Recession problems, Paddy?

Deep down we all know that video games, like any other incredibly male pastime (music, sport, technology etc), is basically very geeky indeed. You need to look no further than the phenomenon of video game tournaments to prove this particular point, with Street Fighter being a particular magnet for out and out spoddery.

Just to ramp up the sad factor by a notch or two a heavyweight SF4 bout between two ‘respected’ UK players – Ryan Hart and Femi Adeboye – has been arranged by Paddy Power, which will be broadcast on their website while the bookies offer odds on it. Pretty goddamn geeky, right readers? *sticks a tenner down on Adeboye*

‘Videogames are as much a legitimate sport as any other,’ lied Paddy Power through their teeth, in the desperate search for self-justification. ‘We wanted to offer sports fans and games players the ultimate thrill by offering the chance to win big on the outcome of a Super Street Fighter IV competition. If it proves popular, we'll open further books on other video game competitions.’

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