Jimmy Kimmel's Jab At YouTube Gaming Backfired

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Earlier this week, television host Jimmy Kimmel aired a skit that made fun of YouTube’s big new gaming-centric service. This clip then got uploaded to YouTube...and the results are not pretty.

The footage, which you can see above, is not surprising in the least. There are (bad) jokes about people who like watching other people play video games. Kimmel also takes jabs at the value of this form of entertainment, which is particularly ironic given how badly traditional TV is struggling to retain viewers. The entire thing sounds super out of touch—I mean, we live in a world where ESPN airs video games and PewDiePie is on the cover of Variety. Is the phenomenon of people wanting to watch video games really that arcane, still?

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It’s probably not surprising at all to hear that the video was received poorly. At the moment, the the like/dislike ratio is as follows:

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And the comments are kind of eviscerating Kimmel, too. That’s not out of the norm on YouTube; comments can get ugly. Thing is, many of these comments are actually on-point. Many articulate pretty well why, exactly, someone would want to watch someone else play a video game, or why Kimmel is so off the mark here:

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I think the worst part of this is that it wouldn’t be difficult to make fun of gaming YouTubers—it’s not like the subject is sacred or anything. The scene is pretty silly, all things told. But you’d have to actually know what you’re talking about to make better jokes!

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I’m not going to attack people who watch other people play, but I honestly don’t understand the whole twitch phenomenon at all. I can see if you don’t have a game and want to see if you might want to buy it, or you’re really into an online personality and want to watch them play, but as a gamer, I much prefer to play myself and find it extremely boring to watch someone else play.