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Maybe you remember the Far Side cartoon, Hopeful Parents?

** Image removed at the request of Farside syndicator, Creators Syndicate **

Turns out Gary Larson was right...

CNET.com - A few years ago, Johnathan Wendel was just another kid in high school with a yen for playing fast-paced computer games such as "Quake III."

Nowadays, the 22-year-old is drawing the attention of MTV documentarians, courting endorsements from major chipmakers and launching his own PC line, all based on those same "Quake" skills.

By most standards, Wendel, better-known as Fatal1ty, is the top star on the burgeoning tournament gaming scene, in which computer gaming buffs compete head-to-head in shooting games such as "Quake" and "Unreal Tournament," gunning for fame and five-digit prize packages.

Read the whole thing, like where he compares himself to Michael Jordan...

Maybe the day is coming in the not too distant future that all sports and activities will be played via VR simulation. Doughy kids can work off their energy with a joystick as opposed to engaging in the actual activity. We wouldn't want anyone to get hurt (or sweaty)...

Comments (3)

My teenage nephew is into D... (Below threshold)

My teenage nephew is into Dance Dance Revolution (DDR). It is a computer game that uses actual dance moves. Some of these kids are very talented and it takes a bit of physical skill to compete. Kids are also making their own dance mixes. The good thing about DDR is that the kids actually have to get off their butts and move.

There are at least two gami... (Below threshold)

There are at least two gaming leagues, one of which is the PGM, and they have tournaments with decent prizes. I have spoken to several gamers who have made a living playing computer games in Korea. If you are really shit-hot you can earn quite a few decent income playing computer games (especially when you get sponsors).

DDR is pretty cool, and I'v... (Below threshold)

DDR is pretty cool, and I've seen the kids on it. That's an aerobics class level workout.






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