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Contest: Are YOU the Internet's Next Top Streamer? photo
Contest: Are YOU the Internet's Next Top Streamer?
by Mr Andy Dixon

[Update: Contest over! Winners are GrumpyTurtle, Johnny Luchador, and Shadowiii!]

Dtoid is partnering with our friends at Elgato to give away three of their badass Game Capture HD game recorders! Valued at $179 each, these devices allow you to capture gameplay and live-stream at 1080p from your Xbox 360, PS3, or PC.

To win one of these beauties, you need to make the case for why you have what it takes to be The Internet's Next Top Streamer! Write an essay in our community blogs, record a video of yourself gaming with your shoddy little webcam, or do something completely off the wall to show us why we should help make your dreams come true. The choice is yours! The only requirement is that you do something to demonstrate your winning personality.

So what do you say? Think you've got the skills to rub elbows with the big boys like those at Dtoid TV? Now's your chance. Once you've figured out your entry, just post a link to it in the comments below. You have until Friday, May 17 at 11:59 PM Pacific to make your submission, and the contest is open WORLDWIDE! Good luck, everyone!

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Nintendo is claiming ownership of Let's Play videos
by Tony Ponce

The last time we heard about a major game publisher slapping the wrists of innocent YouTube channel operators, it was SEGA forcing the removal of videos that so much as breathed word of the Shining Force series. Whatever reason a company has for punishing fans who merely want to share love for their favorites games, I'm not buying it.

Now it's Nintendo with a shifty look in its eyes. Let's Player Zack Scott has taken to reddit, revealing that Nintendo is in the process of taking ownership of his gameplay videos, starting with LPs of Super Mario 3D Land. It's not a complete takedown as was the case with SEGA, rather an action taken via YouTube's Content ID system to redirect ad revenue to Nintendo's pockets instead of the video creator's. It's not an isolated event, either -- several other YouTubers have also confirmed claims against their own Mario-related game footage.

You could make the argument that content creators shouldn't expect to earn revenue from footage of a game they can't personally claim legal ownership of. But as Scott expressed in a follow-up post on Facebook, LPs offer a blend of entertaining commentary and helpful guidance that could even inspire interest where previously there was none. The success of these videos relies on the talent and likeability of the authors almost as much as on the game itself, sometimes more so.

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7:30 AM on 04.25.2013

Snag brentalfloss' unreleased YouTube jams for $0.59 each

[Video uploaded by bedsidecargo] Internet songman brentalfloss has uploaded many funny and creative music videos to his YouTube page over the years. Among those, he cherry-picked a few choice tunes, re-rerecorded them with im...

Tony Ponce

1:15 PM on 04.02.2013

Enjoy all of BioShock Infinite in this 3.5-hour movie

Just this past weekend I finished BioShock Infinite, and as a huge fan of the original BioShock this game did not disappoint. I'm still thinking about the story and making new revelations -- and it's been two days ...

Jason Cabral

3:30 PM on 03.18.2013

BioShock Infinite is clearly a WoW clone

Someone has finally found a way to make YouTube comments useful. Almost. [Via @DrewHolmes]

Hamza CTZ Aziz

7:00 PM on 02.11.2013

Happy Console Gamer laments lost game saves of the past

So, maybe I just want an excuse to promote one of my favorite YouTube gaming channels? In Happy Console Gamer's latest video (of which he's had a couple lately), he looks back at some painful memories of losing game saves --...

Allistair Pinsof

6:30 PM on 02.11.2013

Ex-BioWare Greg Zeschuk is beer Jesus in his new web show

In case you ever doubted BioWare co-founder Greg Zeschuk's plan to launch a documentary web series on beer, he now has two episodes on YouTube of his show, The Beer Diaries. He's also gone hardcore Jesus with the facial hair...

Allistair Pinsof

4:15 PM on 02.11.2013

YouTube is now available on European PlayStation 3s

In case you don't have anything else that can project YouTube to your TV, European PS3 owners (and 19 countries overall) can now surf aimlessly for cat videos. The US already had access to the app, but now our European brethr...

Chris Carter

10:00 PM on 02.05.2013

Raiden will steal boss weapons in Metal Gear Revengeance

Our latest look at Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance shows off some of the bosses weapons Raiden can earn after defeating bosses. The Pole-Arm looks great for fighting groups of enemies, the tactical sai can pull you into enemi...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

8:30 AM on 01.29.2013

Check out this concept of an augmented reality Mega Man

In the future, who knows what games will be like? Will augmented reality be relegated to a gimmick of the past, or will it be utilized to its fullest potential? Youtube user GakAttack created a video that takes up the latter...

Chris Carter

11:00 AM on 01.07.2013

Get in the Halo mood with this trick jumping video

If there's one thing I love, it's Halo trick jump videos. The creator, ReiKo from Jumprs.org, takes on some really cool jumps from the original maps and the ones included in the Crimson map pack. Not only are the jumps actua...

Chris Carter

5:00 PM on 12.31.2012

The Halo 4 Mythbusters video series has some neat tips

Halo 4 has been out for nearly two months now, which means people have had a sufficient amount of time to f*ck with it. As the community suggests more and more crazy things to mess around with, the folks at Defend the House ...

Chris Carter





7:00 PM on 12.04.2012

Here are most of the rest of the Wii U Challenge videos

Yesterday, I talked about the Wii U Challenge, a video jam of sorts in which 50 YouTube artists were each sent a Wii U Deluxe Set and asked to make a short film that incorporated the hardware and software in some fashion. On...

Tony Ponce

4:00 PM on 12.03.2012

A bunch of YouTubers pay tribute to the Wii U

Throughout today and tomorrow, you are going to see a lot of videos like this one pop up on YouTube. Through the LA-based Brand About Town, notable content makers like Jimmy Wong, Andre "Black Nerd" Meadows, Mega64, Warialas...

Tony Ponce



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Sega forcing removal of Shining Force videos on YouTube
by Tony Ponce

Over the past few days, Sega has been forcing YouTube users to remove uploaded videos of the Sega Saturn RPG Shining Force III lest their entire channels get shut down. While this is not an altogether uncommon practice for a company trying to protect its IP, the fact that Sega is targeting just specific content is rather curious. In any case, it's pretty damn heartless.

The likely reason for this action is that a new PSP installment in the Shining series, Shining Ark, will launch in Japan in February, thus Sega is afraid that consumers searching YouTube for trailers will find old gameplay footage instead and confuse the two. By extension, even videos of Shining the Holy Ark, another Saturn-era title, are being targeted because of the similar name.

Many YouTube channels have already been hit, including that of popular game critic TotalBiscuit, who has since removed all Sega content from his page out of disgust. No type of content was spared -- Let's Plays, walkthroughs, and random gameplay clips all got flagged. Hell, even videos of fans just talking about the Shining series with no accompanying game footage whatsoever are apparently copyright violations!

Remember earlier this year when the Internet took a stand against SOPA / PIPA? This was the kind of nonsense we were fighting against. This is unbelievably bad form. It makes no sense either, because why are just the Saturn Shining games catching most of the heat? Why isn't Sega going after the whole pie? If you are going to be a dick, don't stop in mid-f*ck.

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4:00 PM on 11.24.2012

YouTube on Wii U's browser is all kinds of amazing

It's been about a week since the Wii U launched, enough time to run the system through its paces. I've had my fair share of problems, and I really hope Nintendo addresses those matters sooner rather than later. However, there...

Tony Ponce