Keeping up with my new videos can be a bit hard (and Youtube’s wonky subscription modules hardly helps), so I thought I’d start posting a weekly roundup of the past week’s new videos.
Night in the Woods
Night in the Woods (playlist) is a narrative/adventure game about coming home and finding your life just isn’t working out like you though it would. I really loved this one and I can’t wait for the series to finish! The first 6 episodes are out as of today.
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Why Check For Content ID?
Content ID is a headache for every YouTuber. If you want your game to go down smoothly on YouTube, you probably want to make sure you’re not accidentally setting up YouTubers to find out all their videos will get claimed.
Content ID can do the following:
- Block a video in some countries
- Block a video in all countries, effectively censoring it completely
- Display ads on a video intended to be ad free
- Block videos from being displayed on platforms that don’t/can’t show ads
- Take some or all of the ad revenue a non-ad-free video would get
- Mute some or all of the video
Content ID can also harmlessly track video views and stuff, and I believe uploaders aren’t even notified of this sort of matching. It’s not what I’ll be discussing today as it’s benign best I can tell.
Also note there’s no “only match people who upload the whole, naked soundtrack” option. If a song in the game is included and matched, Let’s Plays, streams etc. will be matched all the same as a pure rip of the full OST, Content ID is not a gentle beast.
If you want to ensure your game is safe from the Content ID monster, there’s a quick test you can do to save YouTubers some headaches (and yourself some headaches if they come asking what the deal is). Also, if you didn’t upload content to Content ID but someone else did, that means every video for your game could get Content ID’d, ticking off the YouTuber and sending money to someone who isn’t you, while the YouTuber will probably blame you assuming you did it. So yeah, you don’t want that. Some game devs have even had their own trailers Content ID’d by outside parties. Fun stuff.
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I’ve been interested in Youtube Red since it’s announcement, and stayed somewhat optimistic when everyone wanted to hate it. Now it’s been out a few months, and more importantly, Youtube Red analytics have been added. With these tools a pretty clear picture can be painted: Youtube Red is a great potential source for income that, at present, is used much too rarely to be of notable real-world value to creators.
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Youtube got a brand new Gaming focused UI this week, let’s see how it stacks up against Youtube itself and rival Twitch.
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