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Ninja and Dr. Lupo Respond to Joe Rogan Calling Video Games a “Problem”

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  • Joe Rogan called video games a problem on a recent episode of his podcast, arguing that they are fun but a waste of time. Instead, he suggested that time could be better spent on activities that have more potential for becoming a profitable career.
  • Gamers like Dr. Lupo called it a bad take, noting that anything can be harmful when done in excess and that video games have brought many people success, friendships, and more.
  • Others said nothing you enjoy is a waste of time or has to bring you financial benefits.
  • Tyler “Ninja” Blevin’s explained that there are many ways to make a living out of gaming and offered to go on Rogan’s podcast to discuss it more.
  • Still, others noted that Rogan was speaking from personal experience as someone who has admittedly been excessively consumed by video games in the past.

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Some of the biggest names in gaming are responding to comedian and podcast host Joe Rogan after he characterized gaming as fun but a waste of time. 

The comments from a recent episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” made Rogan a trending Twitter topic this weekend. In one widely shared clip, Rogan said, “Video games a real problem…You know why? Because they’re f**king fun.”

“You do them, and they’re real exciting, but you don’t get anywhere.”

He used Martial Arts for comparison, saying someone could become obsessed with Jujitsu for example, and spend years becoming an elite athlete. Then he said they could turn that into a profitable career by entering competitions and maybe one day becoming an instructor and opening their own school. 

“You [could be] doing something exciting and fun, or you could just be playing fucking video games. Three years later you could just be that same kid, just playing video games… waiting for the next whatever the fuck game is… and you’re gonna waste your time,” he added.

Those remarks were made during a discussion with Joe De Sena, the author and fitness guru behind Spartan obstacle course races. Before making those remarks, Rogan was discussing a child’s need for positive role models in their life so that they don’t seek refuge in activities that stimulate them like drugs or video games. 

He did hold back from saying that finding success in gaming is nearly impossible because he said he heard the same comments about pursuing comedy. Instead, he said, “There are kids that make a lot of fucking money playing video games, but you have to be adaptable, you have to able to play multiple video games because the one game you get really good at, what are the odds it’ll be around in five years time?”

However, that last comment was not included in the clip that went viral. And most people online seemed to have only caught wind of his general message about gaming being a waste of time. 

Reactions 

The message prompted a wave of different reactions online. Many agreed that there was some truth to his words, sharing personal experiences about gaming consuming their lives.

However, plenty of other people shared how gaming has had a positive impact on them, allowing them to find great opportunities and friendships, among other things.  

One person to hit back at Rogan’s claims was DrLupo, one of the most successful streamers in the gaming world. In a tweet, Dr.Lupo said, “Listening to this podcast is a waste of time if it’s all you do all day and wait for the next episode. 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.”

Other gamers echoed that statement like Tommy “ZooMaa” Paparatto who said, “Nothing you do that you enjoy is a waste of time. Sure there needs to be balance so you don’t build unhealthy habits, but his take goes for literally anything you do in life. Do what makes you happy & follow your passion, don’t let someone telling you it’s a waste of time stop u!”

Careers in Gaming 

A lot of internet users also felt Rogan put too much emphasis on finances, saying that not everything in life has to provide a monetary benefit. Still, many pointed out that there are plenty of opportunities to make money in the realm of gaming.

One of the most notable figured to address this point was Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, who uploaded a video response to social media on Sunday.

Ninja began by saying he watched the viral clip as well as more of what came before and after to get more context. After that, he said, “It sounds like he’s talking about the top 1% or the odd or one-off chance that you’re going to be a professional player- an esports player, and a successful one at that.”

“I just don’t think…Joe doesn’t really understand the full context of what the gaming community is and how many different avenues you can be successful in in gaming,” he continued.

“I mean there’s streaming, content creation, YouTube, being a professional player, being a fricking coach. You can be incredibly understanding of the game and not have the physical capacity to be able to get pentakills every single game.”

“That doesn’t mean there’s not a job for you, right? That doesn’t mean there’s not a place for you in the gaming community where you can be successful, especially when coaches are being valued more and more which is a beautiful thing to see because coaches have been in sports forever.”

Ninja closed by saying he would love to appear on Rogan’s podcast to talk more about this but reminded those in the gaming community that there are many different ways to make a living out of gaming. 

Still, there were some who noted that Rogan is someone who has logged a lot of hours gaming himself and is not exactly an outsider speaking on the community, but rather speaking from his own experience of being consumed by games. 

In fact, in an episode of his podcast from a few weeks ago, Rogan said he had a problem with video games and would play for hours a day. “I’m like an alcoholic and its a bar,” he said when talking about his gaming room, saying it affected his health. 

Esports consultant Rod Breslau even hit on this note, tweeting, “Joe Rogan has been playing Quake for like 20 years and has brought on pros and devs as guests, his comments come from a place of being borderline addicted to video games more than anything. if you’re gonna get mad at Joe Rogan there’s way better stuff to choose from.”

Like Ninja, he also invited Rogan to reach out to him to talk more about how esports can be a “lucrative full-time career.”

Ninja later also hit on the point that Rogan is familiar with esports, writing, “Joe Rogan is a gamer, hands down the dudes loves them and is pretty well informed on the competitive side/aspect of it. I just believe there is a huge gap of the last 5 years where gaming has catipulted into a different era and would love to explain”

As of now, Rogan has not commented on any of the responses or outrage.

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Britney Spears Asks For Privacy After Fans Called Cops to Conduct a Wellness Check on Her

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Fans said they were concerned after the singer deleted her Instagram account.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was updated to include a statement from Britney Spears


Fans Call 911

Britney Spears said her fans “went a little too far” after some called the police to conduct a wellness check on her. 

The fans, many fueled by online conspiracy theories, were concerned about Spears because she deleted her Instagram account. While this is something the singer has done multiple times in the past, her fans thought she had left secret signals in her last post suggesting she needed help.

Some even posted videos of them calling emergency services on TikTok, a platform that is full of conspiracy videos about Spears. 

“I love and adore my fans but this time things went a little too far and my privacy was invaded,” Spears wrote in a statement on Thursday, citing “prank phone calls” that were made to police.

According to Spears, officers did not enter her home because once they got to her gate, they “quickly realized there was no issue and left immediately.”

“This felt like I was being gaslit and bullied once the incident made it to the news and being portrayed once again in a poor and unfair light by the media,” Spears continued. “During this time in my life, I truly hope the public and my fans who I care so much about can respect my privacy moving forward.”

On Wednesday, a spokesperson for Ventura County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to Page Six that the department “did get calls into our dispatch” but added there was no reason to believe that Spears was “in any kind of harm or any kind of danger.”

That spokesperson declined to say if officials contacted Spears or conducted a wellness check, citing privacy and public trust issues.

The Prominence of Britney Spears Conspiracies 

Just over a year has passed since Spears was freed from a highly restrictive conservatorship that controlled her life and finances for 13 years. Throughout the conservatorship, fans tried to use the pop icon’s social media to pick up clues that she was secretly struggling. She did not publicly speak about the conservatorship until the summer of 2021. 

Now that she has her freedom, fans are still reading heavily into her posts. Some believe there are hidden messages in her captions and in the gestures she does while dancing. Others think she is dead, missing, or hiding and that a body double is being used in her posts. Some are so concerned that they are coordinating a mass effort to pressure the Los Angeles Times into investigating Spears’ whereabouts and safety. 

In the last several years, many have reflected on Spears’ early days in the spotlight and the cruel ways she was harassed and targeted by paparazzi, news outlets, and culture at large. Often the punchline to a joke throughout the 2000s, many now sympathize with Spears, who was forced to endure heavy public scrutiny at a young age. Documentaries like “Framing Britney Spears” prompted many to see Spears as a victim of abusive media tactics, not the “crazy” woman tabloids painted her to be. 

Many are now concerned that fans are only going to subject Spears to a new onslaught of harassment by calling the police to her house. Even if the conspiracy theories are technically well-intentioned and often come from a place of concern, some believe they will jumpstart a media frenzy that could harm Spears’ mental well-being.

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Razzies Apologize For Nominating 12-Year-Old, Adopt Age Rules For Future Nominations

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The group’s founder said the Razzies regret “any hurt” the young actress may have “experienced as a result of our choices.”


Razzies Face Backlash

The Razzie Awards revoked its “insensitive” nomination of 12-year-old Ryan Kiera Armstrong and added new guidelines banning child performers from being nominated in the future. 

The Razzies, which award the year’s worst movies, included Armstrong in its “Worst Actress” lineup for her role in “Firestarter.” Bryce Dallas Howard, Diane Keaton, Kaya Scodelario, and Alicia Silverstone were also nominated in the category.

Armstrong starred alongside Zac Efron in “Firestarter,” an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name. The picture received a 10% rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. 

While the film was broadly panned, many thought it was a bridge too far to nominate a child for a bad acting award.

“The Razzies are already mean-spirited & classless, but to nominate a kid is just repulsive & wrong,” child star Julian Hilliard, best known for his work in “WandaVision,” tweeted. “Why put a kid at risk of increased bullying or worse? Be better.”

Actor and podcast host Brandon Hardesty said the nomination was “completely ignorant and cynical.”

“They have no clue what this can do to a child actress who probably considered her starring role in FIRESTARTER as a high point in her life,” he wrote. 

“That girl was the best part of that mess of a movie,” film critic Shannon McGrew tweeted. “And on top of that, no kid should ever be nominated for an award that punches down on them.”

Nomination Revoked

Razzies founder John Wilson addressed the backlash in a statement to the press on Wednesday, calling the criticism “valid.”

“Sometimes, you do things without thinking, Then you are called out for it. Then you get it,” Wilson said. “It’s why the Razzies were created in the first place.”

“We have removed Armstrong’s name from the Final Ballot that our members will cast next month,” he continued. “We also believe a public apology is owed Ms. Armstrong, and wish to say we regret any hurt she experienced as a result of our choices.”

In addition to removing Armstrong’s nomination, The Razzies is now adopting “a Voting Guideline precluding any performer or film-maker under 18 years of age from being considered” for awards. 

“Since our motto is ‘Own Your Bad,’ we realize that we ourselves must also live up to it,” the statement closed.

While Armstrong will be the last child to nab a Razzie nomination, she was far from the first. Jake Lloyd made the list for his turn as young Anakin Skywalker in “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.” Gary Coleman and Macaulay Culkin also got nominations as teenagers.

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SeatGeek CEO Calls to Break up Ticketmaster and Live Nation in Senate Hearing Following Taylor Swift Debacle

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“A lack of robust competition in our industry meaningfully stunts innovation, and consumers are who suffer,” Jack Groetzinger said.


Monopoly Concerns

Two months after technical difficulties blocked countless Taylor Swift fans from snagging seats to her tour, a bipartisan group of Senators held a hearing to re-examine the merger between Live Nation and Ticketmaster.

The two entertainment giants merged in 2010. Jack Groetzinger, the CEO of the rival ticket-selling platform SeatGeek, said during Tuesday’s hearing that the two need to be broken up to benefit consumers. 

“One, a lack of robust competition in our industry meaningfully stunts innovation, and consumers are who suffer,” he said. “Two, venues fear losing Live Nation concerts if they don’t use Ticketmaster, and three, the only way to restore competition in this industry is to break up Ticketmaster and Live Nation.” 

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) echoed concerns about the lack of competition, arguing that Live Nation is the “definition of monopoly.”

“Live Nation is so powerful that it doesn’t even need to exert pressure, it doesn’t need to threaten, because people just fall in line,” she said. 

The Eras Tour Debacle

Ticketmaster has long been accused of price-gouging and complicating the ticket-buying process. Those issues made international headlines in November during the presale for Swift’s highly anticipated Era’s Tour. 

Millions of fans who attempted to enter Ticketmaster’s virtual queue walked away empty-handed after experiencing crashes, price inflation, and a myriad of other issues. 

According to Ticketmaster, the incredibly high demand, coupled with an onslaught of bot attacks, forced the platform to slow sales down. After the company delayed sales in certain cities and canceled the general sale altogether, Swift called the ordeal “excruciating.”

“We asked them, multiple times, if they could handle this kind of demand and we were assured they could,” she wrote on Instagram in November. 

The controversy prompted many to accuse Ticketmaster and its parent company, Live Nation, of holding a monopoly over the concert and live events industry. The U.S. Justice Department has opened an antitrust investigation into the entertainment giant. 

Ticketmaster Takes Heat

Ticketmaster has repeatedly tried to blame a number of factors for the failed Swift presale, even at one point suggesting the sale was too popular because the “Anti-Hero” singer waited so long to tour. 

“May I suggest, respectfully, that Ticketmaster ought to look in the mirror and say, ‘I’m the problem, it’s me,’” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said during the hearing. 

Still, the company continued to point the finger at record-breaking bot attacks. 

“We knew bots would attack at onsale and planned accordingly. We were then hit with three times the amount of bot traffic that we’d ever experienced,” Live Nation CFO Joe Berchtold said on Capitol Hill. 

“The attack requires [us] to slow down and even pause our sales. This is what led to a terrible consumer experience we deeply regret. We apologize to the fans, we apologize to Miss Swift, we need to do better and we will do better,” he continued. 

Others present at the hearing were not happy with Live Nation’s bot defense. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) said that she has worked with companies in a variety of industries that deal with bots without these issues. 

“You know what, they get bot attacks every single day by the thousands. By the thousands,” she said. “And they have figured it out, but you guys haven’t? This is unbelievable.” 

“You can’t blame bots for what happened to Taylor Swift,” JAM Productions CEO Jerry Mickelson added. “There’s more to that story that you’re not hearing.”

According to Mickelson, Ticketmaster can actually stand to benefit from glitchy sales on its platform. 

“The process, when it’s slowed down, increases the money that Ticketmaster makes because they make money on fees and as the ticket prices go up due to dynamically priced tickets, Ticketmaster makes more off that,” he claimed. “So it’s to their advantage to slow the process down.”

Outrage against Ticketmaster has become so widespread that Sen. Blumenthal said the company was responsible for “an absolutely stunning achievement.” 

“You have brought together Republicans and Democrats in an absolutely unified cause.”

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