Joe Rogan doesn’t appear to be a big fan of video games.
During a recent episode of the JRE podcast with author, fitness guru and businessman Joe De Sena, Rogan said he believes video games are a “real problem” in society and are a “waste of time” for most people.
“Video games a real problem. You know why? Because they’re f**king fun. You do them, and they’re real exciting, but you don’t get anywhere.”
— DEXERTO.COM (@Dexerto) July 26, 2020
“Video games are a real problem, They’re a real problem. You know why? Because they’re f**king fun. You do them, and they’re real exciting, but you don’t get anywhere.”
“You [could be] doing something exciting and fun, or you could just be playing f**king video games, “Three years later you could just be that same kid, playing video games, waiting for the next whatever the f**k game is… You’re gonna waste your time.”
Rogan goes on to say that kids are better off doing something productive like learning Jiu-Jitsu.
“Like martial arts, you can get obsessed with Jiu-Jitsu and three years later you are an elite Jiu-Jitsu athlete and you’re entering into competitions and you’re a purple belt and you’re thinking maybe I’m able to open my own school someday.”
Rogan admitted that some kids are able to make money playing games but they have to be “adaptable”.
“There are kids that make a lot of f**king money playing video games,” he finished. “But you have to be adaptable, you have to able to play multiple video games. Because the one game you get really good at, what are the odds it’ll be around in 5 years time?”
Rogan’s comments obviously ticked off a large portion of the gaming population.
Joe Rogan says video games are a waste of time.
Video games are an important part of my mental health. I play them when I need a break from work. They enrich my life the same way books and movies do. Video games aren't a waste of time. Telling someone how to enjoy their life is.
— 𝔞𝔡𝔞𝔪 𝔢𝔩𝔩𝔦𝔰 (@moby_dickhead) July 26, 2020
What a horrible way of thinking…
Not everything we do has to involve making money…Most of us Gamers play because it’s fun, an escape from reality, much needed distraction.
That was a very closed minded thing to say or let alone think. 😒 https://t.co/51xGkyJ9y7
— The Canadian Cowboy🤠 (@Pokezard) July 26, 2020
Gaming is therapeutic for some. A very small minority have addiction problems. Most of us gamers do have lives outside of gaming. Some gamers actually lead governments like here in Ontario. Stop discriminating @joerogan. You profit off the industry. #gamerlife #onpoli https://t.co/LyhahsmwNO
— Jason Koblovsky (@jkobopoli) July 26, 2020
you could literally say that about any form of entertainment. from sports, to movies, but… ok??
entertainment makes people happy, often saving many peoples lives because of the escapism. but go with that bad argument if you want i guess 🤷♂️ https://t.co/OlITvlk2DY
— luis 🌿 (@parasite_eveee) July 26, 2020
OMG he's right!
Also by his definition podcasts are a waste of time, because three years later you're not running your own dojo while driving a Mercedes. https://t.co/6FkZGtfqjj
— Rob Tornoe (@RobTornoe) July 26, 2020
Are video games not a similar form of art and entertainment like TV, movies, theatre and books? What about fun just for fun’s sake? Is that ok? People who make comments like this think all video games are COD and GTA. Silly to me. https://t.co/hOBSE2HTwb
— Ryan Conway (@RJConway92) July 26, 2020
I really hate the idea that every minute that isn't spent working (or on self-improvement or self-promotion, etc) is time wasted. https://t.co/YVEorlJ6Lw
— Peter Rojas (@peterrojas) July 26, 2020
Joe’s heart is in the right place but I think when you focus on “video games generally have no direct return” you always miss the fact that people (kids esp) can socialize, network and train their abilities in these places
No/Low risk way to develop wide array of skills is value https://t.co/yIikpQrcu5
— David Broweleit (@Dacidbro) July 26, 2020