I was thinking of breaking this article into two parts, but the more I think about it. The more they can relate to each other.
Now, I should preface this by saying – I’m already bias against let’s players and internet reviewers. I just don’t get the appeal of watching others play video games. Additionally, I don’t see the appeal of people bitching and whining in character in the attempts of “entertainment”.
I think it’s more “entertaining” to be yourself, and let your review speak for yourself. That’s why I keep doing this stuff. I am not really “popular” of a reviewer, but it is something people think I should pursue, so i’ll try.
I’ll also preface this by saying that I’m also unemployed. I don’t have any jobs in television, nor am I making money off this blog or any video content. I’m helping out my mom and that’s about it. Is it embarassing? Not really. She does let me use a laptop computer to send emails, tweet, and write articles like this when nothing happens.
I’m just like every college graduate – I am done with classes, and the next step is finding that career and job. And I feel that I can keep fighting and fighting, but while that’s going on, continue being the writer only a select people know and love.
Let me know if you have any business inquiries.
Late last week, it was announced that Nintendo has decided to capitalize on the “Let’s Play” thing. What they decided to do was for every “let’s play” on youtube, they would take 100% of the ad revenue and put ads on those that don’t.
People were whining.
Waaahhh, that’s my money Nintendo
You took away my $12.32 this month of “Let’s Play Super Mario World Part 22”
And I think it’s good, because Nintendo has such a “brand” that they can survive off Pokemon Videos for the next three years, because of how loyal their fanbase is. Wii-U could be a massive failure, and they might be able to survive to make a new console to compete against Xbox One and Playstation 4.
Then Lewis “Linkara” Loveshogs made a video encouraging people to turn off ad-blocker and suffer through 30 second advertising because that’s the only way they get paid. His words are that “this is a full time job, not a hobby”.
People are whining…
Waaahhh, that’s my money people who use Ad Blockers
You took away my $12.32 this month of “Angry Comic Book Nerd – Deadpool Killustrated”
And sure the reviewer is to blame for some of this, but ultimately – if Blip and YouTube didn’t have such annoying advertising, people wouldn’t use it.
Pre-Roll (which appears BEFORE THE VIDEO)
Banner (which appears AS THE VIDEO GOES ON)
Mid-Roll (which appears IN BETWEEN THE VIDEO)
Post-Roll (which appears AFTER THE VIDEO)
and sometimes, there isn’t even stopping or pausing or anything to get rid of these damn things.
It’s fucking annoying, really really really annoying. In Movies, The Advertising comes before the movie, in the form of either Trailers or those “get your ass to the concession stand and buy some Buncha Crunch” commercials… and that’s it.
You don’t watch “Star Trek” and midway though, see a trailer for “Man of Steel”.
You don’t watch “Iron Man 3” while there is a banner ad to watch “The Gauntlet on Blip”
In television, advertising is a bit more annoying. You have commercials before the show, in between acts of the show, after the show and even sometimes the network has banner ads to “STAY TUNED FOR CELEBRITY NURSING SCHOOL”
Thankfully, you can sometimes buy these shows on DVD/Blu-Ray or stream them on Netflix and avoid that altogether.
Advertising is annoying, and on the internet where it’s such a new medium – we still don’t know how to monetize the damn thing. There’s going to be problems like this.
What do these people have in common?
More than likely, they saw someone else do it on the internet, and want to do it themselves.
They saw someone bitch about video games – they’ll do it too.
They saw someone else play video games – they’ll do it too.
They decided to emulate those that came before, not as a career, but as a hobby.
That hobby garnered fans, which in turn built an audience.
Because of that “audience”, they now have to do something to “please them”. And for most people, that means doing those videos as frequently as possible in the hopes of making it a full time thing, and then get paid.
They’ll get paid by either – Advertising Revenue, Merchandising (Quote Tees) and sometimes just Paypal Donations or Kickstarter.
This “hobby” of becoming like somebody else, is now where they spend their time, instead of at a job. You get a check in the mail (or paypal) for $1,200 and suddenly you stop doing something more stable, in favor of continuing this as long as possible.
The problem is – all things must come to an end. Advertising sinks, and more people who do what you do means that less viewers will show up as well. Your $1,200 becomes $800 becomes $200 becomes $20.
It’s not your fault, everybody is doing it. You just helped make these bullshit fads, a reality.
When it comes to anything internet, whatever you do, please don’t quit your day job.
Because at anytime, Nintendo could come along and legally do that. And at anytime, people will grow to not stand you anymore. All that will be left standing from your once found fame is your unsold quote tees, and a check for $1.29 that will only be enough to cover the price of a Beefy Crunch Burrito at the Taco Bell and nothing else.
If you continued your career Monday through Friday, and then spent weekends working on your “pet projects”, you wouldn’t be in that much financial pain. Something is better than nothing, and getting a job at GameStop is at least more stable than being the guy trying to live off Metroid Prime LPs for the rest of your life.
You’re better than that. You’re all better than that.