Submitted by WonsAuto 485d ago | opinion piece

Let's Play With Nintendo's Hypocrisy

"For [Nintendo] to swoop in and essentially take money from the work of others — and there’s plenty of extra work beside capturing and uploading game footage — is sleazy. Worse yet, this only paints Nintendo as a bunch of hypocrites." (3DS, Nintendo, Retro, Wii, Wii U)

PopRocks359  +   485d ago
"This is arguably worse than if they’d decided to pull the content altogether."

How in the blue hell is that worse? They're not removing videos, they're not blocking the content and most importantly no one's accounts are at risk.

This does one thing; it stops ad revenue for SOME YouTube uploads. Microsoft and Sega did far worse with far less of this kind of scrutiny. It's ridiculous.


And what of the hours of work that was put into the development of those games? That work is being used by other people for their own profit. Furthermore, you're not running the risk of having your account suspended like if a copyright claim results in a video being removed.
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WonsAuto  +   485d ago
When other companies remove content, no one is profiting from it. Nintendo is taking money for work that others poured hours into.
3-4-5  +   485d ago
They Still use Nintendo's content for the source of that work though...

Create their own game and it's cool.
wampdog29  +   484d ago
No, look at it this way: what if I took a Let's Play video and decided to use that in my own video. Let's say I recorded my own thoughts against an entire Let's Play video and that's all I added to the video. I now have Nintendo's original content AND a Let's Play original content that really makes up the bulk of the video. All I added was dialogue to speak against the Let's Player's dialogue.

The Let's Players are simply adding dialogue to a game and making money off if it.
dedicatedtogamers  +   485d ago
Maybe I'm not understanding it, but is Nintendo taking all - literally ALL - of the money made by these Let's Players and reviewers? Or, are the Let's Players and reviewers still making money, but Nintendo is taking a portion of it?

I'm genuinely curious. If Nintendo is simply taking a "tax" of sorts, then I don't see the problem. It's vastly superior to what movie companies or music companies do when you profit off their content: they issue a cease-and-desist and require you to take down your videos. Heck, several other gaming companies are doing exactly that.

Again, I'm curious. Is Nintendo taking ALL money away from these videos, or just a tax?
Quickstrike  +   485d ago
From what I understand, they are taking all the revenue.
PopRocks359  +   485d ago
Yeah, they are taking all of the revenue. That's the part I specifically don't like.
auragenz  +   485d ago
Let Nintendo take all the revenue, just means a better funded Nintendo.

No one should make money off Nintendo, it's the other way around.
just-joe  +   485d ago
It's just let's plays, not reviews. In the end it's who get's your, the people who claim to make let's play's for "fun" or Nintendo. Honestly I could care less for either side. I'll just ad-block the ads anyway.
MEsoJD  +   485d ago
Nintendo is just hurting themselves. Less incentive to upload videos and promote the content. It maybe in their right, but like Colin from IGN stated,"it doesn't make sense."
lizard81288  +   485d ago
Yeah I don't see anything wrong either. They are Nintendo's games after all. Nintendo could band your YouTube videos or shut down their account but they are not. I think is a fair price to pay...if you will.
NYC_Gamer  +   485d ago
I feel once you buy the game the owner[person who paid 60 bucks for the software] should be able to upload videos and collect ad revenue in return..Why should Nintendo or any company collect?they already got paid once from the retail sale..
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DavePSU  +   485d ago
So, if I wanted to buy a movie, upload it to the internet and charge people to download it for $1...that would be cool?
Smashbro29  +   485d ago
That's a little different don't you think? Can't really say you'd see a movie after seeing a movie but you might try a game if you watched it.
NYC_Gamer  +   485d ago
Then Nintendo and other companies should open a rental service...Since the gamer even though paid 60 bucks has no real ownership or the right to upload content and collect from ads in return.
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Chug  +   485d ago
Yeah. You wouldn't upload a car, would you?
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MEsoJD  +   485d ago

Games are a form of entertainment that depend on user interaction. Movies and music for example, will always play out the same. Games on the other hand are different per user. Now while, it is in Nintendo's right, it something that may very well hurt them in the long run. I would think twice before I hurt free promotion.
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Oh_Yeah  +   485d ago
Games are played...movies are watched. You don't get the feel of playing a game by watching YouTube videos.
Kennytaur  +   485d ago
Seriously people, this isn't how it works. You own only the copy of the game, with the rights to play it for personal use. You hold zero copyright ownership over anything on that disc. And public viewing without authorization is a seriously strong no-no in the media business.

Nintendo are monetizing what's already free advertising, oddly and sadly enough. But I can see both sides.
McScroggz  +   485d ago
The question isn't whether it's legally right or wrong, but whether this is in the best interest for Nintendo and for gamers. On both accounts I don't think it is. The only thing Nintendo stands to gain is a pretty insubstantial amount of money (for them). But what they are losing is free advertising because some LPers will stop uploading Nintendo games and even worse the alienating of a community. It's not a terrible thing Nintendo is doing, it's just something that has no real benefits.

Nintendo is supposed to be the company for gamers, yet this feels like a move Sony or Microsoft would do.
Phil32  +   485d ago
Microsoft threatened to take down YouTube channels entirely, so no, it's not quite that level.

However, when Nintendo does what they're doing it's all of a sudden the worst thing ever. Such hypocrisy from the whiners.
NYC_Gamer  +   485d ago
Stop acting like people don't call out MS or Sony over bs type actions..Nintendo is doing something shady and gamers have every right to call them out on it...
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weekev15  +   485d ago
If only there was some kind of way gamers could share conent with each other over the Nintendo network with a simple press of a button...I dont know some kind of "share" button, thatd be sweet.

In all seriousness I dont see an issue with the big N taking money from people making videos of their games. Its the same deal as musicians getting royalties when their songs get played on the radio
Stroke666  +   485d ago
lol @the ps4 thing but even that won't let you put up a whole game lol good one though i"m the 1 agree
yugovega  +   484d ago
they do have something like that and it's called miiverse and it was out 6 months before the "share" button was even announced.
weekev15  +   484d ago
Yeah and I see loads of gameplay videos on Miiverse...

To be honest that would be a great idea for Nintendo. Make lets play vids less appealing then add video playback capabilities to Miiverse.

@yugo I wasnt hating on Nintendo btw just pointing out that ps4 will have this feature as standard and its actually a cool idea albeit 1 that Nintendo could easily emulate with their existing software without the need for a special button.
Blacklash93  +   485d ago
I honestly doubt Nintendo will make much money from this. LPers even together don't make nearly enough to help a massive company like Nintendo. Seriously, what do they think is in it for them? Companies don't wave these copyright issues until there's capital on the line.

Do they think that people who watch playthroughs won't bother to buy the game? That's generally not going to be the case, people who are legitimatley interested in a game will only watch a little bit to decide if it's for them.

Are they worried about bad quality getting out? Hardly, Nintendo buyers typically know what to expect and Nintendo isn't known for bad quality with its main IPs.

What is Nintendo gaining? Free advertising, the sentiment that people like their games enough to play through them, and knowing that people are interested in them enough to make someone money based off the sheer quantity of views alone.

Really, what are you doing, Nintendo?
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Stroke666  +   485d ago
now its actually is free adverts. cause the people doing it won't get a dime. its not about how much you make I personally don't want anyone making a cent off of my hard work period. do you work? look at your paystub and check the the taxes? doen't it piss you of a bit that the gov't digs so much into your check though at no point in time were they there to help you do your job? I cant speak for everyone but someone making money off my hard work makes me have a "shit, you wasn't wit me shooting in the gym" type moments lol
Stroke666  +   485d ago
I don't understand why people disagree with what nintendo is doing. its very simple in the music industry you are limited to the amount of conent from someone elses song into ur own. in film you have to pay to use characters from someone elses property. So why in the hell should the let's players make money off of putting entire games on display? and thats all nintendo is really targeting is those using there property at length, not comparable to the sample the author talks of in earthbound. And he claims ninty is taking advantage of someone elses 'work' work? seriously?!? play a game and record it then upload it to youtube, work? its a hobby. I do commentary all by my lonesome while playing through games guess I too should invest in video capture devices and software to capitalize on all my hard work. shit I've been playing cames and talking along the way since colecovision, I'd be a billionaire. on a more serious note. if you want to just showcase a particular moment in the game or demonstrate something specific in the game then your fine. but if you want to play through an entire game, imo taking some value from the game depending on the genre it is, and expect to get paid for it sorry for ya. Nintendo is doing nothing wrong in this case. each and every individual/company/corporation has the right to protect their property point blank period. there is nothing sleazy sneaky or underhanded about it.
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