This month, the gamer known as “Ninja” became the first “esports” “athlete” to grace the front cover of ESPN Magazine. As “esports”–i.e., playing video games in a professional competitive setting–grow in popularity, the Young Americans debate whether this portends ill for their cohort, and wonder if video games are taking over society as a whole.

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  1. Could Be Anyone Member

    Jack Butler needs to git gud or he will get rekt again.

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    • October 16, 2018, at 10:40 AM PDT
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  2. JackButler Podcaster

    Could Be Anyone (View Comment):

    Jack Butler needs to git gud or he will get rekt again.

    Dare I say I got pwned? 

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    • October 17, 2018, at 7:06 AM PDT
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    JackButler (View Comment):

    Could Be Anyone (View Comment):

    Jack Butler needs to git gud or he will get rekt again.

    Dare I say I got pwned?

    If you had paid attention to the meta of podcasts you wouldn’t have gotten pwned.

    In all seriousness I agree with the sentiment that video gaming, like most sports, is not something anyone should do in the extreme. However, the argument made that the youth participate in sports in order to produce “character” is too simplistic and wrong.

    Many youth participate in sports because they are team competitions where you can play with friends or because they actually enjoy the sport. Learning skills in communication and cooperation are positive side effects but not the main goal, and frankly can be learned in other events.

    Certain video games (where there are teams) require the same skill sets but lack the physical exertion. They require the same ability to recognize patterns and act in ways to win the competition. There is a meta to both video games and sports.

    I am not opposed to video game teams at high schools but I think they are lame, because it’s just another means of getting more funding to secondary public schools that does not relate to actual education. But as Mark said it is inevitable, in fact it has already happened. There are video game teams at the college level right now.

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    • October 17, 2018, at 1:37 PM PDT
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