The Game Awards Now on YouTube

In case you missed it, you can watch the full livestream of The Game Awards above. Additionally, below are edited clips of my favorite parts of TGA. Let everyone know what was your favorite part at The Game Awards. Thanks for reading.

Final Fantasy VII Remake – The Game Awards 2019 Trailer

Xbox Series X Reveal – The Game Awards 2019 Trailer

Control Wins Best Art Direction | The Game Awards 2019

Reggie Fils-Aime Speech – The Game Awards 2019

Sekiro Shadows Die Twice Game of the Year The Game Awards 2019

My Plan for COPPA and Why it is Not as Big of a Deal as it Seems

COPPA stands for Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. It was put in place to protect minors from getting their personal information collected; the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) is in charge of monitoring companies collecting information from minors under 13. I thought it was important to discuss and explain what my plans are for this come January 1, 2020. Now, I am not an expert on this; however, I have done research and I wanted to go over a little bit of what COPPA is and what I think about this. I will explain to the best of my ability but bare in mind please that mistakes may happen.

My plan is simple, it is to keep the uploads the same. The only difference is that they will be labeled ‘not for kids’. This would mainly affect what content might appear beside the video on the right on desktop or below a video on Mobile. (This will also have no effect on my schedule change for Twitch.)

How do I see this? I want to ask you something: Why give up? Why bother going outside when you do not have to as something might happen to you. So, we all should stop hanging out with friends outside, no more driving cars when we do not have to, and while we’re at it, let’s no longer attend concerts because something might happen. Now, obviously I do not advise people to go and do something stupid like jump off a building. What I am referring to is taking risks that are worth taking. When driving to work, you risk the chance of getting in a crash but if you are careful, it will decrease the chances of that happening. As long as people are informed and at least think before making and publishing a video, there shouldn’t be a problem.

Now, I know I am exaggerating but this is how I honestly feel about this. Personally for me, anyway, why should I simply stop uploading and/or delete my channel and content for something I love doing; making videos? Perhaps, I am not seeing the same picture that other people are seeing.

A problem with the COPPA enforcements on YouTube is the algorithm. The algorithm is basically a bot to help YouTube monitorate or curate the website and its content. It is ‘machine learning’. However, just like humans, machines or AI are imperfect. What I fear the most is the algorithm looking at a thumbnail or scanning parts of the videos (however it does that) and sees “Oh. There is Mario! This should be family-friendly. We will change this for SonicmanTheBest so it is ‘for kids’.”

Uh-oh. There is a problem. Now, videos targeted at kids under the age of 13 are being recommended on the side of the video. Videos or shows like SpongeBob SquarePants, kids playing Minecraft, or Scooby-Doo are being recommended. What may have been looked over (or missed completely) was some minor detail in the video that is not appropriate for all ages but it may not be mature, either. Watch the video above to get a better understanding of this since it is easier to discuss.

More on COPPA, the FTC will not go after every single person on YouTube. They simply do not have enough manpower to do that. They would more likely go after those that are really going overboard. Picture this: Someone that is knowingly intentionally trying to collect personal information from a user under 13 and marking a video or an entire channel ‘for kids’ of all ages, especially with age-restriction turned off, that person has a much higher chance of getting in trouble.

One other thing, the FTC is probably going to look for these things first: A minor’s name, (in this case, someone under 13) his or her address, Social Security Number, a personal picture, or someone’s phone number without consent from a legal guardian or adult. There is much more that they are looking for, as well. You can learn all about COPPA on the FTC’s website. Additionally, be sure to check out Rich’s video from ReviewTechUSA. He did a phenomenal job discussing COPPA and YouTube.

In addition, I saw a few other Content Creators, such as Rule of 2 Review, Nintendo Prime, and Boogie2988 talking about COPPA and their plans for the future. I am not calling these guys out. In fact, I would argue they had valid points and I will even go as far in suggesting you take the time to check them out and hear their side of the story.

Basically, my uploads will be the same. Unless you are knowingly intentionally going overboard, you will most likely be fine. So, quit worrying. There is no need to delete your channels or stopping uploaded content.

Sources:

FTC

ReviewTechUSA

Twitter

Best Selling Video Games and Console in the US & Canada in June 2019

Console

In the United States and Canada, Nintendo Switch was the best selling console in June 2019. In fact, the Switch has been the best selling console every month this year in the the North American region. This also makes the platform the best selling console of the year.

NPD Group June 2019 Sales For North America

Software

As far as video game sales performed in the United States and Canada, this list will include both retail and digital copies of games. In June, Super Mario Maker 2 launched only for Nintendo Switch and was the best selling video game in the region for June 2019. In second, from Activision Blizzard, Crash Team Racing: Nitro Fueled made it in second place. In third place comes Mortal Kombat 11 from Warner Bros. Interactive. Other titles (in order of listing) on this list include Grand Theft Auto V, Minecraft, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, MARVEL’s Spider-man, NBA 2K19, Mario Kart 8, (Deluxe version is on Switch) and Days Gone.

Nintendo Switch Lite

Nintendo Switch Lite

Conclusion

Nintendo may very well be the best selling platform holder for the rest of 2019 in the US and Canada if trends continue, especially when the Switch Lite launches in September. Another reason Nintendo Switch may be the best selling console this year is due to the upcoming game. There is Wolfenstein: Youngblood, DOOM Eternal, Luigi’s Mansion 3, upcoming DLC for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, handful of indie games, Pokémon Sword, Pokémon Shield, and various popular titles.

Sources

NPD Group

Mat Piscatella – NPD Analyst, US Video Games

Over 2 Million Downloads For Dr. Mario World

UPDATE This post has been updated to clear up the original wording.

Nintendo released Dr. Mario World on Tuesday, July 9, on Google Play and The App Store one day before the Switch Lite was revealed. Dr. Mario World has passed 2 million downloads within its first 72 hours of release. The game has also generated over $100,000 USD in revenue. It is expected to to better as it launches in more countries down the line.

Source

Dr. Mario World is Available Now for iOS & Android

UPDATE The game released a day early.

Over the past couple of weeks ending June and during the first third of July, a new Twitter account called @Drmarioworld_EN, was created to promote the brand new mobile game, Dr. Mario World. It is definitely worth checking it out on Twitter. The game was announced in 2018 along with Mario Kart Tours which already had its closed-beta on Android in May. That game will have its full release later.

As of 10 July, Dr. Mario World is available to download for free on iOS and Android. Dr. Mario World is a free-to-play mobile game published by Nintendo. Additionally, retro Dr. Mario game can be played on Nintendo Switch through the NES or Famicom app for Nintendo Switch Online subscribers. To learn more, head on over to the Nintendo Official Website.

Sources:

Twitter

Nintendo Official Website

This is What Google Showed Off During the Stadia Connect

Stadia Connect Reaction and Thoughts

Google Stadia will he launching in November and will allow users to stream games to their PC, (desktop and laptop) TV, Chromecast, Chromecast Pro, and Smart device. As long as a device is Google or has a Chrome browser, users should be able to play however they like. Stadia will launch in November.

Stadia Founder’s Edition

Stadia will launch with a Stadia’s Founder’s Edition. The edition will be limited and is available now for pre-order at $129.99 USD. It comes with Night Blue Stadia Controller, a Chromecast Ultra, three months Stadia Pro, the Destiny 2 Experience, and an Exclusive Stadia Name.

Games & Subscription

Games coming to Google Stadia include Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, Tom Clancy’s, GYLT, Get Packed, Division 2, and Destiny 2. There will be several more games to come in 2020. The games can be purchased individually to keep or can be part of a monthly subscription for $9.99 USD per month. This is similar to how other companies such as Microsoft, Sony, and Apple are doing subscriptions for games now. Not all of them are streaming, though.

Handful of Publishers

There will be a handful of publishers releasing games on Stadia this year and in 2020. There is Rockstar Games, THQ Nordic, SEGA, Ubisoft, Bethesda, Bungie, and Microsoft. Games like Grand Theft Auto V, Red Dead Redemption II, Team Sonic Racing, or DOOM Eternal could make the cut for Stadia.

More Details

For more details, head on over to stadia.com.