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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

KoopaTV's July 2017 Review Newsletter

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - We start off the newsletter with... a tribute to a special person.

Get ready for another great KoopaTV month! Aw yeah!

But first, let's review what happened in July of 2017. Lots of stuff, judging by the number of headers in this article. BY THE WAY, I hope you readers know that if you hover your cursor over a heading, it'll give you the url anchor extension bringing the page directly to that header. Try it.

BUT, before we get to our newsletter's headlines, there's something I gotta explain: All five of last week's articles' sub-titles were quotes by King Koopa from the Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 3, or Super Mario World cartoons. This was done as a sorta stupid/silly tribute to Harvey Atkin, who voice-acted King Koopa in all three of those cartoons. He died two weeks ago of cancer at the age of 74. King Koopa is a big reason that I'm a fan of those cartoons. His wit, cruelty, fashion sense, and bursts of brilliance continue to be an inspiration to Koopas everywhere.


Now with that out of the way, let's stop talking about Koopas on TV and talk about KoopaTV. Starting with...

Top Five Recommended Articles of July 2017

Here are my top five recommended articles of July 2017. These are presented in chronological order:

  1. Where was the UK Terrorism Victims Tribute at E3 2017?
  2. CNN is MIFFED at a Donald Trump GIF!
  3. Ludwig Got a Nintendo Switch! Impressions Inside?!
  4. The Splatoon 2 Demo Splatfest: CAKE vs. ICE CREAM
  5. Skipping Windows 10: VINDICATED! Paint: DEPRECATED!

...Hm, that looks a bit front-of-the-month-loaded, but, hey, all the articles are worth reading. Every one. On the whole site.

Photobucket Is A DISASTER

Continuing July's apparent theme of “once-liked things are dying”, image-hosting website Photobucket has changed its business model during July. Photobucket is notable for being one of the first, premiere image-hosting sites early on the Internet, and it was free. As a result, it has had incredible popularity among the early 2000s crowd, accumulating billions of images. That includes all of KoopaTV's staffers. We have saved many images on Photobucket because it was one of the best ways to share images with one another back then, especially on forums.

This extended to KoopaTV for some articles, notably ones that Vortex wrote or contributed to. Photobucket now has it where third-party hosting, once the value proposition of Photobucket, is now a service you need to pay $400 annually for. Subsequently, all Photobucket images broke, along with any urls to Photobucket. (Even though... hyperlinking to Photobucket isn't third-party hosting!)

Photobucket p500 p100 third party hosting linking direct hyperlink url PhotoFuckIt
Just LINKING is reserved for paying customers.
Photobucket is basically holding their existing user base hostage.

KoopaTV has made a spreadsheet of all of the Photobucket references on our site, and we have fixed... most of them. There are some cases where Photobucket urls were referenced in a live reaction log. We didn't swap those out because that would be tampering with historical documents.

KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program Round 15 Mid-Round Leaderboard

Let's transition to the section that's all about YOU GUYS. Here are the standings for Round 15 of the KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program as of publishing. It ends August 30! If you want to win a $10 Nintendo eShop code by participating (and being the top-scorer) in a 100% skill-based contest, you'll want to check this out.

  1. ShinyGirafarig — 34 points
  2. Kody B. — 28 points
  3. Charssie — 20 points
  4. Lheticus Videre — 12 points
  5. Nandin Lopez — 8 points
Reminder: KoopaTV's Feedback Forms and Quizzes are a great way to get points quickly, and I know that most of you haven't filled out the current set.

Corrections Corner

There were no corrections made to KoopaTV articles, as pointed out by KoopaTV readers, during July 2017. ...That's good for us.

You can trust us to keep the facts straight!

Nintendo Switch Amazon Prices

In July, we started a new KoopaTV feature: Daily reporting of Amazon's Nintendo Switch prices for the two SKUs. I decided I'd give the results in these newsletters.

July 2017 Amazon Nintendo Switch prices neon red blue grey graph chart over time month
Will the prices keep gradually falling as they have in the last third of July?
Find out next month! (Or whenever you want, if you wish.)



You really should share KoopaTV to your friends and discussion partners. That would make the staffers happy. You want KoopaTV's staff to be happy, right? Regardless of what you want, KoopaTV's staffers will work this month to make YOU happy with awesome, free content!


Click here for last month's June 2017 newsletter.
Click here for last year's July 2016 newsletter.

2 comments :

  1. I filled out the quiz and feedback form this time. Not completing them could cost me first place as I learned the last round.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. And woooooosh you're in first place right now.

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