Last time 60 Minutes tackled the subject of gaming, it was with a story linking the murder of three police officers with Grand Theft Auto: Vice City that featured antigaming crusader Jack Thompson. This coming Sunday, the venerable CBS news magazine will run a much less controversial piece on professional gaming. Its subject will be professional gaming in general, and PC shooter champion Jonathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel in particular. It will also feature footage of the most recent World Cyber Games championship in Singapore, which 55,000 people attended. 60 Minutes airs at 7 p.m. EST/PST and 6 p.m. CST.
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Pro gamer and World Cyber Games champ will be profiled on this Sunday's show.
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Sure im not a great fan of fatal1ty,not even a small one for that part,but i don't dislike or hate him either,in my personall opinion he is one of the best when it comes down to PC first person shooters like unreal tournament,yes he does earn lots of money,and im glad for him that he does,if i were in his shoes i wouldn't mind playing games for a living, and what is this about fps games being "dead brain games",they are in 50% of the cases also tactical games,then why do people complain about him using the name fatal1ty? it's a name nothing else, if he likes it, so be it, personally i like it a little to,if i could i might watch 60 minutes, but i don't think i can see it.
Fatal1ty has been using his name since 1999, so don't be hating on his name because it is unoriginal or "so 1997." He has beaten some of the best players in the world so to call him anything other than a professional gamer is just stupid. And just because he's good at PC shooters doesn't mean thats going to translate over to Halo 2. He's the best player in the world when it comes to PC shooters, nothing else. Also, I think picking Fatal1ity over some other random gamer to give his views on violent gaming on 60 minutes is a good thing, otherwise you'd get some idiot talking about how professional gamers dont: have a life
I'll definatly watch "60 Minutes" this Sunday. At least they're getting positive news about video games this time instead of negative news.
of course we hate on Fatal1ty, cuz we'd love to do what he does for a living. and we'd relish the chance to turn around and sh** on haters like us but unfortunately we'd be too busy travelin' the world, playin' games for six figures and managing groupies
I played against him on Halo 2 once and he wasn't dominating the match like I expected. Needless to say, I wasn't really imprerssed. Heck with a little more practice I would've beat him. It just goes to show you how overrated some of these guys are. I'm sure if i wanted to kiss my social life good bye and put in the long hours of never ending practice, I could compete in these competitions and win.
Just because he's better then the rest of us at shooters, we have to hate him? Wow, the gaming community is a bunch of jealous idiots. Seriously, if he makes money playing games, kudos to him.
"Fatal1ty" (that name is soooo 1997) may be a professional PC shooter champion, but there are at least a few things he probably hasn't accomplished, such as:
solsub how is it a brain dead genre a decent fps player at least uses some tactics to win. i think racing games are twice as brain dead. in fact anything other than an rts or maybe just maybe a fighter requires less thinking than a shooter.
I really don't know much about him, other than what he's won in the past. The overall opinion I seem to be reading from you guys is that he's a jerk, why is that?
Can't believe that clown get's so much play cuz he wins video game tournaments. Where the heck is my TV spot for beating DMC on Dante must die mode? Huh?? Bunch of patsies.
So what if he's good at shooters. There are plenty of other genres that you people have forgotten about such as different types of platformers, adventure games, sports titles etc... My point is this: There can be no definitive "best gamer" on earth unless that person has mastered every one of the genres that the industry has to offer. Hence, there are way to many genres to consider when christening the "best gamer". In other words, he MAY BE among the best when it comes to PC FPS', but he may be terrible at strategy games for example, immediately rendering his title useless. Granted, he has received a lot of recognition, but it was solely for playing FPS' (most brain-dead genre). It could've just as easily happened to some other guy who excelled at Gran Turismo or something.
You know, in a world where every mainstream news article is always school shooting releated or some state legislation bill restricting the sale of video games, you guys should appreciate the fact that this is one of the rare opportunities to dispell video gaming stereotypes and show gaming in a positive light. Yeah, there have been news articles on the positive affects of gaming, but they usually don't end up on the front page of the newspaper. Whether you like Fatal1ty or not, any positive press on video gaming is better than none. And what the hell's your problem with people who get paid to play games? Is that any different than whining about people who get paid to play tennis? Football? Golf? You know, lot's of people play golf on their spare time, but you hardly hear anyone **** and complain about how much Tiger Woods gets paid.
Hopefully he wont say anything stupid. :D I hope he is prepared to defend gaming and make all the people who hate gaming look like idiots.
Gaming and mainstream news dont mix the news are just a bunch of blood sucking ticks waiting to destroy something whether it be literally or teh substance of a thing. y do they even care. and i think i might of played fatal1ty before or seen him somewhere i didnt see him to be anything special but then again he could probably beat me. is he some sort of gaming god in the US or something.
Fatal1ty is a sellout for making money at something we enjoy doing, gaming. Some people are so bitter and jealous its sickening. People are trashing the guy as if they wouldn't in a second love to take his spot and get the money he gets just for playing games. Free travel around the world paid for by a host of sponsors.... I'm sorry, but that doesn't sound too bad.
kaotix you suppose to be better than fatal1ty? He's is as good as everyone thinks he is.. I mean just look at what he's won and against who. Nongamers think he's the best at everything??? Even other pro gramers think he's one of if not the best when he applies himself to those first person shooters. I mean look at how much money the guy has won in how many different games. If you can do better then by all means please expose him for the fraud he is :/ Now I could care less what the hell fatal1ty does with his time not a fan by any means nor do I follow him as I would a sports team, but you hear about the guy constantly and he makes a pretty damn good living at what he does so all the people trashing him are just making it obvious they are jealous. You don't have to like the guy, but you gotta give it up to him for making as much money playing video games as he does along with all the endorsements he gets. Kid has his own line of computer motherboards for god sakes.
FFzelda005, are you talking about the story about the kid who's aging prematurely? I caught that story. I hope you're joking;--even then, it's not funny.
I dont understand all this hate being directed towards Fatal1ity. Are you all just jealous or do you actually have some sort of "reason" for disliking him? Sure, he's making money by playing games and making money off of his name but wouldn't you if you were in his position?
Ok first of all I have no idea where everybody is getting the idea that this guy is representing video/computer gaming. First of all, that wouldn't make for a very interesting interview. What this is about is a new form of big money entertainment and who's cashing in on it. We are talking about a guy who makes in excess of $100,000 US a year, just to play video games. That is definitely not your average gaming. He makes more money than Government paid lawyers who've taken the years and money to get through law school. Thats something worthy of 60 Minute interviews right there. Yes and as others have mentioned before, there seems to be a lot of jealousy rampant here. All I have to say to that is I'm glad he's making more than you'll ever make in your life. Just to play video games. AHAHAHA
I was able to see him play at E3 last year and I didn't get any hint of him being full of himself. He was very gracious to other players and didn't really seem to enjoy the spotlight too much. I might watch the 60 Minutes segment.
well at least this time we wont have a total idiot spewing out incomprehendable jargon about God knows what.
SiGh... what does it take to become famous... gamer... I am a brilliant gamer.. here i come xbox 360 live.. i will show the world
I really could care a less...representing gaming community? Just because I like videogames doesn't mean I'm part of a community...as far as I'm concerned, he's representing himself and all the other hopeless retards who aspire to be like him! People have their hobbies and playing videogames just happens to be mine...yeah I know society clumps us all into one group and thinks we're all potential psycho-path deviants (some of us are) but I'm not going to cry about the fact that some retard might change people's perceptions about me...If older people think that I'm a freak for playing 'violent' videogames then so be it! Think what they want, but I know for a fact that I'm not going to show up at school and blow everyone away with a shotgun! It's not videogames that made these morons kill people! There are other factors involved here...child abuse, abandonement issues, mental defects, societal impacts...etc...If anything, gaming allows relief of stress or anger...it's like any other entertainment...how is it different then going to the movies or listening to music?
This is F******G sad. All I have to say is stay off the Haterade! I mean this is for once POSITIVE PRESS on gaming, which need i remind is good. And really If YOU could play games all day and get paid good money for it, wouldn't you do it too?
I say that if I could do it I would... Don't know anything about this guy but I have to say - Way to go J"F"W -
Get a job and die like the rest of us? WTF? I think there is just a WHOLE lot of jealousy going around here. The guy's job is gaming... why should he do exactly what everyone else does? Because you don't like it? I think it's interesting, and I'm going to watch this.
I couldn't have a lesser opinion of someone like him. Professional. Give me a break, get a job and die like the rest of us.
yes chiggeronstix, its you over reacting. So this Fatal1ty makes a living off of playing video games. SO WHAT!! That doesn't give you a reason to hate him.
i really hate him for some reason...i am sorry but i really do! seriously...Fatal1ty? is he really the person to represent the gaming community? i dunno, maybe it is just me over reacting.
All this hate seems to be misplaced. The man actually does make a living off of gaming, but he doesn't let all this publicity affect his game either. He possibly is the best gamer out there right now (maybe next to Voo, whom he faced off with several times on the CPL).
I personally could care less as well about this story, but I'm not gonna hate on the guy for being a success. Whatever you chose to do with your life, I would hope that you would want to thrive as fatal1ty is obviously doing with his.
Wow.. so many negative comments. The guy makes a living playing video games, he has mobo's, mice and i think a sound card bearing his name. Who do you think 60 minutes should interview? YOU GUYS?? Now I wouldn't buy any of that crap but I'm happy for the guy. So this guy is trying to captilize on his name. If you guys could earn a living playing games wouldn't you? And wouldn't you be doing the same thing he is? Do you guys remember Thresh the first Doom champion? He now is one of the founders of X-Fire. Any positive media about video games is good. You guys need to grow up.