is apparently the ‘coming thing’. Huge tournaments are held all over the world, attended by thousands of screaming fans, watching the ‘action’ live, on large video screens. Commentators relay the exciting moves as the games are played, and the top players have become celebrities, with legions of fans. The reporter even tried his hand, showing just how difficult it can be to assume the role of a mythical being, and head off to fight armies of fantasy characters. So far, so good.
At the end of the report, a self-confessed ‘Geek’ (of the highest order) discussed his intention to get the ‘sport’ recognised as an Olympic Sport. He was serious, believe me.
I am not a sporty person. I play no sports, and do not watch any. But I have some respect for those men and women who challenge themselves physically, or those who overcome disabilities to compete. That said, there are already sports included in the Olympics that stretch the idea of what really constitutes a sport. Some others have failed to gain recognition, or have been excluded after a lot of consideration.
If Computer Gaming succeeds in becoming an Olympic sport. I will finally have really seen it all.