Review: RoadWage

Review: RoadWage

I guess RoadWage, by the freshman gaming division of Real Systems (the aptly named RealGames) is technically a “game” — I mean you do use the keyboard to move around a car in an attempt to get it to go somewhere and not die in the process.

 

However, RoadWage is not really fun, with gameplay that seems like it was invented as the programmers went along (or when they figured out how to perform a new graphics programming technique).

It’s obvious that the game designers (if there were any) were attempting to create a mindless arcade-type game — there are really only three controls in the game: left, right, and fire. Your job as a taxi/delivery driver is to get to the end of the board before the time runs out. Along the way, you collect power-ups (there are tons, none of which are original) while attempting to deliver packages to targets along the sides of the roads. It comes off like an odd mix between the arcade classics Road Blasters and Paperboy, but executed quite poorly.

The game fails right off the bat for its horrible controls. Your car, viewed from above, can change lanes by pushing left and right, but moves far too quickly. At some times (like around turns) the car oddly drives itself, which is quite disorientating, as most of us wh have played video games in the past are used to actually turning the car ourselves.

RoadWage does have at least one good aspect: …

Poker: Is it a Sport or Just a Game?

Poker: Is it a Sport or Just a Game?

The vast majority of those who have ever played have a definite opinion about whether or not poker is a sport. Since its stunning rise in popularity amid Chris Moneymaker’s incredible run in the 2003 World Series, poker has been covered by many stations, among them ESPN, leading to the question: is poker a sport?

Based on this author’s knowledge about sports in general and about poker, the answer has to be no.

Here is the basic definition of “sport” that I used in coming up with the answer to this question about the popular activity: a sport is a competitive athletic endeavor. The simplicity of this definition makes it inclusive enough to encapsulate all activities that are commonly considered sports, and exclusive enough to eliminate those which are not.

From the above explanation of a sport, the problem with poker is that, while very competitive, particularly at the highest levels, it is not an athletic endeavor. Poker prowess is dependent on the use of intellect and psychological analysis of one’s competitors, as well as instinct. Proficiency in sports, on the other hand, is reliant largely on athletic ability, which does not come into play in poker. Sports are played by athletes, whereas poker is played by card players and gamblers, even the best of whom cannot be considered athletes when they are at the table. For this reason, poker is no more a sport than Black Jack or roulette.

One argument for the recognition of poker as a sport