Thomas Middleditch, star of HBO’s Silicon Valley and multiple American Express adverts put some online BlizzCon haters in their place after they slammed his performance at BlizzCon 2016.
Middleditch was the talent and cosplay competition master of ceremonies at the Blizzard event. On the one side he did use the old stereotype about basement dwelling gamers as well as appearing to be totally familiar with names and games from Blizzard.
— Rashid ibn Yussuf (@rashidibnyussuf) November 5, 2016
— 2ScoopsOfSTFU (@2ScoopsOfSTFU) November 5, 2016
— CodeMonkeyB (@CodeMonkeyB) November 5, 2016
If you doubt his fellow-gamer status, check out his rig below. It puts most setups to shame and that is because the games he plays aren’t made by Blizzard. In his Instagram post he calls on everyone to be able to make fun of themselves. Something which society as a whole has slowly been forgetting over the years.
Got some flak for not being a “real gamer”. Well, I may not play YOUR game but you probably don’t play mine either. Unless you know how to cold start an A10 Warthog? Just remember, we are all on the same side and it’s OK to poke fun at ourselves. It’s important. When you grip your culture so tightly that it’s sacrilegious to even comment on it, or mispronounce a video game character name in a slew of absurd fantasy names, you’ve ruined it. Part of me liked it when us nerds had to keep to the shadows, before it was all mainstream. Granted, I wouldn’t have a career if that were the case but at least we’d all still be nice to each other because it was such a relief to find someone from the same tribe. Now it feels like some of us have banded together and just want to pay forward the bullying we received to someone who’s not as 1337 h@x0r. I know games, pen and paper, cosplay, LARP’ing, whatever, is all really important to us…that doesn’t stop you from having a sense of humor about it. Let’s be fwendz d00dz.