Olympic Games  Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Olympic Games  RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network 7 Sports that Should Have Their Own Video Game https://www.gameskinny.com/adqwz/7-sports-that-should-have-their-own-video-game https://www.gameskinny.com/adqwz/7-sports-that-should-have-their-own-video-game Sun, 09 Sep 2018 11:08:55 -0400 Allison M Reilly

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Kickball

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How is there not a kickball video game yet? Kickball is played by youth and adults on fields all over the world. It's not as obscure as some of the other entries in the slideshow, and it's very similar to baseball, of which there are plenty of video games.

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Even if the game went with a cartoon feel and geared itself toward kids, a kickball video game would be great! The game could also include all sorts of twists and obstacles to kickball, like line kickball, or adding slip-n-slides, or having only one base (second base). Who said sports games couldn't be goofy?

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What do you think? Are sports games fine the way they are? Or are there some other sports out there who deserve a shot at their own game? Let us know in the comments!

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Racquetball

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Racquetball would be one of the tougher sports on this list to make into a video game. The main reason is camera positioning. In racquetball, all four walls and the ceiling are playable surfaces. After the ball is served, it cannot touch the floor. Although the ball must hit the front wall before the player returns the rally, it can hit any of the other playable surfaces.

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Perhaps the camera could remain stationary at the front wall like in the video, but that might make it hard for players to gauge distance or how hard they may need to hit it to return the ball to the front wall.

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Anyway, as stated before, if tennis can have 300 video games, then racquetball ought to have at least one.

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Trampoline

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First of all, if it's in the Olympics, it counts as a sport. Second of all, if you have to do it as part of 8th Grade P.E. class, it counts as a sport.

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Nonetheless, a trampoline video game would be an awesome game. Think all the tricks of Tony Hawk or Cool Boarders without relying on the movement along a half pipe for momentum. 

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Wrestling

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No, all those WWE video games don't count. Sure, those WWE folks are buff, but that kind of wrestling is not a sport.

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Because "wrestling" games are pretty popular, I'm a little surprised there isn't a game featuring the sport played on the Olympic stage and in high schools across the world. There are several different forms of competitive wrestling, including Greco-Roman wrestling, freestyle wrestling, pankration and grappling/submission wrestling.

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If a wrestling game were to feature all the different forms, players would be encouraged to learn, and win, in the different styles. Since each style of wrestling has slightly different rules, winning in each form in the game would require adapting the gameplay to each style.

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Ultimate Frisbee

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With the responsiveness of the Wiimote, the Kinect, and the Switch Joy-Cons, the technology is ready for an ultimate frisbee video game. Also known as ultimate, ultimate frisbee is very similar to football. The object is to get your team and the disc to your team's end zone. Unlike football, it's not a contact sport and players may not take steps while holding the disc. There are also no downs in ultimate. Any incomplete pass, interception or out-of-bounds throw turns possession over to the other team.

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Ultimate is clearly not football, but presents strategy that would engage athletes and couch potatoes alike. Because its a disc, the weather can have a lot of impact on the game. Also, since turnovers happen often, every player is offense and defense and might have to switch roles in a split second. There's plenty within ultimate frisbee that would make it a great video game.

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Jai Alai

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Jai-a-who?

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Jai Alai, if you don't know, essentially involves a ball, called the pelota, bouncing against the walls and between two players or two teams. Players use the cesta, the "elephant tusk" on their arms, to catch the ball and return it against the wall in one fluid motion. The sport originated in Spain in the 14th Century and is still popular today in the Philippines and in Latin America.

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Not every sports game needs to feature American sports, but don't write it off just yet. The pelota in Jai Alai travels up to 150 miles per hour regularly in matches. The sport once held the world record for ball speed, clocking in at 188 mph. Jai Alai is filled with fast-paced action and acrobatics, all the makings of a fun video game.

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Badminton

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If there can be 300 tennis video games, there can certainly be at least one badminton video game. Badminton is a cross between volleyball and tennis, where the player/team uses a racquet to hit the shuttlecock across a net. If a player/team hits the shuttlecock out of bounds, into the net, or is unable to return it, the other side scores a point.

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Shuttlecocks and racquets may not sound athletic, but the sport requires stamina, agility, speed, and precision if you're among the best of the best. Those requirements are the same to be among the world's best gamers, so  badminton is a fitting game for the sports genre.

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Sports games are a ton of fun. My older brother loved playing NBA Live 2005 with his friends on the PS2. Even for those of us who aren't into Madden or FIFA titles, there are plenty of sports game to enjoy. I personally loved Mario Golf, and Mario Tennis Aces is a huge hit.

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But some sports are featured in video games much more often than others. Some are only in video games as part of a theme or compilation, like Wii Sports or Mario & Sonic at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The world of sports is huge, and here are seven awesome sports that should have their own video game.

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7 Video Games We'd Love to See as Olympic Events https://www.gameskinny.com/wafa6/7-video-games-wed-love-to-see-as-olympic-events https://www.gameskinny.com/wafa6/7-video-games-wed-love-to-see-as-olympic-events Wed, 21 Feb 2018 12:29:16 -0500 Andrew Krajewski

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Dance Dance Revolution
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What better way to round out our list than to pick a game that'll actually make you sweat. Like figure skating or floor exercise, DDR would require precision, rhythm, and endurance. It would be a joy to watch the routines people would come up with to perform using a DDR machine. The best part is that score keeping is built into the game so there's no worry about judges having any kind of bias!

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That wraps up our wish list for Olympic video games. Whether it be a fighting game, a speed run, a high score, or a button masher we'd love to see every type of video game in the Olympics some day. The Olympics bring people together and the inclusion of these video games would continue to do so. Did your favorite game make our cut? Let us know in the comments below! 

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Overwatch
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Overwatch has accomplished something that very few other games have. It's created a universe bigger than itself. The game is often lauded for its diverse portrayal of characters and positive depiction of various places around the world. Like the Olympics, Overwatch welcomes people to its world and strives to bring people together, at least until your teammate picks hanzo when you need a healer.

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The pro scene is no joke either and the OWL has further legitimized Overwatch as an eSport. There is a tremendous amount of precision, coordination, and decision-making required at the highest levels of play that still maintains a high level of enjoyment for spectators.

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DotA 2
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DotA 2, League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm, or even SMITE -- there are several great MOBA games with thriving eSports scenes. I've picked DotA 2, I'm sure to the chagrin of many. DotA was the original MOBA, and it deserves some credit for that. It also is arguably more complex than other titles due to the way certain heroes scale differently than others, the ability to deny creeps, and the ability to use teleport scrolls to reach other towers. DotA also tends to have a higher technical ceiling, which can make it harder to master. It wouldn't be the Olympics if the best players weren't featured competing in the toughest of the MOBAs.

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Trials Fusion
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Trials games are notoriously hard on expert courses, which makes them a perfect contender for an Olympic event. Reducing faults (how many times you crash in a single run) would become key if this game were "raced" professionally. Right now, players on the leaderboards can take as many attempts as possible for a perfect run, but with only one chance to get the best possible time, there is much more room for error, which ultimately makes for more exciting competition. It would also be interesting to see a relay-style race using multiple competitors on multiple tracks. The added pressure of the Olympics would make the races that much more exciting to watch, while competitors wouldn't be able constantly restart for perfect times.

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The game is also fairly pretty to look at, especially during epic jumps with incredible vistas in the background.

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StarCraft II
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Without Starcraft, who knows what modern professional eSports would look like? The game's impact on gaming is so grand that even Google has an Easter egg mini-game when you search for zerg rush, which is a reference to the fun-to-watch strategy in Starcraft that overwhelms opponents if they can't react quickly enough. Starcraft also is a shining example of a game that requires precision, concentration, and the ability to adapt. 

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Pro players are extremely dexterous, reaching up to 600 APM (actions per minute). I don't think I've ever done 10 anything in a second, let alone making 10 meaningful in-game actions every second. Starcraft also lends itself to multiple formats like 1v1, 2v2, and even larger team sizes.

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Super Smash Bros.
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What separates Super Smash Bros. from other fighting games? First, it gets bonus points because of Mario -- sorry, it just does. Second, Smash Bros. games don't have traditional life meters like other fighting games. The percentage bar the game uses means anyone can come back from the brink of defeat and adds extra excitement to the game. The entire Super Smash Bros. franchise provides a great opportunity for several Olympic events. Besides the traditional 1v1 match-ups, we could also see 2v2 matchups, both with friendly fire and without. If we go into the most recent game, we can even have 4v4 matches that would really add extra depth to the teamwork required to excel.

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But the best part is yet to come: we could also have individuals and teams take on the home run contest to see who could knock that sandbag the farthest!

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Super Mario 64
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Speaking of cross-country skiing, who wouldn't love to watch hours-long speedruns of titles over and over? All joking aside, of the various speed running candidates, Super Mario 64 may feel like a safe bet, but that doesn't mean it wouldn't be fun to watch as an Olympic event. In 100% runs it would be fascinating to watch speed runners determine which routes are the fastest in order to save Princess Peach. The game is big enough and difficult enough to punish the smallest mistakes while maintaining a high level of watchability because of how well known it is. Perhaps a graphical remaster would help the game out, but otherwise, it's a terrific candidate for the Olympic games.

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With the 2018 Winter Olympics in full swing in PyeongChang, gamers might think about how South Koreans are well-known for their gaming prowess. Naturally, we thought, "Hey, if ESPN covers esports, why can't the Olympics include them?" While it's a long shot, we can still fantasize about which games we would love to see at the Olympic Games. The following highly scientific (trust me when I say we here at GameSkinny have all the science) list is compiled based on a game's renown, required skill level, and, unlike the actual Olympics, overall watchability (I'm looking at you cross-country skiing!).

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The eSport Olympics: UK Government backed eGames tournament to be held during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games https://www.gameskinny.com/jyg10/the-esport-olympics-uk-government-backed-egames-tournament-to-be-held-during-the-rio-2016-olympic-games https://www.gameskinny.com/jyg10/the-esport-olympics-uk-government-backed-egames-tournament-to-be-held-during-the-rio-2016-olympic-games Thu, 07 Apr 2016 10:48:03 -0400 Scott Simpson

Should eSports be considered a real sport? And its competitors athletes? It's been debated plenty, however those that think esports are a sport have just gained a little more ammunition for their side of the argument. Announced at the London Games Festival, eSports are getting their own version of the Olympics.

Dubbed the eGames, and supported by the UK government, the tournament is to be held in Rio alongside the 2016 Olympic Games, and will take place every Olympic year (both summer and winter) in each host country thereafter. So far the UK, US, Brazil and Canada have signed up, and like the Olympics themselves, competitors will be awarded medals, not prize money, for coming out on top.

Details are scarce at the moment, and it remains to be seen if any more countries will sign up and what games will be on offer. According to the competitions official website, more announcements are expected throughout April and May.

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Although it looks to be starting out small, its association with the Olympics could lead eGames to becoming a high-profile event for both gamers and non-gamers alike. However, due to the lack of prize money on offer, leaving players competing for medals and national pride, it's hard to say if it will gain the kind of traction that other, more established eSports competitions have with gamers.

What are your thoughts? Are you excited by the announcement? Or do you feel it won't prove a big enough draw for competitors and viewers? Let us know in the comments below.

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Mario & Sonic At The Rio 2016 Olympic Games - The official 2016 Olympic video game https://www.gameskinny.com/p49tx/mario-sonic-at-the-rio-2016-olympic-games-the-official-2016-olympic-video-game https://www.gameskinny.com/p49tx/mario-sonic-at-the-rio-2016-olympic-games-the-official-2016-olympic-video-game Wed, 16 Mar 2016 18:05:02 -0400 Kayle Simpson

Nintendo has just announced the release of Mario & Sonic At The Rio 2016 Olympic Games, which is also the official Olympic video game of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

This announcement keeps up with a long-standing tradition of official Olympic Games, originating at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics with the game Olympic Gold. This is not the first time Mario and Sonic have gone to the Olympics, in fact, this will be the 5th installment of the Mario & Sonic at the Olympics series.

Mario & Sonic At The Rio 2016 Olympic Games will be released on March 18, 2016 for the Nintendo 3DS and June 26 for the Wii U. The game features Olympic events including Soccer, BMX, Beach Volleyball, and Archery. New to the series (3DS only) are Golf and Rhythmic Gymnastics, as well as "Plus Events" that put a "Mario & Sonic twist" on traditional Olympic activities.

The game will be multiplayer, up to 4 players, and the 3DS version supports Nintendo Download Play - requiring only one copy of the game for local multiplayer. There are also two single-player campaigns (Mario and Sonic-themed, of course) that reward the player with custom outfits for their Mii, as well as integration with the 3DS's pedometer fuctionality.

Lastly, and certainly not least, Mario & Sonic At The Rio 2016 Olympic Games will feature 40 playable characters, as well as personal Miis. To learn more about the game, check out Nintendo's official page, and don't forget to let us know what you think in the comments!

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