Imagine a sporting world where hardcore gamers take on the finest physical specimens of the world. Steroids are used and actually encouraged by the commissioner of the NBA, as the ultimate champion is decided each season, between gamer and freak athlete. Imagine computer brains, metal encased heads, atop shredded organic bodies, fully controlled by gamers of all ages.
So basically a basketball stadium would be set up like this. Where the press and announcers currently sit, is where these gamers would sit with their controllers and monitors. This would be the most interactive way to be apart of sports as a privledged group of gaming teams would compete against the best athletes.
It would have to start off in a gradual manner, as let’s say 1 gamer would control a bench player for so many minutes during a game. A level of trust would have to be developed between the live players and the sim players. Once a kind of trust is developed between the athletes and the gamers, amazing things could happen within the game. It would really become a much more mental game, as these simbot players would never tire – so I guess you would have to have a limit on how many minutes they could actually play, in order to compensate for the live players having normal fatigue and injury issues. But as this kind of interactive game got going, you could have fully functioning sim teams and it would truly be the start of man vs. machine, but the machines still being controlled by men.
So imagine a group of 5 diehard basketball fans that happen to be very quick with a gaming controller taking on the lebron james and dwight howards of the world! Stuffing their faces with wings and pizza inbetween quarters. It would truly be brain vs. might. Who would have the advantage? I suppose you’d have to regulate speed, strength, height, and weight and essentially not allow these simbot players to be insanely superior in their physical makeup, in order for there to be viewing interest.
There would have to be a good amount of competition and the crowds would be strictly divided between pro-gamers and pro-athletes. Pro-man and Pro-machine, which is what we’re already fighting or accepting in at least a theoretical way. This would actually bring it into focus, in real time, for a paying audience that would be entertained at the same time, everybody wins! But you got to imagine what would happen if a fight broke out? The simbot players would feel no actual pain, so this would always be a threat. I guess the real athletes would just ignore the machines and go straight for the gamers.
However what if these gamers played from a remote location? Again the trust issue pops up. But also the excitement of never knowing how serious either side would take “the game”. Who would make more money? Who would deserve more money? If the simbot players were more entertaining, would the gamers end of making more money? Do sports ultimately evolve into this kind of mental playing field, where NBA Jam happens in the real world, except anyone can compete? Do we all just get so tired of the rift between the super rich athletes and everyday people, that this kind of premise can actually come into being?