Ubi’s E3 presenter reacts to ‘the haters’


Aisha Tyler, the host of Ubisoft‘s conference at E3 2012, has retaliated to criticism she received online following the event.

The actress, who in the mid-2000s appeared in the likes of Friends, 24 and CSI, attracted a deluge of negative comments regarding her appearance last week. Some stepped far over the line and resorted to racist abuse.

She deemed the views of many (who claimed she was not a gamer) to be unfair, and so responded via a strongly-worded (and long-winded) post on Facebook:


“I play.

I’ve played since I was a little kid.
Since I begged my dad to buy me a Nintendo LCD Donkey Kong, Jr.
Since I blew through three weeks’ allowance playing Defender at the laundromat.
Since you were a twinge in the left side of your daddy’s underoos.

I’ve been a gamer since I made friends with a girl in the 5th grade just to get at her Atari.
Since I missed the bus playing Galaga after school.
Since I missed the start of Return of the Jedi playing Tempest in the theater lobby.

You think you know. You don’t know.

I’ve been a gamer since before you could read.
Since I aced midterms after staying up all night playing Evil Tetris.
Since I became dorm champ at Leisure Suit Larry.
Since I double-wielded on Time Crisis 3 at Fuddrucker’s.

I was a voice in not one, but two major video game titles.
I hosted the Reach Beta tutorial.
I was a Gears of War superfan panelist at ComicCon.
I hosted the Ubisoft presser at E3 2012.
I didn’t do any of it for the money.
For most I got paid next to nothing, and for some, less than that.

I did it because I love video games.
Because I’ve dreamt since I was a kid of being in one of the games I love.
How many games have you done voices for?
How many cons have you repped at?
Your buddy’s Unreal Tournament garage deathmatch doesn’t count.

I go to E3 each year because I love video games.
Because new titles still get me high.
Because I still love getting swag.
Love wearing my gamer pride on my sleeve.
People ask me what console I play.
Motherf*cker, ALL of them.

I get invited to E3 because real gamers know I’m a gamer.
I don’t do it for the money.
I have plenty of money.
I don’t do it for the fame.
F*ck fame.
I do it because I love video games.

I don’t give out my gamertag because I don’t want a mess of noob jackholes lining up to assassinate me on XBL.
I don’t give a sh*t what you think about my gamerscore.
I don’t play to prove a point.
I don’t play to be the best.
I play because I love it.

I play.
I’ve been playing my whole life.
I’m not ashamed of it.
I don’t apologize for it.
It’s who I am.
To the core.
I’m a gamer.

So to all the haters out there who claim I don’t play;
To the GAF d*cks,
Gamespot trolls,
To every illiterate racist douchebag on Youtube:
Flame away. Go nuts.
Post every jackass comment your heart desires.
I’ll still be playing when your mom’s kicked you out of her basement
and you have to sell your old-ass console
and get a real job.

For now, I say to you respectfully,
and I mean this from the bottom of my heart,

Written by Raj Mahil

Game collector. Journalism graduate. Batman addict. Movie goer. WWE nut. Sports obsessive. Arsenal fan. Squawka.com Sub-Editor.

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  • Nobody better be hatin’ on Baby. My sweetness is legit!

  • SinnerDelGore

    And that, my friends, is how the penny is dropped!

    Ah, I miss the days when computers were only used when you had to know the different between RAM and ROM.

  • I’m 100% sure that she is a gamer. She sounds more offended by being called a non-gamer actress that for all the nasty racist/misogynistic comments online.
    Also kind of funny that some people called her presentation “non-professional”. She is an actress and stand-up comedian, she got paid to do her comedy routine, she did just that, that’s professional. If some people didn’t like her jokes I get it but let’s be honest this is presentation that opened with boobs and continued with head shots is not that she was opening for Mario Party 10.
    We’ve seen people getting stabbed on their throats constantly during E3 and nobody cares. A comedian does a few jokes and everyone freaks out… So if I understand this double morality reasoning, I can cut someone’s throat but I cannot insult him while I’m doing it because it’s offensive? Just kidding I’m too clumsy to kill anyone I will ended up hurting myself.
    By the way awesome podcast last week!

    • Is Gaf short for Neogaf?

      •  Good one, I think you are right. I’m not good when people start cutting words: example: GoW could mean God of War or Gears of Wars. ^_^

    • her jokes was one of the problems that I had about it (well that and that one guy that kept interrupting it and well all know it was scripted) they were so stupid and to me she was so annoying hell in fact I think she was the worse part of E3 and it did look non-professional

      also I’m not going to re-watch the ubisoft conference because of her even though they should allot of good games

  • Guttenheim

    Preach on, sister! Preach on!

  • I just think see did a bad job at hosting it to me she was the worse part about ubisoft conference 

  • I don’t no she felt more natural on stage she had a presence even with all the crazy stuff she said it was good.

  • No need for all those personal attacks on her, it was a bad presentation I admit but seems to have blown up a little.