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Monday, November 2, 2015

KoopaTV's October 2015 Review Newsletter

By LUDWIG VON KOOPA - We get to claim victimhood, too. Plus, Round 5 begins!

KoopaTV has all the news and videogame commentary unfit to print or to air, so we're stuck to a poorly-made website (with a cool domain name) instead. That said, we're fundamentally your website. So we wanna let you know what's happened over the past month and how you can help make your own site (by which I mean this one) better. Get ready, we got headers and anchors again.

More Censorship

This sucks to say, but we have more news continuing off a series of bad news. We've told you before how KoopaTV's videogame Defend Anita Sarkeesian got censored to hell from our content-hosting website. Then last month, Part 4 of our guide to Trayvon Tyson's Punch-Out!! also got removed. Well it turns out that on October 1st, Trayvon Tyson's Punch-Out!! itself got censored.

"We removed this project because it is too violent or scary for the Scratch website. Scratch is for kids ages 8 and up, so it's important that everything shared is appropriate for all ages."

This is a huge loss for the world, but fortunately you can see most of what the game had to offer by watching Jareditton's Let's Play of it here. Of course, there's nothing like playing the game, and you can get the file to download and play on your computer if you ask me nicely.

KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program Round 4 Results

Of course, you want to know who won. It's not really a surprise since we have this whole publicly-available spreadsheet, but here are the final standings between September 1 and October 30 for the KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program!

  1. ShinyGirafarig — 91 points
  2. Samantha Lienhard — 86 points
  3. Marmar Omgcheez & Sam — 9 points each
The rich are getting richer while the poor stay that way. That's probably a social commentary.

Well, we want to change that and arrange the incentives differently. So that's why we're announcing...

KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program Round 5 Announcements!

...Hm, that's a pretty vague heading.

Well, the prizes are different. You'll read later this week (Tuesday's article unless I have better things to publish that day) on why, but we're not gonna be offerin' $10 in Xbox One, PS4, or eShop codes. The prize is actually pending. It could just be Amazon gift cards because that's...easy. And, as KoopaTV staffer Kamek (yes, he's alive) told me this weekend, "that would be practically as good as cash." (Of course, it'd be coming from my assets, not his.)

There will also be adjustments to the scoring system that we're still working out, so stay tuned to further announcements by keeping a close eye on the KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program page. One such change is that guest articles will now be worth 5 points minimum, and up to 15 points maximum.

Top 5 Recommended Articles From October

Every KoopaTV article is worth reading. That's a truism. So is KoopaTV out of ideas and creativity? Far from it. Here are five articles, listed in chronological order, to prove it:
  1. Ludwig's Decision: Koopa Clown CAR vs. Doomship PLANE!
  2. Bicyclists are the Worst People
  3. Europe, Cats vs. Dogs Splatfest, and American Leadership
  4. Fatal Frame on Wii U's Digital Only Debacle
  5. Sony's PewDiePie Birthday Tribute...?
Okay, I know a lot of people will disagree with my picks. I sorta just didn't want all the Splatoon articles from October to be there because then I'll feel pressured to just write about Splatoon only. And while it's a great game and it makes me happy (which is apparently a rare emotion for me) there are other things that gotta be recognised too.

Addressing Disappearing Content

There are other articles that have disappeared besides what's been described in "More Censorship", though it's not from censorship. It's from...SABOTAGE. I don't want to name names... but I will, because it wouldn't be the truth if I didn't. ...Eh, nah, I'll just link to the article that'll give you a great idea of who did it.

These four additional articles are currently unavailable from KoopaTV, and they all have something in common:
  1. April 21, 2014: Super Smash Bros. - George Zimmerman Makes His Stand!
  2. June 23, 2014: Herman Cain's Burning Answer
  3. March 11, 2015: #IStandWithPhils
  4. March 13, 2015: Happy Friday the 13th from KoopaTV!
...We've backed up copies of those articles, but three of them are just videos. (Well, the first two of those videos are extremely important to KoopaTV history.) The non-video-based article is...a loss, but we can manage. We've got nearly 700(!) articles now. We'll be there sometime in December. We got lots of material covered and re-covered. We can definitely get through this!

Did You Know KoopaTV Is Still Hiring?

It's a true story. Check out our Jobs page for details. In particular demand, or at least as a one-time thing: Someone who can design a logo for us. We'll even give you points for it if we have to. Please contact us for details. Thanks.

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Ludwig apparently didn't have anything better to publish the next day.
Round 5's prizes ARE Amazon gift cards. And it's not winner-take-all!
We're trying to get our games back to playable format.
Click here for last month's newsletter!
Next month's newsletter is here!
KoopaTV is so close to being a year into our modern review newsletter naming scheme! See October 2014's here!
Next year's newsletter is here, which again features a much bigger round for the KoopaTV Loyalty Rewards Program.

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