According to a translation by MMO Culture, Jet Li stated when asked about virtual gaming as a sport:

“If poker card games and chess both have the players sitting down and are considered sports, why not virtual gaming as well? There are 2 kinds of sports, 1 physical and 1 mental. There is no good reason to debunk virtual gaming as a sport, and I believe the participants of such virtual PvP events have the same mentality as physical athletes.”

In regards to video games versus movies and as an experience, Jet described a games’ ending and the negative energy involved in games such as attacking several people:

“I fell that with movies having only 1 ending, the audiences are somehow left aside from participating. I thought of having all materials in 1 game, where different choices will mean different outcomes. For many people, some regrets or mistakes cannot be changed, but it is possible in games. They will then tell themselves not to make the same mistake again, with many more choices ahead.

I told the American developers that killing innocents in a game will gather some negative energy, but positive energy can be claimed by doing the right things. This will lead to players having multiple choices at each turn. However, the American developers felt that my idea was too idealistic, with too much focus on moral values.”

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