When I heard that there was a mass-shooting at a venue where a Madden NFL 19 tournament was being held, I joked that maybe someone lost and decided to shoot up the place, like Raymond in White Men Can't Jump. I suppose I should have known that that was precisely what happened.
Video game tournaments are no joke. They've come a long way since that movie The Wizard with Fred Savage and the girl who would go on to become Jenny Lewis from Rilo Kiley. (I know I'm killing it today with the anachronistic pop culture references. Young people will have to bear with me.)
The best professional gamers probably make more in a year than I've made since I've graduated from college. And keep in mind, I've been out of school for a minute. On the other hand, if you get your ass handed to you, you'll never move out of your mom's basement and probably never score.
Video game tournaments are truly an existential concern.
Yesterday's mass-shooting took place in the back of a restaurant called Chicago Pizza, which I'm sure serves a good deep dish. I wonder if the fact that it took place at a pizza place where people also play games was purely coincidental. You'll recall that Pizzagate culminated in a shooting at Comet Ping Pong.
What is it about pizza restaurants that causes young CACs to want to show up with a gun? Is it because so many people had traumatizing experiences at Chuck E. Cheese back in the day? That would help explain the gaming element.