I am willing to concede that the thing I am going to discuss here is a little esoteric, and I am fine with that.
I am a fan of Let's Play channels on Youtube, and one of the biggest channels is Game Grumps which is basically Egoraptor and Jontron playing generally older games, and listening to the play off each other was very entertaining. However, in doing the show, both of them ended up not doing the number of individual videos they did in the past.
So yesterday it was announced that Jontron was leaving the show and he was going to be replaced by another guy named Danny Avidan from Ninjasexparty, who also had his own show start on the Game Grumps channel with a dude named Ross about just PC games called Steam Train.
And a vocal part of the Game Grumps Youtube community exploded with anger. Then again, the Youtube community exploding happens all the time, so why is this one different?
They complained and complained on the new videos and they hated that first Steam Train video with a passion. I have to admit that first Steam Train video was a little rough, but
you know what, the first Game Grumps video was a little rough too. It
takes a bit of time to get into a groove with one of these things. Being upset about the new thing is silly to me.
To me, it is an example of the gaming community being whiny and entitled. There were a lot of people complaining that Jon wasn't making enough videos for his own channel, and when he decided he was going to do just that, a lot of those same people then vilified Game Grumps for not only continuing, but for providing even more content than they were before.
There is also the story that not only did Jon quit the show because he wanted to focus on his own channel, but that he was also moving across country to live with his girlfriend. I think that is admirable, and I certainly don't remember the Continue? community getting really upset when Dom was replaced by Josh when the former left for California.
I can understand there being some disappointment, but the anger is what is really bothering me. These are a couple of people who are doing something you enjoy and they aren't asking you to pay for it. I think being angry that an era is coming to an end in this situation seems counterproductive and punishing the show in this situation for continuing on isn't healthy.
I am just hoping that this behavior starts winding down over the course of this week and things can start getting back to normal again.