Rundown the Street (19/05/13)

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Weird week. But don’t take my word for it – let’s go!

Nintendo Sweeps YouTube With Content ID Claims

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The biggest piece of news this week was definitely this. Nintendo has used their Partner status on YouTube to set Content ID matches for all of their content. Rather than taking the stuff down, however, the videos get ads placed on them, which will pay money to Nintendo. When asked for a statement, Nintendo painted themselves as the good guy, saying that they chose to do this to make sure their content is shared in a responsible manner and chose to not take down the videos unlike many other companies so people would still have the ability to share this content.

This immediately caused uproar that was practically solely driven by Let’s Players who rely on income from ads to pay their bills. John “TotalBiscuit” Bain, the Cynical Brit, has additionally revealed that The Game Station, the network he works for, believes that Nintendo did not intend anything malicious with this move and simply does not understand the market, so they have contacted Nintendo and hope to assist them with finding a strategy that actually succeeds at what they intend to do.

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It is pretty much unanimous on the internet that Nintendo either has the right to do what they’ve done or falls under a legal grey area not covered by the law with this move, and I have to agree. This content could fall under fair use, but there’s a good reason that’s decided on a case-by-case basis. Additionally, I have to agree with TGS’s stance that Nintendo did not do this out of malice – it is highly likely that they do, in fact, simply not understand, given several of their other recent moves (i.e. the 3DS and Wii U launches) that show spotty understanding at best that cause them trouble that they end up having to clean up later.

I believe it’s rather ridiculous that people complain now that Nintendo chooses to enforce their rights, which are parroted by YouTube’s terms of service, people complain, when several other gaming companies have done the same thing except taking videos down and have gotten no ire from anyone. However, this may indeed cause problems with fans scared to share content. I had initially planned to state a longer opinion on this, but I believe that should wait until more information is available, specifically Nintendo’s reaction to The Game Station’s attempts to contact them.

What I will say, however, is that the problem would not exist had these people asked for Nintendo’s permission to begin with.

Some Other Stuff

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  • There was a Nintendo Direct on the 17th. While few new things were announced, among them were a physical release for Super Luigi U, a new Mario & Sonic game for the 2014 Winter Olympics, and a new game exclusively for 3DS and Wii U, tentatively named Sonic: Lost World, which is part of a new partnership with Sega.
  • Ubisoft has stated that they’re working on a prototype for a new ZombiU-like game, perhaps a sequel.
  • The launch price for the nVidia Shield will be $350, and the streaming option will only be in beta at launch.
  • One member o the press has note that the Vita’s E3 presence will be “surprisingly big” this year.
  • EA has announced that they will stop releasing online passes with their games. Additionally, they have confirmed that they have no games planned for the Wii U at this time.
    • While we’re on the subject of EA, EA studio DICE has opened a studio specifically for the development of Star Wars video games.
  • Trademarks for “Shaqfighter” have been filed, perhaps as a follow-up to the memetic Shaq-Fu.
  • An anime adaptation of the fighting game series known as BlazBlue has been announced.
  • Tales of Symphonia will be ported to PS3, bundled with its sequel, in HD and called a “Perfect Edition”.
  • Viz Media has confirmed that they have the rights to the Accel World video games.
  • An independent study has revealed that video game piracy levels are far lower than reported by industry bodies.
  • The anime adaptation of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU has been confirmed as covering all of the light novels in the series available to date.
  • Ace Attorney 5‘s official English name will be Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, and will be released internationally as a download-only release. When asked, a Capcom representative cited the series’ insufficient sales and noted that, if they simply said they would not release it, people would be begging for at least a digital release, so they decided to skip a step for them. Edgeworth (who’s now head prosecutor and wears glasses) and Trucy will be appearing, as well. More characters were also revealed.
  • The World God Only Knows‘ third season of its anime adaptation will jump to the manga’s goddess arc. While the choice to develop the high-quality content is sound, this results in skipping half of the series between seasons 2 and 3. There are ways to handle this, but only time will tell if they will.
  • Warner Bros. have now officially announced Scribblenauts Unmasked, which is Scribblenauts with DC superheroes.
  • Valve has greenlit more titles for Steam. Those are: Bleed, Game Dev Tycoon, The Legend, Legends of Eisenwald, RIOT and Stardew Valley.