[akathatoneguy is the first C-Blogger of March to be promoted for this months Monthly Musing theme. In this "And the gamers that play them", akathatoneguy takes a look at sports gamers and their love for sport games. -- CTZ]
When I read the theme for this month's "Monthly Musings", I immediately thought of arguably the most-maligned group of gamers in this community: sports gamers. It's hard to think of a gaming subculture that elicits more commonly-believed stereotypes, eye-rolling and strong opinions than that of sports games, and the gamers that love them.
First, a bit about myself: I began playing videogames back in the NES era, although I played some Atari here and there as a young lad. I immediately took to sports games such as Bases Loaded, RBI Baseball, Tecmo Bowl, and others, although I also appreciated common favorites such as Super Mario Brothers and The Legend of Zelda. I simply loved sports, and therefore loved sports games. Over the years, sports games have not only furthered my love and understanding for sports I've played and followed in the past, but it's given me a new appreciation for sports I had no idea about beforehand. EA's NHL Hockey games for the Sega Genesis single-handedly got me into ice hockey, a sport that essentially took over my life for years afterward. I can get into any sports game, as long as it is well-made and fun to play. One of my fond gaming memories was a Christmas break marathon of Nascar 2005 a few years back with my younger brother. Bear in mind that I have never watched a complete Nascar race, let alone bought a senses-assaulting airbrushed shirt supporting my favorite driver. I just loved playing the game.
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