Watching live professional gaming sounded mind-numbing--until I tried it
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Correction appended, June 30, 2014
In the most disastrous social and economic decision of my life, I decided in the 10th grade to stop being a nerd. I quit programming computers, going to laser tag, organizing Dungeons & Dragons campaigns, reading science fiction and playing video games. This is particularly painful now that I know there’s a video-game league in which full-time professional players compete in front of thousands of cheering fans. My mom used to yell at me for wasting time playing video games. I don’t know what she would have done if she’d caught me wasting time watching other people play video games.