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Update: TooManyGames responds to Howard Stern's gamer rant

Organizers with the TooManyGames East Coast Gaming Expo are taking Howard Stern to task over a recent on-air segment in which the shock jock mocked the event and its radio-unfriendly attendees. In an open letter released today, TooManyGames thanked Stern for giving the expo free publicity, and challenged him to "release his inner nerd" by actually attending the video gaming event he seemed so intent on tearing down.

The letter opens nicely enough, but soon enters "written with a sneer" territory. Here it is in full:

We would like to take this opportunity to thank Howard Stern and his staff for their production of a comedy bit about gamers. The exposure that his May 9th, 2011 radio show has generated for TooManyGames far surpasses anything we could have hoped to achieve this year. Not only did Mr. Stern highlight TooManyGames, but several large gaming news sites and blogs also picked up on the story, which only increased the exposure TooManyGames received. It is unfortunate that Mr. Stern and his team chose to highlight a few of our attendees who may have social shortcomings in order to make his bit more humorous.

Any modern gamer listening to this recent show will realize that Howard Stern hasn’t been in touch with the video game industry in years, still latching on to the tired stereotypes of past years and trying to find a joke in a kid with a speech problem. We don’t expect a radio personality to research (especially one who is there for shock value), but Mr. Stern might be shocked to realize video games are no longer the small past time of cellar dwellers but a multi-billion dollar industry! Games are played by people of all ages from kids to grandparents and everything in-between. With a little editing and selective interviews he presents the scenario that all gamers have no jobs and no aspirations in life; which all gamers know is vastly untrue. We work hard so we can have time to enjoy our games and a lucky few of us actually get to make and play games for a living.

So, to help Mr. Stern get a new grasp on this industry (and perhaps connect with the inner nerd he has selectively forgotten about) we at TooManyGames would like to offer him VIP Passes to our 2012 show. Our director of public relations, Adelle Starr, will gladly give him and his guests a personal tour of the show and introduce him to some of the wonders of modern gaming and gaming culture. In his segment he remarked that he couldn’t understand what some of the people were talking about. However when you interrupt someone in the middle of a tournament of course they won’t be able to explain in detail! So she can make sure he always has someone around to help translate the modern jargon of gaming.

We would be pleased to host you Mr. Stern! Come on down and check out what you are missing! Release your inner nerd!

Capitalizing on Stern's recent diatribe against gamers is a smart marketing move for TooManyGames, however, the odds of him accepting the invite to 2012's expo are extremely low. This is a guy who bitches about having to make any public appearance, let alone ones where he's already pissed off a majority of the guests. If he or any of his Wack Packers do take up the offer, it will only be to harass TooManyGames from the inside. Then again, any publicity is good publicity. We'll let you know if Stern takes the bait.

May 24, 2011 

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22 comments

  • taterboob - May 25, 2011 1:14 p.m.

    Good, overly-sensitive gamers, good. Let the butthurt flow through you. He talks this way about everybody, get over it. If he shows up to next year's event, I'll eat my own hand.
  • grayguwapo - May 25, 2011 7:03 a.m.

    nice work TooManyGames! Stern obviously doesn't have any other relevant topic to air in his show hence, the bashing on videogames... let's see him try to rant on E3 or other major game expo's...
  • KuwaSanjuro - May 25, 2011 6:20 a.m.

    Is Howard Stern still relevant today?
  • hanktherapper - May 25, 2011 2:48 a.m.

    Letters like that prove why those gamers deserved to be made fun of.
  • 04whim - May 25, 2011 1:57 a.m.

    Insulting them on the radio = Free VIP pass? Someone get me a microphone!
  • Levy - May 25, 2011 1:30 a.m.

    lol Howard Stern, he's mad because modern society finds no need for him
  • JimmyCooldaddy - May 24, 2011 11:31 p.m.

    old people don't like games. Who cares
  • Ipriest54753 - May 24, 2011 11:14 p.m.

    This gamer rant seems interesting. Anyone else think of the Howard stern Parody show you can find on the Radio in GTA IV?
  • Gameguy94 - May 24, 2011 10:38 p.m.

    That's pretty cool. Stern's bashing last time was pretty unnecessary and only a select few gamers are that pathetic at life.
  • PolarBearsInHeat - May 24, 2011 10 p.m.

    Business as usual, american consumers consume whatever is placed in front of them.
  • HardPencil - May 24, 2011 9:30 p.m.

    does nobody understand that Stern is playing a radio show character here to just bash things for entertainment value? Are you really taking him that seriously? Have you ever listened to a show? He rips into everything relentlessly, it's just a rant fest. If you're actually taking that too seriously, get over yourself please, and clearly you were hurt by the fact some of the comments hit a bit close to home.
  • HaVoK308 - May 24, 2011 9:09 p.m.

    Howard Stern is and always will be an insecure dork. His listeners suffer from a below average IQ.
  • Conservative_Gamer - May 24, 2011 8:56 p.m.

    I began to occasionally listen to Stern and I think he is a funny guy who is hard working and is supporting a family, but I wished he had at least mentioned that not all gamers are like the few his staff interviewed. His bit could have been just as funny if he did that since he would only be making fun of the few gamers that do have an issue. The letter was well done, however I doubt it will make a difference. If he passes on that invitation, can you forward that to me? :)
  • MancisFrorkYorgan - May 24, 2011 8:50 p.m.

    This open letter is nowhere near scathing enough.
  • shadowreaper72 - May 24, 2011 8:42 p.m.

    A good well thought out response wasted on a arrogant prick.
  • insertdisk - May 24, 2011 8:34 p.m.

    A very good response to this troll. I enjoyed the letter very much
  • Bladex206 - May 24, 2011 8:33 p.m.

    What a lucky guy, wish I could be payed to be a tool.
  • strtfghtr - May 24, 2011 8:27 p.m.

    I know almost no one on here is a regular Stern listener, but this isn't the first time (or 10th time) Stern has made fun of a convention setting. Star Trek, Comicon, horror conventions, toy conventions, sports memorabilia, even technology conventions have all been on the receiving end of The Howard Stern Show tom-foolery. I'm an avid horror convention attendee as well as a life long gamer and I think it's hilarious all the backlash the video game community (not just this site) has given Stern. Learn to take a joke fellas...and yes the majority of the non-video game world thinks of us as unemployed nerds that can't get laid. Kudo to Toomanygames' amusing letter and taking the right approach to it, though inviting the Stern show (the man himself would NEVER attend an event like that) is not going to bring "good will." The crew would just yet again find the funniest looking/sounding attendee to ask questions and make fun of.
  • Bubblesauce - May 24, 2011 8:24 p.m.

    Ha! very good toomanygames! A brilliant response written maturely! I doubt Howard Stern could produce anything like it!
  • erikslev - May 24, 2011 8:14 p.m.

    Howard Stern literally has nothing important to rant about anymore. He used to be somewhat relevant in the entertainment world, now he just trashes everything in existence. What an annoying turd he is.

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