I own a video game website (gamerstube) this is my most recent blog post blasting SOPA and other similar legislation. I just wanted to share.
If you were paying attention we left the blackout up for an extra day. I apologize for that, but we felt we needed to make a statement. Please remember that if SOPA/PIPA or anything like them pass it would destroy independent game video creation like all of your productions. The wording of the legislation would allow the owners of a game to complain about any use of the games clips in a production for profit or not. That means no more tutorials, walkthroughs, reviews, esports videos, frag videos, warcraft movies, machinima, game music videos, raid videos, leaked beta footage, or even live streaming footage of game casts.
To me this is absurd. It’s like Hollywood studios paying to license the way a couch looks, a certain car model, etc.. No, in fact many companies pay to have their things used, clothes worn and cars driven in movies and tv shows because it drives recognition of the product. So too should video game developers realize that productions like Red vs. Blue drive recognition of the video game itself to a far wider audience than a simple game trailer, a review on IGN, or even a write up in the New York Times could do.
The games themselves should not be pirated, not be illegally sold or distributed. That’s a no brainer that even the dirtiest of downloaders can agree on. However, when a video is created by a gamer using a video game it is the talent and the creativity of that gamer that makes the video what it is, that transforms it from just another video game moment to something exciting, interesting or mind-blowing. It is the gamers movements, voiceovers, special effects and editing that make a great machinima video what it is and all of that will be lost, the artform destroyed if SOPA/PIPA pass.
Do your part and stop using the following websites owned by the major media companies that want to censor you, complain to the Entertainment Sofware Association and refuse to purchase their games brand new, instead use STEAM or go to a local used music/game store.
* GameTrailers (Viacom) * G4TV (NBC Universal) * IGN (News Corp) * GameSpot (CBS) * GameSpy (News Corp) * Team Xbox (News Corp) * FilePlanet (News Corp) * What They Play (News Corp) * BattleField Heroes (News Corp) * Addicting Games (Viacom)