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Video gaming an Olympic sport?

Picture an idyllic 2008 Beijing day. The world will be there: the Americans, the French, the Russians, the British--all on hand for that year's summer Olympics.

That means runners, gymnasts, soccer and baseball players and hundreds of other athletes will be on hand. And now, video gamers?

It's a far-fetched notion, but one that the Global Gaming League is pushing, according to Joystiq.

Why far-fetched? Well, mostly because video game players aren't really athletes, no matter how competitive they are. Why not far-fetched? The answer lies, Joystiq says, in the fact that video games are essentially part of the DNA of Chinese culture these days and that therefore ratings for coverage of video games competitions could be monumental.