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Difference Between game and sport

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People often take game and sport as to be the same one. However, game and sport are entirely different. A game involves more than one person and a sport pertains to only an individual’s skills and performance.

A physical activity, Sport is carried out under an agreed set of rules. Sport is related to recreational purpose, either for self-enjoyment or competition or for both. A game is also for recreational activities and it involves one or more players. Played on the basis of a set of rules, a game is defined as a goal that the players try to achieve. As like sport, game is also played for enjoyment.

Sport is an activity or activities where the material capabilities of the sportsperson are looked upon. In a sport, it is the sportsperson or the individual who determines the outcome. Well, an individual’s talent does not determine a game. It is the entire performance of the players that determines the winner in a game. An individual’s skill or performance, though has much significance, does not count much in a game; it is only the coordination and team spirit that leads the game.

A person participating in a sport is called as athlete or a sports person. A person who participates in a game is known as player.

When a game relies on strategy, sport is based on individual performances and luck.

In a sport, the athlete can take independent decisions, but a player cannot take such independent decisions in a game. A decision is taken at a game collectively among two or more players.

Another difference between sport and game is that the former is based on physical energy and the later is based on mental strength. Sport is played with a view of competition in mind while game is played with a friendly attitude.

One can come across more professionalism in sport than the game. In a sport, the athlete or sports person is expected to show good sportsmanship and also have high standards of conduct like respecting the opponents and the officials. But in a game, an individual may not deliver such character. In game, the performance of the whole team is taken into account.

Sport is organized and competitive. It also requires commitment and fair play. An athlete or a sports person always gain popularity and maintains a name for his skills. But in a game, it is not the individual who gains popularity but it is the entire team that carves out a niche.

Summary
1. Sport involves individual skills. In game, it is the collective responsibility of a team
2. Sport is based on physical energy and game based on mental strength.
3. Game relies on strategy, sport is based on individual performances and luck.
4. Sport is an activity or activities where the material capabilities of the sportsperson are looked upon. It is the entire performance of the players that determines the winner in a game.


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    • Not true

      Summary
      1. Sport involves individual skills. In game, it is the collective responsibility of a team

      Solo activities can be games. Solitaire or Mah Jong. These involve skill (individual) AND online games can be played by a team.

      2. Sport is based on physical energy and game based on mental strength.

      Twister is a game that involves physical energy. Darts however…… Boxing is a sport and demands mental strength.

      3. Game relies on strategy, sport is based on individual performances and luck.

      Some Gambling games dont involve any strategy and arguable luck. As a game KER PLUNK involves individual performance and luck.

      4. Sport is an activity or activities where the material capabilities of the sportsperson are looked upon. It is the entire performance of the players that determines the winner in a game.

      Er……….. like boxing. And the entire performance of the team in a game does not apply to this. The team help (Corner etc) but its down to one guy…. and thats a sport.

      • The difference is more simple than stated in this piece; a game (of skill) is performed to attain a ‘win’ with as many participants as desired. A sport distinguishes itself by requiring an element of defense…in sports you can STOP your opponent…

        • That’s the dumbest….In most games you can stop your opponent too. In a game of soccer I can tackle you. In a game of dota I kill you.

          What about a marathon. Is that a game? no? Then why can’t you stop me? Can you stop me from cliffdiving? Isn’t that a sport? Can you stop me from cycling up a hill in tour de france? Or is cycling 300km a day a game?

          What about tennis? Sport or game? both? can you stop me? nope.

  1. Hi,

    What is the difference between game and sport? I read this passage regarding the game and sport.
    If sport a based individaul skill. How about the soccer ? Is it game or sport?

    Thanks

  2. And of course politicians are going to make money off of energy, no matter what party. Republican or Democrats, it makes no difference. McCain=Oil or Al Gore=Alternative Energy.

  3. hey its nice. even i thought games and sports are same.

  4. I don’t cared bout this yall are lame im am not posting this to be lame or friends because this is one of my assignment

  5. Both sport and game are used in context to a physical activity. However the main difference between sport and game is in its grammatical usage.

    Sport is used as a noun. So we say “X is a sport”.
    Game is used as verb clause. So we say “To play a game of X”

    As per the above rule, the correct usage is –

    1) Cricket is a sport.
    2) Football is a sport.
    3) Tennis is a sport.

    1) Let’s play a game of cricket.
    2) Let’s play a game of football.
    3) Let’s play a game of tennis.

    Incorrect usage –

    1) Let’s play a sport of cricket.
    2) Let’s play a sport of tennis.
    3) Football is a game.
    4) Cricket is a game.

  6. there is no clear difference among the two. A game is just a more general term than sport. A particular sport has strategies just like in games

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