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Nintendo’s Secret War Against YouTubers Will Cost Gamers Considerably

FleshEatingZipper writes: Sometimes, there’s nothing more enjoyable than a Let’s Play video. They’re not always called Let’s Play, they’re Quick Looks, they’re our very own FEZ PLAYs, they’re whatever you like. If broadcast sports or Mystery Science Theater 3000 have taught us anything, it’s that almost any form of entertainment is enhanced by color commentary. A few years ago, a bill was introduced into US Senate that would to impose penalties on those who streamed copywritten material, which was construed as a government attempt to ban Let’s Play videos. While the bill’s creators have said that wasn’t the aim, it appears that Nintendo would have no issue with a variant of it as they’ve now sent out Content ID notices to Let’s Play producers like Zack Scott who rely on YouTube ad revenue to, well, live.

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joxef1497d ago

This irks me so much, especially as a long time Nintendo fan boy. Definitely not buying anything from them for a while.

Phil321497d ago

Yeah. They should have threatened to take down channels like Microsoft.

If THIS is what pisses you off about Nintendo, your priorities are severely screwed up.

joxef1497d ago

I still like Nintendo overall, never said I didn't. I'm just saying, it's not a cool move either way. Sure, not as extreme as Microsoft or what Sega did with the Shining Force thing, doesn't mean I shouldn't dislike this action, though.

If you aren't at least a little upset about this, then your priorities are severely screwed up, as well, I guess.

DivineAssault 1497d ago

I stopped supporting them as soon as the wii u came around.. They have been making some very foolish decisions & arent doing anything thats appealing to me as a gamer so im done with them until i see change.. I have been a nintendo supporter since NES (even bought virtual boy) & have been there through thick & thin but enough is enough.. Its like they think ripping ppl off is funny or something..

RTheRebel1497d ago

You expect people to believe your response?LOL
cmon Divine you a Drone lol

ZodTheRipper1497d ago

I'd not call it ripping off, they still release high quality games once in a while ...it's more like they lost their focus long ago and that's why I'm not supporting them since I've sold my Wii. News like that certainly don't make it better.

gamer421497d ago

Wait people make money off Let's Play? That's ... I don't know how to feel about that...

TFXR1497d ago

They're incredibly popular. Quick Looks make up a lot of Giant Bomb's traffic, too.

MoveTheGlow1497d ago (Edited 1497d ago )

Yes, but GB gets actual permission. They have to, they're part of a much bigger company now. Some companies negotiate that they demo the game, or guide through it, which often turns into a Quick Look EX.

But yes, definitely they get traffic! Plenty from me, too!

scottd1497d ago

so if they were doing the videos and making no profit this would not be an issue??

dennett3161497d ago

Exactly...you can do LP's all you like but if you're monetizing them, Nintendo have put a stop to that unless you have some sort of deal in place.

It's odd. All the ones complaining about this are the ones who are making money using the assets of others without permission. People are saying that LP's are not about the game, but the commentary, and I find that massively absurd. Without the game - and all the assets and mechanics which belong to other people - there's nothing to comment over.

Machinima even had the gall to ask Notch for money because the videos made using his game amounted to free advertising for it, and they deserved a cut despite already making money off the ads they put in the videos. The greed and sheer balls it takes to ask that of the game creator is staggering.
A lot of LP'ers do it for the love of the game, or even to mock a terrible game in a funny way. Nintendo isn't stopping anyone from making the vids, they're just stopping people profiteering off their work.

If the LP'ers are so bothered, why don't they stop monetizing the vids, but charge for their commentary (which they DO own) in the style of Rifftrax...that way they make money on what they actually can call their own created content. If it's all about the commentary, then there should be no problem with that set up?

RuleofOne343 1497d ago

One thing for those folks to do is find a way around this crap or stop making vids & they can't do what their trying to do.

sloth33951497d ago

Nintendo doesn't have a problem with people making the videos as long as they don't try to profit from it. You can make videos all you want as long as their is no gain for yourself.

PopRocks3591497d ago

It's not even that. From what I understand this won't even affect all Nintendo related uploads. Just videos featuring certain games at a certain length.

For example, it probably won't hurt game videos of Super Metroid. But it would probably affect a Let's Play of Zelda Wii U when it comes out.

We don't know the specifics yet so I wish people would stop freaking out with their knee-jerk reactions. As Phil32 said, they could be removing videos and leaving strikes on people's accounts like Microsoft and Sega.

dennett3161497d ago

It's telling that they use MST3K as an example considering how Rifftrax operates now. They've monetized their content by offering up the commentary on its own for a small fee, which then must be synced up to the appropriate video file.

Notice how they don't actually use the movie footage to make their money? Well that's what these LP'ers who monetize their videos are complaining about....they want to be able to use assets that are not owned by them in order to make a quick buck.

Nintendo are not waging war on LP's, or on fans of their games, they're clipping the wings of the greedy few who think they're somehow entitled to use anything they want to make money...regardless of who actually owns the assets being used.

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