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2005年NPR美国国家公共电台十一月-Gamer 'Fatal1ty' Makes a Living by Winni

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Anchor: This is DAY to DAY, I am Alex Chadwick.

Coming up the culinary challenges of defending prisoners of the war on terror. First, this pro1 basketball, pro baseball, football, even chess, all these games have superstar players who become the public face of their games. But what about electronic games?

Until recently, the stars of video games have been the virtual characters inside, Super Mario, for instance, or Pac-Man, that's changing, and the name of the first superstar electronic player is, well, his game name is FATAL1TY. Here with more is the co-editor of BoingBoing.net and DAY to DAY tech contributor Xeni Jardin.

Xeni Jardin: Twenty-four-year-old pro gamer Johnathan Wendel is better known by his gaming alias-FATAL1TY. That's spelled in all caps with a number 1 replacing the letter 'I'. The road to cyberstardom began in his room at his family's Kansas City home.

Johnathan Wendel: It was very hard, you know, growing up at the house, everything and, constantly getting grounded all the time from a computer for just the littlest things in the world. Through ideal to give what I have gotten, I had to make the stand and move out. I mean, this is a similar story of a lot of other athletes, a lot of other people that have taken their passion to the extreme.

Xeni Jardin: You may have noticed, he calls himself an athlete, not a gamer, and he is no amateur. He won four grand at his first pro tournament when he was 15, and he has earned more than $85,000 in prizes this year. Not bad considering it all began as just a way to chill out.

Johnathan Wendel: I have been playing sports all my life and I just wanted to play, do something else just competitive and I found Gaming , first-person shooters to be very the same skill set I used in real sports.

Xeni Jardin: That skill set, and the impressive winning streak2 has resulted in bigger pop culture appeal than any gamer before him. Fans mob him for autographs wherever he goes and when he is behind the console at a tournament, the house is packed. Just before the match starts, Fatal1ty props3 a lucky stuffed tiger on his monitor and puts on headphones. He listens to techno, hip-hop and hard rock, anything with the throbbing4 beep that insulates him from distractions5.

Prepare for the battle.

Johnathan Wendel: When I get in the game, I mean, I really, you know, sink into the monitor, sink into the game, I mean, I actually become the person in the game. It gets almost to it's, where you don't even think about it, because you just, you are so, so easy to get into zone, and so easy to get focused, because you know what you have to do to win it and you have to go on, you need accomplishment6. If you are not focused, you are not ready to go, you are definitely gonna lose.

Xeni Jardin: Gaming is big business, by some estimates, in the billions worldwide. Tournaments are increasingly important promotional tools for the game industry and they are drawing larger crowds than ever online and in person. One recent match in Singapore, which FATAL1TY won, drew an estimated 30,000 viewers on the Internet. He himself has blurred7 the line between athlete and entrepreneur by promoting his own line of hardware and gaming accessories. So were all those fans really just cheering for a superstar huckster?

John Borland: I don't think they are any more pawns8 than, say, Tiger Wood is.

Xeni Jardin: CNETnews.com writer John Borland, co-author of the gaming history book "Dungeons9 and Dreamers" believes money affects gamers only as much as it affects athletes and any other professional sport.

John Borland: There is just no question that they are being used by the game companies, then by the computer companies who sponsor this. But that said, what FATAL1TY and other gamers were doing is, you know, an active skill that is separated from marketing10, I mean, they inspire people ,it may seem weird11 to somebody who doesn't play video games, so watching them play is a very inspiring thing, they are very, very good at what they do.

Xeni Jardin: But there is a difference, nobody owns the sport of tennis or swimming, but a specific company does own Painkiller12. One of the five games in which FATAL1TY is considered the world champ.

.....be a painkiller.

Xeni Jardin: Some say that if a company owns the game, they also own the gamer, and that makes it less of a true sport. Not so, says Borland.

John Borland: But those companies that own the games are little like the, you know, the NBA, or the NFL or even the folks who own, you know, the sports stadiums , they provide an environment for people to play, but they don't actually control the people who are there.

Xeni Jardin: It may be impossible to control gamers, but it is getting easier to watch them. There is already one 24-hour gaming TV network--G4 TV, and this month, the high definition digital network HDNet will televise matches for the Cyberathlete Professional League or CPL. FATAL1TY has won this tournament 5 times before and will compete for $150,000 prize there on Nov 22--the largest single prize in gaming history. For FATAL1TY, winning is a matter of pride.

Johnathan Wendel: The money is great, I want to win 150 grand, at the same time, my destiny is to be first.

Xeni Jardin: And to gaming fans around the world, those don't sound like the words of a pitchman; they sound more like the words of an athlete.

Xeni Jardin: For NPR News in Los Angeles...

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1 pro tk3zvX     
n.赞成,赞成的意见,赞成者
参考例句:
  • The two debating teams argued the question pro and con.辩论的两组从赞成与反对两方面辩这一问题。
  • Are you pro or con nuclear disarmament?你是赞成还是反对核裁军?
2 streak UGgzL     
n.条理,斑纹,倾向,少许,痕迹;v.加条纹,变成条纹,奔驰,快速移动
参考例句:
  • The Indians used to streak their faces with paint.印第安人过去常用颜料在脸上涂条纹。
  • Why did you streak the tree?你为什么在树上刻条纹?
3 props 50fe03ab7bf37089a7e88da9b31ffb3b     
小道具; 支柱( prop的名词复数 ); 支持者; 道具; (橄榄球中的)支柱前锋
参考例句:
  • Rescuers used props to stop the roof of the tunnel collapsing. 救援人员用支柱防止隧道顶塌陷。
  • The government props up the prices of farm products to support farmers' incomes. 政府保持农产品价格不变以保障农民们的收入。
4 throbbing 8gMzA0     
a. 跳动的,悸动的
参考例句:
  • My heart is throbbing and I'm shaking. 我的心在猛烈跳动,身子在不住颤抖。
  • There was a throbbing in her temples. 她的太阳穴直跳。
5 distractions ff1d4018fe7ed703bc7b2e2e97ba2216     
n.使人分心的事[人]( distraction的名词复数 );娱乐,消遣;心烦意乱;精神错乱
参考例句:
  • I find it hard to work at home because there are too many distractions. 我发觉在家里工作很难,因为使人分心的事太多。
  • There are too many distractions here to work properly. 这里叫人分心的事太多,使人无法好好工作。 来自《简明英汉词典》
6 accomplishment 2Jkyo     
n.完成,成就,(pl.)造诣,技能
参考例句:
  • The series of paintings is quite an accomplishment.这一系列的绘画真是了不起的成就。
  • Money will be crucial to the accomplishment of our objectives.要实现我们的目标,钱是至关重要的。
7 blurred blurred     
v.(使)变模糊( blur的过去式和过去分词 );(使)难以区分;模模糊糊;迷离
参考例句:
  • She suffered from dizziness and blurred vision. 她饱受头晕目眩之苦。
  • Their lazy, blurred voices fell pleasantly on his ears. 他们那种慢吞吞、含糊不清的声音在他听起来却很悦耳。 来自《简明英汉词典》
8 pawns ce8a70b534dca7f188d5d4c44b4f7c50     
n.(国际象棋中的)兵( pawn的名词复数 );卒;被人利用的人;小卒v.典当,抵押( pawn的第三人称单数 );以(某事物)担保
参考例句:
  • The hostages are being used as political pawns. 人质正被用作政治卒子。
  • The allies would fear that they were pawns in a superpower condominium. 这个联盟担心他们会成为超级大国共管的牺牲品。 来自《简明英汉词典》
9 dungeons 2a995b5ae3dd26fe8c8d3d935abe4376     
n.地牢( dungeon的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • The captured rebels were consigned to the dungeons. 抓到的叛乱分子被送进了地牢。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He saw a boy in fetters in the dungeons. 他在地牢里看见一个戴着脚镣的男孩。 来自辞典例句
10 marketing Boez7e     
n.行销,在市场的买卖,买东西
参考例句:
  • They are developing marketing network.他们正在发展销售网络。
  • He often goes marketing.他经常去市场做生意。
11 weird bghw8     
adj.古怪的,离奇的;怪诞的,神秘而可怕的
参考例句:
  • From his weird behaviour,he seems a bit of an oddity.从他不寻常的行为看来,他好像有点怪。
  • His weird clothes really gas me.他的怪衣裳简直笑死人。
12 painkiller eKMx4     
n.止痛药
参考例句:
  • I shall persuade him to take the painkiller.我将说服他把药吃下去。
  • The painkiller only provides him a short respite from his pain.止痛药仅仅让他在疼痛中有短暂的疏解。
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