Commitment - a Sport...

About: A Northern Ireland based maker with a propensity to cause trouble and freshly constructed family.

Now these days commitment has other connotations attached but bunny boilers, you're in the wrong place...

Commitment is a game consisting of foolhardiness and the general desire to damage one's self or surroundings...

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Step 1: The History of Commitment.

This noble tradition was invented while playing an Xbox racing game and my friend kept slowing down for corners that you didn't have to, I kept saying stay on the throttle... After some point I said commit yourself while having some fun crashing...

This quickly became fun on lots of tracks and got to the point of a good game.

Later on we went cycling, in Belvoir forest soon after arriving I came to the top of a big steep hill with crazy bumps and turns, this was the point that commitment became the phrase of the day and a great sport.

The fact that I came flying down the hill and round bends suddenly to see a sharp right angle with river on the the outside was an interesting development, which lead to an advancement in the game where both drifts and tail slides where the only means considered acceptable for sharp corners...

Below is one of the birthplaces of commitment, to see why enter the main gate and go left, watch out for me...

Step 2: The Rules and Principles of Commitment...

The principle of commitment is very simple, to go through corners and such at the most unreasonable speed possible, then go faster. The vehicle of choice is a bicycle, which affords you freedom to go other places and less chance of brutal injuries in comparison to larger vehicles...

In the case of using a racing game the car used should be twitchy, have a propensity to over steer and generally insane handling issues... In this case the game is played around high speed corners and in the most foolish manner possible, generally full throttle and correcting to stop a crash is considered pussing out...

In the case of real life playing of the game pussing out is considered to be going too slow, ie: normal speeds or just not enough to be anything silly, also slowing down before the corner is pussing out, unless it's really needed.

Though there isn't much of a point system of winner it works like so:

Points are awarded for:
- Acts of complete and utter insanity
- Taking things to the point of too far
- Ignorance of unknowns like foot deep puddles etc.
- Close calls
- Determination to hold a path
- Jumping over random objects like random mounds

Pussing out is called on when:
- A player goes too slowly for no reason
- Avoids a jump or other obstacle on open ground
- Puts their feet down for corners etc.
- Stops for any reason other than tiredness or impassable obstacles

Step 3: Other Suitable Vehicles for the Game.

There are many vehicles this game could be done on.

- Skateboards and long boards, long boards more so since sliding is a possibility
- Go-peds, these things tend to feel like they're going down before they do so it makes them ideal
- Quads, granted it's dangerous by now
- Scramblers, though you'll basically be scrambling
- Rollerblades, wear full protection for that one, I can imagine pain...
- Any homemade vehicle
- Forklifts, granted it's bloody dangerous
- Crackheads, providing fast thrills at the expense of giving them crack.

Vehicles it's probably not safe to do this with

- Horses
- Cars
- Cows
- Midgets, too low to the ground
- Motorbikes
- Most watercraft...

Step 4: Places for Play...

Obviously public roads cause an issue while attempting to play this game...

Forest parks and cycle tracks make good places, as do random forests...

other places like nature walks or even just any place where you can get to are good.

The main things a place should have are:

- Loose ground like gravel (for bikes etc. not boards...)
- Lots of corners
- Lots of height variations in the terrain (hilly for the layman)

Step 5: Ways to Play.

You can play for points and have an overall winner but that involves both an impartial judge and a lot of chasing...

Generally taking off in a random direction shouting commitment seems to yield the most fun from this particular game...

Several things I would suggest to bring are a mobile, food and some plasters and stuff like that, you don't fall as much as you expect to but flying through areas like forests at great speed tends to leave you cuts up all over, especially when jumping directly through a tree...

As a last note, do play safe and always be aware of your surroundings for things like traffic, human or otherwise, make sure where you play isn't private land, if it's no bikes but everyone does don't be too much of a nuisance and you wont get bothered, if it's private land check for permissions...

Enjoy playing the game, which is also known as:
- Oh balls (During play)
- Super happy crazy fun time sport achievement crazy day. (Japan)
- Raptors! (Isla Sorna - Had to consult my brother for that name, if you get it you're a geek...)
- Taco'd (generally end of play)

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    42 Discussions


    9 years ago on Introduction

    While I support doing unnecessarily stupid things, you really need to have a safety disclaimer somewhere in there since you are encouraging some unsafe stuff.


    10 years ago on Introduction

    i played this and now i cant lift my shoulder. single speed no suspension and no back brakes road bike on a singletrack course racing against bikes made for that course is a no-no. it was hella fun though.

    if you saw my crappy biking skills, you'd swear i was playing commitment the whole time... *ouch*


    11 years ago on Introduction

    my bike broke, the center of the rear wheel and axle came apart. i was like a mile down the road, so i rode it anyway, slower than ever. im so pissed off...

    5 replies

    Damn, that's not good... Hopefully gets fixed, I'm waiting on getting a new freewheel at the moment when I stop pedalling the chain snaps up and down wildly a few times...

    try a penetrating oil, if it doesn't loosen then you may have to split it and diesel it for a few days, other than that you could get a new one or use the one on the old bike...

    i've tried everything, im just gonna chop it and buy a new master link for the second one...they both dont have master links which sucks but you gotta do what you gotta do..

    another name: teenage weirdness. i'd like to see someone in calgary do this. in fish creek park ( a big forest place) there is a singletrack on the side of a almost cliff hill- long way down and youd land in a 1 foot deep river.

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    11 years ago on Introduction

    Haha cool ! sounds fun lol midgets are unsuitable vehicles :D