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SOPA Blackout Over, The Fight Is Not

Gamers,

If you were paying attention we left the blackout up for an extra day. I apologize for that, but we felt we needed to make a statement. Please remember that if SOPA/PIPA or anything like them pass it would destroy independent game video creation like all of your productions. The wording of the legislation would allow the owners of a game to complain about any use of the games clips in a production for profit or not. That means no more tutorials, walkthroughs, reviews, esports videos, frag videos, warcraft movies, machinima, game music videos, raid videos, leaked beta footage, or even live streaming footage of game casts.

To me this is absurd. It’s like Hollywood studios paying to license the way a couch looks, a certain car model, etc.. No, in fact many companies pay to have their things used, clothes worn and cars driven in movies and tv shows because it drives recognition of the product. So too should video game developers realize that productions like Red vs. Blue drive recognition of the video game itself to a far wider audience than a simple game trailer, a review on IGN, or even a write up in the New York Times could do.

The games themselves should not be pirated, not be illegally sold or distributed. That’s a no brainer that even the dirtiest of downloaders can agree on. However, when a video is created by a gamer using a video game it is the talent and the creativity of that gamer that makes the video what it is, that transforms it from just another video game moment to something exciting, interesting or mind-blowing. It is the gamers movements, voiceovers, special effects and editing that make a great machinima video what it is and all of that will be lost, the artform destroyed if SOPA/PIPA pass.

Do your part and stop using the following websites owned by the major media companies that want to censor you, complain to the Entertainment Sofware Association and refused to purchase their games brand new, instead use STEAM or go to a local used music/game store.

  • GameTrailers (Viacom)
  • G4TV (NBC Universal)
  • IGN (News Corp)
  • GameSpot (CBS)
  • GameSpy (News Corp)
  • Team Xbox (News Corp)
  • FilePlanet (News Corp)
  • What They Play (News Corp)
  • BattleField Heroes (News Corp)
  • Addicting Games (Viacom)

Filed under: Philosophy, Updates

The Blackout Begins

We are now dark as of 12:05am Wednesday January 18th. The blackout will remain for 24 hours.

Visit gamerstube.com for a list of gaming websites opposing and supporting SOPA and PIPA.

Filed under: Updates

We’re Shutting Down To Protest SOPA, Support Reddit

On January 18th users will not be able to access the website to do anything. We will block access to watching videos, uploading videos, commenting, logging in and editing your profile.

We are doing this to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PIPA legislation currently being reviewed in the U.S. Congress. Reddit announced their blackout on January 10th and immediately GamersTube’s founder committed our participation. Now, that participation is solidified and we’ve decided to use the day to highlight video game websites and companies that are supporting SOPA including Nintendo, Sony, GameTrailers.com and others. Other major websites that are not owned by major media corporations are considering joining the protest as well by blacking out their websites and services including internet giant Google.

SOPA/PIPA has the potential to do severe damage to gamer produced videos such as tutorials, walkthroughs, fan trailers, skill videos and other machinima. Since 2007 we have supported the fair use rights of gamer created video content. If you own a video gaming website please join us, join Reddit and join the internet in protesting this disasterous bills by taking your website offline for 12 hours on January 18th.

more at Reddit’s blog: http://blog.reddit.com/2012/01/stopped-they-must-be-on-this-all.html

Filed under: Updates

10 Gifts Gamers Wanted for Christmas This Year

Did you wake up Christmas morning bright and early and run downstairs to find a bunch of clothes and off brand toys? You’re not alone. Every year millions of gamers carefully make their wish list and it gets thrown out by parents, wives and girlfriends for more traditional gifts like a neck tie, socks and a box full of “hot tires” knock off cars.

Here is a list of 10 gifts that Gamers were probably hoping to see under the tree this year.


(view in fullscreen for best reading)

Filed under: Updates

Google Attacking Us & Our Users Again

It seems Google just can’t get enough of squashing small competition to YouTube at every possible chance. From the meteoric rise of their video hosting service during each and every one of the “Panda” updates to deleting our blog a day after we announced that we would allow users to earn money on their videos through Google’s own Adsense system, big G is doing everything in their immense power to keep the video market as fragmented as possible to keep YouTube on top.

When the blog was erased we were not told anything, even when Google’s Matt Cutts tweeted me directly asking what the blog was that was deleted there was nothing but silence. That was the entire reason we moved to WordPress. After our move I discovered that Google’s Blogger kept up a blog that literally scrapes us and posts content. And now, apparently Google has stopped serving ads on our website completely.

According to our own Adsense reports as of November 26th, 2011 there is absolutely zero data in our account for ad impressions. There is absolutely no notifications about any issues on the login and there was nothing emailed. I spent the last few days trying to figure out what we had done wrong to break the ad code following Google’s troubleshooting and yet I see no issues with the code running.

That leaves one simple option left. Someone at Google’s Adsense decided to stop serving ads on our website and not say why. This is common place in Google’s world, as in our infancy we were once told that Google had different policies for YouTube advertising than for every other video website on the planet.

I am still working around the clock to get this fixed so your videos can get back to earning money. Hopefully this is not something that was done on purpose and is an accident that Google can clear up if/when I can ever contact someone.

Filed under: Updates

New Channel: Minecraft

Just a quick note to let everyone know that we have created a new video Channel specifically for Minecraft videos. Currently the channel is kinda empty.  So go start building, beating Creeps and making videos.

Then upload your creations to the Minecraft Videos channel

Filed under: New Features

Announcing GamersTube Store

Didn’t you need another place to buy gamer stuff online? No? Well suck it up anyways noob.

Announcing the GamersTube Store. We’ll be highlighting cool stuff to buy from our partners, affiliates and things we just think are awesome. The store is pretty empty right now, but we’ll be jamming it with more stuff than a Thanksgiving turkey here soon.

For now check out ventrilo hosting from our partners at Nation Voice. Make sure to stay tuned for new deals on, games, consoles, hardware, servers and accessories.

Filed under: Updates

Embracing Alternative Music Videos – A Letter to the Music Industry / Indie Artists

I remember watching an MTV special in the late 90’s, ya know just as they were killing music videos, about how much money a top-10 pop song’s video cost to make. I then remember thinking about the overwhelming price tag and how small artists are virtually shut out of the ability to make a good video. Not that it matters within the next 5 years MTV had all but made music videos a thing of the past on their flagship brand and launched MTV2 where videos also suffered a horrendous death to reality t.v.

Then came ebaumsworld, and eventually YouTube and now their partnership brand “Vevo” which showcases many of the top artists music videos and a handful of lesser known artists as well. The partnership has garnered huge success, in terms of views, by top artists with mega-budget videos such as Beyonce’s “Run the World” now at over 73 million views.

So here we are, the most advanced society ever to inhabit the earth and yet johnny guitarist still has to resort to making videos on his webcam and hope that his bland white wall bedroom is the perfect backdrop to showcase his talents to viewers. Most of the time it’s not.

That brings me to the point of this letter, Alternative Music Videos. An alternative music video is one created outside of the control of the artist, producer, label or anyone set to directly benefit from the sale of the artists music. There are thousands of adoring fans that constantly make these videos to help spread the love of their favorite artists and songs. Unfortunately, just like in 1999, the industry more or less rails against these creative outlets and has videos constantly removed from websites in order to “protect their copyright” but what’s the difference? If you are allowing a video of your music to be online then why complain when a fan makes a video using video game footage (called game music videos), still images, motion graphics, karaoke scenes, sports footage or anything else they come up with? Are you scared that your $250,000 video will get shown up online?

Indie artists, for you this should be a no brainer. Encouraging your fans to spread your music can land you a record deal, or if you’re not the selling out type it could land you many more listeners and more importantly higher sales.

Blink 182 and Tech N9ne seem to be the only artists on the planet that get it. Tech N9ne has had a long standing ideology of allowing his fans to do what they want with his music, even swap it on P2P networks and that seems to be working for the veteran rapper as he is a sought after concert still today. That philosophy has seen his fans make their own versions of videos for tracks like his “Einstein” pushing 4 million views right now. Recently Blink 182 released a music video for their first new single since the band got back together and made the video using clips from videos that fans had made with Blink 182 songs and uploaded to the internet. In 12 days that video has gotten 275,000 views, an audio only version uploaded a month ago has gotten 1.6 million views in 31 days. The fan video is averaging about 23,000 views per day while the older and first video with only audio averages around 55,000 views per day. I can’t tell you if the same viewers watched each, or if people (like me) only heard of the second video because of the news around it, but it shows some demand for user generated videos.

Consumers today are sharing their likes and dislikes with similar minded consumers in much richer and fuller ways, such as fan artwork, fan videos and other things. Your options are only to utilize these new avenues and encourage your fans to share or to abandon them.

Let’s update copyright law to allow fair usage for fan created alternative music videos that are not overly graphic/adult in nature granting the copyright holder greater market awareness and allowing the fans to promote their favorite artists using their own creativity. Of course there needs to be stipulations:

  • The video can not be for a business, movie, tv show etc.. as those entities should license the music
  • musician should be credited with name and track name in the video and in any text description accompanying the video.
  • creators benefits from the video limited to contest winnings, donations
  • copyright holder can still request take down if video is: vulgar, lewd, graphic or adult in nature

With all of that said GamersTube will begin sending out a monthly(ish) Game Music Video newsletter to inform GMV creators of bands/artists that are looking for or are open to an alternate music video to be created for a track. Just supply us the credentials required (artist, label, song, album, genre) and we’ll send it out to our over 20,000 registered users.

Email us at: musicvideos@gamerstube.com

Check out Game Music Videos our users have created: GMV’s on GamersTube

Filed under: Philosophy

Making Money With Game Videos / Trailers

Do you enjoy making videos? or maybe you have access to some great game trailers? Can’t seem to break the 1 million view on YouTube or maybe they just aren’t inviting you to be a partner?

At GamersTube every video has the chance to earn money. It’s so super-easy to get started even the biggest n00b can do it! Just follow these steps:

1. Login to the website

login to gamerstube.com

 

2. Click on the “Random Info” tab in your user area

random info tab on gamerstube

 

3. Enter your Google Adsense Publisher ID and click on the “Update” button

enter your google adsense publisher id

 

4. HOLY PAC-MAN!! That was EASY. Now your all set to start making $$ every time your video is viewed.

and now you're making money with gamerstube and google adsense!

Filed under: New Features

Google’s Blogger Sucks, Now on WordPress

Google deleted our blog on Blogger / Blogspot without warning and claimed it was a ‘spam’ blog. Oddly enough this was immediately after we launched Revenue Giving 2.0, a program for gamers / video producers to earn money directly on our website. After several complaints and even a twitter discussion with Matt Cutts that ended after he didnt reply for weeks we decided to simply start the blog over and are examining whether or not it’s necessary to file an official complaint with the FTC for what appears to be blatant anti-competitive practices.

With all of that said welcome to the new “Loading” blog, our official communication channel.

 

Oh and you should start searching for Game Trailers and Game Videos on Bing now =D

 

Filed under: Updates