Wednesday, July 17, 2019

It's Mid-July. Still nothing...

How's your summer? Hope you're keeping cool.

Remember when Bores said IG will be coming back this summer? That might not happen.
He put out a Facebook post saying he's had no free time to work on it. But he also has other projects he's working that he can't discuss due to NDAs. ... I feel like I've heard this excuse before.
It's been 9 months since the last Chris Neo video. The time it takes a baby to be made.

Over on Puppet Steve though, he's been quite busy. Plenty of "free time" to do that huh?
Yesterday he posted *sighs* he posted another damn cereal video, for Garbage Pail Kids. And he clickbaits by saying he eats it from a toilet. It's not an actual toilet, it's a toy. But he is really getting desperate for clicks.
Today though, he posted a video about Avengers Happy Meal toys, with a title that says "Thanos steals them!" This is dumb.
And then my informant watched the video and took this screenshot.

Good lord. That's your Thanos Chris? It's just a mask!
We went from a rather well made Batman costume, to a cheap-ass Power Rangers costume, to another cheap-ass Spider-Man costume (it's so bad the eyes don't even stay on straight) and now... this Thanos trainwreck. He doesn't even have the Infinity Gauntlet!
If you're trying to be professional Chris, you're failing hard.

Lately it feels like Chris is back to throwing things at the wall. His previous cashcows (FNAF and Bendy) aren't milking the gold he needs. Now he's just pumping out shitty video after shitty video.

Think we'll get Irate Gamer at any point this year?

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

It's Almost Summer

*emerges* Yes I am still alive. There hasn't been much to talk about.

Summer is approaching, which means Chris might actually make new Irate Gamer content. Maybe... knowing him he'll make two videos and disappear again. Or he'll go back on his promise.
Apparently Chris was "surprised" at the positive reception on bringing IG back. Really? That surprised you? People have demanded you bring him back, and it's a surprise there's a positive response to his revival? You clearly have no idea what your fans want. What's left of them...

Over on Puppet Steve, Chris revealed he finally bought a Switch. In April he posted a video where he unboxed a special edition Smash Bros Switch bundle. Four months after Smash's release. Good job on being timely! I say talking about this months later...
He also bought one of those jank third-party controllers just because it had Mario on it. Chris really is a sucker...
I am curious who he played with since the footage shows a second player.

He also tried to tie Bucky O'Hare in with FNAF. Apparently he really REALLY needs FNAF to carry everything.
His clickbait game is getting worse. Following the live-action Sonic movie's delay, he posted a video with an outright lie of a title "Sonic the Hedgehog Movie Cancelled?!" It also has a "Meme reaction". What the hell does that mean?
He also bought a super-cheap Power Rangers costume to use for videos on PR toys. So he invests a good chunk of change into that Batman costume, but for Power Rangers he just goes to Party City and gets the shittiest looking one. Priorities!

I don't have the fortitude, patience, or even care to go through each stupid Puppet Steve video. Godspeed to those that are.

I'm sure we'll eventually hear about the IG revival. Right?

Saturday, April 6, 2019

More Confirmation for a "Summer Return"

Finally, the weather is warming up.
So Bores posted something on Facebook, which according to my informant was done in extra big font to signify how important it is.

So yeah, further confirmation that he's doing game reviews again "this summer"
Notice how he specifically says "Irate Gamer" and not "Chris Neo" or something else. Prior to this post, he asked the people on Facebook what he should do. Classic style IG, current Chris Neo, serious stuff, "educational" stuff, and just about every fan said "classic clown classic clown". So it seems it finally penetrated his thick skull that he should keep doing the shit that was giving him views. Notice how there's 65 comments, normally his posts only get at most 4. But this and the last post asking what he should do got way more. It's almost like fans only care about that and not the other shit he does. Though the post about "Illuminati imagery on Nickelodeon" got a lot, but that's mostly people making fun of him. By the way, props to Brad Jones for including a reference to that in his Left Behind video.

Now what does this entail? Is Chris actually going to bring back Irate Gamer? When he launched "Chris Neo" he said it was the Irate Gamer's return, and as we soon saw it wasn't that at all. So is Chris going to do classic clown shit or is it "another new direction" that like Chris Neo will completely bomb because it's not what the people want. He does that so often. "Stop doing Skylanders, or put it on another channel" "Okay... no wait this sucks, more Skylanders!" Who's to say, all we can do now is wait and see.

Weirdly enough, I noticed that Chris shares some parallels with Krusty the Clown. Hear me out. Krusty is only good at one thing, entertaining kids by acting like a buffoon. Krusty's attempts at branching out often end in failure. Adult comedy he fails, serious acting roles he fails, even deviating from the clown act a bit would result in failure. For a more in-depth look at that, check out this video from TheRealJims.
Chris' only success seems to come from acting like a buffoon for kids. Irate Gamer, Puppet Steve, that's where he got the most views. Chris Neo, ghost hunting shit, Letter People, these did not catch on at all. But even then they seem to lose steam, IG went downhill, and Puppet Steve seems to be the same. Despite having over 500k subscribers, the views he gets rarely break 100k now. Hell the last video to do that was one about the Sonic movie posted March 5th. This is not healthy.

Another big question is, if Chris does indeed return to classic style IG, will the fans return too? Despite having 157k subscribers, only a small handful of those bothered to watch Chris Neo. Hard to say what will happen going forward.

That's all for me. Enjoy your Spring!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Chris' Increasing Apathy and Laziness

Hey. Been a while hasn't it? Yeah, I guess I've been busy, and Chris hasn't really done too much crazy shit. But there's some stuff worth mentioning.

Last month was ToyFair, and he once again covered it as Puppet Steve. However, the editing in these videos has been... sloppy.
Most of the time, Chris' editing has been at least decent, that's like the one thing he could do alright. However, a couple videos show signs of laziness and half-hearted work.

The first instance is in a video on Fortnite figures from McFarlane Toys. Don't know (and don't really care) if he got anything about the figures wrong, but as he's filming he suddenly sees Todd McFarlane himself. McFarlane looks into the camera and says "make sure you listen to Chris, he knows his stuff" (flattery will get you everywhere Todd). Then Chris says in a hushed frightened whisper "Puppet Steve! Puppet Steve! They know me as Puppet Steve!" Yeah. Chris kept that in, and it's still up on his channel.
You couldn't edit that out? Mute the audio and add some narration like "Oh look it's our good friend Todd". It's not like it was super important for him to be in the video, he literally just ducks into it. I doubt the 7 year olds watching even know who Todd McFarlane is so I really don't understand your reasoning.

The second far more sloppy instance was a Mario Kart video, where Chris ends up showing his face at the end. He ended up deleting that video, but reader Jack Cravens managed to save it and upload it to DailyMotion. Thank you Jack. It's the last five seconds or so.
Chris still hasn't reuploaded the video, even though it's like the easiest thing to edit. Just chop out the footage. How dumb are you Chris?

There's probably others, but those were the most notable. What is Chris doing? Is he rushing these videos for the ad revenue? It feels like he's completely half-assing Puppet Steve videos these days. He barely does the voice too. He probably thinks "I have 500k subscribers now, I don't have to care". A mistake he probably made back on the Irate Gamer when he reached 100k subscribers.

There was one thing that surprised me. Some time ago on his Facebook page, someone asked about more IG/Chris Neo videos, and he responded "I'm busy with my kids channel". So yeah, I think that's the first time he's actually acknowledged Puppet Steve on his own page. Why does it take Chris a long time to address things like this? "You ripped off the AVGN" "NO I DIDN'T! *block block block*" "Okay maybe I did..." "You're Puppet Steve" "NO I'M NOT! *block block block* "Okay maybe I am..." This isn't how to confront things Chris.

Otherwise... there's not much else. Nothing on "Chris Neo", and Puppet Steve is heavily increasing the clickbait. Including a video titled "MINECRAFT'S LAST FIGURES?!" ... You'd have to be fucking stupid to think that.

I guess that's all.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Bores and His Possible Issues with Women

I'm gonna tackle something a little delicate today.

The other day, Bores posted on Facebook an "angry" post about how one of the stars of the new Men in Black movie "Men in Black: International" is a woman (played by Tessa Thompson), saying it shouldn't be called "Men in Black" now.
That is monumentally stupid Chris. Also, there's been plenty of women in the MIB series. The first movie ended with Linda Fiorentino's Dr. Weaver becoming Agent L. While she was written out for the sequels, she was a mainstay in the animated series. The third movie reveals that the head of the MIB is a woman (played by Emma Thompson, who is reprising her role for the new movie). Just because their organization has "Men" in the title doesn't mean it's exclusively men. How dumb are you Chris?

Thankfully, most of the comments called out how stupid that was. He got more comments for that post than he normally does.

This next part though, isn't so funny. The other day I got an e-mail telling me about an interesting comment left on CommonNonsenseMedia's documentary about Bores.

Take what's about to posted with a big grain of salt.

A user named Brittni Abernathy stated that Chris is a douchebag in real life. Her fiancee was married to Chris' current wife (Nicole) prior to this. It seems Nicole went up to Brittni in her car and slapped her, a fight broke out, then Chris grabbed Brittni and punched her. Brittni's fiancee went after Chris, and something happened and now Chris is paranoid and keeps a bat by his door.

Here's the image.

The person that e-mailed me did a search on Brittni Abernathy and found her in Toledo, where Bores currently lives.
Now of course there's a lot of info we don't have. What prompted this event to happen being a big one.
I'm not going to distrust her, this doesn't seem like something someone would make up, especially for a fallen "star" like Bores. But always, ALWAYS, take these stories with a grain of salt.

I'm bringing this up as a warning, that Bores could likely hurt others out there.

From all this, and past comments like his initial thoughts on the 2016 Ghostbusters and a post on his old site where he thought Cammy from Street Fighter would be pregnant and raising kids, I get the feeling Bores has issues with women.
We know he worships Alex Jones, we know he supports Trump, and from some research into his family, he was likely raised in a super-religious household that probably instilled a lot of outdated values into him. Including the idea that women are inferior and should be treated as such. While it's still possible to change for the better, I think someone as stubborn as Chris is stuck in his ways. All I can say is be careful people close to him or his family.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

No Reviews Until Summer?

We're well into January and Bores still ignores his "Chris Neo" channel, and it may be that way for a loooong while. Over on Facebook, one guy (claiming to be a game journalist pffft) noted the announcement of Series 2 of Arcade1Up (those crazy expensive replica arcade cabinets), hoping Chris would do a video about them. He responded that "he's too busy" and not to expect any video game reviews until summer. Seriously? How hard can it be to do an unscripted video with no jokes and barely any commentary? I doubt he's doing more ghost shit, so the only other thing he's really busy with is Puppet Steve. Which connects to the next subject.

Another user called him out for not doing his old style of reviews anymore and Chris responded that it's no longer feasible because YouTube keeps changing the "algorhythms". That is how he typed it. Here's the thing, no algorithm can save you. You did yourself in, and if you think algorithms can help your new format you are a bigger fool than I thought. It's clear nobody is falling for your weak clickbait. You can easily get around this if you opened a Patreon, but for some reason you refused to do it. You didn't even give a good reason.
And for someone that complains about the algorithms, you loooooove to exploit it as a Puppet Steve. You can't do Irate Gamer videos anymore, but 50 videos about FNAF and Bendy is the real shit. It'd be one thing if you actually cared but you clearly don't, this is obviously just a tool to make money now. You don't even bother doing the voice. Yes, YouTube is awful, but there are ways around it if you take the time to learn and to invest in other money making methods. Making money solely through YouTube is no longer possible. You have sponsors but when you don't make videos, it doesn't matter.

Why are you so obstinate about all this? It's been almost 12 years since you seriously got into YouTube, nothing stays the same in that amount of time. You have to adapt, but instead you cry that nothing is the same, and make up conspiracies about why things change. You're essentially the Alex Jones of YouTube bullshit, and I want to tell you that's not a good thing since I know you're a fan of his Chris.

Anyway, couple of other things. He's excited for the new Ghostbusters movie (no title given), so much so he made a Puppet Steve reaction video to the teaser (been a while since one of those). Even though it's the rare case of a teaser actually being a teaser, and it showed nothing but the Ecto-1 in a barn. That's it. Yet somehow Chris made a 5 minute video about it. Makes me wonder how shitty "nerd culture" channels do the same.

He's also excited for Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid, a newly announced fighting game that looks like a low-end PS3 game. I thought it was a port of the mobile title Legacy Wars, but they say it's a new game, with 3v3 fighting a/la Marvel vs Capcom and Dragon Ball FighterZ (you could have shown that in the trailer). Despite looking weak, Chris marked out about it, and of course the Green Ranger. Your fanboy-ism for Tommy Oliver is really dumb and reeks of being try-hard.
I wonder... since Hasbro is working on a sequel to the 2017 movie, which will include Tommy, will the cast get their wish of a female Tommy? A Tomi Oliver if you will? I wonder how Chris will react to that.

Welp, who knows what's going to happen between now and June or July or whenever he decides to stop playing with toys. Maybe we'll get some more Tinfoil Chris in that time?

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Another Year Gone. One More Conspiracy.

2018 is coming to a close. Man, feels like it's been a long one hasn't it?
I know I've been absent for two months, and really that's due to Chris not uploading anything to "Chris Neo". I won't declare the series dead yet. Chris recently posted on Facebook that he's looking for a musician for something coming next year. I don't know if it's for Chris Neo or something else, but it's something. Wonder if he's one of those "For Exposure" jackasses.

So like last year, I'm foregoing the Year End List, I just felt there wasn't enough to talk about. Chris Neo was a big pile of boring, with not very many awful things other than a couple lies, clickbait, and sponsored content.
The majority of Chris' dumb moments came from Facebook, whether it's freaking out over "Illuminati symbols" on Nickelodeon or claiming the reason his sites were down was due to hackers. In fact, Chris started to showcase a lot more paranoia.

And it's only getting worse.
On December 19th, he posted this on Facebook.

Boy there's a lot to parse here.
It's linking to an article from ValueWalk (never heard of them either) about the teacher that criticized PewDiePie, and one of his students recorded it and posted it online causing all of Felix's fans to go after him, even finding pictures of his daughter and spreading them around. Charming people aren't they?

Chris is claiming this is the "fallout" of Felix not wanting to join Disney or "other platforms". That is not remotely close to what happened. Felix posted a video where he talked about Fiverr, and in it he paid a couple guys to hold up a sign that said "DEATH TO ALL JEWS" and laughed about it. Advertisers saw the video and freaked out, pulling their support. Maker Studios, who are owned by Disney and had been supporting Felix for years, proceeded to fire him. All this starting a chain of events leading to the Ad-pocalypse. So no Chris, he didn't reject Disney, they rejected him. I get the feeling that Chris didn't do his research, merely saw a headline that said "Disney fires PewDiePie" and since this happened a while ago, he forgot the details and just remembers two of those keywords.

And then Chris enters liar mode, you can tell because he uses certain phrases that he always uses when he lies like "I didn't want to bring it up before" and "I couldn't understand it" and "I saw the writing on the wall". He is a really bad con artist.

He claims back in 2012, Machinima wanted him to join their network. He said no because "it wasn't for him" and then claims they somehow affected his views and ad revenue. *sniff sniff* I'm smelling horseshit.
So 2012 huh, what happened then? A lot of nothing for one. He did his reviews of Silver Surfer and X-Men, he tried the whole "IG Shorts" concept, some awful IG Neo reviews including that Sonic Generations one where he didn't even play the game and just stole footage, the E-Begging spoof where he attempted to dunk on James Rolfe (and failed), oh and... Skylanders. Well, I don't think deluge started until 2013 so I can't pin it on that. Perhaps the lack of activity had something to do with it? Reading through my past posts, I note that Chris took a long time to do things. It's very likely your lack of views and ad revenue have more to do with you barely putting out content and it's not some "conspiracy" against you.
Also, what do you mean when you say "it wasn't for you"? I'd ask if he saw that Machinima gave out bad contracts, but I doubt Chris is smart enough to read through those.
And another thing, if this happened, why didn't you bring it up in your Opening Up video? Surely you could have used that to keep the crocodile tears flowing instead of blaming James Rolfe for everything. 

"I was forced to retire" In 2012? Nooo you were still making videos. You kept going for a while after that. Who are you trying to fool? Your first known "retirement" was around the end of 2014, then you ended up joining a network after all (hence your uptick in content in 2015), before slowing down and announcing a second retirement in 2017. But now you're back as Chris Neo... sort of.
See this is why telling the truth is so much better, you don't have to keep track of all the stories you made up.

So we can see the moment it happened? Let's see...checking Socialblade... unfortunately I can't seem to view statistics older than January 2016, but I did notice a substantial drop around October and November 2016. What happened here? *checks* Oh that's right, you deleted a ton of your videos! When you delete your videos, the overall view count goes down, and thus your channel loses notability with advertisers. But this happened in 2016, you're talking about something that happened in 2012. Wait, are you getting your dates mixed up again? Even so, Machinima had nothing to do with those views dropping, you did it yourself. You pulled the trigger and that's why there's a bullet in your foot.

Then he acts all shocked that... Machinima is a part of YouTube! DUN DUN DUUUUUUUUN! Oh wait, anyone with a brain could figure that out.
"It was very eye opening" Another one of his usual liar phrases.
Then he tries to warn us that there's some secret YouTube cabals that are keeping the gamer down and unable to "flurish". Keeping gamers down? I know what must be done! We must post pictures of the Joker and yell "GAMERS RISE UP!" No wait that's fucking stupid.
Also, it's spelled "flourish".
I just realized, what does any of this have to do with the teacher that criticized PewDiePie? Chris is such a narcissist, somehow making it all about himself.

Oh wait, but there's more. An old friend of Chris decided to contribute to the conversation.

For those that don't remember, Nick Huggett is SWAGshow. One of the only YouTube producers willing to work with Chris. How's his YouTube career? *looks* ... Yeah I think it's just a hobby for him now.
You're surprised that Machinma can monetize trailers? You realize they're essentially a corporation and thus they have a little more leeway when it comes to that. They're not the only ones that do it either. IGN, GameXplain, GameSpot, official Nintendo, Playstation, Xbox channels, they can all monetize trailers. The "little guy" can't because they don't own the content. They're just reposting a trailer. Now if they were to, say, do a trailer analysis or (god forbid) a reaction, then they could attempt to monetize. That puts it in the realm of transformative work, which really needs an overhaul in the age of the internet.
EDIT: Yes I know those channels don't own the trailers either but there's a difference between companies and the little guy. 

What really gets me are Chris' next two comments.
"I could write a book about this" Please do! I want to see this shit, to see how badly you explain and mishandle everything. If it's anything like Ghost Hunting 2.0, it's going to be a glorious disaster.
Now this I don't get. He claims people were using E3 as a "cashcow" in 2010 and 11. ... What? Pretty sure people have been using E3 as a "cashcow" since *checks notes* 1995. You know, when it began. What are you talking about?
Exclusives? Pretty sure E3 was quite open then, and it's more open now.

Below that, he states he could do a mini-series about all of this, but he would be "burning bridges". You still have bridges? Fuck off with this Chris, if anything you sound more and more like Alex Jones, at least you have still have YouTube.
Really though, it's clear you still need it. Minecraft Puppet Steve now has over 450k subscribers, though the views aren't doing too hot lately. Still better than the views on Chris Neo. After two months, your latest video hasn't reached 15k views.

It sounds like Chris is just getting more and more paranoid. Like he's adopting the idea that his lack of success on YouTube isn't his fault, but someone else. We've seen this before too.

I'm sorry to end the year with a post like this. Hopefully 2019 brings us better material to work with. Maybe Chris will realize the Neo content is boring and go back to being terrible as opposed to dull. Happy New Year everyone.