Bill Gates not a big gamer, does the dishes every night

Microsoft cofounder says he gravitates towards family-focused sports games and does the dishes every night because "I like the way I do it."

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Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates is more interested in Kinect Sports than he is Halo, the 58-year-old tech veteran said during a recent Reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA).

"I am not a huge gamer. My son knows a LOT more than I do about what is cool on Xbox," Gates said. "I played Halo but the sports games that the whole family can use are the things I use the most. I threw the javelin very very far!"

That was the only gaming-focused news nugget Gates revealed during the AMA. He declined to answer inevitable "Xbox One vs. PS4" question and he also did not give his thoughts on investors' suggestion that Microsoft should sell its Xbox business.

Elsewhere in the AMA, Gates--one of the wealthiest individuals in the world--said he does the dishes after dinner every night. "Other people volunteer, but I like the way I do it," he said.

When Microsoft named Satya Nadella its new CEO last week, Gates said goodbye to his position as Chairman of the Board. He now holds the position of Founder and Technology Advisor at Microsoft, where he will assist in the future direction of the company's products.

Gates helped launch the original Xbox and even appeared on-stage at various events to promote Microsoft's then-unproven venture into the console gaming space.

Discussion

194 comments
jark888
jark888

One of my philanthropic idols ;D

well_now
well_now

Are we going to ignore the fact that he paid someone to dress up like the Reddit mascot?

smartdono
smartdono

i do the dishes always clean

BARRICADE_28
BARRICADE_28

Sorry Bill, but saying "Juan, please wash these dishes" doesn't count as "doing the dishes".

mvlbr
mvlbr

He won't answer any questions about "Xbox One vs PS4" because he only plays games on his secretly hidden iPad.

bluefox755
bluefox755

He's just a regular guy, puts his pants on one leg at a time, just like you and I.

Ripper_TV
Ripper_TV

He's only 58??? This cannot be. I thought he was like 65-70 and wanted to comment that he looked better recently. But no, he looks horrible for his age.

Tangsta03
Tangsta03

He hasn't aged very well tbh. He looks like he's 80. All that money can't seem to wash away the stress of life.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

I bet even if he does the dishes he just loads them into a dish washer.

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

I wonder if he lets his kids play PlayStation.

Zloth2
Zloth2

Do the dishes every night?  Can't he afford a larger sink than that??

deadpen
deadpen

Every woman's dream man.....Oh and the billions don't hurt I guess.

hadlee73
hadlee73

One of the best news article headlines of 2014 so far.

limbo12
limbo12

Other hobbies include: being a billionaire parasite.

ThrashMatt26
ThrashMatt26

 "I threw the javelin very very far" Is it wrong that I read this as if he was mentally challenged?

St0Ne4Ge
St0Ne4Ge

"I played Halo but the sports games that the whole family can use are the things I use the most. I threw the javelin very very far!"


So that's why he's shoving Kinect down our throats.

Warful
Warful

He's going for the highscore in stacking plates.

Sun-Tzu-GE
Sun-Tzu-GE

Bill Gates is a good man.I'm not surprised that he didn't have anything to do with the Xbox One.


Xbox 360 was much better than the PS 3 but now the Xbox One is a piece of shit which ruins the microsoft name.

omar_q
omar_q

Bill Gates, the one good thing about Microsoft. 

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

Nothing surprising here. It's common sense not to trust other people with important stuff, typical for a successful entrepreneur like Gates.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Dishwashers properly fuck over your cutlery over time.

I went around to my grandparents house and I swear they are using sulphuric acid or something like all of the cutlery is like someone had just freshly hammered them out on an anvil.

leandrro
leandrro

the old arrogant aristocrat once again trying to pretend he is a simple man

nice try mr. burns

JoInfo
JoInfo

All Bill Gates really did for Xbox was promote the first system. This article doesn't surprise me.

IncinX
IncinX

@limbo12  Ummm... he created a foundation that is helping to wipe out disease in the world.  It's quite possible that you are more parasitic than him.

jecomans
jecomans

@limbo12  What exactly is parasitic about Bill Gates? You're not one of those unsuccessful broke people who thinks everyone who did better than you is evil are you?

IronOnion
IronOnion

@ThrashMatt26

"Bill killed a guy! Did you throw a javelin?"
"Yeah, there were horses and a man on fire and I killed a guy with a javelin."

chrisda
chrisda

@St0Ne4Ge  

Bill Gates isn't the one you should be hating. Bill Gates is probably the last bastion of hope for Microsoft being the company it always was. The problem is coming from the shareholders who practically begged for him to step down so they can have their way with everything and further pull Microsoft away from its roots.


tl;dr, Shareholders are shoving Kinect down your throats, not Bill

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

@leandrro

He always worked very hard to keep a common folk image. Worked so well that many thinks one of the richest man on this planet is a simple guy you could go to for a little chat. And naturally charity helps in a big way.

I don't have any problems with charity but I think we should remind people on why there is a need for charity. There wouldn't be any need for charity if there wasn't an immense concentration of wealth in very few hands, a concentration that increase continually over time. If you take 85 of the richest people on earth between them they control over 50% of the world's wealth. Does anyone think they deserve that? Has anyone of them found a cure for cancer, solved the problem of pollution around earth, brought revolutionary ideas on justice, gave mankind something to look after? No, absolutely not. They are just profiteers, either born of family of profiteers, or simply people who found ways around the system to profit from others. Some would say they deserve cause they are smart. Every human being is smart but most of them don't end up being profiteers.

Warful
Warful

@leandrro  How is the man arrogant? Sure he isn't a simple man, but arrogant?

xcollector
xcollector

@IncinX @limbo12I'm not a fan of Bill, don't care for Microsoft, and he probably was a bad person at some point in his life, but he is trying to do something good with the foundation so you have to give him credit for that

jellyman68
jellyman68

@SpicaAntares @leandrro  I think Bill deserves the money he worked hard for and earned. You do know that he intends to give away all of his money, right?

IncinX
IncinX

@Warful @leandrro  I've been seen him be arrogant before.  leandrro should provide some references, otherwise he is just a common internet troll.

jecomans
jecomans

@Warful A few people on here seem irrationally against wealthy people. Can't tell if butthurt or stupid?

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@xcollector

Oh, he was a trouble-maker alright. Hacked into his college's student rolls, remember?