Don’t Tell Aisha Tyler She’s Lying About Playing Games

"I’ll literally tell somebody to their face, 'F**k you.'”

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This year’s E3 2014 marks the third time that comedian and actress Aisha Tyler has hosted Ubisoft’s E3 press conference. Some people still don’t believe that she really loves and plays games, but I wouldn’t recommend saying that to her in person.

"To come and tell me that something that I've lived with and loved since I was a little kid is illegitimate, that I'm lying about it," Tyler told NPR in an interview, "I’ll literally tell somebody to their face, 'F**k you'—and I've done it on this floor."

Tyler, who frequently talks about playing games on her podcast, Girl on Guy, says that gamers are a group that has been previously excluded, and that they are now excluding other people.

“The hypocrisy of that is extraordinary," Tyler said. "So I do a lot of calling people on that. So no one let you into your club and now you have one and you don't want to let anyone else in and you know that you're just being full of it right now." Tyler also said that overall, criticism of her has decreased over the years.

Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer. You can follow him on Twitter @emanuelmaiberg and Google+.

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Discussion

585 comments
watchdogsrules
watchdogsrules

your lying about playing video games.......................now what? 

Prometheus
Prometheus

It's more like: For the last decades, girls have made fun of gamers. Now that gaming is 'cool', we want to be the center of attention.

phillywarrior
phillywarrior

Ive met her in person when she was in Philly, and she does play games. I only had 5 minutes with her but she told me a few things that only a gamer would know. And even if she didn't, shes still better at hosting than someone you can barely understand and speaks like a robot because they are so nervous and shitting their pants on stage.

RobertAgius
RobertAgius

I didn't like her jokes during the presentation but other than that she was fine.

Tso11
Tso11

All I see is hypocrites here... They try to loosen up E3 and make it more laid back and people complain about it not being professional enough. Then when it's all suit and ties with stiff presentations they complain about it being boring and whatnot... Sad. Since when is cursing a big deal to the majority of gamers either? I mean it's in your games half the time.

tightwad34
tightwad34

I honestly would have never known she was a comedian if I didn't read it in this article. Kudos if she is a true gamer, but she doesn't need to show her true colors by being a bitch to the doubters.

heretrix
heretrix

I just love how people are complaining about her cursing and most of the friggin trailers she was presenting were dropping f-bombs. 

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

She needs to stop all the cursing E3 should be a professional event.

Cero89
Cero89

My issue with her or anyone who behaves as she did during the presentation is that she sounds fake and gives gamers a bad reputation. If there was a guy up there talking about zelda or the last of us and being all like "you guys wanna more of that zelda sh!t? how about some tlou? well you get to play the f*ck out of those games this fall!" I would not be happy with someone like that. Now the facts that she reacts this way when someone tells her that she does not play games leads me to believe that indeed she does not or to the very least does not care about games at all and doesn't want the appearance ruined. Nothing against her, but I'd like someone else be in charge of the ubi presentation next year.

ECH71
ECH71

Seriously, I don't get why people care...

It doesn't affect the games at all...


Lana.


Laannaa..


LAAANAAA!!!



stealthatbase
stealthatbase

IMO we are so lucky to have her, she's consistently the best presenter at E3 each year. 


I totally understand people that don't dig her shtick though. 

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

I swear like a sailor. I have a horrible potty mouth, but i know where and when to swear. Tyler doing so during an E3 press conference is not professional. It's bad representation.

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

Ok...my problem with her is that she inadvertly makes the conference about her. She treats it like its her own stand up act, which it is not. Oh, because she's a girl and she cusses, that's supposed to make her cool? I'm sorry, but E3 is a professional event and needs to be treated in a professional manner. Ubisoft conferences are jokes because they're full of bad ones. "Girl wood" still makes me cringe to this day. Please, Tyler, stop trying so hard.

Takeno456
Takeno456

I am sorry but in my opinion she is extremely annoying. Her jokes are cringe inducing. I really hate saying this but I think I would rather have Mr. Caffeine back. Cannot believe I said that but unfortunately he is the lesser of two evils.

foodrules
foodrules

I mean are people really questioning whether she's a gamer or not because she's a girl? Or because she's a celebrity paid to front what has essentially become a corporate press conference (with a few bells and whistles on the side)?

Personally I don't give a f*ck about her gender, all I see is a celebrity hosting a press conference....

foodrules
foodrules

She just comes across as really f*cking obnoxious and immature to me. I've really had enough of her.

chimekolover88
chimekolover88

I dont doubt her credibility as a gamer at all. the fact she has hosted Ubisoft's press conference 3 times already shows she does love games and the industry as a whole and thats good enough for me. admittedly a lot of her jokes are cringe inducing and miss the mark but some are good. think it just has to do with being a host and trying to liven things up for the attendants. though when these companies want jokes and such in there shows they need to be more tasteful and funny for most people. one way to change things is to send them ideas and suggestions. overall though i enjoyed her hosting for Ubisoft. she is WAY better than that stupid asshole Joel McHale from the VGX last year.


Jas0n94
Jas0n94

I don't give a damn if she plays games or not. I just want her to stop swearing and act like a high school douchebag on the stage. Makes the whole thing awkward for everyone and spoils the image of the gaming community. You can be proffesional and funny without acting like you heard your "bad word" for the first time.

gohan661
gohan661

Playing Mario Kart or Barbies dream castle does not make you a gamer little girl. Just because you've played games don't come over here thinking you can tell real gamers what's up.

I am sick of companies like gamespot just hiring women for the reason that they're women. Ubisoft must have thought they hit gold getting a women that is black. Can pretend they're all 'equal ops' This is why Machinma will always be better because they just get real gamers with real passions 

tableofjapan
tableofjapan

@Tso11


yeah but....her presentation was terrible. It was like watching a 5 year old discovering curse words for the first time.

nigelholden
nigelholden

@Tso11 Are the same exact people complaining about these different things, or is it possible they are just of another opinion that the other complainers?

moozeditty
moozeditty

@tightwad34 Hurrrr yeah man she should totally be friendlier to people who call her a liar hurrrrrrrrr (am I making my opinion of you clear enough or should I add more "r"s?)

Tso11
Tso11

@tightwad34 So you think she is a b*tch for telling people that say she does otherwise how she feels.

What exactly does that make you? If someone came up to me and told me I didn't do anything I know I actually do I would respond in the same way. If anything they are b*tch*s for telling someone what they don't do.

loafofgame
loafofgame

@tightwad34 We do not know the entire context here. She might only be bitchy towards the people who judge her based on nothing more than a hunch and use strong language to express that doubt. I think in that context her comments are at least justified, while arguably not the smartest response...

Kickable
Kickable

@heretrix yea I'm surprised at all these comments.  they're most likely just annoyed by her in general and will whine about anything to express that.

loafofgame
loafofgame

@Cero89 So all those 'gamers' who rage and swear over every game in the comment sections don't really play games either...? I don't see how she gives gamers a bad reputation. She might swear a bit, but she's not being aggressive or obnoxious. As for her fakeness, that's a matter of interpretation. She's surrounded by nervous devs and publishers who can't present their lines in a convincing way. If anyone comes across as exaggerated and rehearsed, it's them. It appears that the fact she shows more confidence on stage and gives a more stylised presentation is somehow a reason to doubt her sincerity or credibility. That seems to be the only reason people doubt her; because she might be acting.

Also, it wouldn't make any sense if she didn't play videogames. That would be a completely unnecessary reputation risk on her and Ubisoft's part. I guess I understand the suspicious people, but as far as I know they haven't got a single shred of evidence, other than wild speculation.

loafofgame
loafofgame

@JustPlainLucas And I guess that allowing all those nervous developers on stage to give some unconvincing and horribly rehearsed speech is very professional...

utterlyotter
utterlyotter

@jake198624 "Little ghetto tantrum" ?

Sounds like a new member of the Kardashian family..;)

loafofgame
loafofgame

@JustPlainLucas These conferences are public events; they have to be entertaining, because an audience at home is watching them. Taylor isn't any more or less professional than all the other elements of these conferences. If Taylor is unprofessional, then light shows, music and those nervous devs on stage are also unprofessional. Taylor is a matter of taste and as the comment section makes clear, opinions are divided, which is always the case when it comes to hosts and humour.

RJH_420
RJH_420

@foodrules  you dont like obnoxious and immature? what are you doing on this site then?

utterlyotter
utterlyotter

@foodrules  If you´re tired of "obnoxious" and "immature", then you must be REALLY sick of a very big part of the gaming community..


(If there is such a thing as a gaming community that is, I´m not sure)

alioli
alioli

@Jas0n94 Oh no.. she was swearing - dear lord that's horrible.

jellyman68
jellyman68

@gohan661 Actually it kind of does. The only requirement to being a gamer is that you play games. Mario Kart is a game, so anyone that plays it is a gamer.

CrouchingWeasel
CrouchingWeasel

@gohan661 

Go & find a shallow, muddy puddle, drown yourself in it & spare the human race the misfortune of having you pollute the gene pool.

ECH71
ECH71

@gohan661 I don't care if girls want to play games or call themselves gamers... hell the more the merrier... but what I do care about is this "girl power" BS when they make "strong female protagonists" and stuff... friggin' oxymoron.

Kickable
Kickable

@gohan661 what a presumptuous snob.  i'm glad most of the actual 'real gamer' community doesn't act like you.  or at least keep their mouths shut.

chimekolover88
chimekolover88

@gohan661 wow.......people like you should not be allowed to comment on here or anywhere on the internet for that matter. that has to be the most idiotic comment i have ever read in my entire life. you are a bastion of stupidity.

utterlyotter
utterlyotter

@gohan661  Wow, just wow. You come off as condescending, patronising, and insecure in just a few words. Not to speak of old fashioned, and not in a good way

.

"If ma wuman iz mer than six feet from the stove she´s ontha run" sort of attitude towards women.

CraZkid37
CraZkid37

@gohan661 ....what the hell do you know about what she plays? You sound very bias and quite honestly part of the problem.

lonesamurai1
lonesamurai1

@CrouchingWeasel   Nah! but people as ignorant as yourself can surely get your point across in a more substantial way, but then again you are ignorant so... yeah

Cero89
Cero89

@loafofgame @Cero89 I am simply stating my opinion regarding the professional aspect of E3, at least I believe it should be professional. If you don't mind your game announcements with b!tch, f*ck and sh!t in between that's cool, I admire that. I personally can't stand it. 

gohan661
gohan661

@utterlyotter I actually don't know where you got any of that from what I said. She probably has played games, and women do play games and yes loads are better than me at most games i'll ever play. But in general women only play a one or two games and move on. So they'll become attached to a certain MMO whilst they're at home pregnant or bringing up children, or disabled and can't work. They'll play that game a lot and get extremely good at it. But then they don't just move onto a new game they go back to their lives. Out of the few competitive games i've played and watched world championships (evo, the international ect) there has never been a female in finals or even inside top 8.

I am not going to sit and argue nature vs nurture but women arnt 'gamers' they play games yes (as i said better than me) but aint 'gamers'

loafofgame
loafofgame

@Cero89 And I'm simply questioning some of the reasoning behind your opinion. If you post an opinion in a comment section you've got to accept that people are going to react to it... Honestly, if you just want to give your opinion and not discuss it, why are you even commenting...? 

Tyler is a comedian. Swearing is apparently part of her style (and she really doesn't swear that much). Now, I can understand why people dislike that, but it has nothing to do with being professional. It's a style choice, just like the light show and the accompanying music.

utterlyotter
utterlyotter

@foodrules @utterlyotter  I like her, she´s a bit of fresh air but I can (sort of) understand that some don´t. I do agree that some of her jokes/comments fall a bit flat.

But that´s ok.

Kickable
Kickable

@gohan661 @utterlyotter you're just taking wild guesses at this point right?  now that you you have it all figured out you can go back to Machinima.

chimekolover88
chimekolover88

@gohan661 @utterlyotter i have no idea where you get idiotic ideas like this from. i know plenty of women that are hardcore gamers and show no signs of stopping. as said in other comments above you come across as just some insecure asshole spewing biased and sexist comments without an ounce of knowledge. people like you are whats wrong with the damaged image of the game industry and wrong with the world as a whole. i almost feel sorry for you, but i honestly dont give a damn about people like you.

utterlyotter
utterlyotter

@gohan661 @utterlyotter  "they'll become attached to a certain MMO whilst they're at home pregnant. ."   "women arnt 'gamers' they play games yes (as i said better than me) but aint 'gamers'"


LOL!  You just proved my point much better than I ever could :-)



purplestone6988
purplestone6988

@gohan661 @utterlyotter uh oh you said someone that plays games but isnt a gamer, inb4 williamwallace comes to chime in.