Goals in Sports
Goals in sports are most commonly associated with association football (i.e., soccer). However, the actual structure of a goal can vary greatly from one sport to the next. In association football, the goal is rectangular in shape and is comprised of two vertical posts that are connected by a horizontal post along the topside. American football goals are quite different; these are made up of one pole sticking out of the ground which is connected to a horizontal one at the middle. This has two further posts sticking directly up from it at either end, reminiscent of a tuning fork. Hockey goals are different again; while they bear a resemblance to association football goals, they are much smaller in size and more narrow in length.
Goals in Gaming
Goals in the gaming sense are usually associated with completing a set number of tasks in order to progress to the next stage; the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater series provides a perfect example of this. However, in this case we’re referring to the actual physical object as oppose to the concept. Super Monkey Ball is a good example of goals featuring within a game; here you must navigate a simian across various obstacles and platforms in order to reach the goal at the end. The goal consists of two posts, with a band of tape draped across spelling out the word ‘GOAL’. There is also a large circle located above it, within this circle there is a ball that drops glitter upon completing the level. Naturally goals are also found in many sports titles, as the goal itself is usually a core component of the sport.