Let’s bookend the week with another YouTube themed entry into our Best of the Interweb series. I don’t know if you’ve noticed but both Jackie and I are gamers. Granted, only one of us is gaming on a now current-gen console but… at least I have a PC?
Now, we’ve looked at the best of Yahtzee Croshaw’s Zero Punctuation in the past. If I was to name the best game reviewer on YouTube, that would have to be Angry Joe and his titular Angry Joe Show. Joe has over one million subscribers and his Angry Reviews routinely get over one million views. So for today’s best of the interweb, we have Angry Joe’s ten most popular Angry Reviews.
It’s been a while since we’ve done a best of the interweb post so I thought that I’d make up for it today. If you’re a fan of movies or frequently watch YouTube, you know the work of Honest Trailers. We’ve featured them on the blog more than a few times over the last few years. So today, the Best of the Interweb gives Honest Trailers with their own post. It’s the ten best episodes of Honest Trailers based on the number of YouTube likes they’ve received.
I’ve never made it a secret that I’m a big fan of the OSW Review podcast. It features three self-described racist Irishmen, Jay, Steve (V1) and Steve (Mr. OOC), as the chronologically critique wrestling storylines pay-per-view by pay-per-view.
Having looked at the Hulkamania era of WWF and the David Arquette era in WCW, the boys’ most recent chronological critique looks at the rise, fall, rebirth and subsequent final death of ECW and WWECW. What was supposed to be a four-part ECW retrospective ended up becoming a six-part ECW saga.
Since the final part of OSW’s ECW saga drops today, you can catch up with the first five parts provided that you can spare nine hours to catch up on all five episodes.
Even if it didn’t seem like a slow end of the news week, this would be a big headline. At VidCon last night, YouTube announced that the internet’s biggest video site will soon be adding support for videos that will play back at 48 and 60 frames per second.
Not only are YouTube content creators having to deal with a massive change to the networking system that will affect their ability to make money, but YouTube made a massive sweep of videos in a content matching check that caused a lot of YouTubers to lose the monetization rights to many videos.
YouTube’s content ID system is fairly indiscriminate. If it finds content that matches copyrighted content in their data base, the monetization rights revert to the original creator. The problem is that it makes no provisions for fair use and the dispute system is often considered as non-existent.
But rather than rehash this week’s column about YouTube on monetization, this detailed explanation of YouTube content matching, monetization and the implications of the current system by Force of Force Strategy Gaming does a much better job than I ever could.
Since we cover games fairly frequently on this blog and since the most subscribed channel on YouTube is the games channel of PewDiePie, I thought it would be fun to find out how much the top YouTubers make. Fortunately, we have this handy infographic that estimates how much YouTube’s top earners make from ads.
Nintendo has always had this reputation as a friendly sort of company. Their big anchor franchises aren’t M-rated shooters but family-friendly adventure and platformer games that appeal to all ages. Nintendo of America boss Reggie Fils-Aime’s public appearances show him as a charismatic and knowledgeable leader of the video game industry. They’re the little underdog up against the power of conglomerates like Sony and Microsoft.
Yet, Nintendo has been on the back foot lately. The terrible results of the Wii U launch has put Nintendo on the back foot and now they’re trying anything to reverse course. Unfortunately, their latest move has struck a nerve with gamers online. Nintendo is targeting “let’s play” videos on YouTube and making copyright claims so they can scoop the ad revenue from the videos.