Jimmy Kimmel really didn’t know what he was getting into when he made fun of YouTube gamers. Tens of thousands of abusive comments later, he reached out to popular gamers Markiplier and MissesMae to see if they could enlighten him. It wasn’t perfect, but hey, it’s a start.
Last week, Kimmel did a segment on YouTube Gaming, YouTube’s new video game watching service. “I don’t get that,” he said. “To me, watching another person play video games is like going to a restaurant and having someone eat your food for you.” He was also baffled that PewDiePie, basically the biggest YouTuber ever, can get paid $4 million a year to make these videos, when apparently that’s how much you’d have to pay Kimmel to watch any of them.
This being the internet, the gaming community got mad and flooded him with comments, including this gem: “Get your balls tie them with thick fishing line and jump off a cliff while your cats in a blender and the blender is being used to brush your teeth you sarcastic Mong – sincerely the entire gaming community.” (I mean, that’s pretty creative.)
After a week of abuse, Kimmel reached out to gamers and asked them to help him understand what he’s missing, and two top gamers, Markiplier and MissesMae, took him up on it. After a bit of Kimmel’s nostalgia for playing Pac-Man at the arcade with his friends, the gamers showed him footage of MissesMae’s parents geeking out over a virtual reality roller coaster with Occulus Rift, and filmed a Let’s Play in which Kimmel was absolutely terrible at Rocket League.
Overall I think the meetup was kind of awkward but okay. Kimmel is still baffled by online gamers, but everyone was friendly and Markiplier and MissesMae represented the community well. “The one thing that I can say that unites a lot of people about these things is I love watching other people have fun, and I think that’s what a lot of people get out of these gaming videos,” Markiplier said.