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YouTube Community Being Criticized for Taking Cash From Publishers – Is It Really So Wrong? [New Data]

YouTube Money Publishers

Those who create “Let’s Play” videos or otherwise do video podcasting and video reviews of video games on YouTube are currently being criticized for taking money from video game publishers to do their work. In a survey in which YouTube producers were polled, over 25% of YouTube gaming personalities admitted to taking money. But hold the phone, aren’t these website which are reporting on this news also taking money from publishers in the form of ads that often come with specific censorship-like stipulations? Yep.

So let’s REALLY talk about this…

When is it okay and when is it not okay for publisher to pay video game publications or YouTube channels to talk about their game? I think the answer is pretty universal and obvious. Those who charge for Review content are definitely crossing a line which should never be crossed. Paying for a positive opinion that is being advertised as genuine and unbiased is wrong on the part of the publisher, who should have never offered such a deal to these medium or small websites / YouTube channels of various sizes, who are essentially starving artists to begin with. Larger websites, well… we all know they are pretty much corrupt as all power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. So we’ll just leave them out of this for now.

However, accepting money from publishers for things like advertising, doing Let’s Play gameplay videos with non-evaluative commentary meant to inform the masses shouldn’t really be criticized without first taking a look at the individual content. Additionally, there are sometimes terms given to what would otherwise be perfectly normal payment campaigns and instead turn into more of a gray area situation. One recent example of this was the Xbox ONE campaign in which YouTube channels were paid handsomely to provide footage of the games on Xbox ONE and videos about the console overall – yet no negative statements about the brand were allowed on videos that expected to receive this bonus incentive payment. Some major networks that were involved in this included Machinima (a massive network of YouTubers which openly admitted they took part in this, to a controversial response from the community).

But think about it for a minute. If you were offering to pay for videos to spread awareness of your product, would you pay for videos that bashed it too? I think not. And to those who claim that they shouldn’t be able to pay for videos at all, well that just seems rather stupid. This industry is a business that is practically ignored by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and therefore has virtually no regulations enforced from it. That’s why you’ll see websites like RealGamerNewz tell you at the bottom of each review just how many copies of a game we received to do the Review (as required by FTC regulations) but huge sites like IGN get away with not telling you anything about what they received for a review (which often includes money, tons of physical and digital copies, and swag such as branded clothing, keychains, USB keys, headsets, you name it. This is largely due to the fact that the video games industry is an emerging technology business and therefore a lot of legal stuff is hard to rationalize. In many cases the FTC regulations are outdated for a business so rapidly evolving thanks to technology.

This is only part of the story of course, but I figured rather than re-hashing the simple way of telling this story that other sites are doing – I decided to shed a little more light on this issue. It’s not so black and white as people would have you believe. In fact, there’s much more to this than just YouTubers, much more to this than just YouTube videos, and there are many unanswered questions this industry must face – like how long until the FTC actually enforces its regulations, and how many of its regulations need to be updated to actually make sense for the video games world? For now, take a minute to think about these things on a deeper level and if you’ve got a spare moment let us know what you think.

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Jon Ireson on 20140715 and was last modified on 20140715 .

12 Free PS3 Games (And 6 Vita Games) You Can Download Now w/ PlayStation Plus

PlayStation Plus PS4 PS3 Vita

With PlayStation 4 on the release in Europe and Australia today (as well as 2 weeks ago in the USA / Canada region, with Black Friday sales adding to the army) many gamers are learning about the benefits of the PlayStation Plus service now required to play multiplayer online games with the next-generation Sony PS4 console. One of those benefits is free games for the Vita, PS3, and PS4.

There are currently two PS4 games being offered for free: Res0gun and Contrast. Everybody pretty much knows that. There are still 6 PlayStation Vita games available for download as well.

(If you aren’t signed up yet, here’s how to get A YEAR OF FREE PS+ GAMES for $30)

But what many may be forgetting (and Sony has so kindly reminded us) is that there are exactly 12 PlayStation 3 games available for free download at this point in time via PlayStation Plus. Grab them now as some may no longer be available to download at the end of the year since they’ve already been up for months. Here is the full list of PS3 and Vita games available to download free below:

Free PlayStation 3 Games on PS+

  1. Uncharted 3 Single Player
  2. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen
  3. LittleBigPlanet Karting
  4. Shadow of the Colossus
  5. XCOM: Enemy Unknown
  6. Binary Domain (our review here)
  7. Ibb & Obb (our review here)
  8. Poker Night 2
  9. ICO
  10. Bit.Trip Runner 2
  11. Star Wars Pinball
  12. Galaga Legions DX

Free PS Vita Games on PS+

  1. Hotline Miami (our review here)
  2. Uncharted: Golden Abyss
  3. Wipeout 2048
  4. Soul Sacrifice
  5. Oddworld: Strangers Wrath HD
  6. Gravity Rush

PlayStation Plus Christmas

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Jon Ireson on 20131129 and was last modified on 20131129 .

Media Review Scores Being Bought By Publishers [RGN Podcast]

In the latest RGN Podcast from the crew over here at RealGamerNewz you will hear Tristan Werbe (Deputy Editor of RealGamerNewz.com) joined by myself and Da Shredder as well as a new guest to discuss the media’s review scores being bought out by publishers which could explain the latest stream of poor review scores for titles that many are finding to be decent or even great games. The many other factors involved in reviewing a game are also discussed in addition to some talk about Defiance and Star Trek as well as the latest version of Super Mario Crossover heading to the PC gaming community.

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Jon Ireson on 20130501 and was last modified on 20130501 .

Rockstar Announces Paid DLC for Max Payne 3… Before It’s Even Out

Max Payne 3 Paid DLC Before Release

Max Payne is a franchise name that jumpstarts the fondest of fond memories for Action / Shooter gameplay fans who were lucky enough to have experienced this primarily PC and PlayStation 2 gem. Considered to hold the potential to live up to the classic by many, the third installment of Max Payne is headed to release May 15, 2012.

It is also potential, however, that Rockstar Games has decided to announce waves of Downloadable Content for the game (some of which is of course, paid DLC) before the game even releases.

Until the fans of gaming giants like Rockstar games react to announcements like this they will continue to be considered acceptable. Right now the community seems to be divided on this issue with many gamers turning a blind eye and apathetic shrug of the shoulders to the whole situation while others are up in arms about it.

Max Payne 3 Bullet Time Gameplay

Check out the full press release after the Bullet Time Gameplay Trailer below for all the information released by Rockstar today:


“NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Rockstar Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), is happy to announce downloadable content plans for the upcoming cinematic action-shooter, Max Payne 3, including a new Rockstar DLC Pass. New multiplayer maps, modes, bursts, items, playable characters, challenges and more will be available to purchase in the coming months on the Xbox LIVE® online entertainment network, PlayStation® Network for the PlayStation® 3 computer entertainment system, and PC.

“We intend to support the Max Payne community with new and innovative content well into the future.”

“The story of Max Payne 3 begins in the single-player game and crosses over into the deepest multiplayer experience we’ve ever created,” said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. “We intend to support the Max Payne community with new and innovative content well into the future.”

The first Max Payne 3 map pack arrives in June 2012. Dubbed “Local Justice,” the Map Pack includes the Police Precinct map for Gang Wars, Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Payne Killer multiplayer modes. The pack will also feature two additional maps for Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and Payne Killer, new precinct-themed multiplayer avatar items, multiplayer challenges, and more.

Beginning today, players can pre-order the Max Payne 3 Rockstar DLC Pass for Xbox LIVE and the PlayStation Network from Best Buy and GameStop in the United States and directly from the PlayStation Network. The Rockstar DLC Pass grants access to all upcomingMax Payne 3 downloadable content and is available for 2400 Microsoft Points (Xbox LIVE), or $29.99 (PlayStation Network and PC) – over a 35% discount compared to purchasing the content individually. Once purchased, the Rockstar DLC Pass enables gamers to download all DLC releasing through the end of 2012, as it is made available on Xbox LIVE, PlayStation Network, and PC.

Featuring cutting edge shooting mechanics for precision gunplay, advanced new Bullet Time® and Shootdodge™ effects, full integration of Natural Motion’s Euphoria Character Behavior system for lifelike movement and a dark and twisted story, Max Payne 3 is a seamless, highly detailed, cinematic experience from Rockstar Games.

Below is the release schedule for upcoming downloadable content packs. Additional packs including the release of all digital pre-order incentives will be revealed at a later date:

June 2012

  • Local Justice Map Pack

Summer 2012

  • Disorganized Crime Map Pack
  • Deathmatch Made In Heaven Mode Pack
  • Hostage Negotiation Map Pack
  • New York Minute Co-Op Pack

Fall 2012

  • Painful Memories Map Pack
  • Trickle Down Economics Map Pack

About Take-Two Interactive Software

Headquartered in New York City, Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. is a leading developer, marketer and publisher of interactive entertainment for consumers around the globe. The Company develops and publishes products through its two wholly-owned labels Rockstar Games and 2K, which publishes its titles under the 2K Games, 2K Sports and 2K Play brands. Our products are designed for console systems, handheld gaming systems and personal computers, including smartphones and tablets, and are delivered through physical retail, digital download, online platforms and cloud streaming services. The Company’s common stock is publicly traded on NASDAQ under the symbol TTWO. For more corporate and product information please visit our website at http://www.take2games.com.

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“PlayStation” is a registered trademark of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

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Full Press Release by Rockstar Games

Editor’s Note: RealGamerNewZ has moved web servers, some older posts can no longer be commented on and have been preserved without their images. Thank you for your understanding in this matter. This article was written by Jon Ireson on 20120502 and was last modified on 20120502 .