I figured that one day it would come to this point, but honestly, this lasted a lot longer than I thought it would. I figured I wouldn’t have the patience to grind this thing out for longer than a few months before I tired of it, even after changing the original plan of one game a day to once weekly, and even with the breaks and weeks off, I didn’t think I’d make it this far.
But here I am.
This doesn’t mean the end of Retro Gaming Universe, at all. And occasionally I will highlight a game I’ve been playing. But RGotW as a regular feature will no longer happen.
The main reason: I’m sick of fighting with YouTube over copyright issues. Seemingly every few videos, something crops up — either the video’s audio gets matched and is blocked in certain countries, or the entire video is blocked everywhere, or worse, flagged. And it’s frustrating, because all I want to do is show a damn short video on typical gameplay. It’s free publicity, I am not making one damn red cent from my channel, and I am doing this to inform and educate the public about old games. And you still want to block me from doing that? Typical corporate greed and short-sightedness. It’s something I fight on a daily basis as a user and advocate of Free operating systems like GNU (aka Linux — GNU is the actual OS name, Linux is its kernel, and no cobbled-together name like “GNU/Linux” is going to improve it even though Linux isn’t technically part of GNU, as the argument goes; I’d rather just call it by its OS name) and other freedom and human rights advocacy online. I realize that the use of Google’s services in any way makes me somewhat of a hypocrite, and I am well aware of my own hypocracy in this area — I have so many times in the past struggled with my relationship with Google, even completely removing it from my life at one point, but the problem is that it’s just too ubiquitous and useful to keep away from. I try to keep my distance the best I can — my primary search engine is DuckDuckGo, and I would rather directly watch a YouTube video via mpv+youtube-dl than on its bloated site, but I still have an account there, I post YouTube videos, and I occasionally participate on Google+. And I hate myself for it.
Trust me, I’m not even close to exhausting the amount of retro games I remember and enjoyed, and would love to share them. My eventual plan was to go on a Commodore posting spree and highlight games from the VIC-20, Commodore 64, and Amiga very soon, and other systems like Apple 8-bit computers and the GameBoy barely got their day in the sun, not to mention a ton of Nintendo’s games that really don’t get much mention these days. But Nintendo games again bring up the YouTube problem, as Nintendo doesn’t seem to like people posting their games much unless they are formatted in a way to prevent copyright matching (yeah, that’s fair), so as much as I would have loved to do a full Super Mario Bros. 2 (the USA conversion of Doki Doki Panic, not the Japanese version that was basically a masochistic version of the first one), I ended up having to do it on a week that I really didn’t feel like posting a full RGotW and just ended up attaching an image of it. Not the way I wanted to celebrate the black sheep of the Mario series.
I am still going to post here, and I still want to highlight some Commodore games (Raid on Bungling Bay, The Last Ninja, the Scott Adams adventure games, Speedball 2, Shadow of the Beast, etc), as well as some DOS games (Ultima Underworld, Scorched Earth, Warcraft and Command & Conquer, etc). But they won’t be in RGotW format, and in fact will probably be some all-in-one post, or just a single post on a certain game that I’ve been playing.
I’m just tired of a deadline, and tired of YouTube. It’s been a fun ride, and the ride will continue in another form, but the Retro Game of the Week rollercoaster is done.
I think I’m going to play some C64 games now.