Sports

File Archery

May 18th, 2009


File Archery is an intense sport for two players with precise pointing skills.

Required equipment

  • 2 mice
  • 1 computer
  • 2 players
  • stopwatch
  • referee

Preparations

  • create 2 folders
  • one folder is the “target”
  • second one is “arrow” named by player

How to play

  • first player has to put the “arrow” folder near the “target” folder
  • second player is interrupting the first one by moving the mouse
  • players compete in 4 rounds

Goal

  • the winner is player who puts “arrow” folder nearest to the “target” folder

Mouse Boxing

May 18th, 2009


Mouse Boxing is a nerve-wrecking battle for two competitors with strong index fingers and a keen sense of dragging.

Required equipment

  • 2 mice
  • 1 computer
  • 2 players
  • referee

Preparations

  • define a vertical line in the middle of screen (using folders or desktop background)
  • create a folder, open it and set to smaller size

How to play

  • each player choses his side of desktop
  • each player has to hold the folder for 5 seconds on the competitor’s side

Goal

  • win at least 2 rounds out of 3

Tug-of-word

May 18th, 2009

Flex those arrow-key muscles of yours in a one-to-one, double-keyboard struggle on reaching your side of a text document.

Required equipment

  • 2 keyboards
  • 1 computer
  • 2 players

Preparations

  • make a text document
  • define a horizontal line and it’s middle

How to play

  • tapping the right or left arrow key get to your end of the line

Goal

  • reach your side of the document before the other player reaches his side
  • win at least 2 rounds out of 3

Tapping Slalom

May 18th, 2009


An insanely speedy ride through tight textual gates, inspired by the steep worldcup slopes of Maribor.

Required equipment

  • 1 keyboard
  • 1 computer
  • 1 player
  • stopwatch (referee)

Preparations

  • create a screen-sized notepad text document with (18) gates (write:11)

How to play

  • tapping the arrow key reach the end of the document going through the gates
  • measure the time
  • player who holds the key needs to be disqualified

Goal

  • reach the end of the document in shortest possible time
  • go through all gates

Notepad Fencing

May 18th, 2009


Erase your opponent. Literally.

Required equipment

  • 2 keyboards
  • 1 computer
  • 2 players

Preparations

  • create a screen-sized text document
  • write the same amount of player’s initials in a few rows, or copy and paste this playing field:


    EEEEEEEEEEEEEE MMMMMMMMMMMMMM
    MMMMMMMMMMMMMM EEEEEEEEEEEEEE
    EEEEEEEEEEEEEE MMMMMMMMMMMMMM
    MMMMMMMMMMMMMM EEEEEEEEEEEEEE
    EEEEEEEEEEEEEE MMMMMMMMMMMMMM
    MMMMMMMMMMMMMM EEEEEEEEEEEEEE

How to play

  • tapping the arrow keys and backspace
  • delete the oponents initial

Goal

  • have only your initial/s left on the document

Folder Wrestling

May 18th, 2009


Only the world´s most skilled drag-and-droppers dare enter into a match of Folder Wrestling - and risk the humiliation of having your folder put in your opponents folder.

Required equipment

  • 2 mice
  • 1 computer
  • 2 players

Preparations

  • create 2 folders and 5 files
  • open 2 folders (named after players)
  • music optional (O Fortuna, Bumblebee flight)

How to play

  • drag files in your folder one by one
  • game ends when all files are dragged from desktop into players folder

Goal

  • the winner is player who has at least 3 files in his folder
  • instant winner is the player who drops competitor’s folder in his own!

Scroll Racing

May 17th, 2009


All those years of wheeling through countless documents and wbesites are finally going to pay off.

Required equipment

  • 1 mouse
  • 1 computer
  • stopwatch (referee)
  • 1 player

Preparations

  • create a really long text document
  • set the scroll sensitivity to lowest

How to play

  • scroll your way down the document as fast as posibile
  • use only scrolling (no clicking)
  • measure the time

Goal

  • scroll your way down the document in shortest possible time
  • Desktop Athlete

    Create your own sport!

    Connect two USB-mice or USB-keyboards to your computer and you have turned it into a desktop olympic arena!

    The Desktop Olympic committee is on a constant lookout for new, silly, mind-boggling and sweaty disciplines for contemporary office athletes.

    Please send your ideas to committee@desktopolympics.org and we will add them to the list of sports!