Over the last few weeks, a YouTube channel has been uploading a Let’s Play of a game called Petscop. On the surface, Petscop appears to be a peppy animal collecting game that was never officially released. Hiding underneath that, though, is a dark and fucked up game that references real-life child killings. Nobody can tell if Petscop is real, but it might not matter. The first episode, dated March 12th, sets the scene. In the footage, embedded above, a guy says he wants to show off a weird game. “This is just to prove to you that I’m not lying about this game that I found,” he says to an unknown recipient. As the game boots up, the title screen suggests it was created in 1997 by a studio named Garalina. (As far as I can tell, no such developer exists.) Advertisement Paul takes us through the game, which he says only has one finished level—to wit, he tries walking beyond the first area, but there’s nothing there. So he goes into the only available building, and he starts capturing bizarre-looking pets. You can immediately tell something is slightly off: the game warns you that the pets are scared for…
Back in 2010, beatboxer Hikakin went viral with his version of the Super Mario Bros. theme. Since then, he’s gone on to become one of Japan’s biggest YouTubers. And this month, he’s getting a manga in Weekly Shonen Jump. In the above clip from 2014, you can see how he went from a beatboxing super market employee to one of the biggest internet stars in the country. Drawn by Yuu Satou, the manga is a 42-page one-shot that apparently shows the reality of being a YouTuber. Advertisement Advertisement The blurb promoting the manga points out that among today’s kids in Japan, becoming a YouTuber is the third most popular profession. I wonder what number manga artist is… Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
GIF Breath of the Wild has a lot of NPCs. When YouTuber Nesis found out you could shove them, they decided to try pushing the minstrel bird Kass for a very long time. It turns out you don’t need to be aboard an United Airlines flight to get the crap knocked out of you in Hyrule. Advertisement You first find the blue-feathered character outside the Rito Stable pining for life back at his village. You can solve a bunch of riddles to get him to return or, in Nesis’ case, simply shove him across mountain paths, bridges, and valleys until he is safely returned to his home. As readers calculated based on the conversion rate for day and night cycles in Breath of the Wild, the entire project took the YouTuber about two hours. Nesis says they spent most of their time while shoving Kass watching Twitch. Thankfully for us, we can watch the time-laps version set to the F-Zero them. Now if only there were a speedrunning category for re-accommodating NPCs. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
GIF Artist Barak Hardley continues his annual tradition of painting a crap-ton of pop culture Easter eggs, and this year’s collection has a lot of laughs, a few tears, and punching a Nazi frog. Advertisement AWE Me recently shared a video of Hardley’s latest work, and it runs the gamut of everything crazy that happened this year. You’ve got David Pumpkins, the Best Picture Oscar fake-out, and the newest Spider-Man (complete with baby Captain America shield). I found it a little surprising that he chose to only paint Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad, instead of making the entire funky bunch Squad. Then again, he did the same with K-2SO from Rogue One, and I’d probably take any excuse to not paint Jared Leto’s Joker face on an egg myself. You can watch the video below, and see the rest of the eggs here. [Barak Hardley] READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
I (Robin Ek, TGG) had a feeling that the Youtube situation would become much worse after the Pewdiepie Disney aftermath “incident” (I’m going to cover the Pewdiepie, Polygon and Switch part shortly). As it gave me a really, really bad vibe of what’s coming up next. Well, I wasn’t wrong, because if you didn’t know it. Youtube has become a big mess thanks… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!
Illustration by Angelica Alzona Unique to the digital age is the video content creation industry, one where employees are “users” and employers are “platforms.” In it, workers aren’t owed squat. When there are tech issues, they can visit the support page. When there are platform updates, a lot of the time, the press knows first. Full-time YouTubers and Twitch streamers, workers whose livelihoods depend on these platforms, are weed-whacking their way through the nascent industry’s first labor issues. And while it’s a new industry, there’s one old, time-tried solution to users’ grievances: organization. Advertisement It might seem absurd to suggest that full-time YouTubers and Twitch streamers have it all that rough. After all, they make a living playing video games or filming make-up tutorials. But as we’ve seen on several occasions, by hitching their wagons to two giant corporations—YouTube and Twitch, and by extension, Google and Amazon—these video-makers are opening themselves up to all sorts of risk. On top of the 60-hour workweeks common among internet creators, and the myriad of problems we’ve seen stem from that, video platform companies can evade responsibility for their workers’ livelihoods with a simple sleight of hand—they’re providing a service, not a job opportunity….
A few years ago, YouTube opened the doors of its partnership program to everyone, which allowed any content creator on the platform to monetize their videos. But now it looks like YouTube is pulling back on that move a bit and will now be requiring channels to have at least 10,000 views across all their videos before they can begin monetizing them. According to the announcement on the company’s Creator Blog, the change is meant to combat impersonator channels that re-upload original content from other creators to try and earn free revenue from them. While not mentioned, the move could also be a response to the recent backlash the company has gotten from advertisers whose ads have been displayed alongside offensive content. “This new threshold gives us enough information to determine the validity of a channel. It also allows us to confirm if a channel is following our community guidelines and advertiser policies. By keeping the threshold to 10k views, we also ensure that there will be minimal impact on our aspiring creators.” YouTube is also implementing a new review process for new creators who apply for the platform’s partnership program. So when a new creator hits READ FULL STORY…
It’s been almost 30 years since Super Mario Bros. 3 released for the NES, but we’re still discovering secrets in 2017. In this case: glitch levels that happen to be hiding within SMB3. Advertisement Shesez runs Boundary Break, a YouTube show that’s kind of exactly what it sounds like. Using special tools and mods, Shesez peeks out and beyond the frames of what a game wants you to see. Turns out, many game worlds are held together or sprawl in surprising ways—and you can sometimes interact with that stuff. This time around Shesez tackled Super Mario Bros. 3, only to find that on World 2, certain icons act as level tiles—meaning that if you press on them, they’ll teleport you somewhere else. Sometimes, these tiles just make the game crash, or they’ll throw you into a Toad House, but sometimes, they’ll load a glitchy level. You can see this in action around 2:15 in the video below: These levels have all sorts of objects you can interact with, including secret doors that can send you back into the title screen. Pretty cool, huh? “The hair stood on the back of my READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Image: Christina Warren/Gizmodo Try as I might, I just can’t cut the cord. For more than five years, I’ve tried to wean myself off cable—for which I pay $140 a month—in favor of a streaming-only solution. I just cannot live on Hulu and Netflix alone. Is YouTube TV my savior? Advertisement I know that with my absurd cable package I’m spending a lot of extra money on channels I don’t watch, but so far, the streaming TV bundles from the likes of Sling TV, DirecTV Now, and PlayStation Vue each have major drawbacks. Sling TV is great in theory—offering access to local channels, ESPN, and other big networks for just $20 a month—but two years after its launch, it still has buffering issues when playing back popular programs. DirecTV Now has the best channel selection, but our early tests with the apps showed a buggy experience, and the introductory pricing that made it so attractive is now gone. PlayStation Vue is pretty good, but I don’t have a PlayStation and the PlayStation Vue apps could use some love. Now YouTube is in the live TV game with YouTube TV. For READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Yesterday, Atlus warned Persona 5 players that if they show gameplay footage after a certain point in the game, Atlus will go after their channels with copyright claims and strikes. While some streamers aren’t surprised by this policy, they’ve reacted with frustration at what they feel are measures that will negatively impact their channels. Advertisement Atlus USA posted a note to streamers on their website yesterday that implied that copyright strikes will be coming for anyone who streams Persona 5 past the in-game date of 7/7. They, in fact, “highly recommend” you don’t do this, in all caps. The game also blocks the Playstation 4’s native sharing features for videos and screencaps. The reaction from streamers was vocal, and very negative. Atlus has historically had a draconian approach to streaming and Let’s Plays. After the release of Persona 4: Dancing All Night, the developer would hit even very small channels with copyright strikes. Eliot Gardepe, who used to stream and do Let’s Plays with a friend, had his channel put out of commission for six months because of such a strike. Advertisement “Not too long READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Just recently I (Robin Ek, TGG) had the great pleasure to do an interview with elguitarTom (Tom has made tons of awesome game Metal covers and music videos on Youtube). So we talked about everything from Tom’s Youtube videos, Metal covers, Doom memories, to his thoughts on “Brutal Doom” and much more. So, with that said, please enjoy my interview… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!
Over the weekend a streamer finally beat Breath of the Wild, not realizing that the voice actor of her favorite character had been watching the whole time. Advertisement Haley Ojedi, who streams and makes gaming videos on her YouTube channel, didn’t think her subscribers would even be interested in her streaming the ending to Breath of the Wild, but after stumbling into the final boss, she decided to go live anyway. As she was fighting Calamity Ganon, her friend decided to tweet at Sean Chiplock, who voices Revali, Haley’s favorite character in the game. Ojedi’s friend invited Chiplock to watch the stream, and, to everyone’s surprise, he did. “I had been so consumed in the fight with Calamity Ganon that I didn’t even notice Sean had started to make comments in the live chat,” Ojedi told Kotaku. “It wasn’t until the end credits started rolling that Sean started to say who he was.” In the YouTube stream, when Ojedi realizes that Chiplock is actually in her chat, she puts her hand over her mouth and screams, “Oh my god!” She looks ecstatic, and she described the moment to Kotaku as “insane.” READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Since the beginning of this year, YouTube has found itself in the middle of ongoing controversy surrounding “inappropriate content” and “hate speech” on the website. The issue particularly gained prominence when PewDiePie was called out for what many considered an “anti-Semitic” joke on his channel, resulting in YouTube and Disney’s Maker Studios distancing themselves from the vlogger. Sometime later, YouTuber JonTron’s comments on immigration and other topics thrust the website back into limelight, resulting in Yooka-Laylee developer Playtonic removing his voice from the game. In the midst of the controversy, a number of multinational companies – including PepsiCo and Wal-Mart – pulled their advertisements from YouTube due to concerns that they were being displayed on videos and channels that contained objectionable content. Facing a potential loss of millions, YouTube had no option but to respond swiftly. A week ago, YouTube outlined some changes in its monetization policies, promising to crack down on hate speech and inappropriate content. Long story short, the process isn’t going smoothly. A plethora of YouTubers – high profile and small, both – have reported that they’re taking revenue hits as YouTube demonetized their videos without a warning. Kotaku has published an in-depth report with comments from quite a few vloggers READ…
Last week, big advertisers such as AT&T pulled ads from YouTube, in reaction to being matched with content that was deemed racist or inappropriate. YouTube has since said they are fine-tuning how people make money on YouTube in general, but content creators on the platform say their channels are being unfairly affected by changes they do not understand. Advertisement Figuring out how to make money consistently on YouTube is a bit of a struggle: while creators can get revenue from from ads, individual views don’t account for much money until they reach the hundreds of thousands. Making sure your videos can reliably have ads matched with them is essential for creators being able to have long term revenue. Six months ago, when YouTube introduced guidelines that outlined certain political content as inappropriate for monetization, creators like Philip DeFranco reacted with frustration, fearing their channels were over. More recently, YouTube announced new policies for monetization on March 20th, saying that they would be cracking down on hate speech, and introducing strong controls for advertisers to determine what videos their ads are displayed next to, among other things. Since then, YouTubers like Ethan READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!