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    • 3 years ago

      madroscla The Linguist
    • Thoughts on developments in Let's Play and gaming-related content creation

      3 years ago

      madroscla The Linguist

      I want to start this by saying I'm not blaming or accusing Rooster Teeth or Let's Play of anything, I just want to start a discussion.


      I recently had the pleasure of being able to personally meet Noam Chomsky, which as a linguist is one of the greatest opportunities in the world. The discussion surrounded a number of topics but eventually we landed on the socio-economic structure of the United States. He brought up that our current economic tendencies are leading this country towards monopolization, which is currently undermining market operation.


      A (admittedly hilarious) example he gave was Microsoft; he said that because Windows is one of, if not the, most popular operating systems, and thus it has no competition, even though Windows is "a rotten system; everyone knows it and everyone who uses Windows knows it." Microsoft sends up updates incredibly frequently because of constant bugs and issues that weren't found when developing the OS, but since Windows has little to no competition, Microsoft doesn't have the pressure to fix it from the beginning.


      Because of this, any person who may want to go into OS development is screwed, because unless they specifically work for Microsoft or Apple, no one is going to give them money to continue their work, especially not those said companies.


      So that brings me to Let's Play, and content creation in general.


      As Youtube becomes a more popular platform for independent content creators, studios start to form and these creators start joining a vast network. Is Youtube also a part of this trend of moving towards monopolization? I don't have the answer, but as more previously independent content creators start joining studios like Maker or Fullscreen, or even sub-studios like Revelmode, Rooster Teeth (and at this point, even Let's Play), it worries me how this will affect the market of this kind of entertainment.


      In five years, will every video game content creator be a member of a studio or a sub-studio, another peg in the monopoly of video game content? We've already seen it become harder for specifically animators to make livings off Youtube anymore due to how Youtube changed monetization; good examples are Ross and Arin from Game Grumps, animators that can't make a living off solely animating on Youtube.


      It's exciting to see more video game-related channels join the Let's Play family, but we don't see how it affects the few viewers that see this kind of work as something they're passionate about, and thus try to create content in this way. It's already becoming harder and harder for new Youtubers to start making a living just by making videos independently, so how far into the future will it become impossible for independent content creation of this kind?


      Should we be worried? Does it not matter? I'm not an economist by any means, but I wanted to express my thoughts.

    • Witness me.

      3 years ago

      madroscla The Linguist

      This is my legacy.


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    • 3 years ago

      madroscla The Linguist
    • Avengers Academy

      3 years ago

      madroscla The Linguist

      It's a trash game and basically a pay-to-win nightmare but I can't stop.

    • Ninja Sex Party's cover of Take On Me

      3 years ago

      madroscla The Linguist

      While I really do think they're talented, Ninja Sex Party has always been kind of hit or miss for me. Sometimes they're just not very clever with their songs or the music just doesn't match it very well.


      But this song exceeded all expectations.


      I preordered the physical CD because of this song. It's amazing, and if you're like me and you're not sure if you like NSP, give it a watch.



    • I should use this website more.

      3 years ago

      madroscla The Linguist

      I really am a big fan, and I use this website a lot considerably, but I feel like I only ever focus on watching videos and sponsor content. I don't really leave comments nor do I post journals, so I feel as though I'm not interacting with the community as much as I could.


      I do hang out in different twitch chats (most recently Lawrence's chat and the Willems' chat) with the same name, and I am also on Twitter. If you see me, feel free to say hi!

    • 3 years ago

      madroscla The Linguist
    • 3 years ago

      madroscla The Linguist
    • Oh hello

      3 years ago

      madroscla The Linguist

      Let's keep this nice and simple.


      I'm a linguist and a research, I'm in the midst of a handful of projects, both as a primary researcher and as an assistant, and I'm writing up the manuscript for my first independent research article as we speak.


      You can find me on Twitter at @madroscla, where I will be posting about linguistics often and more tweeting at RT/FH/AH for love and affection, like most people do.


      Going to be great getting to know you all!

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