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One night my cousin came over and we decided to play some smash bros. Brawl. After beating the crap out of each other for a bit, he looked through the collection of games and asked why I don't have any sports games such as Madden. I replied saying that I would rather play video games to do lots of crazy things that we can't do in real life. I started playing video games during the Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo era. During that time, most of the games consisted of platformers, (Mario, Sonic, Donkey Kong) RPGs (Final Fantasy), beat em ups (Streets of Rage, Final Fight). You couldn't play a â€œrealisticâ€ game back then. Once the Playstaion 2 era came about, all of that changed. When playing a sports game, people are trying to live a different fantasy. We all pretty much play video games to escape the reality of real life, but some people play certain games that are more grounded to the reality of the real world. Maybe that's the big appeal. I understand that people want to re-live history or set up what-if situations with Madden and the NBA2K series. One of the reasons sports games do well is that they incorporate the retired greats. Joe Montana, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, heck, Shaq just retired. Seeing those guys play again, although in digital form definitely brings memories back. Another big draw to such games is mainly in the pick up and play aspect. Since there's no real story behind them, you don't have to get acquainted with the characters and the reason why the main character is doing what he/she is doing. You just get to jump right into the action. If you are familiar with the sport, there's not much extra stuff you have to learn regarding the rules of the game. It's more figuring out how to play the game (or adjusting if you have previous game experience). Fans are finally able to put themselves in the coaches chair, and play the players and make the trades they thought would benefit their favorite team, instead of how things played out in real life. Now the player that didn't get so much playing time is actually kicking some butt right? (let's hope) Maybe you want to see how the season would play out with a specific player injured. Some play to have some feel of what it is like to be a professional athlete. Maybe that's your biggest fantasy. Go out and JAM! On the other side of the fantasy spectrum are the games that I tend to play. Games that contain the improbable, or the impossible. Games where bending or even breaking the rules of real world physics is considered normal, and this carries into the worlds and rules of the games. Can your character double jump? Can you air block in a battle game? Why is it normal for a character to carry an item that's two times the size of a normal person? Sonic's main ability is to run at supersonic speeds, which we can't do in real life. In Streets of Rage, a crime syndicate takes over a city, but I highly doubt a small band of ex police officers will be able to take down an entire gang using only their martial arts abilities. And those are the simpler games. RPGs generally contain some form of magic. When people think magic, usually that means controlling the elements in some way. And lets not forget that most of these games have story lines, something that sports games lack. A grand adventure awaits... Realism and fantasy are two ends of the same spectrum. While realism does have its aspects that appeal to some, the same goes for the more fantastic games. Some games just won't appeal to everyone. Now let's go play some basketball, break security cameras, and beat up thugs without getting arrested...in video games of course!