In recent decades, we have witnessed the growth of online gaming with a particular emphasis on casino games including roulette, blackjack and the more traditional settled games, but there has also been a recent wave of online ‘sim’ games – simulated sports played online by one or two players, the outcome of which is at stake. Is this a healthy trend, or will we regret the fact that we encourage people, young and old alike, to stay indoors and choose to interact with machines over other people?
In China and America, parents struggle with obese children who have low muscle tone simply because they do not participate in physical exercise and the incidence of ADD or Attention Deficit Disorder has grown immeasurably in recent years and is said to be exacerbated by constant stimulation such as TV, computers, and other new digital innovations.
Sport is not just sport; it teaches us how to properly manage ourselves in society too. We learn how to temper our emotions when we lose and in team sports we learn how to work together for the greater good of the team. Good sportsmen and women often become accomplished leaders, something that is sorely lacking in today’s international community
We need to encourage our youth to go out and participate in healthy and healthy entertainment like sports, we need to equip them with good communication skills and we need to teach them to live and work in community, and sit alone in front of the computer playing football , baseball or online cricket for money is not the real answer.
Sport Demands Sacrifice & Commitment
Simulation games can also create the misguided impression that it’s easy to be successful in any sport, but in reality being a great sportsman or woman requires a lot of work, dedication, and sacrifice. We just have to look at the greatest golfer of all time – the precocious Tiger Woods – he has dedicated his life to the game and although he has completely dominated the sport in recent years, he continues to improve his game by exercising and practicing for hours on end. every day, even with his current injury woes.
Supporters of sports game simulations will claim that they encourage young people to become more interested and proficient in the sport but are they really interested in the sport, or is it just the cash that comes with winning?