I know I just made a post, but Chris finally broke radio silence and dropped a bomb today on Facebook.
"I've been getting questions about the next IG Episode. The character is
pretty much semi-retired at this point since the channel didn't see a
big enough growth last year. I haven't had enough free time to edit
episodes lately that require many man hours so I'm not sure when the
next episode will be completed. Thanks for continuing to support the
show, I love all the fans!"
Well... this could be real.
Now I know he mentioned retirement before, and then 24 hours later said "Turns out I'm sticking around haha!" since it was a clear attempt at fishing for praise. "No don't go Chris we love you" and all that. However, this sounds much more serious. The red flag is "the channel didn't see a big enough growth last year", which I imagine was his experimental "three videos a week" phase that only ended up driving people away with terrible style changes (CRAZY videos) and severe selling out.
This does coincide with my discovery that he's no longer part of a Multi-Channel Network (according to Socialblade).
By the way, this tells me his "technical difficulties" excuse was a lie. Knew it!
This could also mean that he's not completely done. Just that IG episodes will be even slower than usual (which would be impressive considering the "storyline" years saw like 2-3 IG episodes a year). We'll likely see a lot more stupid toy videos as those don't take long to edit. Though I hope this means he's done with all the selling out, no more terrible tech reviews or art books.
Does this mean I'm done? No. Just that output will be a lot slower to match his. There's still his possible second book (which I doubt will really happen) and his alleged Hardcore Pawn appearance (if that hasn't been cancelled). As he says, the episode he was working will eventually come out, and I will cover that.
If Chris goes through with a full retirement instead of a "semi" one... I called it. Chris, you never tried. You didn't want to try. You never accepted help, you turned away countless people, you tried to take the easy way without realizing that trends change and people change and people get older. You stayed stagnant relying on the same tired jokes and ideas, even when you tried to do your own thing to avoid Angry Video Game Nerd comparisons, you relied on pointless references and random humor. You still showed amateur knowledge of games, complaining about things that are standard, and your attempt to bash beloved classics only showed you had no clue what you were doing. The last year also had you jump on trends far too late, and you didn't understand what made those trends work. I've had many former fans of yours come to me, realizing that you were really only funny when they were 11 or 12 years old, but as they grew older they realized that you weren't funny at all, even on nostalgia. Speaking of, you're approaching 9 years on YouTube (not counting Y2B2006), old enough to be considered "internet nostalgic" and what do you have to show for it? Your channel hasn't even come close to 200k subs. Channels started much later managed to skyrocket past you (Markiplier and The Completionist began in 2012, JonTron in 2010) and you never tried to adapt. When you tried to make a separate Skylanders channel amidst complaints that you were releasing too many videos about them, you lasted a week and came back to your regular channel crying that "YouTube is too different". Not even trying to learn what's changed, or ask someone for help. I imagine Guru Larry, who had spent YEARS trying to help you, would have offered tips. But you never listened, you never took criticism. You hid behind sock accounts to deflect criticism (the most notable being your "mother"), you had your friend Eric Allen do the same early on (Eric, contact me, I've got questions), and after years of avoiding the most common criticism you received, you spoke out about it and instead threw everyone under the bus. You didn't really apologize, you played the victim while crying that James Rolfe is a big bad bully that purposely sabotaged you (without showing ANY evidence of this). You fucked up Chris, you tried to make easy money by stealing an idea, for a hobby you clearly have no clue about, and it got way too big and way over your head and you were forced to keep going, resulting in the position you're in now. Do you even have genuine fans at this point? Even DarkSydePhil somehow has those, and he's in a worse position than you.
I hope you're proud of yourself Chris. Enjoy your fucking ghosts.
Again, there might be more videos so this is not a goodbye post. But it will likely be a while before I post again.