Will Sci-Fi Games Ever Be as Popular as Sports Games?

When it comes to gaming, there will always be those who have their preferences. Some like action-packed role-playing games while others prefer sports games, and others yet are diehard...

When it comes to gaming, there will always be those who have their preferences. Some like action-packed role-playing games while others prefer sports games, and others yet are diehard sci-fi gamers. When you stop to consider this is a multi-billion-dollar industry, there is room for everyone, no matter what their tastes. Gaming, in fact, is one of the leading pastimes anywhere on earth and if you have been following trends, you know that sports games have outsold any other category by a long shot. Are you wondering if sci-fi games will ever be as popular as sports games? The answer is probably not, but for a few important reasons.

The Difference between Sports and Sci-Fi Games

Perhaps the leading reason why sports games will continue to be the more popular of the two is simply because of the popularity of sports themselves. No matter whether you have a favorite team or a favorite sport, most people know who won the World Series, or who is playing in this year’s Super Bowl. Sports are popular, especially among those who like to make wagers, and every little boy dreams of becoming a pro player, at least in his younger years.

Teens especially love an online baseball simulation game because they get to be their favorite players and can even create their own teams. Fantasy sports are huge. Being that sports are so popular, sports games will probably always be more popular than sci-fi games – with a few exceptions.

Sci-Fi Games Have Massive Cult Followings

If one thing can be said for sci-fi games, it would be that the most popular games will always continue to have a cult following. Most are based on sci-fi movies and television shows and even those who aren’t especially into gaming like to play sci-fi games based on their favorite shows. Just as cosplay has gotten so huge in the states as well as abroad, sci-fi games allow players to step into unknown worlds for a bit of adventure. It’s taking role-playing to a whole new level.

The Competitive Spirit in Us All

By nature, humans are competitive. Just look at how fiercely we strive to rise up the ranks at work and how long and hard athletes train for the Gold in the Olympics. Competition drives us to excel and so sports games speak to us on some deeper, almost primal level. Just look at how many Wii sports games have sold, and you will see that we even like playing sports in a digital age from our own living rooms. Sports games are fun because we can compete whereas sci-fi games are more thought-provoking and less active. Yes, there are sci-fi games in which we battle monsters from around the universe, but deep inside, we know that is fantasy land and there are no real Klingons to reckon with.

If you are an avid sci-fi flick fan, then sci-fi games may just always be more popular with you. Realistically, more people are tuned into sports and that’s why these games will probably always be among the most popular. Gaming, like anything else, follows trends and, so far, sports are trending more than sci-fi flicks. As much as we hate to admit it, the enjoyment of sci-fi games will probably always be limited to cult followers, taking a backseat to sports.

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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