Technically it's a way to turn spectating in a game, so maybe this should qualify as a game. But over the last few years the pull of fantasy sports — and I'm specifically talking in terms of cricket, football, basketball, and so on — has gotten me heavily hooked.
It started when I used to work late night shifts. Fantasy leagues gave me a second way to enjoy the English Premier League, which was on at the same time I was awake. It's given me a route to slowly understanding and enjoying the NBA, and it's also provided a second lease on life for the world of cricket.
But there's now fantasy sports for everything. I'm in a fantasy league for box office movies. There's fantasy leagues for poker. This league lets you pretend you're the head of an economics department. And Wall Street Survivor has been operating as a fantasy league for the stock market for years. Hell, I'm pretty sure the ASX has been doing one for school kids and university students for decades.
So fantasy leagues are great. So I ask you: do you play in any, and if so, how does fantasy impact or affect your enjoyment of sports and other activities?