As a nerd of long-standing, I’m required by contract to never admit to liking or knowing anything about sports.  Fortunately my attorney, Miss Van Pelt, informs me that the contract was never notarized, allowing me to pretty much do whatever the heck I feel like, so long as I don’t curse, spit, or pull hair.  That lack of rules carries over into many realms of fiction, especially the game of Quidditch, whose rules don’t particularly seem to gel into a real coherent game (but do lend themselves to some pretty spectacular CGI work, so it all balances out.)  Here at Major Spoilers, though, we have real sports interests, as Rodrigo is a hardcore aficionado of Blernsball, while Stephen is the most talented amateur Calvinball player in the Midwest (27-49 year old bracket) leading us to today’s clutch-play query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) was quite a promising prospect in 43-Man Squamish in high school, but a freak accident injured my uvula and cost me a profitable career, asking: What’s your favorite fictional game or sport?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

And a nice red uniform.

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  1. June 1, 2014 at 12:08 pm — Reply

    Calvin and Hobbes: Calvinball

  2. Hirimno
    June 1, 2014 at 12:32 pm — Reply

    While I love 8-bit theaters drownball, I’m gonna have to go with Blitzball from FFX. It’s like soccer, but in a giant water sphere.

  3. June 1, 2014 at 12:41 pm — Reply

    Blitzball from FFX. Jecht Shot FTW.

  4. June 1, 2014 at 12:44 pm — Reply

    Also, the myth that you can’t simultaneously like sports and be nerdy is unnecessarily divisive.

    • June 1, 2014 at 7:09 pm — Reply

      Well, I wasn’t trying to be divisive, merely pointing out old stereotypes and laughing at ’em…

      • June 2, 2014 at 8:26 am — Reply

        Ok, that’s fair. I will be honest in saying that I’m sensitive about this one. As an athlete, my teammates jeered me for reading comics and being really into gaming / programming. As a nerd, whenever I talk about my love of sports / athletics I get scoffs or sarcastic remarks from certain segments of the community. Just want all of us to get along and love the things we love without throwing hate around.

  5. gary
    June 1, 2014 at 7:28 pm — Reply

    Do battle school games from Ender’s Game count? What boy doesn’t want to space laser tag in zero gravity?

    Also, Calvin Ball, yes.

    • June 2, 2014 at 7:32 am — Reply

      I’d say they count, yes. Accidentally committing genocide might be an issue, though…

      • gary
        June 2, 2014 at 8:49 am — Reply

        Yeah, clearly the genocide would fit under fictional video game, not fictional sport.

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