Dear Dr. Taylor,
Prior to reading your chapter “Computer Games as Professional Sport,” particularly the section on embodied play, I hadn’t really thought about the extent to which the body is just as invested in a game as the mind. Sure, the subject has popped in personal instances of tensed muscles, strained eyes, and even desire in obtaining greater precision in motor control, but not to the degree you have mentioned.
My question may run more into the biological field, but I hope it is still answerable. Considering the mental and motor investment involved in gaming, particularly in competitive e-sports, is it possible that fine motor movements (such as reaction times and muscle memory) rival or exceed those found in “traditional” sports? Does this constitute the equivalence of athleticism normally associated with “traditional” sports?