Ever since I marvelled at the Disney-esque cartoon delights of Dragon’s Lair back in the eighties I’ve always found the idea of the ‘interactive movie’ quite appealing. Whilst for the most part such entrants into the genre were either impossibly difficult, poorly implemented or just plain ridiculous there have been a few titles, whether full-on interactive movies or video games that played with the idea, (Another World and Heart of Darkness instantly spring to mind), that have kept that appeal alive.
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Fez creator, Phil Fish, has once more proven his penchant for being a colossal dickhead by comparing YouTubers to pirates. The comments appeared on Fish’s Twitter feed yesterday and as you might imagine a shitstorm ensued.
Fish is well known for his outbursts, but this latest one is a beauty of such staggering stupidity and ignorance that if anyone else were to have said it then you would be forgiven for thinking it was a prank.
“YouTubers should have to pay out a huge portion of their revenue to the developers from which they steal all their content. Revenue should be shared with developers. This should be built into YouTube. Anything else is basically piracy.
“If you generate money from putting my content on your channel, you owe me money. Simple as that. If you buy a movie, are you then allowed to stream the entirety of it publicly for people to watch for free? No, because that’s illegal.
“Systems are in place to prevent that. But buy Fez, put ALL of it on YouTube, turn on ads, make money from it and that’s TOTALLY FINE. And the developer should in NO WAY be compensated for their work being freely distributed to the world. Right. Makes sense.”
Yeah okay, Phil. What’s next, demanding royalties for games developers when gameplay and plot lines from one of their titles is published on Wiki?
Or we could just shut down the internet altogether. Of course that would mean no free advertising for your games or indeed anyone else’s for that matter. In fact there’s every possibility that no one will buy your games because no one would have heard or read about them, but at least you’ll be able to sleep at night, safe in the knowledge no one is ‘ripping you off’.
YouTubers such as Total Biscuit have naturally struck back, but again it’s Jim Sterling’s take on the ‘issue’ of who should and shouldn’t get paid that’s the most interesting: Let’s Pay: Who Deserves The Game Media Money?
Apparently, Fish has since suspended his Twitter account.