Nintendo claims Let’s Play videos

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22 thoughts on “Nintendo claims Let’s Play videos

    The Third Reichu

    (September 14, 2017 - 1:59 am)

    what's the title


    (September 14, 2017 - 1:59 am)

    And a few years later that opening image would become a true story… Sad, sad times we're living in.


    (September 14, 2017 - 1:59 am)

    The problem with nintendos argument is that a video of a game cannot replace a game. Watching someone play a game and commentate is different from you buying and playing it yourself. This is why the argument for lets plays is so strong. Even if you record a multiple hour video of you beating the game in one sitting, it cannot replace a game, nor was there any illegal purchase of copyrighted material. Therefore there are no immediate grounds for copyright claims due to what you stated, but more importantly you are not taking into account the three other contributing factors in determining fair use. You are only considering one of the four (whether or not the lp detracts from the value of the content.). If we consider the entirety of section 107 of US copyright law and not just one part of it Nintendos case becomes more and more hopeless.


    (September 14, 2017 - 1:59 am)

    I usually watch lets plays after I have played the game or if it is a game that I have no intention of playing like skylanders it is overpriced and not even a good game.


    (September 14, 2017 - 1:59 am)

    I thought I'd hate the Dark Souls games and that they would be way too hard just based on their reputation. I watched some Let's Plays and realized that, no, it's something I would really like. I went out and bought all three games for my PC.

    FUCK FUCKTENDFUCK AND FUCKTENDO AND SUPPORT CONTENT CREATORS UNGRATEFUL FUCKTENDFUCK SHITTING ON THEIR FANS ????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????


    (September 14, 2017 - 1:59 am)

    I completely agree, Metro is awesome! I really liked the first part and the newer one was even better, go get it, it is worth it. It is like an a lot more immersive and interesting Fallout, that is cheaper and better.


    (September 14, 2017 - 1:59 am)

    Yeah it's poor logic for companies to want to remove Let's Play videos. It's not the same as posting movies. With a movie, you only watch it — which is why it's understandable why studios don't want their movies on YouTube. With a game, the main gratification is from playing the game. I guess some people get gratification from watching others, but it can't be the same level of gratification from playing it it. It's not the same experience. To me it has the affect of an advertisement. I don't look at a Let's Play video and think "Well I saw someone else play it, so I don't need to play it myself." First of all games are longer than movies and most people don't have the time to sit around to watch 15-20 hours of a gameplay. You see a few seconds or minutes of it and that's usually enough to decide whether you want the game or not. I purchased Just Cause 3 based on seeing a let's play video from watching about 5 minutes of gameplay.


    (September 14, 2017 - 1:59 am)

    dude u said that game was metro last light it looks good should i play the first one before that

    James Ewens

    (September 14, 2017 - 1:59 am)

    Hey, here's an idea: If you're afraid you'll have your gaming experience ruined by a lets play, don't watch the lets play! It's really that simple.

    Pewnice Dieassse

    (September 14, 2017 - 1:59 am)

    i bought half off my steam games from reviews on youtube


    (September 14, 2017 - 1:59 am)

    Just based on Let's Play vids I really want to play Mario Maker, so I might buy a Wii U because of the free advertising they get from Let's Play vids


    (September 14, 2017 - 1:59 am)

    Nintendo used to be awesome. Now they are greedy bastards

    Emperor Palpatine

    (September 14, 2017 - 1:59 am)

    Lol is is funny how any company is against free publicity. At the end of the day many game magazines show the entire game. I am flabbergasted by these companies attacking people who are helping to advertise their products. Let me tell you I have purchased a number of games based on videos I have seen on youtube. In fact I usually go on youtube to check out what people think and see the game for myself.

    Tiger's Wood

    (September 14, 2017 - 1:59 am)

    If you start a gaming channel that has let's plays on a variety of games (i.e. different company-owned games, including Nintendo), will Nintendo only try to monetize your Nintendo videos, or all of them?


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    (September 14, 2017 - 1:59 am)

    I watch lets plays' just so i know if it's worth buying.

    That Epic Doge

    (September 14, 2017 - 1:59 am)

    1 – Nintendo do this for all videos that have nintendo content. 60 seconds? Just like, 5 seconds out of a two hour video! ADADADAD No other company does this THIS way.

    2 – Sources for Microsoft and Sony sticking copyright claims on videos, otherwise all it is are disgruntled employees lashing out.


    (September 14, 2017 - 1:59 am)

    idiot -.-

    Teaven Sei

    (September 14, 2017 - 1:59 am)

    what about walkthroughs, how to, reviews, knowing if a game is good or bad. watching a game from beginning to end can not hurt it unless they find out it is a bad game. now a days you can't return a game for being bad you can only if it's broken, so basic you are wasting your money on a bad game. or if you;re stuck on a part that and don't know what to do where are the how to videos.

    Ernesto Mántaras

    (September 14, 2017 - 1:59 am)

    The thing with let's plays is that they're basically profiting out of the full game's content (minus interactivity, of course) without doing anything but playing. Reviews, essays and such require work be put into it, but with let's plays it's just recording the footage and playing, no editing and no work aside from setting up the video and audio recording, and then babbling on top of the gameplay. I think that, from that perspective, it's fair that developers profit (at least partially) from these type of videos.


    (September 14, 2017 - 1:59 am)

    One word: GameSocietyPimps

    I never had any problem sharing Sony content but then again I get shit for views…
    Anyway my understand is, I agree with the fact watching a full let's play takes away from the experience

    (I did it myself, I watched a full AC Unity let's play and then when I got the game it was Meh… but maybe the game itself is meh either way…)

    But anyway, I watched that Let's Play because I WANTED to, I wasn't forced or cajoled into watching it, so it all comes down the consumer himself. If he wants to ruin his own experience which he obviously will, then let him… The Youtuber shouldn't suffer for it, especially those Youtubers who do Let's plays with Tips, Tricks and great commentary (i.e.- GameSocieyPimps)

    I'd hate to see the bros at GameSocietyPimps get their nickels sucked out because they play the games, advertise them, recreate stories, make funny commentary and its just such a good time to watch that you even forget you're watching a Let's Play… It just becomes a whole new show.

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