In light of the recent video on Machinima's facebook and the uproar it caused I would like to hold a debate in commentary format. I thought we could do it over skype over something of the like about whether or not commentators should be paid. I already asked Machinima to host it and challenged teh maker of the video and they have yet to respond if you would like to debate on his side against them getting paid please message me. I though we could upload it to the Hupit channel and hopefully Machinima's.
They should get paid end of story if you uploaded a regualr video to youtube could partner you. Why not let those with gameplays get paid as well. It would be a big slap in the face to take away the pay they have been recieving and much of the work would be wasted. Sure it can be fun for some people, but for others it is a job and you cant take that away when someone is putting in time and effort
I agree that if people watch them, subscribe to them, and are loyal to those subscriptions, then they have every right to get paid.
What I have a problem with is the fact that people actually watch it in the first place! There really is no talent in commentating. You're born with a decently soothing voice, and you have a career.
I hardly consider being good at a video game "Talent". If I stayed at home all day, I'd be able to YY Grizz no scope. It's a matter of playing it every day, not being born with some kind of Video Game skill.
I feel that the internet (Especially Youtube) has turned video games into a buisness that EVERYONE is looking to suck money from like little vampires. Remember when we were 8-10? Playing on our Super Nintendos with Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter, Pokemon, and all of the other awesome games we grew up with?
Back then, there were no "Commentator Wars", or conflicting opinions on certain video games. There were no video game critics, no MLG, and certainly no $500 gaming systems! In this generation, people are more greedy than ever, and are looking to leech money off of something that was supposed to be cool, awesome, and fun to do.
I suppose this shows how similar "Regular People" are to corperate american fat-cats that vampire thier way into wealth. I guess I've kind of strayed off topic here.
Just to sum up what I am trying to say, I agree that they have the right to be payed. I don't agree, however, that they are seeking to get paid. Sure commentaries are fun to do, but if people start trying to do it to get paid, then you're not a true gamer. Youre a buisnessman who happens to play video games.
I see your point, but don't you think people used to feel the same way about sports. Growing I played T-ball and i never though i would make money. Even though athletes make lots of money many good things come from sports to like the charity work. They say that Video Games are one of our generations greatest achievements because it allows those with no creative outlet to once again be creative. I am sure money will expedite the process.
Well, this opens the debate of comparing video games to sports. Sure you PLAY both, but it's just not the same. I play baseball, have been for a while now. In sports, all athletes don't just go out and play games every day, we practice about 5 days a week, and play 1 game a week. 2, if we're lucky. I won't even go in to how hard the practices are.
Now, if people consider playing public matches PRACTICE before playing Gamebattles matches, they're sadly mistaken. Sure some of them are a little tough, but it's nowhere near as demanding as baseball practice.
Besides, professional baseball players' salary are totally justifiable. They play games damn near EVERY DAY. One day in one state, then the next day in another state. They're away from thier families for almost half a year, working out from morning to 6pm, and then getting on either a crappy bus, or a plane if they're lucky.
Sorry if I flew on the handle a little bit, I just wanted to squash the comparison between baseball and video games. If you want to compare it to any other sport, that's fine. I have no opinion about football, hockey, or soccer. Since I haven't played those.