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Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda confused by “pog” in Twitch chat

Published: 2/Apr/2020 21:23

by Michael Gwilliam


Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda showed that he was a Twitch noob during an April 2 stream where he seemed confused over the term “pog.”

The 43-year-old artist, who had been with the band since 1996, was playing around with Music Maker when he suddenly started to interact with his viewers.

“Hi, how are you?” he asked everyone in attendance. “What’s up, you guys?”

Mike Shinoda is new to Twitch.

While the chat filled with traditional responses to the question, one user piqued Mike’s interest by replying “pog.”

“Somebody said ‘pog,’” the said, unsure what to think. “I don’t know if that is an answer to my question. I don’t know if ‘pog’ is an appropriate response. We feeling good, though?”

According to the third-party stat-tracking site TwitchMetrics, Shinoda had only joined twitch on March 27, 2020 so clearly he wasn’t up-to-date with all the lingo yet.

“Does that have a meaning?” he asked. “Is that really a thing? What does that mean?”

Pog is short for the emote “PogChamp” and is meant to convey excitement. The emote features streamer Gootecks making a surprised face and has become one of the most popular phrases on Twitch.

Strangely, the artist didn’t Google the term and instead went back to working on his stream setup and open the chat up more.

Mike Shinoda had no idea what “pog” meant.

Another user was probably new to Twitch too as they commented “prog?” which got the attention of Shinoda.

“Oh, prog!” he laughed. Prog is short for progressive music and is its own type of genre.

“Did you mean prog? Feel like that’s how doge started,” he laughed, referencing the popular Shiba Inu dog meme. “Somebody meant to write ‘dog’ and it was ‘doge.’”

Pog or prog, in the end, it didn’t matter because the Linkin Park star decided to move on and continue with his music.

“Pog is my new genre,” he joked.

Shinoda isn’t the only artist to be confused by the word, though. Producer and songwriter Kenny Beats also voiced confusion over the term during one of his first streams.

As strange as the whole situation was, hopefully, the new streamer gets the hang of the platform and continues to entertain us with some incredible tunes.


Top 5 Dr Disrespect ‘Doctober’ Halloween cosplays

Published: 30/Oct/2020 16:11

by Michael Gwilliam


Dr Disrespect’s Halloween ‘Doctober’ contest has returned and with it, fans of the Two-Time have unveiled their best cosplays of the legendary streamer.

Given Doc’s larger-than-life personality and outfit with the red vest, black mullet, mustache, combat boots and sunglasses, he’s cosplay material.

The contest is simple, post a picture of yourself dressed as Doc and tweet it with the hashtag #Doctober for a chance to win prizes from the Two-Time himself.

While Dr Disrespect hasn’t picked his winners yet, here are five Doctober cosplays we think are deserving of tasting victory.


There’s a lot in this photo that makes it stand out from the crowd. Primarily, it’s the theme of the 1993/1994 BlockBuster video game championship that Doc has built his “Two Time” moniker around.

For one, you have the podium with the Doc cosplayer standing above two children as a man dressed as a BlockBuster employee hands out a trophy.

The BlockBuster video cases in the back keep the immersion intact while a Sega Genesis shows what appears to be NBA Jam. This was just well-done in general.


This one amplifies the Halloween aspect of the cosplay with some horror elements going on.

The cosplay itself is well done with the sweat pants featuring the logo, vest, mullet and sunglasses all intact. Meanwhile, the background features a spooky full moon and peashooters dropping in.

On the ground, the zombified hand reaching out of the grave secures its place on our list primarily for the Halloween theme.


Working together with your spouse on a cosplay deserves some credit, and that’s exactly what this couple did to recreate Mrs Assassin’s Instagram photo.

This unique cosplay has the wife standing on her husband with a knife by his throat – perfectly emulating the original.

Her husband’s pose as Doc is also extremely well-done, so this one is definitely a serious contender.


This is most likely the most standard Doc cosplay on this list, but it looks so authentic we couldn’t not mention it.

Nothing fancy, just an extremely well-crafted Doc outfit equipped with an authentic mustache. It just works, and it does so perfectly.


Kids dressed up as Doc is nothing new, but there’s something about a five-year-old with a mullet drinking G-Fuel that is downright hilarious.

As far as the outfit goes, once again, this kid’s parents nail it – all the boxes are checked. It also really helps that the boy’s attitude while posing for the video seems to match Doc’s energy, which is a major plus.

There is only one day left until Halloween, so it’s not to late for you to enter the contest itself and show the YouTube streamer what you’ve got.