Is competing in games of any kind sinfully prideful?
Sure, some will argue that competitive gaming creates and grows moral character, etc. and that it is therefore beneficial to the players, but…
After all, isn’t the ultimate goal of playing games to win them? And, isn’t winning inherently being better than/besting your opponent? And, if you want to win, don’t you technically want to do better than/best your opponent? If you want to outshine him, then, is this not a sinfully prideful way to fel?
However, it seems that many argue that, because of what seem to be peripheral (although certainly good) effects of competing in games, playing competitive games is not sinful. So, then, it seems that those who argue this say that the development of character should be considered the ultimate goal of gaming rather than winning, which actually seems to be the proper goal of competitive gaming. (Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying that one shoul desire to win at all costs. Of course, it should still be done ethically/honorably/in a sportsman-like spirit. All I am saying is that it seems that many discount winning as a key part of competitive gaming, possibly because they think that such would, in fact, be sinfully prideful, if they did so.) Surely, if the main goal of competitive gaming is characgter development, surely there are better ways to form character other than those that involve besting opponents? Then, why should we play games competitively at all, if they involve besting our opponents which could arguably be sinfully prideful?
If competitive gaming is not sinfully prideful, than precisely why is it not? What makes the ultimate goal of competitive gaming any different from wanting to so off self (apparently a sinfully proud activity?)?