Aisha Tyler has been getting a boatload of criticism since she hosted last week's Ubisoft E3 presentation (you can view the full presentation here). While the event was going on, I remember seeing countless tweets that were questioning if she was a true gamer.
But if any real gamer did their research, they would know that Tyler has been a very outspoken gamer since day one. She wants to let you know that as well. Recently she let loose on her Facebook page, in what has to be one of the most epic rage rants of the year. But I don't blame her, not one bit.
You see, you will always have trolls out there. People always out there to try to knock you down some. People that have absolutely no clue what they are talking about. Hell, I might even get some trolls on this very post. If you wish to do that, so be it, doesn't phase me one bit. Nor does it phase Tyler.
Let's all be real for a second here folks. You try speaking in front of a crowd of that size. I think most of you would be rather nervous, I sure would be. When I was much younger, I used to be part of a state orators organization, that would compete at giving speeches in front of crowds. No where near the size of an E3 event, and I was shaking and nervous each time.
Most of the stuff at these events are rather scripted. So yes, some things do seem rather forced. Go take a look at the Nintendo presentation, you will see what I mean. Most people in that audience around me were sitting there just thinking the who presentation was really awkward. But then switch to the Ubisoft presentation, and most people I talked to thought that they "won" this year's E3.
Here is her rage-filled, full of heart letter that she released on her FB:
I've played since I was a little kid.
Since I begged my dad to buy me a Nintendo LCD Donkey Kong, Jr.
Since I blew through three weeks' allowance playing Defender at the laundromat.
Since you were a twinge in the left side of your daddy's underoos.
I've been a gamer since I made friends with a girl in the 5th grade just to get at her Atari.
Since I missed the bus playing Galaga after school.
Since I missed the start of Return of the Jedi playing Tempest in the theater lobby.
You think you know. You don't know.
I've been a gamer since before you could read.
Since I aced midterms after staying up all night playing Evil Tetris.
Since I became dorm champ at Leisure Suit Larry.
Since I double-wielded on Time Crisis 3 at Fuddrucker's.
I was a voice in not one, but two major video game titles.
I hosted the Reach Beta tutorial.
I was a Gears of War superfan panelist at ComicCon.
I hosted the Ubisoft presser at E3 2012.
I didn't do any of it for the money.
For most I got paid next to nothing, and for some, less than that.
I did it because I love video games.
Because I've dreamt since I was a kid of being in one of the games I love.
How many games have you done voices for?
How many cons have you repped at?
Your buddy's Unreal Tournament garage deathmatch doesn't count.
I go to E3 each year because I love video games.
Because new titles still get me high.
Because I still love getting swag.
Love wearing my gamer pride on my sleeve.
People ask me what console I play.
Motherf***er, ALL of them.
I get invited to E3 because real gamers know I'm a gamer.
I don't do it for the money.
I have plenty of money.
I don't do it for the fame.
I do it because I love video games.
I don't give out my gamertag because I don't want a mess of noob jackholes lining up
to assassinate me on XBL.
I don't give a shit what you think about my gamerscore.
I don't play to prove a point.
I don't play to be the best.
I play because I love it.
I've been playing my whole life.
I'm not ashamed of it.
I don't apologize for it.
It's who I am.
To the core.
I'm a gamer.
So to all the haters out there who claim I don't play;
To the GAF dicks,
To every illiterate racist douchebag on Youtube:
Flame away. Go nuts.
Post every jackass comment your heart desires.
I'll still be playing when your mom's kicked you out of her basement
and you have to sell your old-ass console
and get a real job.
For now, I say to you respectfully,
and I mean this from the bottom of my heart,
What do you think of this letter? Do you think Tyler did a great job at E3?