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Episode 229: Why Popular YouTubers Are Retiring. Plus, ‘Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth’


For a lot of folks, becoming a YouTube celebrity is something of a dream. Funny thing, though: YouTube—like most every other career—can be a lot of work. And, as reported by Kennedy Unthank, many YouTubers are actually stepping away from the mic, turning off their halo light and moving on. Or, at the very least, easing back.

“This is my dream job, and I have a lot of fun doing it,” YouTuber Tom Scott said in his “retirement” video, according to Unthank. “I know I’m incredibly lucky, but a dream job is still a job, and it’s a job that keeps getting bigger and more complicated—and I am so tired. There’s nothing in my life right now except work.”

And he’s not the only one voicing these opinions. It seems like a lot of YouTube celebs are stepping back and adjusting their priorities. And that, Unthank says, is a good thing.

Unthank joins Kristin Smith, Emily Tsiao, Bob Hoose and host Adam Holz to talk about this phenomenon, and whether we non-celebs might learn something from these YouTubers’ examples.

Then we turn our attention to something that shows no sign of slowing down—even though it’s been at it since 1997. I’m talking, of course, about Final Fantasy VII, which has yet another iteration, Final Fantasy VII: Rebirth, which rolled out earlier this year. Our game expert Bob Hoose will unpack the game’s pros, its cons and tell us why this one venerable role-playing game has held onto the gaming imagination like grim death.

But this episode will be far from grim! No siree. We think you’ll have a great time listening to us, in fact. And once you’re done bending an ear, we’d love to hear your thoughts, be they on Facebook, Instagram or our very own voicemail on The Plugged In Show homepage. You can even send us emails at [email protected]. And remember, we’ll reconvene next week.

Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.