Jimmy Kimmel exposes ugly side of gaming

jimmy kimmel youtubeRecently Jimmy Kimmel caused quite a stir by making a joke about how pointless he thought it was to watch people play video games. As is the custom of our current social media activist culture there was immediate response ranging from the thoughtful to the horrific and embarrassing. Kimmel brilliantly capitalized on the rapid stupidity of people who think threatening a man with cancer is the appropriate response to a comedian telling a joke. He then did a few more bits where he read some of most extreme comments on his YouTube in the same vein as when he has celebrities read mean tweets. After what was probably the end of the apex of the relevancy and controversy Kimmel did a bit with Markiplier and MissMae to see what streaming is all about. I got the impression that Mark wasn’t thrilled to be there as Jimmy stayed firmly planted in character and seemed, ironically, not interested in interacting with them as real people. I found it sad he took a shot at them at the end and told them to hang out with real people after an awkward comedic bit where he made no effort to be himself or engage in real dialogue. The real issue I have, however, is how this series of events exposes a problem with the gaming culture that needs more thoughtful and forward thinking efforts of resolution. Continue reading

Machinima controversy and why it matters

MachinimaIt recently became public that the FTC was investigating and taking action against Machinima for deceptive practices related to YouTube campaign videos for Microsoft. In the same day the news broke a settlement was reached that requires Machinima to implement a whole host of changes, review processes, and appropriate disclosure standards. To sum it up briefly, a handful of YouTubers were given large sums of money, the largest sum being reported at $30,000, to make videos, usually only one or two, that put the XBOX One in a good light. Obviously this is unsettling given how many videos were created (approx. 300) and how influential some of the larger YouTube channels have become. So what are gamers to do? Continue reading

Angry Joe is right about Nintendo

Angry JoeAs an aspiring YouTuber I have grown to enjoy and really respect the work, artistry, and thoughtfulness that Angry Joe puts into his videos and show (WARNING: He uses foul language on the regular). You can tell he is passionate about video games, but also that he strives to have quality content, fair criticism, and accurate praise for all the various video games that he plays and reviews. Recently, however, he encountered a bothersome problem with Nintendo’s policy about creating videos with their games when he made a “let’s play” video for Mario Party 10. To put it concisely, Nintendo wants 40% of any ad revenue from videos that contain their games and his video got flagged. In light of what many other game companies are doing, this is jaw-droppingly stupid. And it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Angry Joe has sworn off doing any Nintendo videos or agreeing to their greedy terms. I think he’s right, and all game channel YouTubers should follow suit. Continue reading