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PewDiePie slams media blaming games and movies like Joker for violence

Published: 24/Nov/2019 13:43

by Daniel Cleary


YouTube star Felix ‘PewDiePie‘ Kjellberg explains why he believes the newly-released Joker movie was unfairly criticized by media ahead of its release for inspiring violence.

The popular YouTuber, PewDiePie, is often known for creating light-hearted entertaining videos for his massive following of over 102 million subscribers.

However, for his latest upload, the Swede chose to address the more serious topics of gun crime and violence which were raised by critics ahead of the Joker movie that premiered on August 31.

Warner BrosThe Joker movie received massive support despite initial criticism from the media.

After he watched the movie, PewDiePie particularly wanted to highlight the media’s reaction to the film after concerns that the R rated movie could promote ‘copycat’ violence to viewers.

Many critics had even labeled the Joker movie as “dangerous” prior to and after its release, although the YouTube star was more skeptical.

“The media’s reaction slowly started to become weird” he said, looking through some of the reactions to the movie, “talking about how Joker is a dangerous film and bringing out the worst of the internet.”

Although some media have tried to blame violence such as mass shootings on movies and video games in the past, PewDiePie conveyed that such events should be blamed on the individual instead.

“People have been blaming movies, music, games, etc as problems for other people’s behavior for decades instead of blaming the people themselves, hell I’ve even been blamed as well,” he admitted.

The YouTuber explained that it was easier for people to point fingers at different forms of media to explain these problems, “emotions run high, it’s hard to think rationally, you want an easy solution to a complex issue.”

PewDiePie suggested that although it was valid for people to have these worries, the amount of concern highlighted by the media over the release of Joker could actually be even more “dangerous” than the movie itself.

This is not the first time PewDiePie has addressed some of the more serious societal issues, as he also recently lashed out at those people who promote outrage culture which was seen after claims were made that the “okay” hand sign was a symbol for white supremacy.

World of Warcraft

Shroud explains why WoW feels “completely different” in Shadowlands

Published: 25/Nov/2020 2:37 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 2:43

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Like most popular streamers, Shroud has been getting stuck into the World of Warcraft: Shadowlands grind, but although he’s enjoyed it so far, he said he feels like the game is “less immersive” than it used to be.

World of Warcraft: Shadowlands has taken the world by storm ever since it launched on November 23. Players have been hopping back into Azeroth to take the reigns of their characters once again.

Popular streamers like Mike ‘Shroud’ Grzesiek have been getting stuck into the grind too. He’s been very open about how much he loves the game and has streamed hours upon hours of World of Warcraft Classic. He even said he was willing to lose viewers to stream it.

Shroud World of Warcraft Shadowlands
Activision-Blizzard / Shroud
Shroud has thoroughly enjoyed playing World of Warcraft for many years now.

However, Shroud isn’t blinded by his love and adoration for the game. He still has some criticism for World of Warcraft: Shadowlands and MMORPGs in general, and he mentioned them in his latest stream.

“I feel like [MMORPG’s] and WoW, in general, have transcended into something completely different,” he said. “In the past, you [played] because you were immersed. You were leveling up your character. You were getting new items. It felt good to be more powerful and do better things.”

“Now I feel like WoW is like play with friends and kill some shit,” he said. “That feeling of immersion and truly having an impact on the world and your character feeling there has kind of nullified.”

“When I played vanilla WoW in 2005, I was 11 years old, and it felt amazing,” he said. “It felt incredible. It felt like I was in my own realm. I was in my own world. Now it doesn’t feel like that. That feeling is gone.

The relevant part of the video starts at 2:00.

It’s a sentiment that others have echoed time and time again. The consensus is that MMORPGs have been streamlined throughout the years.

However, it hasn’t stopped millions of players, including Shroud, from enjoying World of Warcraft: Shadowlands. 

Plus, despite his criticism, he thinks now is the “best time” for new players to start playing the game because the new leveling process is “really cool.”