Shack Chat: Which game would you like to see as an Olympic event?

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With the Olympics taking center stage around the world recently, we here at Shacknews wondered which video games would make a good event. There were a few obvious choices from our staff, and there were a few not so obvious choices. Take a look below and be sure to weigh in via the Chatty thread at the end of the article to let us know your choice for a game that you could consider an Olympic event.

Question: Which game would you like to see as an Olympic event?


Tetris – Ozzie Mejia, Senior Bronze Medalist

Tetris is a universal game, which tests the mind far more than the body. If chess is an Olympic sport (and it’s not), why shouldn’t Tetris be one?

We have seen the focus, dexterity and focus required to be a Tetris champion. We’ve been looking forward to the annual Tetris World Championships and have seen what it takes to be among the best. Now imagine that the best countries in the world are doing it for national pride. There would be no better game to represent the medium than Tetris.


Fortnite – World Cup participant Donovan Erskine

One of the best parts of the Olympics is marveling at the talent and skill displayed, appreciating people capable of achieving feats you could probably only dream of. This is exactly how I feel watching highly skilled Fortnite players get down to it. Of all the esports, Fortnite is one of the most entertaining to watch. It is simply electric. I was in the arena in New York for the very first Fortnite World Cup and by the time Bugha won the grand prize it felt like I was watching the Super Bowl. Fortnite as an Olympic sport would not only be very competitive, it would be one of the most entertaining games in the event.


Mario and Sonic at the Olympics – Blake Morse, Co-EIC

Okay, maybe this is a bit of a loophole, but think about it. You could ask Olympic-level athletes to take on two of the video game world’s most iconic characters in a digital version of a sport they’ve probably spent their entire lives training for. I mean, it’s not uncommon to see NFL pros playing Madden or NBA folks trying their hand at NBA2K. And wouldn’t it be great to see a track and field runner trying to beat Sonic in a 100-meter sprint? It might be a super-meta concept, but I think it would be fun to watch it unfold.


Fortnite – Sam Chandler, let’s face it

I initially started writing about a game I’d love to watch, but who am I kidding? The game most likely to be featured in the Olympics at this point is Fortnite. It’s full of fast paced fights, intense moments, and a lot of spectacle. In fact, take the Olympic Opening or Closing Ceremony, put them inside Fortnite and I would bet you would have more people tuned in to the event. I mean, you would definitely attract a whole new generation of viewers. As much as I would love to see Halo Infinite under the Olympic banner, I also think that in terms of attracting new viewers and giving sponsors a larger audience, Fortnite is the best choice for the Olympics.


QWOP – Chris Jarrard, Better Opinions Than Other Staff

Only the most intense game of all time would be suitable for an Olympic competition. I would love to see people all over the world struggling to get a computer scientist to work. I also suspect that the fire of competition inside these world-class athletes will lead to new ways of forcing the computer scientist to run at record speeds. Never stop pumping the thighs and calves.


Rocket League РBill Lavoy, Club H̦lle boss

I’m going with Rocket League. If we’re going to bring video games to the Olympics, I think we’re starting with something that feels like a traditional Olympic event, like soccer. Dip your toe in the water and show people how awesome video games are, and since Rocket League is such a fantastic game that anyone can enjoy, I think that makes sense. If you want to take it further, this is an easy game to play but difficult to master. It also has cross play and is on many platforms, so anyone watching Rocket League at the Olympics has an easy way to try it out for themselves. I think those are key factors, and Rocket League is a given to me.


Rocket League – TJ Denzer, knows how to launch rockets

I think of all the games I’ve seen played competitively, Rocket League is perhaps the easiest to understand, one of the toughest masters, and the most impressive to see played at a high level. Anyone can boost and send the ball towards the goal. I’ve seen people hover on their rockets, pop the ball out of the nose of their car, and juggle it into the goal like a trained circus seal. I can definitely play it, but I’m nowhere near as good.

It really feels like the difference between playing basketball with your friends and then watching someone like Michael Jordan or Kahwi Leonard play – people who are just on another level. It goes beyond your own skills to understand both the physics of the ball and the playing field and how your skills could make the most of them. And I think the people who do it best deserve to be recognized for the talent and dedication it takes to play at this level. Plus, I’d absolutely love to see more reasons for Rocket League teams around the world to meet, play, showcase their unique strategies, and in general chat to see who’s the best.


Marvel vs Capcom 2 – Greg Burke, Video Manager

I really miss this fighting game, and since our new social media manager, Denny, has arrived, I feel like he’s showing up a lot more in casual conversations. It would be cool to see a resurgence with this, and maybe even make a new MvC game out of it.


Mario Kart – Steve Tyminski, host of the show Stevetendo, gold medalist in fast walking

The Olympics are happening as we speak and it got us thinking about video games that would make good Olympic events. I think Mario Kart would make a good event as there are a lot of racing events going on every Olympic cycle so why not have more? Mario Kart has a great luck factor and the Olympics are the same. There are a lot of sporting events where the best team doesn’t win because a team is hot at the right time. Another option could be time trials if the Olympic committee does not want to rely on luck, but luck creates parity in sport.


Super Smash Bros. Melee – Bryan Lefler, co-host of Wide World of Electronic Sports

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHIGGHqR93M

While I hope esport becomes a normal part of the Olympics, there is only one that I think has the same pick-up-and-play design that is married to a cap of unlimited skill that’s also reminiscent of real-life sports, and that’s Super Smash Bros. Melee. (What, you thought I was gonna say Rocket League?)

Melee is one of the oldest esports that still enjoys high level tournaments and big prize pools today. It has a real global appeal with professional and upcoming players from all over the world. At the highest level of play, Melee transforms from a board game into a furious and fluid ballet between two competitors. Few fighting games are this pure and enjoyable to watch.

The Smash Bros. also has outstanding players and casters from nearly two decades of competition to draw on for commentary and broadcast. For me, Melee just makes the most sense. I’d be happy if a one-on-one fighter became an official Olympic sport, but Super Smash Bros. Melee deserves it the most.


Street Fighter V – Dennis White, Community Manager

What better game to be part of the Olympics than Street Fighter V? Street Fighter has been known to be a global game for decades with a healthy competitive scene and one of the biggest global tournament series on the planet in the Capcom Cup. The players and characters are the warriors of the world in this situation and we got to see an amazing board game with multiple formats including 1v1 round robin matches and also team competitions like 5v5 or 3v3 based matches. qualifications. The heart of the champion is created on a global stage and I think we would see some serious pride and diversity with how well each region is represented in today’s competition. Plus, the talent pool for commentary would really add something unique to the games. Just thinking of a winning Raging Demon game landing in front of an Olympic crowd gives me chills.


There you have it, Shacknews staff are selecting games that they could consider an Olympic event. Let us know what you think of our choices, what we may have overlooked, and what your personal choices would be. Join us every Friday for our weekly Shack Chat discussion.


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