Each of the five sports under consideration will receive a Science Fiction and Fantasy Sport Score -- the SFFSS. On a scale from 1 to 10 -- lowest to highest -- each sport will be assessed in three areas:
-- Playability - Despite the sci-fi/fantasy milieu, would it be possible to play this game in the real world?
-- Spectacle - Despite risks to property and lives of players and spectators, would it be entertaining?
-- Originality - Is it too much like existing games, or does it combine existing games in boring ways?
The highest possible score is, of course, 30 points. Any sport with a score lower than 15 can be generally written off as unpromising and not worth pursuing as an actual business/entertainment venture.
5th (TIE) - Quidditch/Terrestrial Quidditch (The Harry Potter Universe)
|"I will try to kill Dumbledore in Book 6, Potter!"|
|Star of the 2008 USA Muggle Olympic team.|
Spectacle: 8 (or 2)
Playabilty: 1 (or 8)
Originality: 8 (or 2)
SFFSS: 17 (or 12)
5th (TIE) - Parrises Squares (Star Trek: The Next Generation)
|Worf: "If I were wearing other pants, I would kill you where you stand!"|
Spectacle: 8 (or 3, for the Applied Phlebotnium Effect)
3rd - Triangle (Battlestar Galactica)
|Fan art. Of course.|
2nd - Deathball (Futurama)
|One day, all sports could be like this.|
1st - Rollerball (Rollerball)
|Prepare to feel the wrath of Caan.|
But the real star of Rollerball is the, er, title sport. What's not to like? Rollerskates, motorcycles, football helmets, spiked gloves. The Rollerball itself is basically a cannonball. The players take drugs for their pain, for energy, for fun. There are riots in the stands. The rules are changed in mid-season if things get boring. People regularly die during matches -- the record being 9. Nine players dead, that's a baseball team -- perhaps the Chicago Cubs. Jewison said that, during breaks in the shooting, the stuntmen used to play FOR REAL for the extras sitting in the stands, and nobody got hurt. Jewison also admitted that, at the time -- and maybe for all time -- he had assembled the greatest group of stuntmen in the history of cinema for the production. This only contribute to the overall awesomeness of the film: no CGI and very few special effects. Just pure guts, and a game that Caan and the stuntmen worked out for themselves in the best playground fashion. Only with motorcycles. And did I mention the spikes?
|Less than a gallon of blood, no foul. Fire is perfectly fine.|