“Let’s Play” video policy for games I’ve created

So there’s been some hoo-ha recently about Google taking down YouTube videos of gameplay due to dubious Content ID matches. Along with other indies, I’m taking specific steps to push back against the trolls.

So let’s make this clear and explicit – you are free to make and monetize “Let’s Play” videos and video reviews of any of the games I’ve created. Stream them on TwitchTV, upload them to YouTube, Vimeo, MySpace(!), wherever. Please monetize them & get uber rich ! Ask nicely, and I’ll probably give you a review copy or an unlock code for the game too, so you can show everyone the full unadulterated experience.

Following the lead of a few others (likeĀ Vlambeer and the guys behind Below Kryll), I made this little ‘Moolah for the Viddya Permission Form’ that you can fill out and use as evidence that I have explicitly given you permission to monetize videos of games I’ve created. I’m not sure how much use this really is, but it’s there if required. Developers – feel free to steal and use the source on your own site.

Important things to keep in mind:

Some of my games use Creative Commons Attribution licensed music – you should check the credits section of the game and make sure your video also includes a credit for any Creative Commons licensed music in the description. In particular, Def currently uses this catchy track “Fist Bump” by Ramiz Haddad, and Assembly and BlinkWorld by DST.

Also, it’s good form to provide a link back to the game from description below your video – either this site, or maybe somewhere you can buy it. I tend to repay the favour and tweet, G+ share, etc your video, so link liberally and we will both win.

There’s a nice list of indie developers and their video policies over here at Beals Software. Go make some awesome indie “Let’s Play” videos !

LD48 #13 : pansapiens timelapse video

Here’s the timelapse from my recent Ludum Dare 48 hour game development compo session.

LD48 #13 : pansapiens timelapse

One screenshot every 5 mins, taken with the script (screenshot.sh):

import -window root -display $DISPLAY $OUTDIR/$(date +%F_%R.%S).png >/dev/null 2>/dev/null

using the cronjob:

0,5,10,15,20,25,30,35,40,45,50,55 * * * * /home/perry/timelapse/screenshot.sh

And converted to a video by running the script (timelapse_convert.sh):

# convert pngs to jpgs and scale down the size
mogrify -format jpg -scale 840x526 *.png
# convert jpgs to video
# will fail if there are any frames of different sizes (geometry)
# also, need to remove "blank" frames if the screensaver went off
mencoder "mf://*.jpg" -mf fps=4 -o timelapse.avi -ovc lavc -lavcopts vcodec=mpeg4:vbitrate=800