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Posted: Dec 3rd 2007 7:36PM (Unverified) said

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I think, actually, Fantasy Sports ARE MMO's. They're related to the genre for certain, although they may actually predate it.

MMO's are basically descended from minatures gaming, which is descended from wargaming, which is descended from war strategy planning, which is descended from war.

Sports is basically peacetime fitness training for warriors. When a sports fan is cheering for his team, he's cheering for his tribe.

So you could argue that MMO's are an offshoot of Fantasy Football, if anything. Guilds are basically online tribes. Instead of roleplaying the coach, we roleplay individual players.

I kind of think that Sports as we know them today are an evolutionary dead end in the long run, though. They're boring, and the average guy is looking for dragons to slay or pirate battles to fight. I expect that we'll see public interest slowly moving towards fantasy combat and away from conventional sports as the millenium wears on.

Maybe we'll eventually see people doing virtual battle with Wiimote swords and WIFI spells as the technology breaks out of the living room past 2010.

Posted: Dec 4th 2007 12:24AM (Unverified) said

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I really disagree with the idea that story isn't immensely important for fantasy sports fans. The reason that they care so much about the stats is the story. The story is the context within which the stats gather meaning. Without that story they're just dry numbers.

--matt

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