Ninja, DrLupo & more slam Joe Rogan for calling video games a “problem” - Dexerto

Ninja, DrLupo & more slam Joe Rogan for calling video games a “problem”

Published: 27/Jul/2020 1:00 Updated: 27/Jul/2020 2:39

by Theo Salaun


After criticizing the gaming grind on his podcast, Joe Rogan trended on Twitter on July 26. Gamers, including Ninja and DrLupo, seemed unhappy with how flippantly he criticized their pastime.

In an episode of the Joe Rogan Experience, Rogan described video games as a “waste of time” because they are addictively fun, but not as profitable as other hobbies. This has resulted in major controversy, eliciting unrelenting reactions from the gaming community’s fans and professionals.

“Video games are a real problem … because they’re f**king fun … and you do them, and they’re real exciting, but you don’t get anywhere,” he said. Many of the reactions have reflected that there’s some truth to what Rogan is saying, but some of the most prominent responses have surrounded what feels inherently off-the-mark about his analysis. 

While it’s obviously true that too much of anything is unhealthy, calling gaming a ‘waste of time’ compared to martial arts is a questionable take for many. The point’s contradiction was highlighted by HasanAbi, who noted that “you can start a dojo if you do BJJ, but you can’t join an esports organization? Or become a Twitch streamer?” Further, DrLupo, one of the most successful streamers, elaborated why Rogan’s take seems too generalized.

Aside from financial upside to serious gaming, popular personalities like Goldenboy echoed Lupo’s point about friendships: “I met my best friends because of video games.” This emphasis on positive, non-monetary benefits coincides with gamers like motivational speaker, Steven Spohn, who credits gaming for helping him ‘fall in love’ as well as Overwatch and Valorant General Manager Michael ‘Packing_10’ Szklanny who professed that “video games saved my life from PTSD.”

While many complained that Rogan’s analysis emphasized financials too heavily, esports players conversely accompanied DrLupo and streamers in discrediting the belief that gaming is not lucrative or worth time.

The Atlanta FaZe’s Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr made the simple point that esports proves gaming can be financially beneficial while fellow CDL player Tommy ‘ZooMaa’ Paparatto noted that, although “there needs to be balance,” “nothing you do that you enjoy is a waste of time.” This multitude of perspectives reflects just how varied and multifaceted the gaming industry and culture is. This is precisely what Ninja elaborated on in his response to Rogan.

“Joe doesn’t really understand the full context of what the gaming community is and how many different avenues you can be successful in.” Ninja expands on why Rogan’s comments seem to belie a less nuanced understanding of gaming’s totality than the scene deserves, using the examples of emerging opportunities like coaching to complement the professions of streamers and players.

Ultimately, everyone seems to agree that no hobby, even gaming, is exempt from being unhealthy when it is done in excess. But those embroiled in gaming culture, from casuals to professionals, found that Rogan’s phrasing ignored the hobby’s merits and the industry’s growth.

Many, from David Heinemeier Hansson and Talia Mar to Cory Barlog and Snitchery, chimed in to defend against a clip that they felt unfairly represented gaming.


Alexandra Botez responds to creepy Twitch viewer asking to see her feet

Published: 29/Oct/2020 23:01

by Michael Gwilliam


Twitch streamer and chess guru Alexandra Botez wasn’t going to put up with trolls asking to see her feet during a live stream.

During the broadcast, as Botez was challenging players in chess, a viewer decided to ask the streamer if they could see her feet – something that promoted a hilarious response from Alexandra.

“Sir, you’re not seeing… you know what,” the frustrated streamer began, before pausing with a smirk. “I’m going to show you what’s on my feet, and you’re going to stop asking.”

With that, the 25-year-old lifted up her shoe and showed it off in front of the camera.

Alexandra Botez holds a shoe
Mess with the Botez, get the shoe.

“I’m wearing these clogs, okay? This is all you need to know. And if you would ask me that in person, I would turn into Romanian Botez,” she added.

Next, Alexandra pretended to smack the person with her clog while rambling on in Romanian.

“And I would hit you in the head with my shoe,” she warned. “And you wouldn’t see feet because your vision would be blurry.”

Amusingly, after that whole rant, the streamer went right back into challenging whoever she wanted to play next, as if the whole foot fiasco never even happened.

Fans have requested feet before

This isn’t the first time that Alexandra has been asked to show her feet, oddly enough. Earlier in 2020, a viewer donated $3 and asked the streamer to reveal her highly fetishized body part.

Instead of showing them off, however, she simply drew a foot on a piece of paper and held it up for the camera, which confused her two on-stream guests.

“Someone donated to show feet,” she explained, prompting some laughs in the chat.

While Botez has handled the foot remarks quite well thus far, the next time someone dares to ask the chess queen to slip off her shoes to expose her feet, they could be getting a clog to the skull.