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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

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

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