In South Korea, the world's most wired country, Internet gaming breeds two extremes: elite "athletes" who earn fame and six figures, and addicts who literally play until they die. At the video game Olympics, one player hopes to distance himself from gaming's dark side.
Seoul, South Korea (CNN) --- The first thing you notice about the professional video game players are their fingers -- spindly creatures that seem to flail about at their own will, banging at the computer keyboard with such frequency and ferocity that to visit their live-in training centers in South Korea is to be treated to a maddening drum roll of clicks and clacks.
The clatter is loud enough to drown out conversation. And it's constant. Rows of expressionless young men sit at cubicle-like workstations tapping at a galactic military strategy game, "StarCraft II," sometimes for 18 hours a day -- from 10 a.m. to 4 a.m.