The 23-year-old tried out the new game Cube World with fellow streamer SwaggerSouls, a game the two had been looking forward to for a long time.
The Minecraft-styled adventure had been in development since 2013. In it, players take control of a character in one of several classes such as mage or warrior and are dropped into the world to go on quests and explore.
While the stream was going well, Fitz didn’t know how to open the command console. One cold-blooded viewer kept spamming instructions to help the popular entertainer out.
“Open up the command console with Alt F2. If that doesn’t work, try Alt F3. If that doesn’t work, Alt F4,” Fitz said as he performed the instructions, unaware that pressing alt and F4 will close the window.
When the game closed Fitz’s face told the whole story. He knew he’d been had and after a brief moment of silence where he could hardly believe his own misfortune, the streamer shouted “I’m fucking so dumb!”
Telling someone to press alt and F4 is one of the oldest tricks in the book when it comes to online gaming. The website Know Your Meme defines the Alt + F4 as “a bait and switch trolling technique used against users who lack knowledge of operating system shortcuts and features.” Of course, Alt + F4 really is the Windows shortcut to close the active program. This meme is so ubiquitous that some gaming keyboards actually have the function to disable the shortcut.
“Are you fucking kidding me?” Swagger laughed while Fitz kept repeating ‘I’m so dumb’. “Are you autistic? Did you really just Alt F4?”
The Alt-F4 trick is widely recognized and certainly something that a streamer as experienced as Fitz shouldn’t have fallen for.
“You wanted to take an edible before this stream,” Swagger went on, suggesting that Fitz made such a brutal error without even being high. “I might as well have, dude,” Fitz sulked.
“I can’t believe I just fell for that,” he went on. “It was like the fifth time he spammed it. I was like alright Bill listen I’m gonna try. Oh my God. This it it bro. This is the end of my career.”
With Twitchcon coming up on September 27 there’s no doubt the streamer will have some explaining to do when questioned by fans and other broadcasters about this epic fail.