When YouTube announced that it was releasing a game streaming service to compete with Twitch, Jimmy Kimmel took the opportunity to poke some fun at gamers who watch other people play games online, which is a lot of them—millions, in fact. Gamers, as many might have assumed, got pissed.
Kimmel joked about the idea of people watching other people play video games with a sketch in which YouTube released a platform that allowed people to watch people watching people play video games. That triggered a wave of angry comments on YouTube and elsewhere, ranging from mean and mocking to rage-filled and death-wishing.
Of course, Kimmel made a joke out of the response to the joke, as well, bringing some of the most ridiculous comments up on his show to pick them apart. A few just fall into the “get cancer” category of online reactions, but some take the time to (somewhat poorly) lay out an argument against Kimmel’s dismissal of watching streamers play games.
Kimmel’s dustup with gamers (and his relative out-of-touch-ness with the trends young people are into) are good for a laugh, but the whole thing is another one of those distressing examples of how toxic the gaming community can get when some gamers feel they’re under attack. It’s all just fuel for Kimmel, though, so he’d probably tell gamers to keep ‘em coming. Hopefully it doesn’t get too far out of hand.