As many of you may know, I am a youtube video producer. In fact, nearly all of my video content goes up on youtube, because that is where my fan base initially started. I recently got picked up as a Channel Awesome video producer, which is pretty sweet. I’d actually been trying to join the That Guy with the Glasses community for over a year now, and it is very fulfilling to accomplish a goal like that. Especially after 4 rejections…*coughbittercough!*
Nah, I am having a great time with Channel Awesome, and I love all the people involved; fans and contributors alike. Though, there is one thing that has been getting on my goat. Now, most of you guys already know that I am not a cynical reviewer or writer. It simply isn’t my style. I, in NO way, want to come off as a “My opinion is better! This game sucks and you shouldn’t like it and you’re stupid for liking it!” type of reviewer. I even admit to being put off by some cynical reviewers. Everyone has their own style of course, but I like to keep my material fairly light and goofy, so I don’t come off as sounding superior.
That being said, I want this to be clear: This article represents my personal opinion. You can agree, you can disagree, you can stay on the fence, whatever you choose.
I *hate* it when other internet personalities and (sometimes) fans respond to negative comments with “It’s free entertainment, stop complaining!”
It’s not *actually* free entertainment. You still *need* the internet to view online content, and unless you are pirating someone’s cable connection, you are most likely paying a monthly fee. Now, I am currently watching Back to the Future 3 on TV. You could say I’m watching it for free. However, I pay a monthly bill to have this cable. So is it really free? Not really. I pay my monthly television bill so I can get channels and a variety of shows to watch. I pay my internet bill so I can view a variety of internet shows on various “channels”. There isn’t really a difference as far as paying those bills go. Some would say TV has gone to shit and the internet offers much more, but that doesn’t mean you don’t pay that monthly bill.
Saying “It’s free entertainment” is not an acceptable response to people giving constructive criticism or slightly negative feedback to a video on the internet. I hate seeing those kind of comments from *anyone*. And even if it was completely free entertainment, that doesn’t make it *good* entertainment. Free =/= quality. If I ever come back to some criticism on one of my videos with “Shut up, it’s free!” then I will truly be disappointed in myself. I do want to make you guys the best internet entertainment I can, but if you don’t like what I have to offer, that is completely okay. People should be allowed to dislike something, and express their opinion on that without trying to be convinced otherwise.
I’m not going to lie and say that negative comments don’t hurt. Of course they do. You work hard on something, and it stings when someone doesn’t like it, but I would never react immaturely to someone who doesn’t, and I would never try to convince someone to think otherwise by saying “It’s free.”
Hell, I don’t like a lot of things. I hate the song Caribbean Queen, and no one can convince me otherwise! I hate it! The chorus sounds like “GARY BUSEEEEY!”
Anyways, I am rambling now. I just felt like bringing this up, since I see these kind of comments thrown around a lot, and it was starting to bother me. I’ll get back to being a goof in the next article.
By the way, shrimp is disgusting. It really is.