Cr1tikal is, honestly, one of the best LPers I know. Not necessarily for in-depth walkthroughs–for humor, yes. But the thing I admire most in him is how he approaches LP and monetization.
He does it because he loves it, I feel. He almost never mentions money, nor does he try to make money off of it. The way it’s set up, his viewers don’t give him money for watching his vids (which is the way it would be if he took some of the ad money); he only gets money if people actively go out of their way to give him money on his Patreon. The Youtube money, which is incidental, goes to charity.
And that’s really fuckin’ sweet of him.
I remember back when Nintendo was copyright-claiming LPs of their games, taking some of the ad revenue for their own. I think they’re still doing that–I just remember; back when it was a controversy, people were really mad, saying “what the hell Nintendo? Why are you taking my money?”
But it’s not really their money, is it? It’s just ad revenue generated by people viewing the videos. And at the time, people acted like they were entitled to ad money, like “I deserve 100% of the money for talking over a video game that I’m playing”. I guess, sure, if you file it as entertainment, then the entertainer should get a cut.
But Cr1tikal’s never been like that, even though he very much fits the bill of an entertainer. He’s never acted like he was entitled to ad money; he’s actively given it away. And now, with his Patreon setup, he’s still not “entitled” to money–he doesn’t get any money–unless people actively and willingly give it to him to support him.
Some other people treat it like a job, like they have to do this–and again, it’s within their right to do so, as entertainers making quality content. But Cr1tikal approaches LP like it’s fun. Like it’s just a fun hobby to make videos, and the money generated is incidental to the entire thing. Like if it’s a sustainable living, then great–if it’s not, then no big deal; keep making videos. It reminds me of the very first LPs, screenshot albums, made on the SomethingAwful forums. They didn’t do it for money; they did it to show off a game that not everyone had the chance to play. And they only did it because it was fun. And I’m glad to see that, even seven or eight years later, that spirit of just having fun still lives on.
I dunno. Maybe this is a bit too sappy. I wasn’t on the internet when LP first started, so maybe I’m getting this all wrong; I know that since I’m not an SomethingAwful goon, I don’t really have the right to talk about them. And I know that it’s a bit presumptious of me to assume the “true” or “original” spirit of LPing; as an end viewer, I don’t truly see motives, only the end product.
But I think Cr1tikal is a cool guy, I guess. Eh makes videos and doesnt afraid of anything.
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