With around two billion gamers all over the world, it’s safe to say that video games are pretty successful form of entertainment. While we might assume most of the gamers are young men, don’t let this fool you. The realm of gamers is filled with unusual players who stand out for any number of reason. Whether it be age, disability, or even species, These players don’t usually come to mind when we think of typical gamers.
Victor De Leon III
Think back a decade. Were you getting spawn killed or tea bag constantly by a player named Lil Poison? Don’t feel too bad. We bet this happen to a lot of people. You see Lil Poison’s actual name is Victor De Leon III and he is the youngest professional gamer on record. In 2000, at the age of just two, he was playing NBA 2k. At around the age of four, when most of us were still trying to color within the lines, he was competing in major halo competitions and even finished second amongst 500 other players.
Marathon gaming sessions usually stand a day or two, but almost always end because people need to get out and interact with society. In 2015, Russian teenager Rustam Ishkildin broke his leg and like most teens, filled his time with some gaming. Did we say some? We meant a ridiculous amount. In fact for 22 days straight it’s all he did. Taking only small break to nap and eat, the 17 year old’s lack of physical activity caught up with him and he died from a severe case of thrombosis.
One seemingly critical ability a gamer needs is sight. But Ben been bringing proves this isn’t the case. What makes this gamer unusual is that, he is blind, unable to see since birth, that hasn’t stopped Breen from gaming. In fact he’s a lot better than you think and can even beat his friends on a regular basis. Not distracted by the graphics, he uses sound as the cue to make a move in such games as Mortal Kombat and Rock Band.
Imagine being an avid gamer and one day losing both your hands. That is exactly what happened to Gyorgy when he suffered a severe meningitis infection. With no hands, Levay looked to adapt and find a solution to his challenge. He and other engineers at Johns Hopkins university developed controllers that are operated with the feet. The sandal-like controllers have allowed him to play games like Fallout 4 and World of Warcraft on par with players who still have the use of their hands.
These gamers are not only unusual but incredibly disturbing. Much of gaming is about entering an alternate world or living a virtual life. In 2010, an unnamed Korean couple decided to play out a virtual life which included raising a virtual child. There was just one huge problem. The couple had a real life baby which they forgot all about. The infant ended up dying from malnutrition because the couple were so focused on caring for their virtual family. Needless to say, both were arrested as a result.
Grandmother’s are supposed to make cookies, play card games, and spoil the grandkids, not snipe, camp and spawn kill. However, Doreen Fox can’t get enough Call of Duty. In her late 70s, Fox got hooked on the shooter game and even lines up outside the store to pick up the newest releases when they come out. The British grandma says she likes the action and violence which probably explains why she also loves Grand Theft Auto.
Since we’re on the topic of older gamers, how about we move onto one of the oldest gamers ever. When Kathleen Connell was born, the first traffic light had just been invented and the world was still two years away from the outbreak of the first world war. Nonetheless, a Century on, she can be found with her Nintendo DS Lite and a handful of games which uses to keep her brain sharp a tack. Holding the record for the oldest Nintendo player, what’s amazing is that this Scottish granny didn’t start gaming until she was 96.
Cats and Dogs
Who knew that in addition to being great pets, cats and dogs can also make decent gamers? Don’t believe us, just take a look around the internet. Alright, while you’re not likely to get defeated playing Halo or Call of Duty by one of your furry friends, there is more than enough evidence to show that some animals love to game. From Fruit Ninja virtual Soccer, they may not quite get the concept, but it doesn’t stop them from trying.
Political leaders of various countries are some of the most powerful people in the world. But at the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit, world leaders got together and one of the things they did was game. The computer game was dubbed Nukes On The Loose, and tested the various leaders responses and actions in relation to a simulated nuclear threat. Okay, so it wasn’t a mainstream game but we’re still searching for footage of Obama and Merkel playing League of Legends.
This eleven-year-old boy is not unlike other kids his age, in that he loves video games. But what is amazing is that Satrio has no arms or legs. Born without limbs, he has adapted to life remarkably well. Utilizing his chin and shoulders to operate his playstation controller, this Indonesian gamer has demonstrated time and time again that he has no trouble keeping up with his able-bodied friends.
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