The Brief: Professional gamer and streamer Ninja tweeted about the value of getting angry after losing video games,  inspiring memes that apply his tweet to a variety of contexts.


On February 18th, 2020, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, professional streamer and gamer, tweeted his opinion on attitudes about winning and losing games, sparking parody memes that pair his tweet with unrelated situations.

The tweet read:

The phrase “it’s just a game” is such a weak mindset. You are ok with what happened, losing, imperfection of a craft. When you stop getting angry after losing, you’ve lost twice.

There’s always something to learn, and always room for improvement, never settle.

In this comment, Ninja suggests that taking gaming seriously and allowing oneself to get angry after losing is key to winning. This hot take was met with a mix of criticism, support, and memes.

Although his experience as a top professional gamer may be different from the average video game hobbyist’s, many memes quote tweet Ninja’s comment with a caption about low-stakes games like Uno, Animal Crossing, and Candy Crush.