I suppose the following statements will disqualify me as a "gamer" but in truth, just about everyone I know – all of whom are gamers to some extent – agree.

Let me make this plain: I don't give two sh*** about eSports. I know ESPN has just recently embraced eSports and that's fine by me; if they air stuff like billiards, darts and bowling, they can darn well air eSports. All require a ridiculous amount of precision and practice, but none require that the participants be athletes . At least, not by my definition.

Now, I think there's this pervading belief among most non-gamers that if you play video games, you're automatically watching and loving eSports. I mean hell, they just sold out Madison Square Garden so obviously, it's crazy popular. But frankly, I'm starting to think that all those who participate in eSports and even those who watch it are simply different kinds of gamers. It just isn't appealing to me or anyone I know and yet, we all like to play.

I don't know what it is, but I just find watching other people play video games to be mind-numbingly boring. I'd rather watch anything else. Even soccer. I'm sorry, no, I'm not impressed and I simply can't fathom the source of the excitement. Of course, I'm sure those who don't care about football or baseball would probably say the same thing; I'm sure it's just a matter of personal preference. That being said, it absolutely is true that many believe avid gamers would watch eSports.

Nope.

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LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
5 years ago

I'll watch friends play, I'll even watch clips of old games for the nostalgia value but I can't get into watching competitive gaming. Perhaps it's a little bit of jealousy.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
5 years ago

When I think competitive gaming I get this flash of Fred Savage in The Wizard. I was so psyched back then.

Bonampak
Bonampak
5 years ago

I don't ever call myself a "gamer" the same way I don't call myself a movie buff just because I like movies. I happen to play videogames. That's about it.

Besides, if I were to classify myself as a gamer, I would probably join all those angry "gamers" who got all bent out of shape from what Jimmy Kimmel said about watching people playing videogames on Youtube.

Anyway, I did like watching people playing games as a kid. Watching friends beating Contra or After Burner at the arcades. But not so much anymore. I rather play the games myself.

Bio
Bio
5 years ago

I agree. Labels in general are dumb. If you identify yourself by your recreational activities, I think you're missing the point of recreational activities.

I like reading books, watching movies, listening to music, and playing games but those things don't define who I am. Who I am defines what books, movies, music and games I enjoy.

And if people are insistent on labeling themselves for their enjoyment of games, they should at least come up with something better than "gamer". Makes me cringe every time I hear it. "Hardcore gamer" is even worse. There is nothing "hardcore" about sitting on your couch for five hours a night.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
5 years ago

I've never gotten the impression from anyone I've conversed with or am friends with, that they think I watch esports. Most don't even know it exists. So while it may have sold out Madison Square Garden, those are the same people that will help the next venue sell out I'm sure. It's a really small group of people attending and competing in the activity.

I also agree that those competing don't typically go out of their way to play anything other than CoD, BF, Starcraft, and whatever else they play in competitions. And that same thing goes for those attending to watch. Most watching are probably trying to get into it. Of course this is all speculation.

As for it airing on ESPN, I think it's mainly because Disney has money in the industry and it will benefit in some way. I also think they are trying to cut down on the amount of rehashing and replaying segments of deflategate, and LeBron James.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
5 years ago

One thing I do get is that since I'm a gamer I must be really good at it and so should try to compete.

Wrong. I was good in my day but there have been a lot of murdered brain cells and reaction slow down over the years so I'm really just okay at it and gaming because I love it.

Draguss
Draguss
5 years ago

Depends on the game for me. Starcraft and pokemon I really enjoy, LoL I don't even know what the hell's going on when I try.

frostface
frostface
5 years ago

eSports wouldn't be for me. And I'm really not sure anyone, gamers or otherwise, know much about it at all here in Ireland. So although it's your reality that all gamers are bundled into this misconception, I don't think it's a sentiment shared globally.

FAREEZ
FAREEZ
5 years ago

To me eSport is boring, I rather watch real sports like sumo wrestling or lesbian orgy…

Corvo
Corvo
5 years ago

I'm sure you get a good workout watching Sumo wrestling and Lesbian Orgies.

Kevin555
Kevin555
5 years ago

I couldn't think of anything worse than watching Youtube "celebrities" playing video games.

I'd rather play the games myself. I'm weird like that.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
5 years ago

I'd like to watch all the Presidential candidates play GTA 5. It should be a requirement.

tlpn99
tlpn99
5 years ago

If I did watch which I don't I'd end up wanting to grab the controller off them and having a go myself.


Last edited by tlpn99 on 9/11/2015 2:53:56 AM

Godslim
Godslim
5 years ago

I enjoy watching league of legends competitions as well as a bit of hearthstone.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
5 years ago

It's good someone enjoys them, they need viewers too!

Godslim
Godslim
5 years ago

tell that to the millions of views they get xD
Lol finals got more viewers than the superbowl which is crazy xD

Underdog15
Underdog15
5 years ago

I'm with you on this one. eSports are the worst.

Temjin001
Temjin001
5 years ago

I could watch eSports if it was of a game I was into. That is, if was SFV, DOA, Tekken, or VF etc. I'd probably be an avid watcher.
Otherwise if I don't understand the rules and how some eSports game plays and what makes these professional players great I wouldn't be able to get into it.

Edit: admiring mad skills no matter the context is usually intriguing. Whether that's swallowing light bulbs or shooting hoops.


Last edited by Temjin001 on 9/11/2015 10:08:33 AM

Underdog15
Underdog15
5 years ago

Speaking of swallowing light bulbs, have you seen that professional regurgitator on America's Got Talent?

Insane.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
5 years ago

Now fighting games are a different animal. It's as if two weaklings were top fighters and entering into a MMA match. Safe, non-head-injuring battle via avatar, plus it requires smarts.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
5 years ago

The only eSport worth watching is fighting games, especially Street Fighter.
Fighting games take real skills to master and it is always exciting to watch unlike DOTA 2 or LOL.

Just search Daigo Umehara on Youtube and you'll understand.

Godslim
Godslim
5 years ago

Have to disagree big time. Lol takes an insane amount of skill and the difference between professional players and even "good" players is crazy. I personally love to watch an intence game of league which can have so many different outcomes and plays can be made that are very impressive.

Bio
Bio
5 years ago

I don't think anyone thinks everyone who plays games likes to watch other people play games.

Legendary Minja
Legendary Minja
5 years ago

I'm not a fan of watching esports, but I'll watch people play on youtube for reviews and such.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
5 years ago

I've never watched a single twitch stream and I like text guide instead of Youtube vids.

I live by the code of the old Gods.

Though if I have a friend over I'd rather watch them play than me play because I wanna be a good host. Unless it's local 2player.

trumpetmon65
trumpetmon65
5 years ago

It's kind of like baseball. I like playing it, but I've never been big on watching it

Neo_Aeon666
Neo_Aeon666
5 years ago

Bleh I think it's because you don't have interest in the game.

I bet if it was Blitzball esports you would take interest! 😛

I played league a lot and so I like to watch it sometimes.

Banky A
Banky A
5 years ago

Avid watcher of all tournaments for games I love here. Love seeing them all at the highest levels.

I hate watching people play (playthroughs on Twitch for single player games) though. Time is precious and too many people truly waste their time by watching others play things. I used to do it for 1/2 a year until I realized all the negatives.

Some just watch others so they can ask if it's worth buying. But they watch for hours. But the answer's always going to be "not buying it" because they don't have money anyway. Because time is money.

Banky A
Banky A
1 year ago

Avid watcher of all tournaments for games I love here. Love seeing them all at the highest levels.

I hate watching people play (playthroughs on Twitch for single player games) though. Time is precious and too many people truly waste their time by watching others play things. I used to do it for 1/2 a year until I realized all the negatives.

Some just watch others so they can ask if it&#39s worth buying. But they watch for hours. But the answer&#39s always going to be "not buying it" because they don&#39t have money anyway. Because time is money.

Temjin001
Temjin001
1 year ago

I could watch eSports if it was of a game I was into. That is, if was SFV, DOA, Tekken, or VF etc. I&#39d probably be an avid watcher.
Otherwise if I don&#39t understand the rules and how some eSports game plays and what makes these professional players great I wouldn&#39t be able to get into it.

Edit: admiring mad skills no matter the context is usually intriguing. Whether that&#39s swallowing light bulbs or shooting hoops.

Last edited by Temjin001 on 9/11/2015 10:08:33 AM

Legendary Minja
Legendary Minja
1 year ago

I&#39m not a fan of watching esports, but I&#39ll watch people play on youtube for reviews and such.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
1 year ago

I&#39ve never watched a single twitch stream and I like text guide instead of Youtube vids.

I live by the code of the old Gods.

Though if I have a friend over I&#39d rather watch them play than me play because I wanna be a good host. Unless it&#39s local 2player.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
1 year ago

Now fighting games are a different animal. It&#39s as if two weaklings were top fighters and entering into a MMA match. Safe, non-head-injuring battle via avatar, plus it requires smarts.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
1 year ago

The only eSport worth watching is fighting games, especially Street Fighter.
Fighting games take real skills to master and it is always exciting to watch unlike DOTA 2 or LOL.

Just search Daigo Umehara on Youtube and you&#39ll understand.

Godslim
Godslim
1 year ago

Have to disagree big time. Lol takes an insane amount of skill and the difference between professional players and even "good" players is crazy. I personally love to watch an intence game of league which can have so many different outcomes and plays can be made that are very impressive.

Neo_Aeon666
Neo_Aeon666
1 year ago

Bleh I think it&#39s because you don&#39t have interest in the game.

I bet if it was Blitzball esports you would take interest! 😛

I played league a lot and so I like to watch it sometimes.

Underdog15
Underdog15
1 year ago

I&#39m with you on this one. eSports are the worst.

Bio
Bio
1 year ago

I don&#39t think anyone thinks everyone who plays games likes to watch other people play games.

trumpetmon65
trumpetmon65
1 year ago

It&#39s kind of like baseball. I like playing it, but I&#39ve never been big on watching it

Bonampak
Bonampak
1 year ago

I don&#39t ever call myself a "gamer" the same way I don&#39t call myself a movie buff just because I like movies. I happen to play videogames. That&#39s about it.

Besides, if I were to classify myself as a gamer, I would probably join all those angry "gamers" who got all bent out of shape from what Jimmy Kimmel said about watching people playing videogames on Youtube.

Anyway, I did like watching people playing games as a kid. Watching friends beating Contra or After Burner at the arcades. But not so much anymore. I rather play the games myself.

Bio
Bio
1 year ago

I agree. Labels in general are dumb. If you identify yourself by your recreational activities, I think you&#39re missing the point of recreational activities.

I like reading books, watching movies, listening to music, and playing games but those things don&#39t define who I am. Who I am defines what books, movies, music and games I enjoy.

And if people are insistent on labeling themselves for their enjoyment of games, they should at least come up with something better than "gamer". Makes me cringe every time I hear it. "Hardcore gamer" is even worse. There is nothing "hardcore" about sitting on your couch for five hours a night.

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
1 year ago

It&#39s good someone enjoys them, they need viewers too!

tlpn99
tlpn99
1 year ago

If I did watch which I don&#39t I&#39d end up wanting to grab the controller off them and having a go myself.

Last edited by tlpn99 on 9/11/2015 2:53:56 AM

frostface
frostface
1 year ago

eSports wouldn&#39t be for me. And I&#39m really not sure anyone, gamers or otherwise, know much about it at all here in Ireland. So although it&#39s your reality that all gamers are bundled into this misconception, I don&#39t think it&#39s a sentiment shared globally.

Draguss
Draguss
1 year ago

Depends on the game for me. Starcraft and pokemon I really enjoy, LoL I don&#39t even know what the hell&#39s going on when I try.

Kevin555
Kevin555
1 year ago

I couldn&#39t think of anything worse than watching Youtube "celebrities" playing video games.

I&#39d rather play the games myself. I&#39m weird like that.

Underdog15
Underdog15
1 year ago

Speaking of swallowing light bulbs, have you seen that professional regurgitator on America&#39s Got Talent?

Insane.

Godslim
Godslim
1 year ago

tell that to the millions of views they get xD
Lol finals got more viewers than the superbowl which is crazy xD

Corvo
Corvo
1 year ago

I&#39m sure you get a good workout watching Sumo wrestling and Lesbian Orgies.

bigrailer19
bigrailer19
1 year ago

I&#39ve never gotten the impression from anyone I&#39ve conversed with or am friends with, that they think I watch esports. Most don&#39t even know it exists. So while it may have sold out Madison Square Garden, those are the same people that will help the next venue sell out I&#39m sure. It&#39s a really small group of people attending and competing in the activity.

I also agree that those competing don&#39t typically go out of their way to play anything other than CoD, BF, Starcraft, and whatever else they play in competitions. And that same thing goes for those attending to watch. Most watching are probably trying to get into it. Of course this is all speculation.

As for it airing on ESPN, I think it&#39s mainly because Disney has money in the industry and it will benefit in some way. I also think they are trying to cut down on the amount of rehashing and replaying segments of deflategate, and LeBron James.