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Howard Stern lays audio smackdown on gamers

Howard Stern, the self-appointed King of all Media, is catching some heat from the gaming community after airing a 20-minute long segment on his Sirius XM satellite show mocking attendees at the recent TooManyGames 2011 event in Philadelphia.

And yes, the following audio clips aren't just NSFW, they're NSFPMASWYSBDSE (Not Suitable For Pretty Much Any Situation Where You Should Be Doing Something Else):

Part 1:

Part 2:


The on-air piece features Stern show correspondent Woflie interviewing gaming fans at TooManyGames, while Howard and Robin basically deride them for being useless human beings. Admittedly, many of the people caught on tape are amusing to listen to, but Stern's cliché rant on their sexless, basement dwelling, unemployed lives is just... weak.

Here's the thing: Howard Stern is great (Robin I could do without). He's an entertainer; one of the business' greatest self-promoters. As a former radio guy, I respect the influence he's had on the industry and his unwavering commitment to staying true to his shtick. Where my allegiance wavers, however, is when he gets on these rants about people or groups he has no actual knowledge of, only to turn around the next second and bemoan that no one understands him. Sure, it's all for a laugh, but the joke is way funnier when you have at least some clue what you're talking about.

Or maybe I'm just letting him get under my skin. That's his talent, after all.

[Source: GameInformer]

May 13, 2011

69 comments

  • snowyotter - May 24, 2011 11:37 p.m.

    All this does is make him sound really fucking out of touch with some things. So what if he can edit the segment well enough to make it seem like all gamers are like the ppl he is choosing to make fun of? He sounds like an old fart who is just angry and jealous that he isn't young anymore. Just group him in with Gene Simmons as a has-been who is out of touch with the youth. Poor sad man.
  • TheSokDrawer - May 24, 2011 9:03 p.m.

    Its not like this is offensive, it's just annoying when people talk about things they know nothing about. But yelling at people for sitting and pressing buttons, and talking into a headset? All he does is sit, press buttons and talk into a microphone. The only difference between us and him is that thousands of people hear his bullshit, and only the people in the game hear ours.
  • VMPSaberwolf - May 18, 2011 4:26 p.m.

    @Rimfro I'm not sure what you are implying? I work full time as an accountant and as a single father raise my 10 year old. I do push a lot of buttons during the day, seeing as how I work in an office setting. Howard is wrong, period. You can't stereotype all people into one particular lifestyle just because they enjoy video games. That's like saying all people who like sports are drunken disruptive asshats. Just because there are people that behave a certain negative way does not mean they represent the masses. That's 3rd grade line of thinking and I've grown way beyond that point.
  • Spybreak8 - May 16, 2011 2:16 a.m.

    It's always funny to pour salt into old wounds. Just saying how many people are actually unemployed, then say a majority of them do actually play games. Eh funny joke commence right right!?
  • purple_omlet - May 15, 2011 11:55 p.m.

    Don't talk shit about James Rolfe.
  • Eviland - May 15, 2011 5 p.m.

    Needles, you're a fuckin' douch-nozzle. You don't know what funny is. Howard Stern is the greatest comedian on the planet. Even Chris Rock said it.... and obviously you've never heard Stern or you would know he's definitely not a racist. He's Jewish. Keep promoting domestic terrorism with your gay ass picture bro.
  • kor2disturbed - May 15, 2011 2:59 a.m.

    How dare him make fun of the angry videogame nerd.
  • IceHawk79 - May 14, 2011 7:44 p.m.

    Probably is upset because he got banned from WoW or whatever. I could never really stand him, or really care what he says.
  • xlyesterdaylx - May 14, 2011 7:33 p.m.

    Howard stern is retarded.
  • TheGingaPrince - May 14, 2011 4:42 p.m.

    Oooooh, Get her!
  • Stinkfingur - May 14, 2011 4:02 p.m.

    What happened to the people in this country? Especially the gaming community. When was the last time you people were able to take a "joke"? Anyone who plays video games for 4-6hrs a day on weekdays and 10-12hrs a day on weekends (like the dude in the first part of the interview) is gonna get laughed at. I play for atleast 8-10hrs everyday, but somehow I was able to not be offended by any of the comments Stern made. And as for him not being "funny" or "too old" to be doing what he's doing...anyone who is supposedly bad at what they do, doesn't make $500 million a year doing it. Get the fuck over yourselves. You humorless, self-important douches.
  • CrunchButtsteak - May 14, 2011 7:33 a.m.

    If I ever meet Howard Stern, I'd just like to ask him one thing: "How does it feel, becoming increasingly irrelevant, and ever more out of touch with the modern world?" When I listen to this, it just sounds like the inane ramblings of a dinosaur that doesn't understand the changing world around him. There are a lot of people (myself included) that would rather play our "fucking dumb games" than listen to the dreck this geezer and his cronies spout, and there's alot more of us and a lot less of the kind of people that listen to shitheads like Howard Stern everyday. The problem here is that it's quite obvious that Stern picked out the interviews that make gamers seem like basement-dwelling, jobless, unintelligent ogres, and is trying to paint the picture that all gamers, anyone who enjoys playing video games in their free time, is the same way.
  • moan4stalone - May 14, 2011 5:14 a.m.

    It was funny like a conan obrien and triumph insult dog at the star wars convention. Come on people it was funny.
  • BLOODmuffins - May 14, 2011 4:47 a.m.

    Howard Stern is a cunt and someday he's going to be lynched by a mob consisting of gays, blacks, Jews, women, gamers, and everyone else he's offended over the years with his nonsensical bullshit.
  • Sleuth - May 14, 2011 2:03 a.m.

    I only listen to Rush when it comes to any talk radio.
  • Nomaddic - May 14, 2011 12:17 a.m.

    Wow, I can't remember the last time I heard anyone talking about Howard Stern...
  • taterboob - May 14, 2011 12:11 a.m.

    I'm sure that they interviewed plenty of sane, functional gamers at the event, but seeing as how they're trying to make an ENTERTAINING show, only the weirdos got airtime. I love Stern. He's one of the greatest interviewers alive today and he has an exceedingly interesting show, but there's no denying that the guy is a little out of touch. Knowing everything he's described about his childhood, I'm sure that he would be a gamer if he had grown up in the last couple of decades. Hell, he talks about obsessing over chess all the time (at least he did when I was listening, I've kind of moved on to podcasts). btw, @needles: You're responding to Stern's stereotypical view of gamers by ranting about your own stereotypical view of Americans? I enjoyed Stern's show, and I don't consider myself to be a "fat, stupid, racist American". That thing you're doing, it's called generalizing, and that's exactly what you're mad about Stern doing. Knock it off, knucklehead.
  • d0x - May 13, 2011 11:54 p.m.

    I love Howard Stern, been listening for god knows how long and will listen till he retires. I also have a very thick skin but his rant even pissed me off. On this subject he has no clue what hes talking about. Hell he devoted hours a day playing chess so its no different then that. His whole point was most of the people he interviewed sounded of low intelligence but the were fairly distracted at the same time. I should have called in during the segment
  • DeeEss - May 13, 2011 11:36 p.m.

    What's a wolfie?
  • Aletheon - May 13, 2011 11:16 p.m.

    Big secret: Howard was never funny.

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