Jimmy Fallon Talks About Late Night’s Video Game Week

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So, back to what you’re going to be showing this week…

We’ve got Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit coming. I was getting tired of car games for a while and was kind of feeling “been there, done that.” But this one’s got Criterion involved and I loved Burnout. So this one’s should get me interested again.  Killzone 3’s on Thursday night…

You going to be playing the 3D version on the air?

Yeah. Again, I think it won’t be as satisfying for the viewer as much…

You’re going to have to shoot an episode in 3D; that’s what you’re going to need to do.

Ha, yeah. Those cameras are expensive! We’d need to do a whole bunch of other stuff to make it worthwhile. Hmmm, yo-yo tricks… 3D beer pong? I don’t know what else to do.

“Look, look! It’s coming right at you.”

[Laughter] Exactly.

You’ve beaten two pro golfers at Tiger Woods PGA Tour; one of them was Tiger himself. What was your secret?

[Laughs] It’s the spin. It’s all about the spin. [Mockingly] Clearly, they don’t play the game. In real life, they’d destroy me. But in the game, you gotta have the backspin, or the front spin or the side spin. It’s all about the spin. I was psyched when that stuff happened, jumping around Times Square after beating Tiger Woods in his own game.

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Speaking of jumping around, you had Kinect on the show earlier in the week. We played it at E3 and some of the games still feel like a work-in-progress. It was kinda ballsy to have it demo in front of a big audience. Why do you feel Kinect specifically was so important to have on the show?

I think Kinect’s going to be the biggest thing in the world. It’s the next step; it makes the Wii look ancient. It makes everything out there seem like old technology; it’s like “whoa, this is possible?” It finds your joints and your bones! It’s gonna change everything, It’s gonna get you up and moving. The Wii got so much press for old-age homes and Wii Sports bowling. Old-age homes are gonna flip for this one. I broke a sweat in a race against Kudo [Tsunoda, Microsoft’s Kinect guru], for god’s sake. It’s not only the games, either. As far as video chatting and watching movies and pausing it and having no remote control,  this is really gonna change a lot of stuff. It’s so fun to play. I cannot wait to get it. I’m actually making room for it in my game room.

(More on Techland: E310: PlayStation Move Pwns Microsoft Kinect)

So Kinect’s going to be the latest addition to the Fallon man cave.

I’m married so I don’t quite have a man cave. We both share it; it’s a very wife-ified man cave. I have to take the coffee table out now to get ready for Kinect, which is not a good conversation to be having with your wife. “Honey, I have to remove the coffee table, so I can jump around and, uh, just play dodgeball.”

Not at all gaming-related, but why do you think Black Thought is so slept-on? When people talk about best rappers of all time, he never gets mentioned. That’s just a travesty.

Oh, I agree.

Do you have a favorite line of his from a Roots song?

Well, “Here I Come” is my favorite Roots song and it became the theme song to our show. It’s got that one line that goes, “He said yeah/You better come out with your hands up/We got you surrounded/I’m in the back/Changin’ my outfit .” But then I like the new record, How I Got Over, too. “Dear God 2.0” is a beautiful song. Lots of good lines in that one, too. Tariq [Black Thought’s real name] is good. They’re #4 on iTunes now. I’m so happy for them. A house band with that kind of success? It’s never happened before ever on late night TV.

You can take a victory lap for that.

I’m doing it right now! But, honestly, our show wouldn’t be the same without them. And it all fits perfectly because [Roots drummer and bandleader] Questlove is a geek as well. He tweets more than, like, anybody. They all play Xbox and Playstation and they’ll come up to the office and hang out and play games after a show. So, all of that is just why this isn’t going to be a one-off Video Game Week. It’s just the first of many.

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