Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Winning Formulae

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Winning Formulae

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Is gaming a sport? That was the argument on the radio recently. I am in no doubt. Whether you have caught the highlights of the finest League of Legends cyber-athletes competing for the world title in South Korea or been hammered 12-0 by your son at Fifa 12, the only conclusion to draw is that gaming is definitely a sport. If you lack speed, dexterity and stamina you are blown away, trust me.

The real question is why gamers are the only members of the keyboard and console community to earn such sporting celebrity. When are the true sporting giants of the computer-screen arena - the colour-coding conditional spreadsheet formatters - going to be given similar exposure? These formula-fuelled powerhouses have got the lot. They are bright yet brutal. They are capable, with a mere flick of an electronic paint-brush, of exposing pupil, teacher and school underperformance without even breaking into a sweat.

The sport is growing fast at all levels. At the grass roots, we tend to see plucky formatters earnestly learning how to get to grips with the most basic formulae. This eventually leads to a traffic light red, yellow and green spreadsheet depicting strong, middling or useless performance. In the early years this always used to wow audiences, but the game has moved on in more recent times.

Formatting at the highest level now requires a deeper and more nuanced range of formulae and colour-coded combinations. We might even see a few orange cells, for instance, perhaps used to identify those of us whose work at school is not completely "red-hopeless" but not worth "yellow-adequate" status. …

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