So YouTube has a DMCA problem. We all knew this, since the DMCA itself sucks and YouTube doesn’t have the best track record regarding copyright. But what do you need to know if you’re affected? What’s the long and short of it?
In June 2017 Alex Mauer began a series of events including DMCA claims, death threats, and releasing personal information of countless parties due to a contract dispute with her former employer, Imagos Softworks/Imagos Films. The dispute also spread to include River City Ransom Underground and includes several other games as well.
As sick as I am of talking about, hearing about, and generally being in the same plane of existence as this issue, it’s a very confusing and fast-moving topic and no one really has the full story. And unlike other articles, this one will be kept up to date with new events and will be corrected as needed.
So, here we are; a timeline of events in the Alex Mauer DMCA situation. There will be little analysis in this piece for various reasons; the horse is dead, I’m sick of talking about it, discussion on the issue turns nasty fast, an objective analysis isn’t easy to find, etc. etc.. Most of Mauer’s actions speak for themselves when presented in proper context anyway.
Times may be approximate. Feel free to contribute or correct anything you feel is relevant and I’ll update the list as necessary, but some of the more minor issues are not tracked due to the extreme depth of this ordeal.
Having noticed that seemingly no one else has actually gotten the platinum for Birthdays The Beginning, I thought I’d be sure to get the info out there. I’ll include some extra info and tips as well, but feel free to use the comments if you have a question or info to share for now.
Is the Birthdays The Beginning’s Platinum Even Possible?
Update: 2017-06-23: Possibly not. The update notes claim Riding the Waves of Time to have been reduced to 3 billion cube years, but it is not. For now the platinum should be considered effectively impossible. It’s possible the unlock either doesn’t work or it may still be 100 billion cube years (requiring whole months of leaving your PS4 on at all times)
More than any other fish the Striped Marlin in Tap Tap Fish: Abyssrium has driven fans (and by extension, me) insane. So I decided hey, just make a single, extremely direct post to gather all the information into one place. If you’re looking for info on Hidden Fish in general, or any other game info, see my complete AbyssRium Guide.
The biggest thing to remember about the Striped Marlin is that it is simply extremely rare and has a very long time between possible chances. There really aren’t many relevant tricks and there’s no secret to it. This page mostly serves to debunk various myths and reassure the correct method, but I have every single bit of relevant info I’ve found no matter how small.
Scouring dozens of comments and posts, this is what I’ve come up with. If you have a tip to share or a rumor to debunk please feel free to comment below, email me, or contact me however you feel most comfortable.
You can support me and my guides monthly on Patreon (and even score some rewards like cute cat pictures)! The more I earn the more time I can spend on improving guides like this.
2017-07-10: Added info that the Marlins can occasionally spawn entirely out of sight, so looking up with the Camera can help.
2-17-06-20: Added possible info about Star Horn Coral being required, which is neither confirmed nor proven false.
2017-06-02: App update was just released stating the Striped Marlin earning rate was increased! Also, even before the update people seem to have been getting them much more often. Hopefully their rarity is reduced. It’s now unknown if the prior “guide” AbyssRium posted is the new actual unlock condition or still false.
2017-06-01: AbyssRium posted a “Guide” on facebook for getting the Marlin. The information contained within is 100% false.
Potion Maker is a hard game to describe, something like a very simple Item Shop management game mixed with a Clicker game but without the Idle aspect. Potion Maker is available for iOS and Android. Here you’ll find info on how to make the most of what Potion Maker gives you, unlock the unlockables, and perform the best you can in the time-limited Events.
Feel free to comment if you have a question or any information to share!
2017-07-15: Event: Summer Vacation 2017. App must be updated to get the new event.
2017-06-30: New event: Volunteer Work with Neet event, some Fairy info getting started.
2017-06-15: Summer class with Tia event! Google Play achievements added, accessed in the Achieve menu.
2017-05-31: New event info, Halak Birthday Event, with costumes for Pio. Added Requests section. Clarified Quests.
Potion Maker has Events that happen about twice a month and have special Requests, as well as unique conditions to earn up to two special outfits for one of the characters.
Generally events cycle so there’s one event for Pio outfits then one for Tia outfits. The Event Requests can be completed with either character and should be considered a very high priority as they unlock extremely good rewards, such as tons of Likeability and event-exclusive fairies. Try to take on every request you possibly can.
Make sure you’re doing the requests right; when an NPC shows up with a Quest, you need to tap their icon then go to Request.
GNOG is a game best played purely for fun the first time, so I strongly recommend beating the game before you read another word! And play it in PSVR if you can! That said, this guide has all info you need to finish up the trophies after you’re done.
Birdstopia – Idle Bird Clicker, as they call it, is a clone of TapTap Fish/AbyssRium (to a rather severe extent). It’s a mobile clicking game focused on ornithology (that’s the study of birds, or the technical term; birbs) with a nice flat design style. It’s out now for iOS and Android.
Since I did a guide for AbyssRium and this game copied about 70% of it’s gameplay directly from Abyssrium I thought I’d make a guide for it in case AbyssRium fans take a liking to it.
As a mini review it certainly won’t blow you away as it’s clone-status is pretty visible, but it’s a nice change of pace if your idle game of choice has slowed down and you want that feeling of a fresh game with reasonable progress again. The bird theme is certainly a plus.
Have you ever hoped someone composed a nice table of all Hyperdimension Neptunia games and their release dates across all platforms and regions? I certainly hope so, because you’ve found exactly that and will have to deal with it either way.
Note: The United States (US) and Japanese (JP) release dates will be used as generic “Western” and “Eastern” dates respectively, their exact release in all sub-regions like Asia, EU, AU may vary by a few days. PC releases are listed as World Wide (WW) even though technically they have different (or no) release date in Japanese, oddly enough.