Ubisoft Host Aisha Tyler Responds To Critics

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Aisha Tyler E3 2012 Ubisoft Responds To Critics Halo

After claiming she has girl-wood for games, Ubisoft’s E3 2012 press conference host Aisha Tyler appears to have the balls to match. Responding to allegations that she was not a “true gamer” and had no place hosting this year’s E3 Ubisoft Press Conference, Aisha threw down, calling out her critics in a post on Facebook.

Ubisoft has been known for its surprise guest hosts, including Joel McHale, the overzealous Mr. Caffeine (from E3 2011) and this year’s Aisha Tyler. Starting as a stand-up comedian, Aisha has been in everything from a recurring role on Friends to host of Talk Soup (which, coincidentally, Joel McHale now hosts). Always known for being spunky and talented, this funny lady revealed her nerdy love of gaming back when she began work as a voice actor for Halo: Reach. Since then she’s been quite vocal about her love of games and most particularly her love of Gears of War.

Ms. Tyler seemed like a perfect candidate for the job. While not the same can be said for her awkward co-host, Ms. Tyler did well with what was given to her and, while jokes weren’t always hitting their mark, it was apparent she was having a great time. After some backlash from particularly vicious commenters on YouTube, message boards, and the like, claiming she wasn’t a real gamer, Aisha laid it all out for non-believers in a Facebook post stating:

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. 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.

The girl’s got street cred to be sure. Who else but a real gamer could claim to “double-wielded on Time Crisis 3 at Fuddrucker’s.” The post goes on to talk more about her her passion for gaming and to tell haters, trolls and racists to “GFYS.” Good for her for busting some troll chops. We’re in your corner Aisha and anyone who has done a smidgen of research would know that she loves gaming. She claims she once used someone in 5th grade to get to their Atari. She was rocking Galaga before many of these commenters were even born. If those aren’t the marks of a true gamer, we don’t know what is.

Read her full post here.

Source: Aisha Tyler’s Facebook

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TAGS: E3 2012, Facebook, Galaga, Gears of War, Halo, Ubisoft

  • http://gamerant.com/author/dyce/ Andrew Dyce

    Man, it always bums me out to hear how bad the internet can be for some people. I remember being genuinely disturbed when Joel Ward won the series for the Washington Capitals and Boston fans took to Twitter to immediately throw out racist comments.

    Good for her, she’s better at games than most people on stage during the entire shows. Except Joe Montana, obviously.

    • http://gamerant.com Curt Hutson

      Oh yeah, hands down Joe Montana.

    • SV

      The veil of internet anonymity really brings out the worst in some people. It really is a shame, especially when most of the hate is based on wrong info.

      The press conference was pretty bad but that was not her fault. Ubisoft scripted a press conference that seemed to be aimed at 13 year olds and was just awful. Aisha did a decent job given the content she has to work with.

  • https://www.facebook.com/DownloadableConflict TaboriHK

    From what I hear, the problem was not that she isn’t a gamer, it’s that she was cringe-inducing. But, I saw literally none of her performance, so I couldn’t say. I can’t imagine caring how much of a gamer she is either.

  • bio

    strange how I haven’t heard toby get any criticism.

    Yes i do like toby turner but you would think he would get some criticism to sense he was on the stage.

    • LunoYoryiki

      ….he was the worst….hands down….i wanted to punch him by the end…..

      • bio

        I like toby i think his videos are funny but he is way more suited doing interviews on the show flow then co hosting a conference.

  • ATG

    I thought she was good, funny. Not hilarious but funny, I like her. Internet people are harsh, like someone said, the internet brings the worst out of people. They try to find anything to bitch about.

    Excuse my language.

  • lastdrag0n89

    Wow, I think Im in Love

  • Gallifreyanjedi

    I didn’t think it was bad, it was just awkward with her comments and banter with Toby. Needless to say, she didn’t deserve to get bashed like that. I love her on Archer.

  • Mike

    It doesn’t matter to me if she’s a real gamer or not. The thing that bothered me is that she was the single worst host of an E3 press conference I’ve ever seen. She was actually worse than that annoying later who hosted the Nintendo conference a couple of years ago.

    Back to this awful woman…you could hear a pin drop when she was making her completely 100% unfunny jokes and she single-handedly ruined what was an otherwise good press conference.

  • Martin

    She was telling jokes while trying to be badass at the same time, it was annoying. As for Toby, he is always like that, but some things are better in moderation.

  • Jack
    • http://gamerant.com Curt Hutson

      I’m not quite sure she was addressing that to the entire gaming community, but rather the nasty people attacking her with some really vicious comments. I think we can all agree that the internet can be cruel and that those kinds of people should be taken down a peg. We can also agree that the conference wasn’t as hilarious as they all wanted it to be, but Ubisoft has had a rough conference every year and I’m starting to suspect it’s not the talent. I would blame Ubisoft’s approach in how they conduct these conferences instead of those simply doing their job. And, let’s be honest, no one -NO ONE- was worse than Mr. Caffeine.

      • Justin Loomis

        Amen, the only thing bad about that conference was Toby Turner. Mr Caffience can sleep in a damn ditch. Aisha, good for you telling the trolls off.

  • http://www.villainian.com Shepherd Titus

    I think it’s quite harsh to come down on her so hard, especially every one knows serious video gamers have almost no sense of humor and are notoriously hard to please.

  • W

    What a load of bollocks, how the hell do you become a ‘champ’ of a point & click adventure game? She isnt talented, I considered her an annoyance but now shes clearly a liar as well.

    Better to be thought of as a fool then to speak and remove all doubt.