Pure adrenaline, competition and emotional turmoil when you watch your allies win or lose.
Re-created within the university- forget virtual reality, this is the world of sport!
Are you feeling mis-sold and cheated by the title of this article? Well bear with me a moment, and I promise, if you are willing to co-operate, then here’s an article that will challenge your beliefs for the better.
- Imagine a reality where your parents buy you a game which some people love, but you don’t. This is your only experience of gaming, and you make your decision based on this- it is not for you. For many, this is their reality when it comes to sports.
A diverse world with something for everyone, but you remain in the dark, blind to the limitless options.
If this article is really about sports then, 3D ultra-immersive gaming, sounds like a mis-sell right?
Depends on how you look at it. However, you and I both know that you clicked on this link straight away, looking for what you thought was your version of the holy grail- i.e. gaming. Alas, all is not lost, sports and gaming have a lot more in common than you think…
You may have thought you weren’t a fan of sports, but you didn’t realise that there is another world out there you have yet to explore So, what exactly are you missing?
Let me explain. This is not a new world, but a new frontier.
Precision, eye movement and rapid response are skills each gamer has mastered over the years, but these skills also play a huge part in sport. With strategic gaming and roleplaying games, we have experienced years of building up stats; on muscle growth, speed and accuracy. While physically doing these activities, instead of virtually, is a new world for us- in reality, we have been training all our lives. Our muscles may not be the biggest, but we have the right knowledge to succeed should we take the plunge.
With sport and gaming, we can bring two worlds together. We have games like Tekken, Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter. As a child, I would practise these kicks to no avail. However, under training with Muay Thai in our university, I have learned tornado Kicks, spinning back kicks, roundhouse kicks and more. I mean gaming achievements or trophies(depending on the console of choice) are great, but perfecting a real-life kick, that’s just cool.
(Stirling University Vs Glasgow University, I’m the guy who’s allergic to his t-shirt. )
The reality of each sport is very different, I was Irish so I had to play Gaelige football as a child and I was awful, I tried running and I was awful, however when I tried boxing, I was a natural. My love for the sport grew and spread to other combat sports.
Now you could do this too!
Why wait, and waste the unique opportunity you have, as a student at the University of Stirling, to make use of these fantastic facilities within the university?
We have 53 sports teams advertised on our sports union web page.
With this many teams, there is something for every gamer out there. Or for the ones who prefer their own space- why not take advantage of a student sports membership, state of the art gym facilities, and a 50-meter swimming pool. What more could you want?
Anyhow, best of luck with your gaming journey in the future- both physically and virtually, and remember…
‘We all make choices, but in the end, our choices make us.’ (Andrew Ryan, Bioshock)
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