Angry Joe's Fans Can't Deal With Him Taking A Vacation From YouTube

YouTuber Joe "Angry Joe" Vargas is famous for his funny game reviews, but over the years, the growth of his channel has put a strain on his ability to produce them. After announcing he was taking a break from game reviews for two months, fans have lashed out at the creator, who has since disabled comments on his videos.

Vargas' YouTube series, Angry Reviews, are long, detailed affairs, with short sketches, costumes and special effects. Vargas estimates that these videos take at least a week to finish if he works as fast as possible. In between reviews, he has started to do other kinds of videos, like Let's Plays and movie reviews, and this content historically doesn't perform as well as his reviews.

While an Angry Review can reach views in the millions, his other content hovers between four hundred and six hundred thousand views. Vargas has over 2 million subscribers on YouTube, and according to him, many of them only want to see Angry Reviews. In an effort to produce content at regular intervals, six months ago Vargas released a schedule video that had him producing two Angry Reviews every month.

On July 14th, Vargas announced that his content plan was not working out, and that he was going to take a two month vacation from producing his channel's hallmark review series. "We know we're gonna review Destiny 2, for sure, we know we're gonna review Total Warhammer 2," he said, "but we looked it up, and those aren't 'til September."

Vargas said he wouldn't be ceasing production altogether, just easing back on the kind of video that takes up most of his time until the releases of those bigger games. In a later video, Vargas even gets into the numbers on his channel, showing that July and August have always been drier months for him in regards to doing Angry Reviews. According to Vargas, this is his first break in nine years.

Fans weren't happy about this turn of events. While most of the comments were civil in expressing their unhappiness at this development, one highly rated comment called Vargas a lazy cunt, while another said, "This is slowly going down the shitter like a 0.91m anus log." Over and over again, fans express disappointment and sometimes anger over not having more Angry Reviews.

In video released yesterday, Vargas further explained a condition of his vacation: disabling comments on videos. In the half hour video, Vargas explains that people were commenting en masse on the videos he put up during his hiatus, asking for game reviews. He cites the comments on one of his video game related videos — impressions on a game called Squad — as being the tipping point for him. The comments on this video for yesterday are indicative of how on edge his fanbase is right now. For every comment telling Vargas it's ok to take a break, there are two telling him he's a "lazy sack of shit."

"It's a concerted effort from haters and trolls and people who are easily manipulated, and now they have tried to destroy my other content," he says. "What happened with the comments is that they devolved into shouting matches, and when I saw that that happened on a video game related video … that's when I was like ok, enough, enough.

"The schedule video is probably the worst thing I could have done," he says. "If you're a creative based YouTuber, don't create for yourself some schedule. People thought that I swore and I promised in the video that I would stick to the schedule. … When you go back and watch the video, I never said that this is set in stone. I even said this is not set in stone, we're experimenting with this, we just want to have more regular content."

In his video from six months ago, Vargas does say that they are "trying out," a new schedule and that some things may take more time.

This isn't the first time that Vargas has had to address his audience regarding his schedule and needing to take a break. In December of 2016, Vargas tried bargaining with his audience, explaining his burnout and a desire to take a break "I can do two reviews a month, and if you are happy with that can I have permission to do my movie reviews?"

Vargas's channel has been de-emphasising gaming content over the years, but that isn't surprising: other top gaming channels, like Markiplier and Pewdiepie, have also branched out into other genres. While many channels try pivoting away from the kinds of videos that made them popular, the transition can be difficult thanks to the intense expectations of longtime fans.


    Do people call producers and directors a "lazy sack of shit" when they have breaks between seasons?

    YouTube is his job, the guy deserves a damn break.

      Meh - He has plenty of breaks... His schedule was 2 reviews a month ffs... That's not a huge amount of time to invest in... Alright if he says i wanna spend time with my kids or something but hes just like - nah cant be fucked... Well I hope he loses a lot of subs.

      That's not how any entertainment works you dont get to choose to just switch off when its going well... Thats how things die.

        Really? The guy says it takes 1 week per review, so 2 per month means he has 2 weeks spare for other stuff. Sounds pretty damn busy to me.

          How dare you try to explain a person's reasonable demands for work life balance. This is the internet and this is gaming.

          His life belongs to us. He should die trying to make more videos...then we'll hold a short vigil over his death, make a viral twitter hashtag, and move onto the next big "internet celebrity"...

          WTF!? What other job do you have where you get 2 weeks free every month?! The guys a moron and so are you lot for not understanding that you have to supply the demand if you want to succeeed

          Did i just step into some twilight zone where people dont generally work 40+ hours a week?! The guy has millions of subs he doesnt work another job... Why the hate on me?! fucks sake this guys a little bitch!

            You are right, how does he dare? As your employer, you own him and his time! You are not paying him to do nothing!... oh wait, you are not paying him at all. It is free entertainment for you. So where the hell does this entitlement about his choices come?

            I don't get where you're getting that he has two weeks free every month. He spends a week making each video review, the article mentions in-between the two angry reviews he's also doing other videos, plus he has to actually play the games he's reviewing first in those two weeks.

            Nah, you're the moron...seriously. Going off half baked thinking you have the whole thing.

            He doesn't take 2 weeks off every month, he spends two weeks producing two single videos and spends the other two weeks producing the rest of his content. Go read the article ffs.

          Have kids and try tell me that having two weeks spare is busy hahahaha - Having one hour spare a week is a fucking good week for me mate and im not losing at life lol

            I'm sure it must be hard on you, having to go without some free Youtube content for 0.0019% of your life. You're a real sympathetic figure.

            I pity your children if their parents are utterly dysfunctional enough to loose it just because a Youtuber decided to take a break.

              When did i lose it? lol I have not vested interest in this at all it's just a joke that pelple are saying poor him haha

            I have 3 kids, what's your point?

            The "2 spare weeks" aren't his personal time...that's 2 weeks where he works on other content.

              Playing games and chilling in between - not too bad dont you think?

              I dont really have a point but someones gotta go against the grain and call it out when everyone is pitying someone over this crap. He put himsefl out there and his audience are probably brutal keyboard warriors. Poor him. idgaf lol

        As far as I'm aware he's doing his own edits on his videos, and as someone who just started doing incredibly small edits on videos I can appreciate just how fucking hard that is. Factor that in that he has to play the game (let's say that takes a week on average to account for the huge games and the short games), then he has to film multiple takes of his review, then he has to add in the effects he does for his angry reviews, and then editing, compiling and uploading and you have about 2 weeks right there.

      Nevermind that, do they call themselves "lazy sacks of shit" for sitting around watching a YouTube video? Or going on holiday?

    Its been like this for a good year or 2 on his channel.

    I feel like we need to start general education programs about entitlement. And about how every piece of entertainment like this is a lovely bonus in our lives and should just be appreciated as such. And about politeness and about not being awful. Yet another example of someone being unreasonably abused online really gets me down.

      Get out of here with your lofty idea's you crumbum!

    You could watch other youtube reviews in the meantime...there is no shortage of reviewers. Also its not just making the review, but also playing the game to know...know what you're talking about. That takes time

    I love how entitled people are about this. Yeah, he hasn't been putting out as many videos as before, but if you have a problem with that, unsubscribe. I've said it before: no one is forcing people to watch Angry Joe's videos. If you are unhappy with the flow of content from a particular creator, then stop watching it. You don't have to whine and cry about it because there are plenty of other hardworking creators out there trying to make a name for themselves. Me? I can wait. I have patience and acknowledge that I'm not owed anything by some guy on Youtube.

    Geezus, imagine what could really be achieved if all the effort that is poured on an almost daily basis into 'video game related things that don't really matter' was redirected to a just cause?

    I'll never understand why there's so much ire about this stuff; I actually like the reviews Joe etc do, but if he doesn't make them, I don't watch them, he doesn't get money - simple? If you subscribe and don't like the way the show's going - unsubscribe. Don't like the videos - don't watch them.

    I think the only thing Joe has really done wrong was try and tie himself to a schedule to satisfy a demand that will never be sated. If we all were stuck in the same job for 9 years doing the same thing wouldn't you need a break to freshen it up? People always refer back to money, but long term it doesn't equate to motivation & engagement. It's his channel, let the guy produce what he wants to produce - he lives and dies by that very thing and whether people watch it after all? If he's happy making the stuff he's making the quality will undoubtedly be higher too, rather than a halfway house whereby he feels obligated to provide videos that tick a certain number of boxes to keep people happy.

    Translation: "We own you. You can take a break when we're finished with you. Now GET BACK TO WORK!"

      basically, its been like this for more than a year probably 2 years. He cops it even when does a movie review

    He's burnt out on doing what he's doing and needs a break. What's the big deal? Guess his channel demographic is different to the ones I normally watch. So much hate for taking care of himself. How dare he take a break.

    Half the channels I sub to have breaks every few months, just means I have to find something else to watch. Big whoop!

    I really don't understand. Have people paid for a service they're not getting, or is this just people complaining that a guy who makes free videos on the internet isn't making as many free videos as they want him to?

      You're looking at the latter half of your question here.

      Apparently Hate-subbing/trolling is the new internet thing

    Give the guy a break! Geez, I can't believe people get so upset about stuff like this... I enjoy his videos, but I couldnt give a shit if he takes a 6 month holiday! If you care so much about the channel, Let him rest up and find his motivation again before he gets burnt out.

    professional youtubers, haha

    I really don't understand - this guys is making coin from doing what hes doing... If he doesnt like it he can stop.

    People crying out have probably donated and watched him from the start to help him get a leg up and this is most likely quite offensive to THEM.

    Im not offended by it but the dude sounds piss weak! Fuck me if he was 3 weeks on then have a week off fine but shit mate making 2 youtube reviews a month is NOT hard work and he is making a mint...

    Second to that if you're going to put your opinion out there and make money by being famous then criticism is going to come with it., Deal with it. It's always come to these in the public eye evern before the internet... I couldnt care less if this guy makes another video but seriously stop making it sound like he "deserves" such a great break when his life is probably a fucking break compared to most of us! hahaha

    Those who are saying give him a break and havent worked a fulltime job int heir lives need to just go back to school and report back here in 20 years when theyve been working half their lives lol

      I keep raising this to all your posts, but you keep fixating on the Angry Reviews as if they are the only thing he works on when the article clearly states he works on other videos in the other two months. The whole point of the article is that some of his fans aren't happy that he's working on other things

      If you annoyed that the guys are not making enough videos unsubscribe, or don't donate anymore. He don't belong to you, and isn't your business what he do or doesn't in his life.
      Also just let me remind you something: "...You never do a full retard." And right know you going pretty hard on it.

        I am not a subscriber and have no interest in him. Sorry pal I just dont get what the butthurt is that someone cant say he doesnt have a tough job ffs haha

    This is why we don't get to have nice things. Those attacking him are just a bunch of younger viewers who feel "entitled" to be getting 1-4 game reviews (done in his traditional "Angry Review style) per week. That simply is impossible to do, considering just how long it takes to make even a single one of those videos.

    We are lucky to get what we get from him videos wise. We are not entitled to anything at all. What we do get, we should all be thankful for. Now if this was a TV show or movie series then it would be a different story entirely, but he is not "payed" for the work he does. He does it because he loves doing it. Same as with AVGN, 8-bit Guy etc etc.

    I hope he doesn't become like other YouTubers I used to watch.

    Their channels became weekly videos explaining their motives, or apologising for not releasing enough content.

    This is probably how George R.R. Martin feels when fans accuse him of being lazy :)

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