More than a year ago I ↵added a tidbit to the entry ↑Pure Pwnage at Wikipedia. My addition, which—in the wake of Wikipedia’s ↑Project Internet Culture—meanwhile was moved to the ↑easter eggs section of the now existing entry ↑List of Pure Pwnage episodes, read like that:
In Episode 8, when Doug is competing against 7 other CS:S players, one of his victims is under the alias “f4tality”. This is a nod to ↑Johnathan Wendel, a professional FPS-gamer who goes by the name “Fatal1ty”. Early in his career, Wendel played “↑Counter-Strike“ before he resorted to single-player games such as “↑Quake III Arena“, and recently “↑Painkiller“. By the fact that in the episode Doug defeats “f4tality”, it works as a display of Doug’s professional skill level, as Wendel is deemed to be one of the best players worldwide.
The whole thing somehow came full-circle, completely mashing up the barriers and boundaries between fiction and ‘real life’, when ↑Geoff Lapaire (‘Kyle’) played against Jonathan “Fatal1ity” Wendel at the ↑Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this January. ↑Lapaire commented: “The highlight of the show for me was getting pwned by Fatal1ty in Quake 4.”