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YouTuber Reminds Fans How Much Fake Donations Can Hurt

Illustration by Jim Cooke In a heated video yesterday, professional streamer and YouTuber Desmond Etika Amofah issued a warning against against viewers who “fuck with me, fuck with my money, or fuck with my life.” Amofah, a big personality in the Nintendo community, displayed five recent donations to his Twitch stream, each in quantities of $50 or $100. Then, he showed five corresponding disputes against those charges in his Paypal account. The viewer had demanded back the money they donated, and in the process, slammed Amofah with a hundred bucks in processing fees. “For content creators like myself and many others who suffer from a problem like this, it also fucks up our lives since everything I do is through PayPal,” Amofah said. “Chargebacks,” as they’re called, are requests for credit card companies to refund money given to someone through an apparently fraudulent transaction. Over the last few years, streamers, whose livings are often built on PayPal transactions, have become increasingly frustrated as trolls or viewers weaponize chargebacks against them. Maybe a viewer wants a shout-out after giving a streamer big money, but can’t afford it. Or maybe some jerk just wants to piss off a streamer by forcing them…

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YouTube for PSVR Gets an Update, Brings Playback Enhancements and Stability Improvements

If you’re one of the many people who use YouTube with your PlayStation VR, you should see an app update kick in once you boot it up today. According to the PSVR subreddit, the update is v2.03 and adds stability improvements. Version 2.03 – Playback enhancements for “PlayStation VR”. General performance and stability improvements” Unfortunately, Reddit user “piggyhero” states that YouTube on PSVR is still stuck at 1440p max resolution, and that the update doesn’t seem to add any significant change. If you’ve downloaded the update and tested it out on PSVR, let us know if there’s anything you noticed that changed or got tweaked, alright? In other PSVR news, prepare to be the wallcrawler as the Spider-Man: Homecoming VR Experience is swinging to PSVR this June 30 for free! [Source: PSVR Reddit] READ FULL STORY AT PLAYSTATIONLIFESTYLE!

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How to Find Almost Anything on YouTube

Image: Gizmodo The number of views YouTube videos get in a single day is up to the billions now, with hundreds of hours of new content uploaded every minute, versus the month it would take twelve years ago when YouTube launched. Searching through that deluge of video can be harder than searching the entire web, so here’s a helpful guide to find that weird Wonder Woman video you found in 2007 that you can’t stop thinking about, but haven’t seen since—provided its still on Youtube. The search basics Image: Screenshot You can’t miss the YouTube search box, up there at the top of every page, but you can miss the filters that appear on the results page. They cover upload time, result type, video duration, and video quality, and they’re particularly handy when you want to find the latest clips in a sea of content—set the filters to today or even the last hour if you’re looking for a movie trailer that’s just launched and trying to avoid all the vlogs from two weeks ago filmed in anticipation of that trailer. To save a video for later without leaving the results page, open the overflow menu READ FULL STORY AT…

Fake GTA VI Videos Are Racking Up Millions Of Views On YouTube

GTA V was released nearly five years ago, which means that folks are waiting for news of a follow-up. GTA Youtubers are more than happy to provide the scoop, even if it means making it all up. It’s not a new phenomenon, but it is an enduring one. For at least two years, a number of Youtubers uploaded a number of videos claiming to have new information about GTA VI. One Youtuber, Sonymouse, uploaded gameplay from Driver: San Francisco and claimed it was a trailer for GTA VI. That video went on to accrue over 23 million views, twice as many views as the official GTA V trailer on Rockstar’s Youtube channel. It’s wild. It’s bullshit, of course. And yet, this YouTuber is not alone. Lots of people claim to have footage of GTA VI, or say they somehow have a copy of a game that does not exist. At least some of these videos end with the “reveal” that it’s all fake, or pretend they were a part of a joke. But by then, it doesn’t matter. They get clicks thanks to the thumbnails and titles. As you can see, many of these videos have hundreds of thousands of…

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The YouTuber Trying To Introduce Hearthstone Players To Poetry

GIF For some, the soothing dulcet tones of Bob Ross is a great way to unwind after a bad dose of Hearthstone RNG. For others, a stiff drink. But one YouTuber has another idea: poetry. The project, called “Life on Hearthstone”, started out year ago. It starts out as a vignette about playing Hearthstone: picking a deck you just created, enjoying a drink while you wait for a match, sitting on top of the skill curve, being perfectly average, overthinking decisions. James Ward, who animated and narrated the video, based it off his own experiences. But underneath the soft, almost hushed tones of Ward’s voice, is a deeper meaning. It’s not actually about Hearthstone, at least not if you listen closely. “It’s like Mel Blanc dodging studio censors,” Ward explains, saying that the key is to be relatable as possible. By outlining experiences and tales that everyone has had while playing Hearthstone at some stage, viewers have something to connect to – which opens the door for connecting them to deeper issues, like anger, depression, and misery. “If I get too arty, people will run,” he said, “but it can’t be inane or there’s no teeth READ FULL STORY AT…

YouTube Live at E3 Expands to Two Days, Will Stream in 4K Ultra HD

[embedded content] YouTube will once again be at E3 this year with its “Live at E3” live-streaming coverage of the annual expo. And this year, the platform is not only expanding its coverage of the event to two days but it will also broadcast the event for the first time in 4K Ultra HD as part of a new partnership deal with The Game Awards producer and host Geoff Keighley. Live at E3 this year will include live coverage of all the major press events at the expo such as Sony’s PlayStation Media Showcase as well as appearances from some of YouTube’s biggest creators in the gaming space such as AngryJoe, Ali-A, iJustine, MatPat, Nadeshot, Vikkstar, and more. Live at E3 Host and Executive Producer Geoff Keighley had this to say about the announcement: E3 is a huge moment for everyone who plays videogames, and YouTube is the biggest video platform for gaming in the world. This year we are doubling down: We’re building a brand-new studio, expanding to two days of coverage, and broadcasting live in 4K Ultra HD for the first time. What won’t change, however, is our focus on delivering the best quality content and giving YouTube’s…

YouTube Video Sparks Debate About Relabeling Vintage Cartridges

A YouTube video about relabeling cartridge games opens up a whole can of worms on the ethics of how to restore old, worn-down video games. The 8-bit Guy, a hobbyist retro game collector, released a video yesterday detailing his methods for restoring and relabeling old cartridges he’s bought. Being a hobbyist, he documents his experiments with different methods of printing and adhesives. Specifically, he redrew the labels from scratch, removed the old label and then applied a new one. It’s an interesting watch, but the comments section has turned into a polite, if very passionate, conversation about whether or not he should have replaced the labels, especially in the way that he did. “When I do these restoration videos, there’s always someone in the comments complaining that I should have left it the way it was,” he says in the video. “Even when you look at classic cars, is it wrong to take an old rusty classic car from the 1950s and repaint it so it looks new?” He also compares this process to caring for old coins, saying that some people prefer to keep them tarnished, while other prefer to clean them. “Ultimately what it comes down is that…

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YouTuber Mods The Last Of Us To Play As Tess Instead Of Joel

Ever wondered what The Last of Us would be like if Joel died instead of Tess? One YouTuber has the answer. On May 10th,YouTuber Freako released a video showing off using different NPCs as Joel replacements. While some of them, like Marlene, he couldn’t get to work properly, others, like Tommy and Tess, worked perfectly. Tess’s hair physics works, as well as her grunts, and she looks pretty natural with Joel’s animations. He mentions in the video that Tess even works in the story, although he’s just loading NPCs into the test level for now. But you can’t just mention that Tess works in game without actually showing it. She’s a beloved character for The Last of Us fans. I certainly wish she hadn’t been killed off so early. Well, lucky for us, Freako made a mod where Tess takes Joel’s place as protagonist and Ellie’s surrogate parent: It’s a very polished offering—Freako says in the comments that he made at least one new texture for the video. While the mod isn’t available for download, I really wish it was. It would be impossible to replace Joel’s voice lines, sure, but there’s something really compelling about seeing READ FULL STORY…

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Five Battlegrounds Players You Should Watch On Twitch and YouTube

Battlegrounds is a huge game on Twitch and YouTube, and it’s easy to see why. The structure of the game is imbued with drama, which turns rounds into thrilling narratives of hard-won success or biting defeat. Here are a few of my favorite people to watch. Battlegrounds is a game of tension and release. It’s a battle royale game, where the goal is to eliminate all your the other players on the map. You land on the map, usually alone and with enough time to scavenge for supplies, and then the game puts up a border. If you’re outside it, you will lose health and die. As you journey inside that border, it’s equally likely that you will die, this time at the hands of you fellow players. Because of that structure, any moment can go from calm to the car scene from Children of Men. Virtually any video of people playing this game will be interesting to watch. On a whim this morning, I threw on the most watched streamer on Twitch playing Battlegrounds, CohhCarnage, and was drawn into the tension as he described his situation: he knew there were other players nearby, but the border READ FULL STORY…

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Wargaming Apologizes For Threatening YouTuber, Promises Change

The studio behind the massively successful game World of Tanks walked back their controversial actions against one of their former community YouTubers today. “We acted too quickly and over the line when we threatened to have YouTube remove SirFoch’s video through a copyright infringement complaint,” the company said in a statement. “And we are apologizing for that.” Now, Wargaming says they will not take copyright action against “opinions based on our publicly released content.” Wargaming’s about face follows several days of backlash against the gaming giant. Among the things the company apologized for today was its own prior statement on the matter, which had been supplied to Kotaku and other outlets on Friday. Advertisement This drama began on Friday following the release of a video by SirFoch, a “fanfluencer” who posted a critical video tearing down the Chrysler K Grand Finals premium tank and its $80 price tag. In it, SirFoch refers to Wargaming as “greedy fucks,” adding, “GG Wargaming and fuck you.” Citing his lack of decorum, a Wargaming rep booted SirFoch from the community contributor program and issued a copyright strike. On World of Tanks forums, the game’s community spoke out against READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Normally, A Competitive Pokémon Match Between These Top Players Wouldn't Happen

There are many ways to play competitive Pokémon, and each format has its own group of top players. These groups usually don’t cross paths, but YouTubers created an online league to remedy that. Last weekend, two elite trainers from the singles community took on their “doubles” counterparts in a clash of the titans. Joey “pokéaimMD” and “Lord Emvee” both have a respectable list of tournament wins and moments at the top of online ladders as singles players. Meanwhile, Wolfe Glick and Markus Stadter are both world-class doubles players who compete in the official tournament series, the Pokémon Video Game Championship. The former is the 2016 world champion while the latter finished third. Both pairs also happen to be best friends who joined the Multi-Battle League to stake their claim in a lesser-played competitive format. (Disclosure: I am an analyst for this league, meaning I participate in round-table discussions of the league and weekly match previews.) Unlike singles, players fight with two Pokémon on the field at a time in a multi-battle. Yet, unlike the doubles format, each side splits control of their team among two trainers. This forces players to, among other things, come to agreements on team-building and in-game…

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Negative World Of Tanks Video Gets Taken Down After Developer Threatens Copyright Claim

A prominent World of Tanks Youtuber removed a video criticizing one of the game’s latest additions after its developer, Wargaming, threatened a copyright strike against it if he refused. “Fuck Wargaming, fuck their terrible way of making these premium tanks lately, and fuck this premium tank in particular,” said SirFoch in a video uploaded to his Youtube channel after the Chrysler K Grand Finals premium tank was added to the game this week. He argued that the tank was unrealistically strong and made that way on purpose in order to force players to spend more money. “[B]ut in the collision model, what do we have? No machine gun ports. Why? I don’t know ‘because how are we gonna make money if we don’t force everybody to spend premium ammo and buy premium tanks and buy fuck’n premium tank,’” SirFoch said. “We are greedy fucks at Wargaming, yay!” Advertisement “GG Wargaming and fuck you.” In the wake of the video attacking Wargaming for its perceived use of pay-to-win mechanics, a community manager at the company who goes by Zoltan “Ph3lan” Sipos contacted SirFoch over Discord. Ph3lan explained, according to screenshots of the READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Mr. Tired Media has released a brand-new battle system trailer for “Undead Darlings”

It’s been quite a while since I heard anything from Mr. Tired Media and their upcoming visual novel dungeon crawling RPG “Undead Darlings: No cure for love” (the game is said to be set for a release to Windows, MAC and Linux during Q1 or Q2 this year). In the matter of fact, the last time that I wrote about… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!

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Youtubers Life celebrates its 1st anniversary with a release on Google Play

Press release: Barcelona, Spain – May 18, 2017 – Today indie studio U-Play Online has announced the release of Youtubers Life on Android. Now you can become the greatest content creator ever either on Steam, iOS or Android devices. The regular app on Android, which contains the original Gaming Channel, costs $8.99. One Year Ago Today Youtubers Life, the first… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!