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Name: Paul Nyhart
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‘Extra Credits’ is dubbed as being one of the smartest gaming shows on the internet, and was created simply because “Video Games Matter.”
Despite reports to the contrary from people that are more familiar with political rhetoric than actual statistics behind video games not being relevant, video games do matter.
The Escapist has been the exclusive home for Extra Credits with hosts James Portnow, Daniel Floyd and Allison Theus taking a deeper look at video games; how they are made, what they mean and how we can make them better on the weekly video series.
The Escapist dubs itself as “The mouthpiece of the gaming generation” — to capture and celebrate the contemporary video gaming lifestyle and the diverse global video game culture by way of in-depth features, thought provoking articles and relevant columns authored by leading video game authorities.
But has the mouthpiece become a muzzle? Extra Credits began posting a series of tweets that their relationship with Escapist was no more, and that they were going to be seeking different “channels” to broadcast their show.
“We asked the guys at The Escapist if we could trade some of the debt they owed us for the rights to our intellectual property back if they weren’t going to be able to pay us so we could do things like sell t-shirts or write a book. We thought this was going to be an easy discussion. Instead they responded by telling us that they felt that they were entitled to 75% of the Rockethub money, thus their debt was covered and, despite not paying us for nearly a year, we owed them $9500 dollars”
From the Extra Credits Facebook page:
What matters is that the show won’t stop. We’ll be releasing it on YouTube every Thursday until we find another site to pick it up. We’ll be posting links to here and on our twitter feed whenever a new episode goes up…but we’ll be counting on you guys to help let people know.
The plot continues to thicken, lawyers continue to shuffle papers, and gamers can’t help but wonder what the heck is going on? Extra Credits has gone from vocal to silent to now whispering about Youtube, with fans of the show wondering where the program is going to end up.
But what if something else is going on that we don’t know about? How could a show so wildly successful, with a history of doing so many good deeds and representing the gaming community with such honor be buried by an outlet that dubs itself as the quintessential paradise for such ideals?
This is the age of the internet, granted it’s a more nebulous world where rights are defined within broader boundaries yet ‘business still remains business’…but why the silence?
Why can’t Extra Credits be free to speak…what’s really going on? After essentially being terminated and told to pack their belongings and leave your ID badge at the lobby, you’d think that there would be at least one Jerry Maguire moment to be had…
There’s so much to talk about but I’m once again in a position where I can’t talk. If it were just me I’d simply start talking, but there are other people involved who that might cause harm…All I can say is thank you for your support. I hope you all have something fantastic to play this weekend.
Shows that go above and beyond the call of duty (no pun intended) to make quality content that promotes the gamer lifestyle are few and far between in the industry. The fact that the debate and legal scuffle continues on, be it now in silence, is disappointing, especially from an outlet that claims to oppose the kind of reaction that it has created.
We are all fighting the same fight, doing our best to be as creative as possible to promote what it is that we truly love doing. Yes it is a business, but that business is secondary to our passion to cover what we love. If it was truly about the money than we’d all pull a Glenn Beck and charge 5 bucks a month for you to watch the shows, we wouldn’t make music videos or tweet constantly how much we love your support.
G4M3RL1F3 should never be about the money, it should be about community, brotherhood and cooperation in the name of creating EPIC MOMENTS of AWESOME. All we have is each other, so it is disheartening to see such trouble in the ranks… Let’s hope that they work it out!
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Paul Nyhart has been the Head Editor and Writer of JaceHallShow.com since Season 3. He began his career as a sports announcer, segueing into the world of voice-over and film production. Send all tips to Paul@HDfilms.com
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