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Jimmy Kimmel says gamers want him to get AIDS and die

Having mocked the notion of people watching people play video games, the late night host displays nasty messages from people who like to do just that.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


People who watch people play video games want to see Jimmy Kimmel dead.

Jimmy Kimmel Live/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Go hang yourself with that fat string of bacon in the kitchen.

Such messages have been garlanded upon talk show host Jimmy Kimmel by -- who knows? -- members of Degen X?

What seems certain is that they're gamers who are offended that Kimmel mocked the idea of people watching people play video games. Kimmel specifically chuckled at people who were enthralled by the YouTube gaming channel, which launched last week. (The chuckle video is embedded at the end of this post.)

He described watching gamers game as being akin to going to a restaurant and having someone eat your food for you. This, however, was manna to the many, many sensitive gamers in the world.

A sightly perplexed Kimmel took to his show on Monday night to muse about this section of humanity. He offered a selection of messages he'd received.

The simple, to-the-nasty-point "Get cancer," for example. Another wished him brain cancer. Yet another said he hoped Kimmel would get AIDS.

Some merely explained to Kimmel that he would be "job less in 1 year you stupid bearded gorilla."

One should, of course, be kind to some of those who enjoy watching people play video games. Humanity is full of activities that make some wonder what's inside people's heads.

Just a few minutes glancing at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday revealed that in stark fashion.

It's troubling, though, when people can't take a joke. If you're not aware of how ridiculous you, me and the whole of humanity are, then you'll end up taking yourself seriously.

You'll end up offering literary stanzas such as: "...jump off a cliff while your cat's in a blender and the blender is being used to brush your teeth... -- sincerely, the entire gaming community."