10/09/2012 12:23 PMPosted by ZiryusI just watched the episode, at what point did he say anything remotely insulting about WoW? Or any nerdy game for that matter.
i think the OP is trolling.
if he isnt...
10/09/2012 12:27 PMPosted by LopsydaisySome studies have shown that playing video games do increase the hand eye coordination. I read about a few hospitals that have systems installed, because warming up with a little gaming makes the hand steadier for surgeries.
Also, when I was in rehab, playing games on the Wii was encouraged.
I loved the segment last night. I knew at the time, too, that some players might take offense to his words or the tone in which they were used. But to take offense is, I believe, to miss the point.
First and foremost, Colbert is a satirist, so there's virtually always a contradictory message in what he's saying. In the context of last night's segment, he was making light of games to point at a seemingly trivial political attack on a candidate running for state senate, whereby her character is called into question because of her World of Warcraft persona. Yes, Colbert used some random Warcraft lingo in a silly fashion for a laugh, but the real joke wasn't that the terms he used were from some geeky game -- he was pointing out the absurdity in the argument that this candidate should be feared for her potential inability to distinguish a game from reality. Notice that, after he drops Warcraft terms, he also draws ridiculous comparisons to people in the past losing touch with reality after playing too many board games.
I argue he wasn't mocking the WoW community, even while he was poking some fun at it. But remember, it's just a game. It's a game where people are collecting epic amulets and flying around on dragons. It's crazy and it's awesome, and Colbert wasn't attacking that. He's long shown pride in, and yet ridiculed himself for, his long nights playing D&D back in the day. Colbert is a true geek. If he's making fun of geeky things, you can probably bet he's stirring a much larger criticism through irony and satire.
Those are my thoughts on the matter since I first watched it last night. I was all smiles by the commercial break. ;)
10/09/2012 12:42 PMPosted by ZarhymNotice that, after he drops Warcraft terms, he also draws ridiculous comparisons to people in the past losing touch with reality after playing too many board games.
10/09/2012 12:50 PMPosted by MoomoomaniaCalifornia governer Chris Christie said it first (when he was called "tons of fun" by a comedian) "It's a comedian's job to make people laugh."
10/09/2012 12:58 PMPosted by PallynomialColbert had nothing to do with it, he's just a face reading a script. Yell at the writers.The Daily Show and The Colbert Show aren't 100% scripted.
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