I swear I wrote this post before AHoG, although I ended up going in a pretty different direction from Lowood's lecture on whether or not playing a game is poetic in the sense an athlete is poetic.
This was inspired, in part, by a notion Jim Rossignol brought up in his book but I thought warranted a closer look. Most e-tournaments are dull. I don't mean like they aren't interesting or that complex things aren't going on, just that it's not particularly exciting. So I got to thinking about why I watch real sports when essentially I'm just as apaethetic to them as I am an e-sports event. Gambling, booze, social conventions...I gloss over it all while trying to point out that variety is also a huge factor. I'm pretty sure if they just modified Fantasy Football to cover an e-tournament they'd probably have their ratings sky rocket.
Is there anything gambling doesn't improve?