As many of you know, the X Games will be held in Austin, Texas 2014 June 5-8.
For those of you who don’t know much about the X Games, it is an annual sports event which focuses on extreme sports. Various athletes come together to compete in the X Games. The sports which are said to take place in the Summer X Games include: Moto X, Rally & Off-Road Truck, Skateboarding, and Bmx. Not to mention the fact that Major League Gaming will be holding a Call of Duty tournament at the X Games this summer…
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against gamers. In fact, I think it’s great that professional gamers get together to have competitions and enjoy what they love doing. Although the X Games focuses on extreme sports… it was founded around the idea of showcasing extreme sports. What’s so extreme about Call of Duty? There’s people that have been hospitalized after playing video games for long periods of time… I guess that’s pretty extreme? Maybe it’s a marketing strategy? By bringing Call of Duty into the X Games, it attracts more people to attend and while they’re their they stay to watch the actual X Games?
It’s easy to sit here and critique others on their actions. In a sense I like the fact that MLG (Major league Gaming) will be at the X games. The people in charge are trying something different and who knows… it might just work out? Maybe Call of Duty will take the X Games in a different direction and extreme sports will get more media attention.
Personally, I’m a little displeased that gaming is being showcased at the upcoming X Games. I feel like Call of Duty might kill the spirit of the X Games and make it all lame. Not because Call of Duty is lame, in fact I think it’s amazing. Although I feel like gaming doesn’t mix with extreme sports… I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way? It’s like water and oil…. they just don’t mix.