Joe Rogan Calls Gaming 'Waste Of Time', Internet Swiftly Proves Him Wrong
Podcaster Joe Rogan provoked the full fury of the internet over the weekend by describing video games as a "waste of time". On the latest episode of the Joe Rogan Experience, he argued that video games are essentially too fun to get you anywhere you in life.
"Video games a real problem," he explained. "You know why? Because they're f**king fun. You do them, and they're real exciting, but you don't get anywhere. Three years later you could just be that same kid, playing video games, waiting for the next whatever the f*** game is...You're gonna waste your time."
Powerful words. While many of us can't claim to have changed the world with something as vital as, say, a podcast, Rogan's words of criticism toward video games prompted a massive response.
Listening to this podcast is a waste of time if it's all you do all day and wait for the next episode.- DrLupo (@DrLupo) July 26, 2020
Generalized bad take is bad. Anything can be harmful in excess. Video games have made many people successful, they're the cause for a majority of my friendships, etc. https://t.co/j86f8VZFPU
Developers, streamers, and gamers alike took to Twitter to argue that the podcaster's take on gaming lies squarely in "bad" camp. While many acknowledged that gaming isn't always the most reliable path into a career or source of income, why exactly does it have to be? Do we have to live in a world where every hobby or pastime needs to profit us?
The answer, of course, is no. As long as you're enjoying playing video games, they're about as far from being a waste of time as it's possible to be - something folk everywhere were quick to point out.
joe rogan be like "video games are a waste of time" then post a 2 hour podcast debating if a gorilla or a tiger would win in a street fight- BLM (@hellograndpa) July 26, 2020
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Hi @joerogan- Steven Spohn (@stevenspohn) July 26, 2020
Disabled videogame player here
Thanks to video games I have:
Won industry awards
Saved people from isolation
Made lifelong friends
Fell in love
3 amazing careers
Invited to white house
All while having 2 terminal illnesses & being quadriplegic https://t.co/LlZYHytJSr
Joe Rogan gaming comment thoughts video.- Ninja (@Ninja) July 26, 2020
Mind was kinda everywhere but wanted to get a little vid out to explain it sooner rather than later.
ALSO! Enjoy the full emo hair Ninj right now pic.twitter.com/fgb92vUVtF
learning and growing sometimes means that you simply need to sit down and read, listen, watch or play something to expand your mind.- Cory Barlog :vulcan: (@corybarlog) July 26, 2020
fun is neither an extravagance nor a harmful negative to humanity.
everyone has the right to have their own joy in life.:heart: https://t.co/jTLmDrmcrl
Hopefully Rogan can take on board a lot of what's been said in the last 24 hours... and maybe even come out with a new appreciation of what video games can do and be. They're great fun, after all - and that's never a waste of time.
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