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Pat Miller | 27 May 2008 12:20
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The "Jeremy Silhouette," for the record, is a picture of - you guessed it - Jeremy's silhouette thrusting his hips out into the air - a spiritual predecessor, if you will, to the notorious Halo 2 "teabagging" taunt. This is fairly indicative of Pure Pwnage's humor. A typical episode usually consists of genuine human drama wrapped up in the cultural trappings of gamer fandom ("The sun burns, Kyle. Kinda like the lava in Metroid.") and a good chunk of adolescent humor. One particularly biting exchange between Jeremy and a non-gamer antagonist goes:

"You remind me of those geeks I used to beat the shit out of in high school."
"You remind me of ... gay."

Like Geoff said: There was no one else making authentic gamer content.

I took a moment to ask Jarett about his newfound fame as a gamer celebrity. "It's surreal. I've got to do constant reality checks, especially following live events where I've spent literally hours signing autographs. It's all too easy to let it affect your ego, and it's critical to stay grounded. By constantly interacting with our community, we can establish that we're just normal guys, gamers like them, and that we're building this all together. It's an amazing opportunity to be able to inspire so many people around the world, but it's a role that requires some responsibility. ... I think the 'Paris Hilton' phenomenon is horrifying."

Jeremy isn't the only iconic character on Pure Pwnage, however. My personal favorite is the surly Chinese-Canadian cooking master Dawei "Dave" Lee, who recently debuted his own spin-off show, Pro at Cooking. I had a hard time imagining a cooking show succeeding with a hardcore gaming audience, but Jarett set me straight on that, too. "The idea for Pro at Cooking emerged a couple years back, but it wasn't until last summer that we decided to push the project forward. However, the show wasn't created just for the Pure Pwnage audience; it was created for a more general audience and partly as an experiment to see how well non-niche content can do on the internet right now. My mom thinks Dave is absolutely hilarious, and we're confident she's not the only non-gamer in the world to share that sentiment." I, for one, am glad to hear that Asian Street Fighter II players with kitchen skills and tremendous muscles have crossover appeal with non-gaming audiences. That bodes well for my own cinematic career, anyway.

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