NINTENDO IS TAKING DOWN YOUTUBE ARCHIVES OF ITS MUSIC

WIRED | 8/16/2019 | Julie Muncy
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Welcome to Replay, your one-stop destination for all of the biggest gaming news of the last few days. This week, we explore some Nintendo copyright concerns and some Epic Store updates, along with a nice game recommendation to boot. Grab a beverage and let's get going.

First off, Nintendo has every right to request that YouTube take down archives of its videogame music. Second, that's still a bummer. As Kotaku reports, Nintendo has recently started throwing down copyright strikes against YouTube channels that archive their games' music for casual listening. GilvaSunner—a channel that archived music from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Super Smash Bros 3DS, among many others—recently received at least 115 copyright claims regarding music from Fire Emblem: Awakening, with other channels also reporting similar strikes.

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Another truly unfortunate element about this is that a lot of this music isn't actually available anywhere else. In a search for the Fire Emblem: Awakening soundtrack, I found only pricey used copies from unofficial sellers. These YouTube channels don't want to steal money or promotional energy from Nintendo—they just want to share some tunes that you can't really hear without turning on the games and letting them run. That's not the easiest thing to do; there really ought to be better ways to listen to these tracks.

In Epic's ongoing quest to create a game store and launcher that can compete with Steam, there's been a big problem hanging over their heads: features. Steam has accrued a lot of quality-of-life conveniences over the years that make playing games on the platform a very appealing prospect. Features like cloud saves and the ability to track how long you've played a particular game are pretty essential to a lot of people at...
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