Gamer Gets Pumped To Pump Iron. His Motivation: EVE Online

Video games are not widely known as a motivation for hitting the gym. Especially not online games, which are better known for metaphorically chaining their players to their desks. One EVE Online player, though, decided that instead of hiding behind a fitter avatar, he'd become that avatar.

As CNN reports, EVE Online player Marcus Dickinson didn't like the mismatch he felt when he went to Iceland for the game's fan festival in 2009. His character, Roc Wieler, is a fit, former military man. At the time, Dickinson was not.

What to do? Changes to diet and exercise, and lots of both. Dickinson said he realises it might sound not entirely reasonable to base one's looks on a fictional character, but explained, ""Superman, Vin Diesel — we want to be them so badly. The difference is you'll never be Superman. You're setting yourself up to fail. The reason Roc worked was that he was a fantasy hero of my creation, so I was already part way there. I just had to get the physical."

Good thing Dickinson's an Eve Online fan and not into something like Gears of War.

Virtual reality: Avatar inspires gamer to hit the gym [CNN]

Image: CNN


    Sif not get a custom tanktop to match. Dude looks nothing like him!

      Did you see him before? The guy has come a LONG way. Good effort and I'm sure he'll continue. You don't get that far without learning to enjoy the gym.

    This is awesome, what a champ. After seeing the Mountain Dew/Doritos promotion for Halo 4 that encourages gamers to eat their way to double exp, effectively rewarding people for consuming sugar and cholesterol with in game bonuses, stories like this give me hope.

    Does he wear black face when he goes out?

      a la Robert Downey Jr in Tropic Thunder.

    Lucky his avatar wasn't a chick

      It hasn't stopped some people...

    He looks so manly with those erect nipples...

    OH OH OH finally found an opening for this video

    Last edited 28/10/12 12:30 pm

Join the discussion!

Trending Stories Right Now