LOS ANGELES — A guy who’s pretty good at Rocket League has wowed the judges and successfully moved onto the next round of NBC’s long running competition show America’s Got Talent.
“Wow, that was really something,” said longtime judge Howie Mandel, after watching contestant Brad Morris win two out of three games in 2v2 at the platinum level. “You hit the ball out of the air a few times, and if I’m not mistaken there was a pass to your teammate at the end there that wasn’t a total lucky coincidence. Just wonderful stuff. You’re going to be a real tough one to beat in this competition, and I can’t wait to see some more of your moves.”
Morris, who’s been focusing on his mediocre Rocket League game for five years, was surprised at how well the performance went over.
“I know sometimes they can get a little overzealous with that buzzer when an act isn’t up their alley, so I was definitely worried at first,” he said. “But when I tied the game up at 3-3 with a minute left and Sofia Vargera told me to ‘Fuck their asses up’ as loud as she could, I knew they were into it. It was so cool. So now I’m wondering if I should switch to a different game for the next round, or just keep playing Rocket League for these guys.”
The Rocket League team were overjoyed to see their game achieve such mainstream recognition.
“We were ecstatic when Rocket League was so well received upon its release, and we’re even more ecstatic that it continues to be relevant seven years later,” said the game’s director, Thomas Silloway. “To think that years later we have a dedicated fanbase that are still playing regularly despite grappling with the basic mechanics of the game is really a sign that we did something right, I think. And having watched the episode, we’re confident that one day Brad will get the hang of aerial moves.”
As of press time, Morris had lost in the semifinals to a guy that could play Super Mario Bros. 3 with his butt.