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PewDiePie responds to Joe Rogan’s “boomer” video game comments

by Virginia Glaze

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YouTube star Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg has shared his response to podcast host Joe Rogan’s divisive comments on video games, surprisingly advocating for both sides of the ongoing debate around a subject that has steeped the gaming community in chaos.

Joe Rogan incited the ire of many a gamer on July 26, after claiming in an episode of his podcast that video games were a “problem” and a “waste of time,” contrasting them with the profitability of other pastimes like martial arts.

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Needless to say, many top personalities and casual gamers alike had something to say about Rogan’s statement, including streaming star Tyler “Ninja” Blevins — but now, YouTube’s most subscribed creator has weighed in on the topic.

PewDiePie uploaded a video responding to Rogan’s video game spiel on July 30, where he initially clowned on the host and found his jujitsu comparison to be a bad example (although he made sure to point out that he understood his general idea).

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“I get it,” he mused. “I get his point. But it’s like the worst example ever with jujitsu. That’s another thing — you wouldn’t even have to be good at gaming to make a living. Obviously!” he laughed, pointing to himself.

“Even though I kind of memed it already, I feel like it would be so easy for me to come at Joe Rogan’s statement and be like, ‘Yeah Joe, f***king idiot. I make money playing video games, what the f**k you talking about?’” he continued. “He really just sounds like a boomer. ...it’s just such a generational gap that’s always existed.”

PewDiePie discusses Joe Rogan's comments on video games.
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PewDiePie was able to advocate for both sides of Rogan's viral video game argument, and advocated that viewers find a healthy balance between gaming and other hobbies in life.

However, the YouTuber was also understanding of the addictive nature that games — or any hobby — can have on people, and claimed that while he enjoyed inspiring his viewers to follow their dreams, doesn’t want to sell them on unrealistic expectations.

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“I love the idea that I can inspire my audience or, I don’t know, people in general, if they want to pursue YouTube and other gaming-related things,” he clarified. “Like, f**k yeah, go for it. But I don’t wanna sell people on the pipe dream that it’s possible for everyone, because it isn’t.”

“I guess what I’m saying is, find a balance,” he added. “By all means enjoy video games, it’s a great hobby, it’s super fun. ...But also find a balance. I think that’s what makes life fun, doing different things.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUUnJsiQxdU

What do you think of PewDiePie’s take on Joe Rogan’s viral video game conversation? Let us know on Twitter @Dexerto and tell us your own experience with gaming!

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