Conan O’Brien’s late-night show “Conan” features a recurring segment called “Clueless Gamer,” in which Conan and a celebrity guest both play a new video game release while bantering back and forth. It’s one of the show’s most popular segments and last night’s episode might have aired the best one yet. Conan and actor Elijah Wood play the new game “Final Fantasy XV” and are quickly driven to boredom and rage, specifically by the game’s confusing strategy and ostensible pointlessness. Watch the segment below.
Highlights from the segment include when Conan describes the game as like being “trapped in a Beckett play” or suggests that it should actually be called “Wait For Your Death In Real Time.” Eventually, Conan becomes so frustrated that he outright says, “I’ve never been this confused by a game in my life, and that is really saying something,” likening the writing to the “madness” of James Joyce. When Conan and Elijah defeat their first creature, they learn that they’ve only sussed it out and when you actually battle him, it takes 72 real-time hours to defeat it. “Why would someone play this?!” he yells in despair.
Eventually they realize that the people who made the game are outside watching them complain about their work in real time. Conan confronts them and screams, “What’s the fucking purpose?! You’re a murderer! A mass murderer of people’s time! Babies will not be born because of you!” before eventually saying “good job.”
“Conan” airs weeknights at 11 p.m. ET only on TBS.