Aisha Tyler’s busy life may have cut into her playtime, but it’s not quelled her love of games
“The Walking Dead, that game broke me.”
Aisha Tyler is sitting in a cramped, cluttered side room within the Ubisoft encampment at E3, the video game industry’s massive annual expo, talking about a game that took her emotions by complete and utter surprise.
“It’s funny because people were online saying, ‘Get ready to feel stuff,’ and I was like, ‘Pfft, I don’t feel stuff, I’m dead inside.’ My husband was one chapter ahead of me — he was visibly upset and I was like, ‘You need help.’ We were both playing side by side [on our iPads] in bed, and he looked over, and I was just crying hysterically. He said, ‘You just finished the game.’ The gameplay was really, really simple, but it was really, really affecting. I think it goes to show with rich, complex narrative, even limited gameplay can be really enjoyable.”
Tyler is well-known as an avid gamer — so much so that game publishing giant Ubisoft tapped the 43-year-old to host its major press conference at this year’s E3, held last June. The comedian’s life has gotten to the point where she’s so incredibly busy with so many varied things, she barely has the time to play games as immersively and completely as she once did. She’s a panelist on CBS’s daily gabfest, The Talk; her second book, Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation released in July; she’s hosting the revitalized improv comedy show, Whose Line Is It Anyway?; and she helms Girl on Guy, “a podcast about stuff guys love, brought to you by the ultimate guy’s girl.”
And then, of course, there’s Archer…