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One of my favorite athlete’s who loves playing video games

In a nutshell, this video is one of the points of my research paper:

A famous athlete, Lebron James, who loves playing all video games and who also loves sport video games talks about it in the following interview.

He seems to enjoy playing against other people  until they walk out and stresses how his kids are into these games as well and how the family owns all the systems as well as a multitude of games. Elsewhere in my posts, I mention  how he is amazed by the games that show him as a digital player.

Sports Video Game and Kids Losing Weight.

UnitedHealth conducted a study on kids who are overweight and surprisingly, with the program, the kids lost weight. In the JOIN for ME study, and in conjunction with a diet, a good number of kids lost some pounds. The game “Kinnect Sports” was introduced in the middle of the study and would exercise in front of their XBOX 360. 

Here is the article that came out in March:

What a wonderful way to reduce obesity in kids: play video games!

Video Games and Tennis

Tennis video games seem to be an area where there could be improvement. In an article I read, the author gives 7 reasons  why tennis video games could be better today.

Tennis has become more popular in the last few years, but nowhere near football or baseball here in the U.S. Maybe thats why there are so fewer games available? We must remember that this is not a team game. This is either singles or doubles, which would make a game completely different and you are not going to be in a forum of players with the social activity we find with other sports, or other games for that matter. 

As the sport becomes more and more popular, it remains to be seen if more tennis games with develop. 

Football Manager

During my research on sports video games, I discovered that not only can you participate as a player on a team and perhaps better your game, but you can also play as a manager or coach.

This is where the game “Football Manager” comes in. The series started in 2005 and has been instrumental in helping people learn how to manage a team in different areas. The game is developed by Sports Interactive and published by Sega and can be accessed on different platforms, as well as hand held. 

Here is a description of the game:

On another post, I mention how this game even helped a real life manager obtain his job soccer. 

Soccer Coach and Video Games.

Soccer is another sport where video games have come in handy. 

A few years ago, Vugar Huseynzade, a pro soccer coach for FC Baku in the Azerbaijani Premier League  claims that playing a soccer video game helped him land his first coaching job. He admits that this was not the only reason he was hired, but his experience with the console did not hurt. He actually would play as a coach in the game, and that “experience” was all he had. 

“I don’t think anybody would be able to get a job because of ‘Football Manager.’ But, of course, it helped me a lot. My job here is not 100 percent as it is in this game, it is 50 percent. In ‘Football Manager’ you are a coach, but I am not a coach. I am more like a director of football, working above the coach. But I have responsibilities, signing contracts, scouting systems, dealing with fans, the long-term strategy.”

Vugar Huseynzade has been playing  the simulation game since 2002.


Ready Player One

I finished this book and I came away thinking a little bit about Orwell’s “1984”, but a lot about how the book itself could so much be a video game.

In a lot of ways, this book would appeal to people of my parent’s generation because it refers to music and movies of the 80’s creating the nostalgia that so many of the baby boomers seem to have. It would also please any of my friends who are passionate video game geeks. I can’t say it is the best book that I have ever read, but, without putting in any spoilers, it was certainly very interesting.

The fact that Wade’s whole life is involved in OASIS is fascinating. As far as Halliday is concerned, I can see how the author states that “his behavior came off as bizarre, even by game designer standards”, giving the impression that he was “mentally ill”, with many obsessions that he expected “everyone around him to share”.

In Nardi’s book, she talks about how people socialize while playing WOW. Halliday seemed to be very much antisocial to a point where he ” seemed to deteriorate even further” as time went on.

Since one cannot use the term “addiction” medically as per McGonigal found out in her research, we can only be pleased that Wade was able to pull himself away from OASIS.