This isn't really brand new information but I find it sickening:
Nintendo's approach here seems to be extremely confusing, they seem to think that all the big "YouTubers" will continue to showcase and play their games, even though they aren't getting paid for it. I've heard some people talk about Nintendo placing time constraints on some videos that showcase (in their opinion, not the video creators') too much of their games.
To be honest I can't tell if Nintendo's being stupid here or sadistic and moronic. Regardless, if they think that this is going to be beneficial for them it isn't. With the Wii U failing and hype for the next generation consoles building this is quite possibly one of the stupidest marketing moves I've ever seen made, it's crucial that in the time period we're currently in Nintendo try to garner as much attention as it possibly can but going about that in this way's pathetic.
I know that to some people making a living off of YouTube isn't a proper job, but it still doesn't detract from that fact that Nintendo are sabotaging people's livelihoods and that's something I just can't deal with. If this is a bit hard to grasp I can understand this; for example let's say that you worked in an office and you were going to make and deliver a PowerPoint presentation to another group of people, but before this two massive adverts showed up that show cased Microsoft's Xbox or Windows 8.
You see just because someone creates something doesn't mean that they own everything about it, in some cases it clearly does but in videogames and gaming in general (board games, card games, et cetera) it simply doesn't. You cannot claim ownership of what someone else has done, if someone bowls a strike in a bowling ally but you own the ally that doesn't make their strike yours, Nintendo on the other hand seems to think that it does and I can only foresee this turning out badly for them in the long term.
I have never liked nintendo I knew that they would do something that would anger their consumer base.
There are too many people who have started to make a living off of gaming on YouTube. This is like being a traveling salesman and the product your selling's owner takes all of your revenue and gives you nothing back. That takes the entire point of that job, and you'd stop doing it. So Nintendo is being hypocritical by not blocking the videos outright to let the gamers keep their stuff up, because the reason the gamers are posting has already been taken away from them.
This news a couple of hours before I find out Nintendo bought exclusivity of Sonic. That basically means nearly half of my subscriptions aren't going to be playing Sonic on their channels anymore.
This post has been edited by The Pizza Delivery Guy on Monday, May 20 2013, 04:23
I actually just watched a rant video of one of my favorite Let's Play gamers and it really made me realize how greedy Nintendo really is. So Nintendo, F*ck you!
Actually let me put the video on here for anybody that doesn't really understand what Nintendo is doing. It's long though, but it's hilarious! He rants about other things before he gets to the Nintendo issue, so just skip to 38:50. He knows business very well and he just explains it very well.
As much as I love Nintendo, this is irredeemable. YouTubers do not produce content for the sole benefit of Nintendo, they are not paid workers of Nintendo, and Nintendo should not receive money from fan-made content. This is idiocy. Why would they injure their reputation like this? Why would they remove the incentive for people to produce content about their products, and consequently, remove the free publicity that they receive from fan-made videos? Foolishness.
Adler I completely agree, the question that I've got to ask is what do Nintendo think they're going to get from this? Surely they realise that YouTubers don't make videos for them to make money, they provide free advertising and entertainment and Nintendo still want more. I can't see this ending well and when it comes to the legality of such an issue where does Nintendo stand? Are they really allowed to plaster their advertisements and earn money off of another person's content, I for one doubt it and wouldn't be surprised to hear about a few court cases involving Nintendo in the near future.
I'm going to try to bring an opposing opinion in here, and then get hornswoggled by everyone else.
In my opinion, LPers aren't (and never were) content creators. They play and speak over games made by companies, and sometimes put on a nice show, but without companies like Nintendo there would be no LP. Nintendo owns the backbone of the LPs they're targeting, and as such they have a right to say "hey, please don't use our material that way" just as much as bowling alleys have a right to say "hey, don't bowl on our lanes."
But the funny thing is they're not even taking the videos down, just not letting people make money off of their intellectual property.
I think if you really love the games you're LPing it shouldn't matter whether you're making money from your videos or not. People who are relying on LP as a source of income are the only ones who are going to lose anything here, and frankly I think they deserve it for being so stupid and not considering the job security they have with youtube let's plays.
I'll post a video I watched last night. The Nintendo stuff comes in at about 13:00, and lasts about an hour. Slowbeef, ProtonJon, and NintendoCapriSun are in the video, so you get to hear the opinions of LPers who have been around for a while.
This post has been edited by zoo3891 on Tuesday, May 21 2013, 06:16
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