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I refuse to subscribe to the idea that this is a "sport"... It's simply a chance for nerds to impress other nerds with our 1337 pwnz0ring skillz.
Read again please, I never said I considered gaming a sport. Just that as in any sport, practice can get you good, but not great. But that's a whole 'nother can of worms so lets stick to the topic.
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24/7 gaming = no life no job = l33t skills
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Read again please, I never said I considered gaming a sport. Just that as in any sport, practice can get you good, but not great. But that's a whole 'nother can of worms so lets stick to the topic.
Hmm talking about off-topic. I want harsh my talent back so people think I am evil. Lol.
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I would say that it is both physical and mental with the lion's share of credit going to mental. I'd guess 80% mental, 20% physical.

Also, you can't assume that the best pro gamers have some super talents since it isn't like football or basketball where the very best physical specimens in the country are groomed and recruited. The guy who is potentially the Michael Jordan of pro gaming, that guy with the perfect set of physical and mental characteristics required to be the "best", is probably working as an accountant or an engineer and rarely or never games.
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Yes, there is a distinct difference in reaction time and precision. However, most of being good at video games is playing smart, and knowing the different patterns that guns shoot to line up your shots perfectly.

I've been playing cs:s for 4-5 years now, and these are my "tools for success".
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We also need to look at gamers who are in general good at all games. Not just one or two in particular and who can pick up new games fairly quick.
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Yes, there is a distinct difference in reaction time and precision. However, most of being good at video games is playing smart, and knowing the different patterns that guns shoot to line up your shots perfectly.

I've been playing cs:s for 4-5 years now, and these are my "tools for success".
And teamwork. Often times pro gamers are very skilled, but play extremely selfishly and just know how to get alot of kills, but can't win matches (talking about CSS here). I've seen it happen many a times. Do they have some sort of superior physical charactersitic? Maybe. They might be able to think and react faster, and just know how to play a smart overall game.

It's just like any other sport if you will. You play long enough, learn the little nuances and secrets of the game, build upon them, and get good. I guarantee you a vast majority of the pro gamers in any genre, have been playing the game for a particularly long time.
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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.
You are confusing mental and physical aspects. Physical "fitness" is not physical skill, fitness can be trained. I really don't know how you can't understand this.

Sprinters, high jumpers etc all have a higher amount of fast twitch muscle fibers. These can be isolated in training but genetics and a persons physical makeup play a role in this as well. There are people who can jump 40in but have never lifted weights or focused on training that skill, is that mental?

Coordination is a PHYSICAL SKILL. You need to undestand that. Some people are simply more adept at catching a ball, or in this case, playing a game. Moving your hand quickly to place the cursor, moving your fingers to hit a key, reacting to an image on the screen - these are all skills that have a physical aspect.

Elite gamers have had their reaction times measured to that equal of a fighter pilot - you're telling me every average joe gamer can pull off that feat? Even if they play the same amount of time?
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I refuse to subscribe to the idea that this is a "sport"... It's simply a chance for nerds to impress other nerds with our 1337 pwnz0ring skillz.
What makes it any different than another sport? Pro gaming takes just as much dedication and practice as any other mainstream sport.
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