There are some people that think that it is far better for children to be outside playing sports, rather than being inside playing sports games. However, there are actually positive arguments for both.
Obviously playing a sport will keep you fit and playing on the computer will not. But there are times when we need to relax and rest our bodies and this means that we need to find something different to do than playing sports.
A great thing about playing sports games (hockey games, football games and basketball games) on the computer is that it can help you to gain enthusiasm about playing the sport for real. It can help you to understand the rules better and maybe even learn some skills and tactics that you can use when you play it for real. It can be a great way to help someone to better their understanding of a sport and they may feel that they would like to learn even more about it and even have a go for themselves.
It is also worth remembering that some people tend to be more sporty than others. However much you try to push a child in to sport, they may just not want to do it, if they are not that way inclined. They may not be built for sport, have good enough balance, speed or other skills required. Being able to play a sport on a computer game, means that they can still be involved in that sport, but they do not actually have to take part. It means that they can get an idea of what it feels like to do it, without actually having to play it. It also means that those people who play that sport but are not that good, get a chance to know what it might feel like to win at the game, as they may be able to do so when they are playing the computer game version of the sport.