@hailinel: Dude, did you read what I wrote? I KNOW this isn't shady that's what I just said. I know Nintendo is within their rights that is not the point I'm making at all. Again, read that article. Or don't. Whatever floats your boat.
I misread what you wrote. I apologize.
But my point that people don't need to be paid to make these videos still stands. If you base your career on the use of copyrighted material without consent, you're asking for trouble, plain and simple.
The thing is, these LPers will be totally fine, that's part of the reason arguing about the effect this will have on them is so not the point. They'll just play something else, continue to get paid and those games get free press. Nintendo will continue to make poor decisions based on old school thinking and fall further behind.
And to be clear, I do have a youtube channel but I don't do Lets Plays or anything remotely like them, don't plan on it, I don't even watch them.