One of the biggest questions surrounding Chris Bores is "what is he doing instead of making videos"? There will often be long gaps where he doesn't post any meaningful content. Just loads and loads of filler. Hell the last two months has been nothing but boxes, crappy phone apps, and Chinese tech items. I figured he had a job but couldn't figure out what it could be. His ghost hunting stints are usually for the Halloween season (despite what he claims, it's clearly a Halloween attraction and not serious work) and not a full time thing.
Welp, thanks to an e-mail (for their sake, their identity will remain anonymous), I have learned what he has been doing since at least January.
Welcome to the Minecraft Puppet Steve channel.
Where do I begin?
Just watching one video, and it reeks of Chris Bores. Not only is it obviously his voice, but so much of it is the same. The editing, the style of humor, the visual effects, he even uses the same royalty-free music tracks (one video has the song he plays in his 80's videos). The only difference is that he's not Chris Bores or the Irate Gamer, he's a puppet based on the Minecraft player character Steve. Amazing how he looks more like a puppet Chris Bores rather than Steve. Yes I know you can customize your Minecraft skin, but Steve is one of the two defaults (along with Alex).
So does Chris play Minecraft on this channel? NOPE! He talks about toys.
The first couple videos actually don't have Minecraft characters, but rather two different puppets called Marty and Muffin. They talk about Minions Mega Bloks and Gravity Falls figures.
Then Puppet Steve appears and talks about Minecraft toys for four straight videos. Rather, three are about toys, and one is where he insults the Enderman. Including calling him an "evil-hearted booger face". ... Yeaaah I get the feeling this is for like 8 year olds. But even then I would show them way better stuff.
He stops looking at Minecraft stuff at that point, and just does whatever. Starting with a reaction video to the trailer for Sausage Party. Uhhh I thought this was meant to be a channel for kids? I think Steve is meant to be a kid because one line in the video is "My mommy won't let me see this" but honestly it's hard to say.
This channel isn't safe from boxes either, the next video has him looking at 1UpBox. Good lord Chris this is sad.
And hey, did you miss his Skylanders, amiibo and Lego Dimensions videos? (Nooo) Well he's got them on this channel now. One about the latest Skyalnders Happy Meal toys ... seriously? Two about (then) recent Lego Dimensions releases, and one about amiibo. All with the same lack of detail you know Chris for.
But hey, he's not all about Toys-to-Life games, he's also about regular toys. Including Five Nights at Freddy's figures (man, Scott Cawthon must be swimming in money now), Secret Life of Pets, Teen Titans Go (barf) and his most recent video about Ghostbusters. It's probably the closest we're going to get to hearing his thoughts on the new all-female team.
Say, did you miss IG's "CRAZY" reviews? (Noooooooo) Don't worry, they're back on this channel! Well, at least one "CRAZY" movie review. For Zootopia. I don't think Chris paid attention to the movie, or even saw it. He never goes over the deeper issues involving racism and political corruption, instead claiming it's all about "growing up to be whatever you want" while claiming he's in the movie, that everyone dies, and the Enderman is the villain. WHERE'S THE JOKE?!
And I know some of you wanted to see Chris cover Pokemon Go, and he does on this channel! Three videos, though one is a music video made for Minecraft Jams. No idea. The other two make it pretty damn clear Chris knows nothing about Pokemon. There's even a "list joke" where he can catch "Caterpie, Weedle, and Donald Trump" Ugggggh (it was Shellder by the way). You would think Chris would have done this on his bigger channel but apparently that would have been too much work and taken time away from PRECIOUS BOXES.
Right now, Minecraft Puppet Steve has over 8,400 subscribers. Most of them likely came from Minecraft Jams (who have over 367k). Not too horrid having started in January, but something is amiss with the views. Let's look at his most popular video "LEGO Dimensions Slimer Ghostbusters Action Figure Unboxing Review Puppet Steve Minecraft". Fucking word salad title.
It has nearly 300k views, which is shocking considering his small sub count. Even more shocking considering the video only has 416 overall ratings (382 Likes, 34 Dislikes) and only 17 comments. I suspect there's foul play abound with the view counts, making Puppet Steve look more popular than he really is. Something he did before on his SkylanderC channel. Even when trying something new, he has to cheat.
I'll give him one thing, this is original. Unless there's a Minecraft-related puppet show I'm unaware of, this is far more original than Irate Gamer. But that doesn't mean it's good. I understand this is for kids, but kids deserve faaaaar better than this. Some of the stuff he covered on this channel I would rather show to kids. Gravity Falls, Zootopia, Secret Life of Pets, Ghostbusters (the original and the cartoon). Other stuff like the DC Animated Universe, The Lego Movie, Adventure Time, Kamen Rider, Super Sentai, Power Rangers, Yo-kai Watch, Marvel Cinematic Universe (yeah I know not the most kid-friendly, but the merch says otherwise), even Steven Universe as controversial as that is. I've heard good things about The Loud House. There's a ton of other things I would show kids, I would not subject them to this random garbage.
Now, there's one big elephant in the room that needs to be addressed. Why are you hiding this Chris? My source claims Chris is attempting to distance himself from the Irate Gamer name. You're not doing a good job of that Chris.
Why not tell your fans? Surely some of them would like to know what the fuck you're doing these days. They yell at you because you're not making actual content, just shitty box videos and app videos. If you tell them "I'm working on puppet stuff", then they would likely understand you. But no, you're hiding this. Hell, you're hiding the name "Chris Bores". The videos don't end with "Created by Chris Bores", just a "please subscribe" endslate.
If you're no longer doing actual Irate Gamer content just to focus on this, TELL YOUR FANS! Don't jerk them around with "I'm thinking of retiring guys, I might do a Kickstarter maybe I don't know" and "I'm on break, totally on break". I mean, you went on about how you don't have the time and money to do Irate Gamer, and yet you seem to have plenty of time and money to do this puppet show. BE HONEST WITH PEOPLE! Enough with the lies, especially when you can't even keep your story straight.
I am impressed he kept this hidden since January, and I'm sure he's been fearing the day I would learn about it. I'm sure you've got a plan of some kind right Chris?
And I see you posted another video on your IG channel, another god damn box. *looks through* He calls Tetris on Game Boy rare... in case you needed another sign that Bores has no idea what he's talking about. Which by the way is very prevalent in the Puppet Steve videos. Especially in the Five Nights at Freddy's one.