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An Open Letter to The Game Grumps, Past and Present

After hearing Dan’s story on his depression in a recent episode, I figured that I’d write to you guys and echo the sentiments of many: You help me feel a lot better when my day is in perpetual crap mode, which seems unfortunately frequent due to a malevolent and crushing social miasma that is currently inescapable.

With the whole depression and ADD thing, I’ve been professionally diagnosed with both, used to be on meds for the latter but I asked to be taken off of them since it was causing some weird dissonance. I knew I wasn’t acting naturally, that I knew I was being a much different person, and that feeling just made me feel worse.

Perhaps that meant the medication was working? Who knows. But now, I self-manage by doing as much as I possibly can, to try and entertain anyone that’s willing to look, listen, experience whatever it is I do in life. In any case, long story short, the discussion really struck home. I’m sure you’ve been getting tons of messages about this, but that’s not the only discussion in the episode that applied to me.

This letter is also a thank you note for helping me get comfortable with calling myself what I am. If you guys hadn’t discussed that part about being proud of being an artist, I’d still be that guy that staunchly calls what he does in his free time “just a bunch of dumb crap I’ve made”. All the webcomics I’ve made over the years, the comedic rewrites of hentai doujinshi, the podcast, the music I write, perform, record and master, the screenplay I’ve been working on for a while, the silly little weather show I record with my buddy at work that, for some reason, I’ve decided to upload to YouTube, even the novel I’m currently writing a first draft of. Not taking the pride in the work I’ve done, preferring to be called a content producer rather than an artist, assuming there are negative connotations in that word simply because I’m an amateur at all of these things that I’m doing.

Well, that ends today. I’m declaring it to you fine folks: Arin, Jon, Dan, Suzy, Ross, Barry, and everyone else that decides to read this; I’m an artist, goddammit.

I’m an artist and I’m proud of it.

So, thank you, all of you, from the bottom of my heart. This channel, Game Grumps, means a lot to me, and it has since day one.

-Mike

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Another Thing I Wrote To Some Simp On Copyrights

Materials cost money, no matter what, and most people will opt to recoup the cost of their investments. Besides, tell that to the creators, showrunners and producers of television or movies or music. They may love doing what they do, but want to advertise it, or have a mixer that knows what they’re doing, or actors that aren’t awful at their jobs. That costs money. People often lend up their expertise at a craft in exchange for being paid.

It’s like… the people in favor of piracy assume that the only people that are getting paid is the person whose brain it came out of and these avaricious demons in giant buildings. How about the engineer in the recording studio, or even the person who built that hundred thousand dollar studio, or the guy holding the boom mic that gets paid minimum wage, you’d be taking away his job, or the grip, or the gaffer, or the writers, or the photog, all the cogs that work on that shit just as hard as the motherfuckers that get put up on the marquee.

Trust me on this. I’ve fucking been there.

If a TV show doesn’t do well in advertising money as figured out through the draconian Nielsen rating system here in the states, it gets cancelled, those people can be out of work for a long, long time, which sucks because the internet can be just as good and is honestly the future that TV is afraid of, they should embrace such a delivery system, because they can sell ad space through the streaming websites and get revenue and whatever, but people don’t even want to look at advertisements anymore.

Like, what do you assholes want to do in exchange for entertainment? Nothing? Tell me how that’s even fair? And that’s not considering that this current system is broken and archaic and stupid, it’s the current delivery system we’re under until someone makes a better one. We can’t make a better system by dismantling this one by not spending money for thirty fucking days, hell, even pirating it for a few years is a drop in the goddamn bucket and is negligible. What we need to do, as denizens of the internet, is get together and create a different deliver system that everyone in the business barring the RIAA, MPAA or any of those entities can get behind, and support, and still maintain with some integrity.

It’s not the spending of money that’s the issue, it’s spending it in the wrong fucking places. You’re on the internet, everyone is on here, everyone would like more fairness, find them, find the people that can do something and fix the issue rather than exacerbating it by doing some kind of ridiculous piracyfest that might serve to levy more bills against internet distribution. There are people that can change this with enough discussion.

I guess what I’m trying to get at is, yeah, music is easy enough to self-distribute, but if you can’t advertise, even on the internet, it won’t reach a lot of people as word of mouth can only go so far. Writing is also easy enough to self-distribute, but the same problem arises, and don’t even get me started on publication costs if you want to release a physical book. For TV or Movies? It’s nearly impossible to make something yourself and get paid for it. But it all points back to the same solution, if you don’t like how things currently work, move to fix the problems, don’t make them worse by doing stupid shit that makes it look like a bunch of the people that use the internet are thankless clods. That’s not going to get us anywhere. Piracy is enough of a problem since it’s a hot button issue, and that shows a lot of people are paying attention to it, but you’re not understanding that it’s viewed as problem. And, really, do you want to turn a problem into a bigger problem that pushes a awful, disgusting bill into ratification?


A Thing I Wrote To Some Simp About Copyrights

I sincerely apologize for castigating The Black March movement as a means that is idiotic, the people that think pirating intellectual property is the penguin’s balls and for taking a stance on something. I honestly rarely have passion for anything, and that terrifies me, and it makes me envious of people that do. But if you can honestly say that pirating software, movies, games, et al. is the best thing around and paying money for entertainment is bullshit then you’re an entitled child that really doesn’t deserve anything. Every time I’ve attempted to pirate something that wouldn’t be impossible to get otherwise, my scruples make me feel like a complete pile of shit and I hate myself for it. I, for some reason, still don’t have a legal copy of Band of Horses’ Everything All The Time and I feel like a moron because of it. I’ve had it for at least two years.

But, to me, that exemplifies the reason no one really supports the arts anymore, there’s no appreciation for them. And there’s no appreciation for the work that goes into the creative process. I can assure you that the people that steal this shit don’t send a message of thanks when they steal it and they clearly don’t spend money on it.  You don’t support the artist just by having their crap, so there’s no visible appreciation for it.  That shows how greedy, spoiled and shitty that section of the audience is, and as someone who has been generating content that is free for about a decade now, that people can, and have been able to, download at their leisure and that I make for the love of the process and the arts, all I can get is appreciation,  but if I didn’t know if I was entertaining anyone, which is the ultimate goal, then what’s the point of continuing?

So, it’s kind of a sore topic with me, and people trivializing that with their bullshit makes them a shitty person. Stealing the hard work of someone else and giving nothing back makes them a shitty person. And bragging about trivializing the work of someone else, then stealing it and saying there’s nothing wrong with it makes them a genuinely shitty person. And it’s good that they can live with themselves, I guess.  They can keep chasing that rainbow of antipathy towards everyone and resume their petty theft.

That’s the thing that pisses me off the most. People think all these artists or directors or writers or musicians see these numbers and go “Awesome, money!” But it can’t just be that. Every sale, every viewing, every unit moved means that many people enjoyed their product, that many people appreciated the work that they did. It’s not just the money.  It’s people showing the creators that they fucking give a shit about the output of the creative community. You sell 10,000 albums, move most tickets from 300 capacity venues on a tour, or, hell, get a few thousand hits on a streaming website of a new song or demo or whatever, do you know how awesome that has to feel?

A few weeks ago I was helping tear down the set for a concert at the town college’s auditorium. It was a show put on by Richard Marx. How many people know who that is without looking it up? It doesn’t matter. It was a 1700 seat theater and there were so many asses in those seats that it had to be close to selling out. The last song he played was his most famous song, and at the last chorus, he was basically like “sing along with me, dawgs”. Over a thousand people sang with him.  I was amazed. Because what he felt at that moment, regardless of if he was doing it in the middle of bumblefuck nowhere, or at Carnegie Hall, a thousand people gave a shit, by paying their money in appreciation, which he even noted before he finished the set, that our country has a messed up problem with its economy, and the people that were watching him at that moment came out and supported him and that it meant a whole lot to him. He appreciated his audience for showing up and being there for him to perform to.

So the next time you feel like pirating that shit, you’re taking that feeling away from somebody. So, go ahead and be selfish and continue not giving a shit about anyone but yourself, I’m sure that’s been working out just fine.