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Place Your Bets: Does This Make Games More or Less Like Art?

When Hadoken comes to parry, always bet on Ken Masters

Frankly, my money is on “less” (and Ken, definitely Ken):

“The response to the Super Street Fighter IV fight night shows there’s a real interest in competitive videogaming as a legitimate sport,” said Paddy Power’s communications director.

“In-running betting is usually reserved for high-profile sporting events such as football and boxing – but we’re now putting additional resources into tomorrow’s live streaming in order to offer greater choice for our customers, because the demand is certainly there.”

OK, so games, according to the gaming cognoscenti (and bookies, known experts on games), are: art, sports, literature, movies1 the bee’s knees, the dog’s bollocks, everything I ever wanted in a woman (because I’ll never know what a woman actually feels like), Master Chief Jesus Christ, the Mona Lisa, Stampy the Elephant2, and that warm, fuzzy, feeling you get just after waking up on lovely summer day–did I miss anything?

Basically, gaming is whatever its supporters need it to be to satisfy some sort of psychological (or financial) itch–I can respect the latter, but I’m a little too secure in my manhood (such as it is) to really start buying into the former. (Unless you pay me: then I’ll call Miyamoto Picasso, Michelangelo and Van Gogh rolled up into one.)

1 They are, half the time, but the gaming cognoscenti no me gusta that particular ‘art’ form when comparing, say, Heavy Rain to a really boring, French, film.
2 Representing, of course, Bart’s lost childhood /’art’ critic

  1. 04/29/2010 at 19:28

    I can’t imagine the kind of people placing bets on a tournament of this type. Sure, the people playing are really good, but since they know each other so well most matches are a boring as hell to watch. Just to guys throwing little punches, waiting for the other to make a mistake. Fans call it “mind games”, i call it sleeping pill.

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