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Video Games and High Quality Porn Will Displace Sports As Male Entertainment

Many of you have seen pathetic displays of devotion to sports related entertainment by men. Most of you also believe that such devotion will not go away anytime soon.

I have news for you..

It will be displaced within a decade by video games and HQ porn.

Here are the reasons-

1. Sports as spectator entertainment does not compare to high quality and ubiquitous video games and porn. Even as recently as 8 years ago, video games and porn were not high-quality or ubiquitous.

My use of WinCE handhelds full of porn and reasonably good quality games in the early 2000s was not the norm. Nor was my use of smartphones for non-business related stuff in the same time span common. However today an entire generation of men have either grown up it or have access it to a level inconceivable to them even 5 years ago.

While the older generation might not readily abandon their old habits of watching sports, the younger generation had other options when growing up.

2. Organised sports has become very commercialized and expensive. However the growing economy (1950s-early 200s) that supported such growth is disappearing as we speak.

The cost of entry into viewing sporting events in person or on pay-per-view is now higher than a new title on the Xbox360 or PS3. Once you factor in console cost, ease of use, cost of HDTVs and new games plus multiplayer modes- they are less expensive than watching spectator sports on a seasonal basis.

Porn is now ubiquitous, free and easy to access. Any 500$ laptop, iPad or iPhone- with or without an inexpensive large monitor will suffice. Most of the developed world now has high-speed internet access, and even authoritarian regimes spend more time tracking and blocking political dissent than porn.

3. Even today- Video games and porn have a level of customization and interactivity which spectator sports cannot match. You have glimpsed the future with Wii, Kinect and its hacks. Feedback of tactile sensations will close the loop further allowing everybody to be an MVP and pornstar of their choice and customization.

Would you rather prefer interacting with virtual but hyper-realistic adversaries (machine generated or real) or cheer on some over paid guy scoring another touchdown, home run or hoop? Would you rather spend time looking at pictures, videos or interactive avatars of hot nekkid chicks or compare notes on the statistics of various MVPs?

4. People prefer online interactions over real life interactions and thereby choose their own peer groups- rather than accept the constraints of geography and fate. Since a considerable amount of human stupidity comes down to peer pressure, the ability to select your own peer groups would result in a diminution of activities aimed to maintaining traditional peer groups.

Watching sports is one peer activity which will be adversely affected when people can form and maintain connections with like-mined but geographically distant people, and therefore ignore people who are not like-minded but geographically nearby. Did I mention that most real-life friendships are useless.

Comments?

  1. MeMyselfI
    April 13, 2011 at 11:51 am

    I don’t think it’s quite that simple. The “real” sports are already evolving to embrace the connected/XBOX style online universe. Look at “fantasy” sports leagues – these are BIG business. Sports enterprises aren’t stodgy government agencies… they will go and evolve whereever the money takes them.

  2. Michel
    April 13, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Sports, no different from animal gambling. Doesn’t matter whether the payoff is fantasy or in Vegas.

  3. April 13, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    I’ve never understood the appeal of sports. I mean, I guess watching a game is okay, if you’re with friends and drinking beer and having a good time. But then the activity of watching the sport is just an excuse to get together. The activity itself has nothing going for it, that I can see… I guess it’s just reason #44787576 I was never a very “normal” guy

    • April 14, 2011 at 3:02 am

      Same here.

      Like Mr. Mangan puts it:

      But the sad fact is that much of what the world admires is beyond my comprehension. Spectator sports, telephones (“It rings, you jump”, said Manet), restaurants and night life, the latest rock bands, television, beaches, popular novels, skiing, these are all examples (and I could go on) of things and activities which I have no wish to sample. Oh, if I found myself on a beach or reading a detective novel it would not be all that bad, but I certainly don’t go out of my way to experience them. It all seems way too much trouble.

      Though I did at one point follow a little the progress of the $1 million Netflix Prize Contest, which is kind of an intellecual equivalent of spectator sports, but where something is actually being accomplished (creating a better data mining algorithm).

    • April 14, 2011 at 4:23 am

      On the other hand, I have also always disliked the typical ‘nerdy’ fetishes: stuff like manga, anime, computer games, D&D, RPGs, Second Life, LARP, Magic the Gathering, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Star Trek, that sort of crap.

      I am not even that much into porn, believe it or not, due to my relatively low sex drive: according to the OKCupid tests, its somewhere between the 10th to 30th percentile of the population.

  4. Nestorius
    April 14, 2011 at 4:19 am

    Most people who do sports don’t watch sports.

  5. April 14, 2011 at 4:57 am

    I don’t think you go far enough in this assertion. Video Games and HQ Porn will displace live music concerts as well. Consider that two semi-decent seat tickets cost upwards of $200 each from legal online scalping agencies (StubHub), add $12 parking fees, $6 beer or $9 well drinks, grossly overpriced merchandise, and you’re looking at the price of a small vacation just to see an hour or so of the band you wanted to see that night.

    Who wouldn’t want to hang at home playing Black Ops and watch free porn while drinking cheap store bought booze for a fraction of that cost?

  6. hans
    April 15, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    I sure you´re pretty wrong here.

    Apart from the typical jock/nerd divide prohibiting the one to displace the other, sports are simply soap operas for men.
    Only instead of female soap operas where drama for dramas sake is the sticking point, sport allows men to live out the Male drama of competition and “winning by association”. Not forgetting “treachery” by unfair rulings and/or cheating players.

    The “UN-PC´ness” of Porn and Vid-games(shooters) makes sure they will never displace sports as mainstream entertainment.

  1. April 17, 2011 at 1:12 am

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