Wait... Did PewDiePie Just Kill Bear Simulator?
8 March 2016, 15:25
WTH has happened over the last couple of days?!
Thanks to PewDiePie's newest stance on making YouTube videos (basically just being honest and playing whatever the Sam Heck he wants), it appears that Felix is starting to rub people up the wrong way. Over the past couple of days, Pewds has been in the middle of a social media spat with the development team behind the video game Bear Simulator. Why? Because he said the game was total crap.
In fact, to quote the man himself, PewDiePie declared his YouTube video as a "PSA of 'Don't Buy This Game It's Not Funny'", that's how much he hated it. He even went so far as to try and get a refund for the game in his video before giving the game a middle finger before fading to black. The thing that concerned Felix the most was the fact that he "expected more" out of a game that received over $100,000 worth of donations back on Kickstarter in 2014. One of the most reverberating messages of the whole video... "There's no way this game can be finished".
Whilst freedom of speech is limitless on the Internet and no one can stop PewDiePie from having an opinion, the developer behind Bear Simulator has now officially called quits on any further updates for the game based on all the "drama" he has received since it's debut. Having only been a week since Felix's video went live, it's entirely possible to think that these two events are somehow related, regardless of the game currently having a 78% positive rating on Steam. So what's happened?
On the official Kickstarter page for the game, John Farjay uploaded the following message; "Well the game didn't have a great reception, has a stigma against its name and there's plenty of other problems so making any updates or going further is basically a lost cause now. Plus [he's] not skilled enough to make the game better than it currently is or write better updates than previously". So that's it, Bear Simulator is dead - but did PewDiePie kill it?
Since the announcement that Bear Simulator would be no more, Pewds has exhibited some very strange behaviour. First of all the privatised the original Lets Play video so it could not gain anymore views than it's original 2.5 million. Felix then addressed this decision in a Tumblr post where he stated his intentions to "make things right"; "I overdo the PewDiePie character sometimes and add extra things for the sake of entertainment. But I think a lot of my fans misunderstood that and joined in to add more weight on the developer".
And now we come to the present day where, at the time of writing, PewDiePie has relisted his Bear Simulator video, but with a brand new description addressing John Farjay directly about his decision to quit making the game; “I’ve been faced with very harsh criticism in my days online and I know it can be rough as hell. But you can also learn from it, and grow from it. By abandoning this game you’re letting the people who supported and who is supporting you down, which isn’t really fair to them". And to top it all off, there are these tweets to add fuel to the flames...
So now we're just waiting for the next move. Will Felix's videos change in order to be overwhelmingly positive to every single game to avoid drama? Will the Bear Simulator game go back into development? We'll let you know if anything more unfolds.