Originally Posted by Asmodean
Take into account superior Hardware as well always plays a part. Specialized gaming mice/keyboards with build-in macros and extra buttons, imo comfort also plays a big part, making sure all your keys are easy reachable, plus somebody with 120 fps is obviously going ot have better in game reflexes then somebody with 30 fps etc.
For debates sake, as I stated before, let's rule out differing hardware, and physical disabilities, etc. Let's try and keep the playing field as balanced as possible. Two physically fine people, playing on equal systems.
Originally Posted by Iceman23
If you don't believe that the top pros in video games aren't more naturally physically skilled than others you are completely blind. Just like in ANY OTHER sport, practice can only get you so far. To be elite requires that extra something.
You're restricted by your reaction time, your coordination and endurance. These concepts are no different than running or jumping.
Running and jumping require a physical fitness to perform at a proffessional level (let's think about athletes in the olympics, or footballers, etc). Playing videogames does not. I believe that pro gamers are more naturally skilled, but not more naturally physically skilled.
All of the above can be trained to be improved (including physical fitness). This is where mentality comes into play.
Someone who has never picked up a control pad or keyboard and mouse in their life can train to be good with it. It has nothing to do with physical skill and everything to do with the will to succeed. If someone really wants to be good at something, and really trains hard enough to do it, they can. Do you think someone who trains hard for a job, or does alot of studying for a degree, is any more physically able than someone who failed to achieve it?
Or do you think they just really wanted it?
Do you seriously think a pro gamer is that much different? Sure they may have a natural talent, much like a pro footballer may have a natural talent, that doesn't make them physically superior in any way, that just makes them better at doing something than others.
Reaction times are about mental imagery. Fast typing skills come from memory. Being able to pinpoint your mouse where you want it to go is all about co-ordination. These are mental tasks, they require a strong mentality, and fast proccessing, to achieve and perform.
I don't really see anything superior about this in a physical form.Edited by Lifeshield - 5/31/11 at 11:31am