Professional gaming should be considered a sport

While I have played sports throughout my youth and high school alike, my favorite events to watch are video game related.  While I myself do not play games professional, I play games at a level at where I can respect those that play professionally, I realize just how much time and effort is put into not only knowledge of the game, but adaptation of the skills required to triumph.

With choosing this topic, I understand that many people will not understand the ideas of both professional gaming and watching someone play a video game.  Just like any other sport, people enjoy to watch video games or esports.  Fans are able to watch people play the same game they do, but at a professional level.  This not only enables learning, but also has an entertainment aspect. Some of the esports events are able to draw in thousands of fans in enormous arenas.

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League of Legends esport event from 2016

To watch both casual and professional players play games and to learn more about how these players can make a living, check out Twitch (twitch.tv)Here you can watch people play both competitive and fun games as well as chat along side thousands of other viewers.  I watch twitch ever so often if I have some spare time.  This platform is the reason many of these pro players are able to make a living from simply playing video games.

Overall, if you wish to learn more about esports or maybe even some history about esports I recommend you read, “Recognizing ESports as a Sport” by Daniel Kane.  Kane mainly discusses how the NCAA could benefit from esports and that they should recognize the Sport.  If you are interested in this topic then stay tuned, I will be continuing to add to this topic in the upcoming months.

REFERENCES:

1.) Academy, U.S. Sports. “Recognizing ESports as a Sport.” The Sport Journal, 3 Apr. 2017, thesportjournal.org/article/recognizing-esports-as-a-sport/.

2.) “Twitch.” Twitch, twitch.tv/.

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You’re Too Young To Be Playing This Game

So my topic is video games and their influence on todays young people. Video games are a big part of todays youth culture. Everyone plays video games whether it be a mobile phone app or a dedicated console game. There is a rating system to help aid parents in deciding what is appropriate for their kids, but it seems that most parents ignore it. I think the reason is that they aren’t aware of how the system works. We need to increase awareness to better educate the parents, because it is ultimately up to them to guide their kids.Kids growing up playing adult themed games end up thinking and acting inappropriately. Most kids today curse. Little kids who arent even in their teens are speaking profanity. Part of the reason they do so is because they grew up in a world filled with cussing. Here is an article by William Usher. Most small children have or will play video games that are filled with violence and language. Parents need to monitor their children better.