THE FUNNY THING IS, Fatal1ty didn't accomplish any of this by doing anything all that differently from the rest of us. He credits subjects we are all intimately familiar with as the main factor in his development as a professional gamer. "It's all hand/eye coordination from sports," he says. "But it's also about geometry and mathematics. In a game, I'm looking at my opponent's position and where I have to shoot a target and have them meet at the same time. When I golf, I visualize the shot. When I play tennis, I visualize the shot. It's a lot of premeditation about what's going to happen."

In other words, Fatal1ty knows what you're going to do before you do. That's no consolation, however, when you are being ripped apart in Quake 4 like a Tickle Me Elmo doll at a pit bull convention. "He didn't stand a chance," I overhear one CES audience member saying after my humiliating defeat - as if I were looking down at my own funeral after accidentally falling under a 10-ton truck.

Which, apparently, is pretty much par for the course, I learn. Everything with Fatal1ty seems to be like that. “I approach everything I do very completely,” he says. “I’m a perfectionist. Even if it comes down to how fast I can put my seat belt on.”

Take my word for it: You do not want to involve yourself in a seat-belt race with ­Fatal1ty.



Professional League World Tour
Fatal1ty will attempt to become the Quake 4 world champion in June when the Cyberathlete Professional League World Tour season begins in Sweden.