Johnathan “Fatal1ty” Wendel is known for becoming the world’s first professional video gamer in 1999 and setting the standard for the gaming lifestyle. We got a chance to sit down with him at E3 to talk about some of his new products and also to get some tips and tricks for anyone who’d like to follow his path and become a professional gamer. Keep reading to find out what Fatal1ty had to say.
We started off talking about equipment. As Fatal1ty kept saying, “It’s all about bang for your buck.” If you don’t have to right equipment, your game is going to suffer. First on the list of equipment is a headset. You need to be able to hear what’s going on in the game as well as have your teammates hear you. Fatal1ty suggested his new Professional Series Gaming Headset MKII featuring new silencer technology. More on these in my article about the latest products coming out from Fatal1ty and brand partners. For now, just know that this headset is really good for cancelling out unwanted noise and is super comfy.
Next on the list was a good mouse and mouse pad. Fatal1ty suggested using an optical over a laser mouse for better tracking. His suggestion was the old Microsoft 500 series optical mouse (which you might have to find on eBay). To go with the mouse, you should also get a larger mouse pad. The more room you have to move around, the less time you waste readjusting the mouse. Continuing with the peripherals, a good keyboard is also necessary. There is no right keyboard for everyone, but Fatal1ty suggests getting one that is comfortable. You also need one that you can easily reach the alt key, the asd keys, and the spacebar without moving your hand much. As far as a monitor goes, Fatal1ty suggests one with low latency. Other items you should look into is getting the best motherboard, ram, graphic cards, and internet connection. Don’t just get the cheapest internet connection or the most expensive. Shop around and get the best connection with the best ping. It’s all about ping.
Once you have the equipment, you’re ready to train. The best way to do this is to find the competitions. Put yourself in tight situations. Do horrible. Change it up. Play different styles. Always try to find people with same skill or a little better so that you push yourself to become better and learn different strategies. Learn to simply outfight people cause it’s not all about practice.
Take for example Fatal1ty’s win in Dallas. The tournament was 5 days after Doom 3 came out. Nobody got a chance to practice. But because he knew how to fight in any game, he won the tournament. Most importantly, however, remember to have fun. If you’re not enjoying yourself, there’s no point in playing the game. For more information on Fatal1ty or his products, check out www.fatal1ty.com.
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