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.


Conor McGregor explains why YouTube boxing is “good business” for the sport

Published: 16/Jan/2021 1:20

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Jake Paul and Logan Paul helped popularize ‘YouTube Boxing’ in recent years, although it’s often described as a mockery of the sport. However, Conor McGregor explained why he isn’t against it and thinks it’s good business.

Conor McGregor has been focused on his upcoming UFC 257 bout against Dustin Poirier for a while now. However, that hasn’t stopped Jake Paul from doing his best to rope the former double champion into an exhibition boxing match.

Jake first called him out back in November 2020 after he knocked out Nate Robinson. Then, he taunted him to accept a $50 million fight offer several weeks later and has been flailing about ever since. 

He still hasn’t managed to get his attention. However, his antics did draw out comments from UFC President Dana White and Conor’s coach, John Kavanagh. Now, Conor has finally shared his thoughts on YouTube boxing as a whole, and here’s what he had to say.

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Jake Paul / Conor McGregor
Jake Paul has tried and failed to bait a response from Conor McGregor.

“A lot of people are criticizing [YouTube boxing] as maybe making a bit of a mockery of fighting,” asked an interviewer. It’s the predominant view among fans of combat sports. “I want you to weigh in on that for me.” 

“If they are fighting, well, then it can’t make a mockery of fighting, right?” said Conor. “They’re getting in, and they’re competing. I am not so much against it. The YouTube kid and the NBA star competing [was] good business.

“Am I into those competitions myself? It’s not the most high level if any level… [but] as they say if it makes dollars, it makes sense,” he added. “I know Dana and the UFC are not really into it, but… I’m not so against it. I think if people are willing to get in and take the risk of making that walk, I am certainly a viewer.”


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Conor’s opinion might come as a surprise to fans who expected him to make scathing comments. However, as a businessman himself, it seems like he’s all for it. Plus, as he said, YouTube boxers are still fighting and giving it their all.

On another note, Conor didn’t seem too incensed about Jake. He barely mentioned him at all. 

Still, it’s only a matter of time before Jake responds, and there’s no doubt he won’t be too thrilled about being referred to as “the YouTube kid.”