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Jonathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel has helped thrust professional video gaming upon mainstream America -- he'll be featured on 60 Minutes this Sunday

Love him or hate him, Fatal1ty will be on the CBS show 60 Minutes on Sunday.  Jonathan "Fatalt1y" Wendel, the best-known American professional gamer in the world, started gaming professionally in 1999.  Since then, he has continued to dominate the competition while playing first person shooter games like Doom III, Painkiller and Quake 4.  He also has the Fatal1ty brand of PC hardware and accessories that ranges from motherboards, sound cards to mouse pads and CPU coolers.  The interview will cover topics such as cyber athletes, Wendel's fitness routine and the future of video game competitions.  The episode of 60 Minutes will air on CBS this Sunday, at 7 p.m. EST.

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this is a....
By Missing Ghost on 1/21/2006 1:38:23 AM , Rating: 2
corporate whore

RE: this is a....
By mpeny on 1/21/2006 2:02:34 AM , Rating: 2
corporate whore

huh? He is a professional video gamer. What did you expect? He is not some artsy rock band trying to change the world with esoteric art.

Sheez. Hate the game not the player.

RE: this is a....
By Milliamp on 1/21/2006 5:00:34 AM , Rating: 2
I saw some of the vids of him and he seems like an OK enough guy.

You are going to hate him becasue he plays vid games, for a living?? Like you wouldn't do it if given the chance.

RE: this is a....
By MrSmurf on 1/21/2006 6:16:38 AM , Rating: 2
I don't hate the guy. I just hate that ugly logo, his nmae and let's face it, he's not the most attractive person yet his pic is plastered everywhere.

I'll never buy a product just because it's endorsed by him or any professional gamer.

But props for him for making boatloads of money for doing something he enjoys.

RE: this is a....
By JarredWalton on 1/21/2006 8:34:10 AM , Rating: 2
No, I hate the guy. Well, maybe not hate, but I certainly don't like anything I've seen of him. He does not represent computer gaming culture well at all, IMO. In fact, he reinforces a lot of the negative stereotypes of gamers. "Pro gamer"... ugh.

RE: this is a....
By punkboi on 1/21/2006 9:13:47 AM , Rating: 2
Yus...not attractive at all. I mean....I wouldnt be all jazzed about Abe Vagoda posing for CK ads and what not. I also hate the generic. But yeah....good for him for being able to make money at a leisure activity that so many of us enjoy.

60 minutes thingy and avg gamers age
By punkboi on 1/21/2006 9:23:09 AM , Rating: 2
They act so surprised that the new avg age of gamers is 30. 30 year olds now are the people that grew up on Atari, Comodore 64 on up to 8-bit Nintendo to todays consoles and PCs. Im 28 and I grew up on all that. Spending piles of money in the arcade playing Tron and Pole Position, Pac Man and Zaxxon. Given Killer Instinct was about the last arcade game I played but thats because gaming has evolved beyond arcade machines being the best technology. We have all this X-Box 360 and uber PCs to use now that knocks the shorts off of Arcade machines. Anyway...Im rambling. My point is its not far fetched that 30 year old peeps are the average aged gamer.

RE: 60 minutes thingy and avg gamers age
By bldckstark on 1/21/2006 12:31:45 PM , Rating: 4
I just turned 40 12 days ago. I had a pong/hockey box when I was about 10. It was fairly new then. I just got a 360 two days ago (Christmas/Birthday present - thanks Ebay). My wife bought the 360 for $500, now I have to spend $5000 on a TV. Not that I'm complaining or anything!

I'll bet you never heard this complaint before. I am getting so old that the controllers are causing my arthritis in my hands flare up, and I can only play for about 2 hours a day. What am I going to do at 50, or 60? they better come up with those brain implants pretty quick or I am gonna the meanest bastard in the nursing home cuz I can't play.

By kaborka on 1/21/2006 4:04:34 PM , Rating: 2
Sheesh, bldckstark, I'm older'n u and got no probs gaming. Get some Glucosamine/Chondroitin blend at TJs or healthfood store and try to keep your joints in shape. See

By timmiser on 1/22/2006 1:06:08 AM , Rating: 2
Hey this is a little OT, but the last time I was in the big screen TV market, they told me it was a no no to hook up a console system to a big screen. (Rear projection HDTV).

Have things changed now with Plasma?

By Googer on 1/21/2006 6:01:09 AM , Rating: 2
RE: Link
By Googer on 1/21/2006 6:07:11 AM , Rating: 3
Goof! here is the correct link (Video Snippet, scroll down)

RE: Link
By pyrosity on 1/21/2006 10:05:11 AM , Rating: 2
Hah...that video clip is humorous. "Go shake their hands, go shake their hands..."

I just can't associate that with playing a video game...

I'd like to face off against Mr. Wendel in Battle Grounds 2 (Half-Life 2 American Revolutionary War mod) someday. Sure, with his practice schedules he'd woop me within several weeks of playing, but I'm not too terrible at the moment.

just play the games
By pi3rce on 1/21/2006 5:24:49 PM , Rating: 3
Nice post, fatality = noob. Gimme a break. If he was a noob, then why would he have a mobo and sponsorship? I can't say if he's a jerk or not, as I've never met him. I have played against him in UT before about a year back or so online, and the guy is GOOD. The closest score to his was about half of what he had, and it was a public clan server, not his.
For the people who say he looks like a geek, and perpetuates the stereotype of a gamer, good one. I forgot only the pretty people play games, right? Quit adding to the social BS that says theres something wrong with you if you if you don't look/act a certain way.
Yes, I'm in my 30's, and have been gaming for longer than some of you noobs have been alive, so quit getting bent about someone being able to do what we would all love to do to make a living.

RE: just play the games
By The Cheeba on 1/21/2006 11:12:13 PM , Rating: 2
f he was a noob, then why would he have a mobo and sponsorship?

Good marketing.


RE: just play the games
By timmiser on 1/22/2006 1:07:04 AM , Rating: 2
Some people just can't accept the fact that he is a much better gamer than themselves.

By Griswold on 1/21/2006 6:49:05 AM , Rating: 2
Now he only needs to remove this pathetic "1337 5p33k" from his nick name. Other than that, more power to him, if people are dumb enough to pay for "professional gaming".

RE: Ok
By theslug on 1/21/2006 1:54:58 PM , Rating: 2
He probably did that to distinguish his name from other people who use the name Fatality. Inserting one number into your name doesn't automatically make it l33t speak..

RE: Ok
By Griswold on 1/21/2006 1:58:27 PM , Rating: 2
Are you kidding me? Distinguish? The name for itself is dumb, if you want to be unique, pick something else. Your explanation doesnt make any sense at all. The kiddos out there in the gaming scene think it's cool to have numbers in the nick name - because it is leet speak. Same goes for all the forum dorks doing the same. Thats the way the internet is, for as long as it was available to the public.

Give the guy a break
By gersson on 1/21/2006 8:39:32 AM , Rating: 2
He has the life some of us wish we had...
He found a way to exploit the folks who exploit us.

The only thing he has to do is endorce better products...the mobo he endorses sucks nuts.

RE: Give the guy a break
By bunnyfubbles on 1/21/2006 11:04:40 AM , Rating: 2
I was under the impression the motherboard is excellent, except vastly overpriced for what it does.

RE: Give the guy a break
By timmiser on 1/22/2006 1:03:49 AM , Rating: 2
I have the Abit Fatal1ty MB and it's not too bad at all. Great built in cooling solutions and has been very stable but yep, it was way overpriced for a Nforce 4 ultra mb.


By Samus on 1/21/2006 2:12:42 AM , Rating: 2
>I'd be with Jessica!!!

No, I'd be with Jessica, you'd hold the camcorder.

By at80eighty on 1/21/2006 2:26:11 PM , Rating: 2
sure Samus - then i'll whack you upside the head with it & and get back to business :-p

By shaitan on 1/21/2006 7:32:05 PM , Rating: 2
gimme a break... leet speak? please.. These days a number does not make you leet-speakin.. and lets just drop that phrase all together. Yes the name is cheese, but when your makeing $ you can spread as much cheese as you want.

And stop hatin on him.. hes making money playing phreakin PC games. end of story. haterz! or i mean Hat3reZ..

I would love to play him one on one and see what hes got.
And i would also never buy one of his hardware products.. it is just not my style /shrug

Also sure, i would have a grl from pose for me instead if i was him. -perhaps then i would buy a mouse pad from him.

RE: WTF?...
By DeathSniper on 1/22/2006 12:41:11 PM , Rating: 2
If youre going to play against him 1v1, be prepared to do alot of looking at "Respawning in 3...2...1..." screens. ;)

By JaredExtreme on 1/21/2006 4:04:46 AM , Rating: 1
fatality = noob

RE: .
By Milliamp on 1/21/2006 5:04:42 AM , Rating: 2
He plays in contests pretty regularly, if you are that much better I don't suspect you should have much trouble mopping up most of them. Good luck with your fame and fortune Mr. JaredExtreme.

You don't return my phone calls?
By Milliamp on 1/20/2006 11:57:43 PM , Rating: 2
I thought we had something Jonathan! How can you give me a night of the best gay sex I have ever had and then never even call me?? Damn you Jonathan, damn you!!

Thats so funny /\
By Eomer of Aldburg on 1/21/2006 12:24:01 AM , Rating: 2
haha milliamp that is the funnies post!

By at80eighty on 1/21/2006 12:34:23 AM , Rating: 2
you b4stard! if it was'nt for the lag I'd be having a mobo in my name, I'd be having an interview on 60 mins, I'd be with Jessica!!!

/shakes fist at 56k modem

he's good a golf too
By granulated on 1/21/2006 10:48:52 PM , Rating: 2
well..I for one cannot praise him highly enough.
It must be hard for Monty, having to keep his gaming chops tight whilst still mainting his high ranking on the European PGA circuit...

By Zelvek on 1/22/2006 2:34:55 AM , Rating: 2
I don't hate the guy but from the few times i have seen him on tv or interviews he seemed like a real stuck up prick he just had this im better than everyone atitude. I hate that he is the only "pro gamer" that receives any recognition of existing as for him makeing soo much money well I hate that people can make so much money doing a lazzy ass "job" but I don't hold it against them I mean I'd take it if I could get it.

"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA

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