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A hilarious response from Jimmy Kimmel to some from the gaming community insulting him and threatening him with death after he poked fun at them for watching other people play games on Twitch and YouTube. I love the gaming community and gaming culture, but many gamers out there are obnoxious and absolutely deserve to be mocked. Kimmel handled this perfectly: don’t get mad, just hold up a mirror to these clowns and show everyone what they’re like.

Personally, I don’t understand the fascination with watching others play video games either. Why watch others play games when you could be using that time to play your own video games? Gamers counter by saying that it isn’t any different than watching your favorite sports team play–but that’s a faulty argument. Watching an NFL team play football at a high level is much different than rolling around in the grass and throwing the pigskin around at a park with your friends. Watching an NBA team play basketball is much different than going to your local park and playing with the local Lebron James wannabe scrubs there. However, watching someone play Final Fantasy isn’t any different than you playing Final Fantasy yourself. You’re both playing the same game. There’s no difference. Meanwhile, there is a huge difference between watching an NBA game and playing basketball at your local park with whoever might be there.

Watching people play competitive games like StarCraft and Super Smash Bros. is more understandable, especially if you’re a competitive gamer yourself or aspire to be one and like to watch the best compete. Even though it’s still not my thing, that makes more sense.

So, the argument from gamers makes almost no sense, but it doesn’t really matter anyway. It was only harmless fun on Kimmel’s part and, predictably, some gamers completely overreacted and acted like the anti-social babies that they are. Like I said, I love the gaming community and gaming culture, including the passion gamers have to be able to sit and watch and study how others play games, even if it’s not my thing. Some just take things like this way too seriously.