On the podcast The Final Score I do a gameplay review segment called The Odd Mod. Each week I pick a weird modification of a game and I review it during the show. On show 25 of The Final Score I chose the mod QuickFlip for Quake 1. I recorded my gameplay and posted it on YouTube and linked to it for everyone to see. This has worked great in the past.

However, this time after I uploaded my gameplay I noticed that the audio was missing from my video and I received this email from YouTube shortly thereafter:

Dear thebriandunaway,

Your video, output, may have content that is owned or licensed by WMG.

No action is required on your part; however, if you are interested in learning how this affects your video, please visit the Content ID Matches section of your account for more information.

– The YouTube Team

It is true that the Quake mod has embedded the song “Hit The Road Jack” performed by Ray Charles which you can obviously hear in my gameplay review.

The video is a little over 1 minute long and contains a mix of the song in question, Quake audio effects and KickFlip audio effects. So my question is this: Technically speaking this is a review of gameplay. The song is embedded in the game. Legally shouldn’t I be able to post such a review without getting permission from the creators?

Once again, I am asking legally. I’m not asking whether youtube has the right to refuse service to anyone.

Also, this seemed to be pretty automated. The audio was cut almost immediately. I wonder what kind of AI they are running over there to catch all this or if there is some guy there watching all the videos. Weirdo.

By the way, you can hear the audio if you go to my page on YouTube but not on the direct link for the video

UPDATE: Thanks for the heads up from Aaron Spain in the comments about contesting the ruling on YouTube. I dug a little further and was able to fill out a form for contesting that the video was Fair Use and YouTube turned the audio back on. Now let’s see if it stays on.


The NerdBus Nerds You

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What is the Nerd Bus?

If you follow me on Twitter you may have noticed a mention or two about #NerdBus and you may be asking yourself “What the crap is Nerd Bus?”

I think @pbpope described it best. “The nerdbus means freedom!”

A little back story:

On Sept. 23, 2010 Scott Johnson of Utah twittered a request on how to best ship a Mame Arcade cabinet that was being gifted to him by Chris Pope who lives in Georgia. There was some discussion on Twitter and I told Chris he should send me the cabinet and I would drive it to Utah for Nerdtacular 2011. At this point me and Chris jokingly discussed driving to Utah with the cabinet. Then someone recommended we pick up Scott Fletcher on our journey to Utah. This is when my brain started thinking “Man…that’s a lot of nerds in 1 vehicle. We’ll need a van.” Then a few twitter folks decided they would also like to be picked up during our cross country trek (Some out of our way, some not.) So I decided to ask directly. “If you want to ride the nerd bus tweet ‘I wanna ride the nerdbus’ #nerdbus.” After a few minutes, I was getting requests from all over the world and some were including seating requests. At this point I was afraid I would be annoying people with all my tweets about the #nerdbus so I hopped on over to Godaddy and bought the domain name (because it’s on sale.) I set up a quick forums page and asked people what Nerd Bus meant to them. You can check that out here.

I also asked for sponsors and @maphook was kind enough to volunteer it’s support and to drive the bus.

So that’s the story. From simple idea to a movement.

I think it’s a cultural mindset of nerds wanting to get out and meet more nerds and be part of something hopeful and what better way to do that than to get on a big ole bus and ride it all the way to Nerdtacular with the nerdiest people you can pick up.

Brian D.

UPDATE: There is also a thread on Twitter that has sprung up that is a hybrid of #moviequotes and #nerdbus. Nothing can stop the bus. Ride the bus.

People who are talking about Nerd Bus:

more coming

Podcasts Schedule

Podcasts Schedule This Week

Here is a bit of a podcast schedule. Some nights aren’t recording/editing podcasts but are podcast related. Prep work goes into each cast and sometimes that means sacrificing my time for playing games. I know…but somebody has to do it.

Monday: The Final Score Left 4 Dead Monday – I didn’t get to play very long. Like 5 minutes. (spent some time with the family. I did hear the game went on without me and a great time was had by all.) Later on, I put the family to bed and I played some StarCraft 2 with some FrogPants alumni and friends. (You can hear some Smack Talk about that this Friday on The Final Score.)

Tuesday: 20 Questions podcast – Nick of the 20 Questions podcast asked me 20 questions. Apparently I set a new record for length of time. Beating out Scott Johnson’s previous record…take that Scotty.

The Final Score: I played about an hour of Team Fortress 2 and had a blast talking to all the gang who shows up every week. The server was full just about the whole time we played. It may be time for another upgrade.

Recorded Old School for this weeks The Final Score.

Wednesday: The Final Score – Woke up at 6am to play some Civ 5 demo so I could at least be semi prepared for this week’s episode of TFS.  Play the Odd Mod for The Final score. This week is a game developed on the Unreal Engine. Looks like fun.

Comics Coast To Coast – Make show notes.

Thursday: Comics Coast To Coast – Recording my favorite comic related podcast.

Friday: Record The Final Score with Scott and Nicole.

and that’s it. That’s what a podcast week looks like for me.


Sketch 9-21-2010

Trying to use Corel Essentials. Used brushes to do this. Feel like I’m taking baby steps. Like starting all over again. and Oh Boy…are these not the colors I was using in Corel. Thanks jpeg.


Sketches for 09-19-2010

My scanner really sucks. I tried scanning in some of my doodles from the day. I was out a lot and didn’t have my wacom so I just doodled on every scrap piece of paper I could find bearing down on soft surfaces like paperback books. Breaking all the rules and it shows. All of these were done with BIC pens and my scanner hates them. But here they are…blah…SHAME MYSELF INTO DOING BETTER!


proof my scanner sucks…at the bottom I took a picture with my crappy digital camera of one of the sketches and you can at least tell what it is now.