League of Legends and Philosophy

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League of Legends and Philosophy

Can a Videogame Be a Sport?

Roger Hunt

Ever since the day when Plato was a wrestler (for realz!) people of philosophical persuasion have been thinking about what counts as a “sport.” The underlying assumption is that a sport requires a kind of physical exertion, tempered by moderation, aimed at developing a sound body (ideally in which one houses a sound mind). This sentiment is prevalent in our contemporary culture, and it has certainly been capitalized upon by professional athletic associations, recreational exercise facilities, and late night television programming featuring the illustrious Chuck Norris. We contemporary folk have also added several other criteria including competition, sportsmanship, and expertise to the definition of sport. With the advent of the internet and a highly motivated video game culture, though, the definition of sport as requiring physical activity has come under attack.

Philosophers debating the meaning of sport…

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