Game On: The virtual athlete

Dylan Linkner
Dylan Linkner

By Jason Tang - bio | email

KAILUA (KHNL) - He finished his career with the University of Hawaii football team this year, but Dylan Linkner isn't giving up the sport.

He's one of many athletes who use video games to satisfy their football appetite.

"Nowadays it's pretty close to the video game and the real thing as far as the strategy wise, you know reading the defense and being a quarterback and making the right throws and touches," said Linkner, a former Warrior receiver.

At the Linkner home in Kailua, we're played NCAA Football 2008. There are literally hundreds of ways to modify the game, including your own character. Of course Dylan already has a realistic, virtual version of himself, but when it's time to create a virtual me, there's no need to be realistic.

"You can go on and live this fantasy life through the video game or you can kind of make your stats realistic and see how good he might do against these guys in real life," said Linkner.

After we modify all our settings, it's game on. It's a classic matchup today, with the BYU Cougars returning to the Islands, and we start this game with a touchdown.

But even though technology has come a long way in the gaming world, Dylan says it still doesn't top the real deal.

"Nothing can beat the field, I mean the field is unbelievable, I mean, just being out there in front of all those people, it's the live feedback, just being there and feeling the crowd, definitely the field is the winner," said Linkner.

But in our virtual game, the winner is BYU by a final score of 31-28. Dylan hauls in 8 catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns, while I finish 18 of 32, for 269 yards, two touchdowns and seven costly interceptions.

"J Tang came out feeling confident, he had some good abilities in the game, it's just the offensive coordinator, which unfortunately is me, made some bad calls and was a little impatient and threw one too many interceptions, 7 interceptions and two touchdowns, it's not the greatest of stats," said Linkner.