Video games should be in Olympics(27th December, 2014)

Video games should be in Olympics(27th December, 2014)


Fob Pardo, chief creative designer for the World of Warcraft game, told the BBC that video games should be a part of the Olympic Games. He said the Olympic needed to be more up-to-date. Millions of people around the world enjoy participating in competitive games, which is also known as e-sports. He mentioned that professional players in e-sports have quick reflexes and have to make fast decisions at every moment; nevertheless, Pardo thought it would be difficult to get e-sports to be included into the Olympics.(Compound) Many people do not consider it as a real sport because it relies on technology and not athleticism.(Complex) He refuted the people’s claim. He argued it is proper sport since it needs a lot of physical effort and skill which make game exiting to watch.(Complex) Besides, he believes that it is a better than many Olympic sports. PC Magazine website suggested there could be separate international competition for e-sports that could be like the Olympics. It means gaming would be the main event.


E-sports become similar to Olympics. In competition, there are professional gamers who have skillful technique and passionate crowd who love watching games, and some games are broadcast live by TV or Internet(Compound) Also, big matches are held with huge prize. Many characteristics of e-sports is similar to that of Olympic Games. Some might be think there is no problem that e-sports is included into the Olympics as a one event just like Pardo. However, I disagree with this opinion. Although there are many common things between e-sports and the Olympic Games, there is one thing that e-sports cannot be replaced.(Complex) That is a challenge to the human body’s limitations. In the Olympics, when watching athletes who test their limits and fulfill their goals, we are moved by their efforts and spirits which are distinguishable from e-sports. I think this is the special elements in the Olympic. That’s why e-sports should not be included into the Olympic Games.

Vocabulary & Expression

He said the competition needed to become more modern and up-to-date.


up-to-date(adj): If something is up-to-date, it is the newest thing of its kind.

Korean Equivalent: 최신의

Synonyms: modern, current, timely

Antonyms: old, out-of-date

Personal Sentence: Let me bring you up to date on what’s happening.

Mr Pardo said: “I think the way that you look at e-sports is that it’s a very competitive skillset….You look at these professional gamers and the reflexes are lightning quick…. and they’re having to make very quick decisions on the fly.”

reflexes/reflex(noun): A reflex or a reflex action is something that you do automatically and without thinking, as a habit or as a reaction to something.

Korean Equivalent: 반사작용

Synonyms: response, reaction

Antonyms: beginning, cause

Personal Sentence: Driving today demands lightning reflexes.


Pardo said many people did not want gaming to become an Olympic sport because it is based on technology and not athleticism.


athleticism(noun): Athleticism is someone’s fitness and ability to perform well at sports or other physical activities.

Korean Equivalent: 운동경기열, 집중적인 활동성

Synonyms: none

Antonyms: none

Personal Sentence: The celebrity skateboarders, Grant Patterson pulled off tricks with extreme athleticism.



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