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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Why are niche sports so under-represented in video games? Time for the indies to stand up


Opinion by Matt S.

I’ve got a pretty overwhelming mania for the Olympic Games right now. It happens every time since Sydney in 2000, when, after attending about a dozen events in the two weeks I realised just how much I enjoy the atmosphere, aesthetics, and energy of the Games. Now I sign up for the premium service on television and then kick back for two weeks and watch event after event, turning to the catch-up feeds for events that I miss because I’m asleep.

Thank God for the invention of the iPad and my ability to set up a second screen while I’m working, or gaming, and just have sport on in the background all day. Technology is the best.

Unlike most Australians, my interest in the Games is in sports that Australians are not generally that good at… or at the least in sports that never get air time or news coverage in Australia. I have little interest in the athletics, swimming, or rowing, for example. What I am interested in, however, is an eclectic mix of exceedingly niche sports around these parts. I love European handball, for example (I really like this sport, actually. I still regularly play the PlayStation 4 version of Handball 16, despite it being a one-star game). I love gymnastics – especially rhythmic gymnastics (Son Yeon Jae is a real-life waifu, though she looks like an anime character anyway). I love cycling in the velodrome, if only for the spectacular accidents that it tends to throw up.

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Why are niche sports so under-represented in video games? Time for the indies to stand up
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