Weekly Recap Sept 2nd: YouTube Expands Demonetization Blacklist, Polygon FTC Troubles
Weekly Recap
(Last Updated On: September 2, 2017)

The reoccurring story throughout this past week was none other than that of YouTube’s infamously ubiquitous demonetization blacklist. It’s a list maintained and operated both manually and automatically by YouTube’s staff and their new machine learning AI algorithm. Using a mixture of video imagery, caption, comments, descriptions, titles and tags, the AI has been systematically adding both politically inflammatory and socially entertaining videos and content creators to the demonetization list, including outspoken Libertarian, Ron Paul.

This wouldn’t be a Weekly Recap without some news about a game being censored, this time it was the Korean-made Hyper Universe, which has been toned down because a Nexon community manager claims parents were telling them to “think of the children”. And Polygon has run afoul of the FTC standards, prompting for the undead remnants of #GamerGate to leap into action and rev up the e-mail campaign machine once more, like it was 2014. These stories and more in this September 2nd, 2017 edition of the Weekly Recap.

YouTube Starts Manually Demonetizing YouTubers

Philip DeFranco ends up getting demonetized by YouTube, along with a bunch of other YouTubers who have ended up on YouTube’s demonetization blacklist, including Censored Gaming. Star Wars: Battlefront 2 will supposedly run at 1080p and 60fps on the PS4 Pro, which is a far-cry from the supposed 4K resolution that Sony has been boasting about. On the lighter side of the news, Cartoon Network’s Amazing World of Gumball ended up taking some potshots at SJWs, and they’ve been the talk of the internet ever since. And the team behind Sega’s Yakuza series will be working on their very own version of Fist of the North Star.

 

YouTube Demonetization Continues

YouTube and Google continue to demonetize channels, including zapping the advertisements on Ron Paul’s content, demonetizing a Rimworld content creator, and even demonetizing Lazy Game Reviews. There’s a new No More Heroes game in the works for the Nintendo Switch called Travis Strikes Again: No More Heroes, and it’s running on the Unreal Engine 4. Development continues with Timesplitters Rewind, and the team is actually making some advancements with the game running on the latest iteration of the CryEngine. We also have two reviews of some new games, including Nidhogg 2 and Pillars of Eternity for home consoles. Polygon and Vox Media have also stated that they will update their public disclosure policies in light of #GamerGate’s campaign to the FTC.

 

Hyper Universe Censors Females In English Version

Americans can’t handle the tiddies. That seems to be the impression that Nexon’s community management staff is giving off over the censorship issue plaguing Hyper Universe, which is currently at risk of seeing its community implode before the game even exits Early Access. The release date for Sonic Forces has been set for November 7th. Sony’s PS Plus games for September continue to disappoint gamers all the way around. Al Jazeera has followed the path of other outlets by censoring all comments on their website regarding news. And here’s a little look into how developers are dissing their own communities.

 

Jordan Peterson & Bret Weinstein Discuss Kekistan

Joe Rogan had a discussion with controversial figures Jordan Peterson and Breit Weinstein to discuss a number of fascinating topics in a three hour podcast of the Joe Rogan Experience, including SJWs, the upcoming American Civil War, and Google’s censorship. On the brighter side of the table, some indie devs working on a remake of Tomb Raider in the Unreal Engine 4 and you can download the demo right now. Scorn received tons of new gameplay details ahead of its Kickstarter program. There’s a comparison between FIFA 18 and PES 2018 to help you decide which game to buy. There’s also some new VR headsets coming out this fall from HP, Lenovo and Dell. And there’s a cool new mod in the works for ARK: Survival Evolved is called Dragonpunk: Tribe of the Gods, which is a cool marriage between high-fantasy and cyberpunk thematics. It’s pure awesome.


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