|A star is born!|
This is not the first time Middleditch has mentioned GURPS in the media. It featured in a 2014 interview in Rolling Stone with Middleditch, and had a brief mention in coverage of Silicon Valley's showrunner in Wired Magazine, Mike Judge (famous for Beavis and Butthead, and one my top ten favorite movies ever, Office Space). It seems like Middleditch is not afraid to mention his hobby.
This interview on Late Night was different though, and more important for two reasons. One, Middleditch is still an active role play gamer at thirty-three, whereas Diesel and Colbert gave it up long ago. Yes folks, grown ups play games. Second, he highlighted GURPS, This is good because I get the impression that general people think the only RPG is D&D (maybe Vampire, but not for good reasons. Thanks a lot sensationalist media always looking for a scapegoat).
Do I think this coverage will suddenly make RPGs more mainstream? No, but it does feel good to see someone from our community stand up for role play games on a big stage. It also might make us a little less wary of telling people about our wonderful hobby.