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PewDiePie reflects on the amateurish, “immature” early years of his career

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PewDiePie reflects on his early years

I’m not a massive fan of the content that PewDiePie produces, but I can’t help but respect the amazing work the man does on a daily basis. The most subscribed to user on YouTube, PewDiePie has helped shaped not only how YouTube and Let’s Plays work, but also the way certain games are made. Not to mention how entire genres and styles of games have risen to prominence thanks to him and many other content creators like him. But it’s been a long road to where he is now, and PewDiePie isn’t happy about a lot of the ways it started.

Addressing many of his fans that seems to consider his earlier work better, more authentic content, PewDiePie took a nostalgic trip back in time to some of his earliest videos. Video quality of his 2011 early shoots aside (and one embarrassing mistake upload), PewDiePie himself can’t believe some of the low standards he used to hold himself to. Most of his early uploads were raw snippets of gameplay, with no editing saving viewers from crashes, menu screens and ridiculously unfunny segments.

PewDiePie even laments some of his Amnesia content, which is arguably the series of videos that propelled his claim to fame. There’s a section where he’s even caught on camera giving himself grief for not being funny enough, while another is a full hour of him trying to solve a single, easy puzzle. This type of content is a far cry from the hours and hours of editing that go into hours of captured content to produce a 10 minute video – content which PewDiePie says is far better than what he used to produce.

But the most surprising part of the video comes early on, where PewDiePie acknowledges some of the more immature comments and jokes he used to make in his earlier content. He pinpoints some instances where he made jokes at the expense of gay people, as well as appending some videos with the word “retard”. PewDiePie says that he isn’t proud of these, but feels that he’s grown since to better understand why they’re inappropriate.

“I still make kind of stupid jokes that I shouldn’t make, but I feel like back then I didn’t understand. I was so immature, and I just thought things were funny just because they were offensive. So I would say a lot of stupid shit.”

“I’m not proud of it, I’m really not. But I’m also glad that I’ve grown past it.”

PewDiePie is an undeniably large influence in the gaming industry today, and is likely to stay that way for the foreseeable future. He acknowledges that some games have benefitted from him and his work, but notes that his work wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of game developers either. It’s an honest look at a person that has changed so much over the year, and it’s really refreshing to see him acknowledge some of the shortcomings of his previous videos. Offensive content and bad editing in equal measure.

Last Updated: April 26, 2016

28 Comments

  1. I think in all fairness if I had that fame and money at that age, I would’ve done plenty stupid things myself.

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    • Admiral Chief in New York

      April 26, 2016 at 08:45

      Thank the Force that never happened, I don’t think the world would have been ready for young JJ with lots of money

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      • Captain JJ vs ..............

        April 26, 2016 at 08:46

        You say that now, but considering how giving I can be with games, you just know how much free stuff I would’ve given you! Don’t forget that! 😛

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        • Admiral Chief in New York

          April 26, 2016 at 08:46

          Now, not back then.

          You have grown since we met Padawan, but you are not a Jedi, yet

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    • Ottokie

      April 26, 2016 at 08:48

      • Captain JJ vs ..............

        April 26, 2016 at 08:48

        Yes.
        With wine probably. XD

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        • Ottokie

          April 26, 2016 at 08:50

          Amarula for my fountain please

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          • Captain JJ vs ..............

            April 26, 2016 at 08:51

            Yoh. That….would be incredible.

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 26, 2016 at 08:51

            Beer taps through my house, a chef that follows me around with fillet/burgers/rib-eye

          • Ottokie

            April 26, 2016 at 08:51

            *winner

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 26, 2016 at 08:53

            THE THINGS I WOULD BUY!!!

          • Ottokie

            April 26, 2016 at 08:54

            I myself had a minute just now thinking the same xD

          • Captain JJ vs ..............

            April 26, 2016 at 08:54

            Yes! Like couches that don’t have holes in them and interesting spreads to make my bread seem more interesting for lunch!

  2. Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    April 26, 2016 at 08:58

    “a person that has changed so much over the year”

    Whaaaah?

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    • Admiral Chief in New York

      April 26, 2016 at 08:59

      Shhhh

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      • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

        April 26, 2016 at 09:00

        Accelerated growth syndrome is a serious disease…

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  3. Admiral Chief in New York

    April 26, 2016 at 09:02

    LOL THAT SOPHIE’S CURSE JUMP SCARE!!!

    You have much to learn Matty

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    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      April 26, 2016 at 09:03

      HAHAHA!! Quite interesting to see his headphones flying across the room like that…

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  4. Captain JJ vs ..............

    April 26, 2016 at 09:03

    If growth is what he’s focusing on, I’d say start with the beard. Looks a bit patchy still. 😛

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    • Admiral Chief in New York

      April 26, 2016 at 09:04

      • Captain JJ vs ..............

        April 26, 2016 at 09:05

        He has a bear?
        Jeez, NOW I’m jealous.

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        • Admiral Chief in New York

          April 26, 2016 at 09:12

          We all need a bear in our life, I’d like to ride mine into work, ONWARD NOBLE BEAR STEED!

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    • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

      April 26, 2016 at 09:06

      • Captain JJ vs ..............

        April 26, 2016 at 09:07

        Haha 😀
        Don’t underestimate my “jokes”!

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        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          April 26, 2016 at 09:07

          Well now I owe you a beer at least

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          • Captain JJ vs ..............

            April 26, 2016 at 09:08

            Haha. A cheap one XD

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 26, 2016 at 09:14

            There is a place I know of, R10 draughts, certain times of the day

  5. Strawman Jim

    April 26, 2016 at 10:03

    Hopefully, Hollywood will listen to reason and give us the Pewdiepie movie… starring Ryan Reynolds as PewdiePie.

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