I peeked at #6 overall in the world and was one of the first top american gamers to import a Japanese xbox. It was my test to see how far people were willing to go. I under estimated what would happen. It was only a couple weeks time until everyone started profile swapping and gamesaving which left me stuck in the middle. I didn't want to get lost in the shuffle so I spoke up about it. I was going to be in this thing for the long haul, because it was something I liked to do. I didn't want to be another cheater.
If some of those guys didn't cheat, I am sure the gamerscore race now would be very interesting. Some of those guys were probably more dedicated and better gamers than I am, but I can't say that with 100% confidence because they are the ones who choose to cheat. I know there are guys that probably play 12-14 hours a day. I don't play close to that much. I shower daily, I brush my teeth 2-3 times a day, I exercise, and I like to do other things other than game all the time. I can't play 10 hours a day, everyday.
If there was a legitmate race for the top still going, my gamerscore would be somewhere between 270-280k. The competition would've drove me to do so. The cheaters spoiled me, I can play 100+ hours of Battlefield and not have to look at leaderboards. I know what's up, I don't have the fear of being passed. I want the fear, the fear brings motivation. I am sure I would've missed a few showers if a legit race was still alive and kicking,