Creative Fatal1ty Keyboard: Same Shit, Different Name – Gizmodo

I had forgotten about Fatal1ty after his initial press onslaught a while back in November last year. He’s the successful professional gamer that won the Cyberathlete Professional League World Tour (athlete?) last year and was profiled by 60 Minutes, of all people. Anyway, this Gizmodo post showing off (and making fun of) the Fatal1ty keyboard reminded me of his existence.

Now, I don’t want to make it sound like I’m poo-pooing the idea of professional gamers — we should be so lucky to be able to get paid for doing something we love to do — but I have to ask, why would anyone buy Fatal1ty merchandise? Is anyone such a big fan of this gamer that they would buy a Fatal1ty motherboard? Fatal1ty clothing? Really?

I guess I’m just having a hard time imagining a gamer as iconic. We celebrate sports stars because what they are able to do on the field or court is something most of us will never be able to do. I’ll never be able to play in the NBA no matter how much I practice, I’m just too short (and too old for that matter). And even if I did make it to a professional level sport, it’s still pretty unlikely that I’m going to be able to drive a lane like Jordan, drive a ball like Tiger Woods, or throw a ball like Peyton Manning. Those guys are larger than life, and very few people will ever rise to their level.

But with games, I feel we all can achieve a level of greatness if we just spent some time with the games we liked. It doesn’t matter how old we are, how tall we are, or how much in shape we are in, we can all be pretty good at a game. Which kind of makes Fatal1ty’s achievements not all that interesting.

Now, I’m not saying me or anyone else can go right now and whup his ass in a one-on-one deathmatch (especially since I don’t even play PC games). I’m just having a hard time thinking he’s something special when in the back of my mind I’m also thinking I could beat him down in Guitar Hero. That may or may not be true, but it’s in the realm of possibility and as long as a regular guy like me thinks like this, I doubt Fatal1ty or any other professional cyberathlete (snicker) will ever become an icon.

Creative Fatal1ty Keyboard: Same Shit, Different Name – Gizmodo

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3 Responses to Creative Fatal1ty Keyboard: Same Shit, Different Name – Gizmodo

  1. Guy Archambeault says:

    Expand the idea of the competition. You compare Jordan and Woods who are playing physical activities, and well Jordan can beat Woods at BBall, and Woods can beat Jordan in Golf.. Well theres more then 1 simple way of competition, mental & physical. Those 2 big names handle the physical avenues of competition, where online gamers like to battle it out with a test of wits, instead of physical abilities. Just because computers have not been around as long as football or basketball, doesn’t mean anything, back then when the first BBall game was played, I am sure there were some critic’s somewhere saying the same thing your saying, and look where it is at now.

    Jordan & Basketball = Physical activities
    Woods & Golf = Physical activities

    Fataility & Gaming = Mental Activities
    = Mental Activities
    = Mental Activities
    = Mental Activities

  2. Erick Guessford says:

    Though this is a very, very old post, I felt the urge to give my .$02. First of all, you probably have never touched the keyboard, so you are missing %50 of the knowledge required to judge the keyboard. I own it myself, and it’s my baby. I didn’t buy it because some guy who’s ridiculously good at video games has his surname slapped on it, I bought it because it’s incredibly small and portable, the backlighting on the keys is easy on the eyes and lights up the keyboard extremely well, the keys themselves are very well designed as well as the keystroke action, and it’s very compactly designed with no bells and whistles which is what I was looking for. It might as well have the Hello Kitty logo on it. I bought it for what it was, not who it represented. Consider that before you damn a product.

  3. John Anderson says:

    Fatal1ty is just some guy who lives in his Dad’s basement and who thinks he’s cool for using 1337 talk that no-one’s used since the days of the original Doom game.

    And you’ve got his boyfriends seriously defending him here, people who have never done a real sport in their life, and suck in real life, and like to feel like their gaming accomplishments mean something.


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