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E for Effort: Dr. Samit or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love SPORTS!



A final thing I know sports games have always done well is the ease of which multiplayer fits in with the genre. If you go all the way back, the first video game to become popular, Pong, was technically a sports game, and competitive multiplayer was at the core of the game. So, from the very beginning of video games, multiplayer and sports have been closely linked. This is natural considering that sports themselves are humanity's (relatively) non-violent outlets for our natural instinct to compete with one another. Fighting games are really the only other genre where multiplayer is required to be part of the basic design of the game. After all, in both genres you are either playing against a human opponent or against the CPU as a replacement for a human opponent. Unlike fighting games though, sports games rarely have to force the "regular" game concept of narrative to frame the competitive gameplay. Instead of creating immersion through plot or characters, a sport game relies on pulling the player into competition; the desire to "win" is critical, be it on the scale of a single match with a friend or over a stat-filled season against the CPU.


I had some trouble writing this article. Trying to cover an entire genre was probably a little too big to tackle in one go. If I can bring one common thing out of all this writing, it is that sports games really aren't that different from any other genre of gaming. Many games share a focus on detail (graphical and statistical), perspective and competition, and almost all developers have a tendency towards iterative evolution. So, really, there's no reason to hate sports games as being somehow detractive from more "mainstream" games (whatever that means...). They're following the same basic trends of all games (competition, recreating fantasies, etc.), and it's just that they are skinned with sports, which not everyone likes to either play or watch. So, if you like a particular sport or sports (like my dad and hockey), there's a good chance you'll like playing sports games. If you don't, you might not like playing them, but you should at least respect the basic characteristics that the genre does well and those it shares with video games in general.
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About Guncannonone of us since 2:54 AM on 01.31.2009

Previous posts:

May Community Monthly Musing Recap
My expertise: Memorization, obsession and Star Fox 64 (Monthly Musing)
I suck at games: Confessions of an Item Hoarder (Monthly Musing)

Regular Articles:
Why Kinect Will Fail: The Name.
My own Listblog, but with some interesting categories.
(Relatively) Short Blog: Environment in Red Dead Redemption
Dr. Samit, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love SPORTS! (Monthly Musing)
The Airport: Last Refuge of the Arcade?
Ranking the Zelda series from my own memories
An Essay/Review of a Canadian History video game
8-bit remixes of Gundam music!
Rental Recollections: 7-7-7
Maniac Mansion: The TV Show

One Song...Many Remixes:
Volume 1: Mega Man X, Intro Stage

Video Game Mind Teasers (on hiatus until site upgrade)
Volume 15: Missing Edition
Volume 14: Touch Fuzzy Edition
Volume 13: SONIC EDITION!!!
Volume 12: Continuing Edition
Volume 11: Back to the Beginning Edition
Volume 10: Prizes Edition!
9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

My videos:
Bit Transmission!
Guile's Theme + They Live!

Community Activities:
Destructoid: A YouTube Search Story

History in Video Games: Roundtable Podcast

Personal Stuff:
Getting some classic SNES games!
Getting Mega Man Complete Works!

Deliberate Failtoid:
Why Battlefield 1943 is the worst game EVER!

Age: 23
Location: Ottawa, ON, Canada.

Profile: I'm a longtime gamer, and started playing video games during the transition from the NES to the SNES. Although I like retro games, I play mostly newer games on the 360. Still, my favourite gaming memories are from all-nighters filled with Goldeneye, Perfect Dark and Smash Bros. in the late 90s.

I'm looking for a career in public service, politics or other fields where research and writing are critical. Though, the closer it's related to games, the better.

I make videos, animated gifs, podcasts and all kinds of random stuff in my spare time. I'm also trying to develop my own gaming website (details coming eventually).

Systems: NES, Super NES, Gameboy, Gameboy Advance, Nintendo 64, Wii, Sega Genesis, Playstation 2, Xbox 360, PC, Colecovision (my dad's). Also, many other systems (including arcade) that I not emulate.

Some Favourite Games:
Retro (NES-SNES eta): Megaman 3, Super Mario World, Super Mario All-Stars, Sonic 3, Final Fantasy VI, Chrono Trigger, Robotrek, Illusion of Gaia, Megaman X, Lufia 1 and 2, Strider, Metal Slug, Twilight Zone pinball.

Retro Limbo (N64 era): Ogre Battle 64, Banjo-Kazooie, Banjo-Tooie, Mario Kart 64, Goldeneye, Perfect Dark, Mystical Ninja starring Goemon, Goemon's Great Adventure, Descent: Freespace.

Modern: Halo: Reach, Modern Warfare 2, Mass Effect 2, Bayonetta, Tales of Vesperia, Fallout 3, Bionic Commando Rearmed, Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Metroid Prime 1-3, Mobile Suit Gundam: Gundam vs. Zeta Gundam, Hearts of Iron II, Europa Universalis III, Civilization IV.

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