Masters of the Game

These four visionaries are taking the world of electronic gaming to a whole new level of sophistication

The Virtual Jock

AN ELECTRONIC ALL-STAR

When your parents told you that playing video games would never lead to anything, they should have hedged their warning: video games won't lead to anything unless you're really, really good at them. Johnathan Wendel, better known on the Internet by his gaming handle, Fatal1ty (note the 1 for extra cybercred), is that good. He's so good that at 22 he is among the first people in the history of civilization to make a living as a professional video-game player.

Wendel grew up in Kansas City, Mo., where he was nothing like the quintessentially nerdy...