My Stance on the Nintendo/YouTube Situation (also Let’s Playing)
THE CONTENTS OF THIS POST ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. THE STATEMENTS MADE IN THIS POST ARE SIMPLY MY VIEWS ON THE SITUATION AND TOPIC AT HAND; CRITIQUE IS ALLOWED.
Recently, Nintendo has begun to content-ID claim certain videos containing their content on display; mostly affected are Let’s Players, such as myself, JoshJepson, ZachScottGames, and more. One thing must be made clear; content-ID claims are NOT the same as copyright strikes. Content-ID claims allow whoever owns the claim to gain ad revenue based on the views the video gets, while copyright strikes would force you to take the video down (see the SEGA/Shining Force controversy), and mark a strike on your account; insert your baseball analogy here and there you go. This means that if Nintendo owns the claim to a video, they get can get any and all ad revenue from it, while the person who uploaded the video does not. While I have not been (as of this posting) directly affected by this, I do understand that some of them have planned dedications to doing this for a living, and some actually DO make these videos for a living.
Chuggaaconroy, SullyPwnz, and the formerly mentioned other two, are just a few of the many Let’s Players who make videos on Nintendo games, and with this recent event, their stances on Let’s Playing their games has changed quite negatively. For me on the other hand, I’m currently Let’s Playing two of their produced games: Kirby’s Adventure (through Kirby’s Dream Collection), and Paper Mario (through the Wii’s Virtual Console service). A lot of Let’s Players, and video makers who have uploaded gameplay of Nintendo games, have stood up against the company, stating that they will stop making videos about their games until a resolution has been made where both sides are satisfied, or until Nintendo just plain stops with it. With all that “backstory” though, what is my stance on it, you ask?
I don’t care.
To make a long story short, there you go. For a more in-depth reasoning, it’s because I personally do not make much off the videos I upload as it is, and I do not PLAN to make a living off of it either, so it honestly doesn’t damage me as much as it would others. Call it pessimism if you want, but that’s just how I feel. Don’t get me wrong though; this decision is rather ridiculous, but I stand neutral as I think both sides are taking this rather silly. Yes; Nintendo basically leeching off others’ time and effort is not something I would except from them, nor it is necessarily fair or nice, but on the other hand, if you’re Let’s Playing for the sake of living off of it (as in your primary purpose is as such), I don’t guarantee you’ll be successful in it easily. I’m not against earning revenue, mind you, since I’m doing it, and if I were against it, I’d look like a hypocrite. If you’re already making a living off of it, or are just doing it to make due with some income while looking for a full-time job in the workplace, more power to you, but if you’re just starting off, I cannot guarantee you that you will be able to make a living off of it.
Let’s Playing shouldn’t be JUST about money; it should be about sharing your experiences with games from your past, or showcasing a game that you find really interesting and want others to get because it’s really interesting. With the open acceptance of the YouTube Partnership Program now available to pretty much everyone, it seems that Let’s Playing of that kind has slowly dwindled, as Let’s Plays of games on their launch-days and those containing intensive self-promotion guff (mostly merchandising) have become increasingly abundant. Will I stop Let’s Playing because of all this though? No; why? Because I still have games to show everyone, and until the point when I run out of games to show off (or until I get invested into a full-time job not based on YouTube where the time to do so will no longer be possibly) I won’t be stopping any time soon.
- Hunter James, Let’s Player (2009-Present)
Oh goddammit, Tumblr. Why are you so picky with how images work!? Anyway, games list…pretty…blah.
Source of the design: http://canisskye.tumblr.com/post/46447371730/game-streaming-library
Christi (Prasm/@Prismaya) and I (@Cammiluna) are two aspiring webcomic authors that have attended Otakon for several years. Two times in the past, we’ve had a spot in Artist Alley as artists (She ran comics back then, too, but I didn’t), and this year, we want to promote what we’ve been up to now: Prismatic Star (hers) and Highly Experimental (mine).
We’re accepting donations AND commissions via Paypal to accumulate $150 to get the table. Given paypal takes three days too transfer funds to my bank account, we need to have this money together by Friday, April 19th.
I have a donations page accessible here (no paypal account required on your end), or my paypal email is Gerako@gmail.com (please indicate that this is for otakon funding.
Should you want to commission either of us instead of donating, we’ll do a colored sketch for $15+up and a full inked/shaded piece for $50+up. My contact email is still gerako@gmail while Christi can be reached via email@example.com. Or you can PM either of our tumblrs (linked above).
We have the table, I recieved the email just yesterday But unfortunately, our jobs pay too little to afford it in time. Our jobs are so part-time that some weeks we wind up working four hours or even nothing at all.
Funds we get in excess will go towards our con badges and travel expenses while we plan to fund our prints and promos via Indiegogo at a later time. The table is the most important part since the deadline is so short.
Your help is really appreciated to get HiEx and PStar exhibiting at the convention we grew up with as artists. Thank you!
Here; have a wall of text listing off all the games I have for potential streaming things.
Nintendo Entertainment System:
- Fester’s Quest
- Master Chu and the Drunkard Hu
- Monster Party
- Milon’s Secret Castle
- Mario 3
- Zelda II
- Super Mario Bros. + Duck Hunt
- Wheel of Fortune
- Star Fox
- Goof Troop (yes; really)
- Super Mario All-Stars
- Super Mario World
- Pretty much any other game thanks to a cartridge-based emulator I have
Game Boy (via Super Game Boy peripheral):
- Super Mario Land (probably doesn’t work)
- Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
- Super Mario Land 3: Wario Land
- Wario Land 2
- Sonic the Hedgehog
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Sonic the Hedgehog 3
- Gex 3: Deep Cover Gecko
- Resident Evil 2
- Sonic Adventure
- Sonic Adventure 2 (note that I can’t play Prison Lane on my copy)
- Crazy Taxi
- Jet Grind Radio
Sony Playstation 2:
- Kingdom Hearts
- Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories
- Kingdom Hearts II
- Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4
- Pac Man World 3
- Dragon Ball Z Budokai
- Spider-Man: The Movie: The Game
- Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg
- F-Zero GX
- Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door
- Mario Power Tennis
- Mario Party 4
- Pokemon Colosseum
- Shadow the Hedgehog
- Sonic Adventure DX
- Sonic Adventure 2: Battle
- Sonic CD (via Gems Collection)
- Sonic R (via Gems Collection)
- Sonic the Fighters (via Gems Collection)
- Sonic Heroes
- Spyro: A Hero’s Tail
- Super Mario Sunshine
- Super Smash Bros. Melee
- Conker: Live and Reloaded
- Shenmue II
- Prince of Persia and the Sands of Time
Game Boy Color/Advance (via Game Boy Player):
- Pokemon Crystal (currently in the middle of a Nuzlocke run on that)
- Wario Land 3
- Metroid: Zero Mission
- Metroid Fusion
- Pokemon Ruby/Sapphire/Emerald/FireRed/LeafGreen
- Sonic Genesis
- Crash Nitro Kart
- Sonic Advance 1 & 2
- Kirby’s Dream Collection (Kirby’s Dream Land 1-3, Super Star, and 64)
- The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
- Metroid Prime Trilogy
- Metroid: Other M
- NiGHTS: Journey into Dreams
- Rayman Origins
- Sonic Colors
- Super Mario Galaxy 1 & 2
- Super Paper Mario
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl
- Thor: God of Thunder (wait, what?)
- Wario Land: Shake It!
- Wii Play & Wii Sports
- Mario Party 2 (Virtual Console)
- Mega Man 1-3 (Virtual Console)
- Super Mario Bros. 3 (Virtual Console)
- Paper Mario (Virtual Console)
- The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask (Virtual Console)
- Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars (Virtual Console)
- Batman: Arkham Asylum
- Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts
- Beautiful Katamari
- Dead Rising 1 & 2
- Fable II & III
- Ghostbusters: The Video Game
- Left 4 Dead 1
- Mass Effect 2
- Quake 4
- Resident Evil: Code Veronica X/4/5/6
- Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing
- SONIC THE HEDGEHOG
- Sonic Unleashed
- Viva Pinata
- Countless XBLA games
- …okay, no. Y’know what? Just look here: http://steamcommunity.com/id/sykhotic/games?tab=all
So hey, this is relevant again.
JonTron Drawing (with Jacques of course!)
Check it out!
“Tank! Tank! Tank!”…is…holy geez! My reaction for like 10 straight minutes! Seriously! This, and possibly The Wonderful 101, are definitive reasons why I might get a Wii U!