I promised that it wouldn’t be more than a year until the next Question Corner. How does one week sound? Better, right?
To be fair though, as I mentioned in the last installment, I had a lot of questions to work with.from the very long hiatus of April 2014 until now, and this installment is pretty much going to finish off what I had remaining before I posted Issue #2. As far as the next issue is concerned…that wait is now up to you guys! I am pretty much out of questions now (aside from a few random ones I received since my return), so before Issue #4 is posted, I’ll need some more! Generally I’m going to go to about twenty questions before I post an issue, but if they are beefy questions with beefy answers, I’ll settle for around 15. If you want to submit a question, go to my Contact page and leave one. DO NOT POST A COMMENT! I WILL ONLY ANSWER QUESTIONS VIA THE CONTACT FORM!
And lastly, just a few reminders, don’t just leave questions about “What LPs are you going to do?” or “When will you do a Let’s Play of this game?” Those questions are honestly very repetitive and will generally have the same answer of, “Whenever I feel ready to LP the game,” or “whenever I get the game and feel ready to LP it.”
Q: “Did you ever own the NES?”
A: Unfortunately no, my only experience with the NES was through games that were ported to other systems, emulators and Virtual Console. I would have loved to own an NES, but therein lies the problem of….”If I had one, would it actually work anymore?”
Q: “Will you ever do an lp of super mario 3d land/world?”
A: For the former, if I can ever get my hands on the elusive 3DS capture card! For the latter, yeah, but after I do some of the other 3D Mario games first.
Q: “How come you only upload only one video per day?”
A: I think one upload per day is plenty when you really think about it. Most of my videos are in the 20-30 minute range, which is usually how long a typical TV show lasts. Try to think of my videos as that TV show you watch every day at a certain time. Although my upload times throughout the day are kind of inconsistent now. Regardless, I’ve never really been a fan of multiple videos per day anyway. In a way, it’s almost too much to ask of the viewer to watch more than one part, and one of my biggest peeves on Youtube is having so many videos on my subscription list, so why do the same to others?
Q: “Why do you upload widescreen games such as NSMBWii, NSMBU, and Kriby’s Epic Yarn in letterbox format instead of just widescreen?”
A: Back then, my capture device was not capable of widescreen. I recently updated to an Elgato HD Capture, which is capable of such feats, but that was the reason my videos were not in that format back in the day.
Q: “What is your opinion on the Crash Bandicoot series?”
A: For being games I have never owned, the series is fantastic! I would love to own the games some day because I had a lot of fun playing them at my friend’s houses.
Q: “Are you a brony?”
A: No, I am not a brony. I enjoy watching My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, but aside from watching new episodes when they come out, that’s as far as I go with the series. I have no intention of any of that other stuff that goes along with that show’s following.
Q: “Do you ever plan on playing Street Fighter 2 on SNES?”
A: Street Fighter 2 is actually a game I had some experience with when I was younger. My uncle had the game and I enjoyed playing it with him. Recently, when tackling the game for RetroAchievements though, my god did I struggle with it. I can’t really say I could do a playthrough of it unless I really get good at it and practice.
Q: “Will you continue the Metroid series, and how will you continue it on your channel?”
A: Yes, I plan on continuing Metroid because I do enjoy the series. I’ll tackle Fusion at some point, and I will go back to Metroid 1 for an NES marathon of some kind, and at some point I’ll even get to *gulp* Other M. I don’t have a lot of experience with the Prime games though and might need to get some practice with them before I step foot in that territory.
Q: “What are your thoughts on getting Geno (♥♪!?) into the Smash Bros. series?
A: As much as I love Super Mario RPG and as much as I love Geno as a character, I do not want to see him in Smash Bros., because I don’t think he has earned a place in that series yet. He is a one-game wonder that hasn’t really had a lot of influence on the world of Nintendo or the gaming world in general, which is what I think is absolutely necessary to be included in Smash Bros. in the first place. Some may argue, “Well, what about Dark Pit?” To that I say, “I AGREE! GET DARK PIT OUT OF THERE!” But yeah, no Geno for me yet! At least in my opinion.
Q: “What is your favourite piece of Kirby music?”
A: As a whole, I am completely in love with the Kirby’s Epic Yarn soundtrack. It’s one of the most beautiful pieces of music I’ve ever heard in a video game and is a soundtrack you should listen to when you get the chance. I also really like King Dedede’s theme and MetaKnight’s Revenge music from Kirby Superstar, alongside many of the Smash Bros. remixes.
Q: “Do you watch Epic Rap Battles? And if you do what is your favorite one?”
A: I don’t keep up with it, but I do watch some episodes if I am interested. My favorite one is Walter White vs. Rick Grimes because I am a fan of both Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead.
Q: “What’s the situation with monetizing Let’s Play videos on Youtube, particularly when it comes to legal issues of copyright?”
A: I knew I would get this question at some point, but anyway….the thing about Let’s Plays is that they fall under a very gray area. They aren’t illegal, but you’re still kind of in a position where you don’t own the content, so any gaming company can legally claim the videos as their own and leave you in the dust. That’s where a little thing known as “Fair Use” comes into play. Because you have your own commentary over the video, and because you are pretty much adopting your own style of playing the game, they can’t 100% claim the video as their own, because you did record, edit and change the video into your own product. In a way, you can almost think of Let’s Playing as a parody of a video game. Now, I’m obviously not a legal person, all of my knowledge just stems from what I’ve been told and what I’ve picked up over the past few years of doing this. Also, video game companies seem to have….different feelings towards this….so they aren’t all going to act or do the same things. From my experience, this is what I do; if I get a content claim…and usually the claims are content IDs and NOT COPYRIGHT STRIKES, I repeal the claim, explain that my video falls under the notion of “Fair Use” and how it does, and if the company rejects my repeal, I leave the video alone and let them get the ad revenue instead. Sometimes the company will accept my repeal and they leave it alone, letting me get the ad revenue, and if that’s the case, good, I won the battle. However, I don’t feel like I’m in a position to battle it further in court if they reject it. They do own the content after all and I’m just someone uploading videos to share my love of video games with my fans; my ultimate goal is not to make money here.
I’ve never gotten a copyright strike through this means (I have through other means, but not for what is relevant for this particular discussion), because I feel like video game companies are aware that this isn’t illegal. They are just trying to get their name attached to the video to let people know that they created the game. If the video is being monetized by the Youtuber, usually they step aside and let the Youtuber have it because at the end of the day, they are still getting exposure from it, and if they support the Youtuber, they know they can get more exposure from them through other games as well. This is not true with all video game developers though, especially with Nintendo, who I feel like doesn’t understand this yet. However, with that being said, I have over 2500 videos on my channel that are Nintendo-related content, and while I have gotten quite a few content-ID claims, I have never gotten a strike from them, so as far as legal matters are concerned, you should be fine. Being partnered with a company like Maker Studios, Curse, Machinima, etc. does help with that, because they are a brand that interacts with gaming companies, but being a part of Maker myself, know that you will still get content-ID claims regardless. Probably just not as frequent as other partners or non-partners. So my advice is; do not let any of that legal mumbo-jumbo scare you, and if it does come up, try to repeal the claim once by saying it’s Fair Use and/or parody, but if it doesn’t go through, leave that particular video alone and let them have their victory because it is such a gray area and there are still lots of things people don’t understand. But this is not something you should feel like you will be going to court for though.
Q: “Why don’t your projects have ‘End Dates’ on the website?”
A: I suppose that is something I could add in the future, but the reason why I haven’t (or didn’t when I started) is because for some projects, it’s hard to determine when they are going to end. For example, when I did Advance Wars 2, Fortune Street, and The Walking Dead Season 1, I knew I wasn’t going to do the entire thing at once. I had two sessions of Fortune Street, I had the War Room for Advance Wars, and I knew future seasons would be coming out for The Walking Dead, so at that point, you can’t really know WHEN that project would be ending. So that’s why I didn’t include the “End Date” yet. Like I said, I may add that in the future.
Q: “Y U SO EPIC?????”
A: Again, it’s the sunglasses
Q: “Will Star Fox 64 be in your future?”
A: For the channel I’m guessing? If so, yes, because I love Star Fox 64! I haven’t decided when yet. I think it’s because a part of me wants to do Star Fox for the SNES first, but I don’t have that game, plus I hear it’s very hard so……I dunno…I’ll figure it out!
Q: “Will more Advance Wars be in your future?”
A: Yes it will be, but I want to spend a little more time on Fire Emblem because as a strategy-game lover, especially of Intelligent Systems renditions, I honestly enjoy Fire Emblem way more than Advance Wars. It’s less stressful and less AI manipulation. However, I will be doing Advance Wars: Dual Strike at some point soon. But not before I do a few more Fire Emblem games first.
Q: “Will more Mega Man games be in your future (and not just of the classic series)?
A: I really enjoyed my playthroughs of the NES Mega Man games and I would like to do more of them; including the other variations of Mega Man like X, EXE, and Starforce. Only problem is….I don’t exactly have any of those games. But if I manage to obtain them somehow, I don’t see why not, unless I end up completely despising the games.
Q: “What capture device do you use?”
A: Right now I use an Elgato Game Capture HD. I was using a Dazzle Video Converter, but not anymore.
Q: “What is your favorite LP that you’ve done?”
A: My most enjoyable Let’s Play for me was The Simpsons: Hit and Run. That was the Let’s Play I did where I really felt like my channel was starting to take off and I started gaining subscribers like mad. It was really cool kind of living in that moment during that Let’s Play. Special mention to Donkey Kong 64 and The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask too for also being very entertaining projects at the time of recording them!
Q: “Any future plans for Mario Party DS and Island Tour?”
A: As soon as my 3DS capture card plans are permanent, I will gladly get to those games.
Q: “Who is your main character for Super Smash Bros. for Wii U?”
A: My main at this point is probably Ike. Overall he is just the character that is the easiest for me to use and the character I can feel like I can win with the most. I’ve been trying to pick up and get better with Shulk and Ganondorf as well.
Q: “How in the world did you meet FiyahKitteh?”
A: I met her through ShadowMarioXLI’s old chatroom back at the Blargg Pit back in 2011. After the website and CrystalStarStudio kind of fell apart in 2012, she reached out to me through Youtube and sent me a few messages. We exchanged skype information, got very close, and then we started dating for a few years. Although we are no longer dating, I still consider her one of my best and closest friends, and from her I’ve learned a lot about the world and myself. She is also one terrific Smite player!