Middleditch’s quickie self-deprecating jokes about gaming and gaming culture received a mixed reception from the audience and viewers. I thought he did a fine job considering it was his first time and his cards were obviously difficult to read. If you can’t laugh at yourself then you have a real problem.
Some fans took to Twitter to vent their annoyance at his jokes and presenting style and he hit back showing his gaming credentials in Instagram.
Wow, Thomas Middleditch really screwing up the #BlizzCon talent and costume contest. Can't believe all the bad jokes and mispronounced names
— Sanellek🌈 (@sanellek) November 5, 2016
Sweet merciful crap how bad was Thomas Middleditch at #blizzcon. It's cringey watch it. Please bring back Wheaton, Hardwick or Mohr!
— Snoof (@mummasnoof) November 6, 2016
Not everyone was unhappy with his performance though…
— Ashe🕶🐱 (@Ashelsaurus) November 5, 2016
— Ian Colton (@PopTartBoss) November 5, 2016
Following comments on Twitter, Middleditch proved his geekiness by hitting Instagram to show he was a real gamer and knew what he was talking about. Prior to his segment he was on the live stream and admitted he knew little of Overwatch or WoW but was a Diablo player.
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Got some flak for not being a "real gamer". Well, I may not play YOUR game but you probably don't play mine either. Unless you know how to cold start an A10 Warthog? Just remember, we are all on the same side and it's OK to poke fun at ourselves. It's important. When you grip your culture so tightly that it's sacrilegious to even comment on it, or mispronounce a video game character name in a slew of absurd fantasy names, you've ruined it. Part of me liked it when us nerds had to keep to the shadows, before it was all mainstream. Granted, I wouldn't have a career if that were the case but at least we'd all still be nice to each other because it was such a relief to find someone from the same tribe. Now it feels like some of us have banded together and just want to pay forward the bullying we received to someone who's not as 1337 [email protected] I know games, pen and paper, cosplay, LARP'ing, whatever, is all really important to us…that doesn't stop you from having a sense of humor about it. Let's be fwendz d00dz.