PewDiePie seems to be going through quite a self-reflective time at the moment, as he’s either talking about YouTube drama or discussing his channel’s change in direction since 2011. In a brand new video called ‘Old vs New PewDiePie’, we see Felix do something he’s never done before – watch his old videos critically and call out all the b******t ways he tried to be funny or popular. For long-time Poods fans, this is a must-watch video.
First of all, he addresses a particular type of tweet/comment we’ve all become accustomed to across his social media – “I miss the old PewDiePie”. Felix mentions that, since he’s been on YouTube for five to six years, it was inevitable that he going to change his style and output in some way, and that people always say that the “first time you experience something will always be the best”; but it doesn’t mean you can’t grow with the channel as well. For example, PewDiePie points out that over the course of 11 months, he recorded, edited and uploaded “over 65 Happy Wheels videos” – do you think we’d all still be watching him in 2016 if he was still doing that?!
One of the most critical topics Felix brings to our attention is his old behaviour and language in some of his YouTube videos, “I was so immature back then, I thought things were funny just because they were offensive… I was trying so fucking hard to make jokes whilst playing these games”. In fact, PewDiePie was so upset by his old attitudes to comedy that he changes the name of a video right in front of us because it contained the word “retarded”, commenting that he “really should go through and censor a lot of these videos” for being grossly inappropriate.
Pewds then addresses the game that single-handedly skyrocketed his channel to stardom – Amnesia; “Amnesia was my baby, it was the series that really elevated my channel… the show everyone associates old PewDiePie with”, even though he would upload a one hour long, unedited clip of him struggling to complete just ONE of the games puzzles. In comparison to 2011 PewDiePie, Felix now feels that his reactions to games are far more genuine, and that instead of playing a game for the exact length of time a video upload would be, he plays for several hours and then edits it down to a compact and “more entertaining” few minutes – such as his Dark Souls series.
Felix ends his video by thanking his faithful Bros for sticking with him through a time of struggling with his identity as a YouTube creator; “I’ve struggled to adjust from so small to so big and still have a close relationship with my fans… I’ve grown so much as an entertainer, a comedian and also a person… I was very childish back then and very confused”. But what does Felix say was the most important lesson since his 2011 growth – “Criticism… more than anything I’m very proud of who I am today”.
By the way, you can see the thrilling conclusion of #pewdsshave or #pewdsbeard in the video above.