A lot of buzz lately as the news breaks that Nintendo is going to be diverting all ad revenue on videos that feature purely their game footage over a certain length to themselves, rather than the video uploader. A lot of people are angry at this…and I’m not.
Lemme explain the largest reason right off the bat: AdBlocker. I use it, I bet a lot of you use it, and I’d wager some of the people complaining avidly use it as well. And guess what, it makes sure that no one receives their pennies for thousands of views because ads are annoying as shit.
More importantly, though, is that this doesn’t effect anyone except the Youtube superstar. The man who will upload 5 videos DAILY with misleading thumbnails in an attempt to generate minimum wage. This is purely about ad revenue, no videos will be censored or taken down.
Do you want to make a video about something cool in a Nintendo game? You still can. Want to play through the game for people so they can experience it? You’re totally still able to do that. Want to put out videos of Super Mario World ROM hacks, not created by you, split into multiple parts to generate the most ad revenue so you alone can profit under the guise of “advertisement” and “entertainment”? Well too bad, your pennies go to Nintendo.
I tried to feel a little sympathy with the LP Superstar side but…every single video against Nintendo’s decision I clicked on or searched up had the description box filled with ads, referrals, and subscription begging. This is directly targeting the people using and abusing games for pure profit.
People might have to make videos and play games purely for fun again? I have no qualms, and encourage others to follow.
10 dollars left after getting a game for a friend of mine. Torchlight 2 is on sale, so took the time to check out games under 10 bucks. Should I grab that, Civ 3, FTL, Deus Ex, or System Shock II?