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StarCraft II Gamer Receives US Pro-Athlete Visa 114

Posted by samzenpus
from the do-you-even-push-buttons? dept.
dotarray writes "The world's first professional StarCraft II gamer has been granted a five-year pro athlete visa for the United States, making Kim 'viOLet' Dong Hwan the first of his kind. viOLet was one of the first gamers to apply for the P-1A visa when they were introduced in July. The new paperwork doesn't mean that he can live permanently in the U.S., but it does mean he'll be treated like other (more traditional) athletes, able to easily enter the country temporarily to participate in tournaments."
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StarCraft II Gamer Receives US Pro-Athlete Visa

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 12, 2013 @06:58AM (#45669059)

    LOL EVERYONE WHO PLAYS VIDEO GAMES IS FAT LOL AND EATS DO RIDE LOL

    The guy looks to be in damn good shape, better shape than most Americans. He gets paid to smash letters on a keyboard just like a huge employment sector already has been for decades. Just because it can be more enjoyable means it needs a stigma attached to it?

    Perhaps the envy will wear off of you one day.

  • by KingOfBLASH (620432) on Thursday December 12, 2013 @07:04AM (#45669081) Journal

    So, is Doritoes going to start putting professional gamers on their bags like Wheaties does with ball players on theor cereal? Are we goning to be seeing fat kids with Cokes and Doritoes yelling, "I'm in training! I have t eat this way!"

    Ummm...Fat?

    https://www.google.nl/search?q=Kim+'viOLet'+Dong+Hwan&espv=216&es_sm=119&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ [google.nl]

  • Re:Angry Birds (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Thanshin (1188877) on Thursday December 12, 2013 @07:41AM (#45669201)

    Your definition of "professional" doesn't match everyone else's.

  • by rioki (1328185) on Thursday December 12, 2013 @08:25AM (#45669365) Homepage

    And yes most video game players ARE overweight. It's one of the MAJOR causes of obesity in our US society.

    Citation or it did not happen. I accept that a large amount of obese people play video games and watch television, they also drive a car. News Flash: Driving a car instead of biking to work may make you fat: most drivers ARE overweight.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 12, 2013 @08:39AM (#45669445)

    Here's one [post-gazette.com]

    Another [cdc.gov]

    And another [childrens.org]Many people would agree that “back in the day” insufficient exercise would never be a problem for kids. However, in age that dwells on video games, computer programs, and many indoor activities, children are beginning to focus more on instant gratification and less on old fashion fun (unfortunately, this includes playing outside).

    Obviously, it's because kids are sitting and not moving around, but ... just read parts about "instant gratification".

    News Flash: Driving a car instead of biking to work may make you fat: most drivers ARE overweight.

    Oh good grief. Yeah, I see all those people saying, "Yeah, I bored, Let's go sit in a traffic jam for several hours tonight instead of going for a walk."

    Computers and video games are making us fatter and more isolated: Facebook and Slashdot are nowhere near what personal human interaction can off and as a result it's making more hostile and anti-social.

    Speaking of too much screen time, I need to go. Correcting the Internet every time it's wrong is tiring.

  • by Sockatume (732728) on Thursday December 12, 2013 @08:51AM (#45669475)

    If you read up on these guys, the amount of discipline they demonstrate is amazing: daily 8- or 10-hour training sessions just to keep their reaction times high enough, never mind developing new strategy or approaches to the game. With that kind of mindset I'd be unsurprised if they were all fitness obsessives.

  • by Sockatume (732728) on Thursday December 12, 2013 @08:53AM (#45669489)

    Diving a car is a risk factor for obesity; professional race drivers are not obese.

  • by cyborg_zx (893396) on Thursday December 12, 2013 @10:00AM (#45669849)

    Being *American* is a risk factor for obesity.

  • by jellomizer (103300) on Thursday December 12, 2013 @10:24AM (#45670049)

    Well if you are going to be a professional gamer, being fat may be at a disadvantage. When you need your arms to twitch and type and move a pointer at split second speed, you can't have your arms bogged down by an extra Kilogram of fat.

    Now for the average gamer. You could be 300kg and still play the game decently. However if you are professionally and need to beat times by split seconds then you better be in better shape, as well if you are going to be playing all the time, you need some endurance.

    Now gammers if they are so involved in the game that they are not eating, I bet they can stay fairly thin.

  • Re:Ackbar says (Score:5, Insightful)

    by jellomizer (103300) on Thursday December 12, 2013 @10:29AM (#45670073)

    Ah Ackbar, the true hero to end the empire.
    Unlike Luke, who abandon his post and joined with the enemy.
    Or Solo and Lieha who, just barely achieved their mission by turning a cloak and dagger mission to a full frontal assault, killing many civilians.

    Ackbar, caught the trap quickly and professionally organized his troops to hold the line until he had the tactical advantage.

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