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#1  Edited By TruthTellah

This news ultimately seems like a good step. Regulating print media and larger news outlets has been more central in the past, with established norms in place, but with new media and YouTube, many people haven't been sure how to properly regulate it. Game companies(and many companies outside of gaming) have used this grey area to their advantage to get away with easier base manipulation of people. It's overdue for the FTC to look more at YouTube and Twitch.

Sponsored text-based coverage should have appropriate sponsorship disclosures in the text, and sponsored video-based coverage should have sponsorship disclosures in the video. Hiding sponsorship details in the fine print is obviously deceptive. It's not surprising that YouTubers are taking money for good coverage, as that has been going on for a decent amount of time; the same has been going on at Twitch. The big matter of concern is proper disclosure of those sponsorships, and hopefully this latest ruling will lead to more YouTubers being even clearer about their paid content.

As for the recent CSGO gambling scandal, it's not surprising in the least, and the main guy involved seems committed to continue to lie and deceive people about it. People should keep it in mind with his future videos and perhaps consider just watching any number of other people online.

Some encouraging accountability on these recent issues. Hopefully it means more FTC attention and better sponsorship disclosures in future online gaming videos and streams.

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Wooohooooo! #SKATE4 won for Tony Hawk! Thanks to everyone for your donations!

And big thanks to generous Canadian Warren Hyatt for donating $2450 toward #SKATE4! What a baller.

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Suddenly, just today, I can no longer go Fullscreen in Chrome. It only fills the browser window. I mouse over the expand icon, hit Fullscreen, and it only does Fill Browser. This is really frustrating. Why would it now default to Fill Browser and not allow Fullscreen?

It seems to still go Fullscreen in Firefox, but not Chrome. And sadly, the player only runs smoothly in Chrome.

Edit: Okay, I tried Debiggening it, and now the Fullscreen button works. Seems like Biggening it causes some kind of issue now that prevents Fullscreen on Chrome? Weird.

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Heck, even Pewdiepie has been talking more and more about concerns over Youtubers' relationship with the games industry; so, it's not just a "traditional video games media" thing, it's an internal and relatively widespread concern over how that style of coverage and entertainment is being used.

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If someone calls themselves a "Youtube Influencer", yes I would look down and throw my drink at them.

Though, really, if we're just talking about "Youtubers" and a lot of games media, the difference is becoming less and less. I mean, Giant Bomb is a mostly video-centric site, and Patrick is a big Youtuber even if he makes basically no money from it. Video is big! And Youtube is just its own particular format for that.

As far as ethical practices and manipulation, though, it's not too much different from the smaller game websites back in the day, just on a bigger scale. As Jeff has talked about a lot, there was heavy pressure on bigger outlets, and that would naturally pressure smaller game sites, too. And just by their very nature, they were less accountable. Big Youtubers, on the other hand, have gotten increasing scrutiny, even from fellow Youtubers(like Jim Sterling), and it's still an aspect of that business that is being worked out.

So, I'd say it's less that anyone is looking down on them as it is concern over how that style of coverage is still in a transition period. Publishers know this and try to take advantage. Overcoming and stabilizing that pressure is part of the long term challenge of gaming coverage on Youtube.

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I love that they confirmed the theory of Jon's Targaryen birth, and it adds additional significance to his friendship with Aemon Targaryen, Maester of the Night's Watch and his great great uncle.(Aemon's brother Aegon's great grandson) Considering the creators of the show knew this from the beginning, the subtle hints and their natural bond were significant. Puts a whole new light on a lot of that time.

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Certainly been some "negative" reactions and anger, to say the least.

Warning: Violence and blood. https://twitter.com/b0redinbucks/status/746835825703391233

Pack all that on the economic crash this has unleashed, it seems rather reasonable many people are kinda worried.

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@truthtellah said:

Considering it was a narrowly-passed referendum, it isn't untoward to think many would see the disastrous fallout of this vote and realize this was a misguided move. More people especially realize the importance of it now, and any second referendum would likely see far greater turnout and an overturning of this. Only need a million or so to realize the mistake of this vote or another million to participate.

Frankly, it's in the best interests of all major parties to undo this. Even UKIP seem a bit taken aback by the actual reality of it.

I really hope this comes to pass, while I know the people that voted leave will be like "it cannot be undone" I hope all party's look at this and overturn it so we and other places don't face anything close to another recession. Hell some people who were not of the awful "Take our country back" mindset have even gone as far to being on TV and openly regretted their vote.

Yeah, seeing those Leave voters who thought they were "just sending a message", thought it'd benefit NHS, or didn't realize how much of a big deal this was openly regretting their votes is tough. A whole lot of people were misled by the Leave campaign, and many people just angry with the crappy job Cameron has done thought it'd reproach him, not realizing the great damage it actually passing would do.

Seems likely that a recession will now happen either way, as the country was hurt and the market was shocked by this, but there may be hope to cut the losses and make this just a regrettable but temporary stumble for the country.

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So far all I've bought is The Witcher 3 DLC pack and the Jackbox Party Pack2

I want Stardew Valley. But I want it mobile (on the iPad). I know the developer is one guy. I think it may never come out on other platforms. But I've got way too many games to play on the PC already and I don't think I can afford the timesink of Stardew Valley cutting in to my home gaming time. So I'm thinkin pass.

Announced at E3, Stardew Valley is coming to PS4, Xbox One, and Wii U later this year. Q4 2016 is the plan. Two game companies are working on the ports while he focuses on the PC version.

Personally, it seems like a game that's best with mouse and keyboard, but as Harvest Moons have shown, that style can work on consoles. So, if you can wait until later in the year and have one of those consoles, you're in luck.