Jet Set Radio continues to be an astonishingly good looking game, over there on the last of the Segaboxes and wherever else it may have popped up over the years.
It’ll be looking even better on PC soon enough, with announcement that a high definition digital download version of the game is due on XBLA, PSN and my computer this summer.
Maybe it will be on your computer as well, or maybe you’re not yet convinced that its scratchy audio treats and cel shaded visuals are for you.
Look at this trailer, which is still lovely today several graphical and musical trends after release. This was before all game promotional material legally required use of dubstep or that BWAARRRRR Inception noise.
Sega didn’t have to use the words “Jet,” “Set,” “Radio,” (or “Grind”) in this teaser video for its next HD port of a Dreamcast classic. It also didn’t have to use the little radio logo, but it did. From the very first drumbeat, hundreds of hours of Dreamcast time spent trying to infinitely grind off of staircases in Shibuya-cho rushed back.
Jet Grind Radio is coming to XBLA and PSN. Get your ridiculous sunglasses, giant headphones, and magnetic skates out.
All right, feeling pumped? Feeling excited about chasing Poison Jam through the sewers of Tokyo-to again? We hate to do this, but — we’re not sure all the music is going to be there. -Joystiq.
So I was I’d say around 10 years old, and my family decides to take the dog for a walk. I decide I want to rollerblade, and make big circles around my family as they walk. At one point I end up a block ahead of my family, and a rusty beat up truck pulls up and stops, and a dude jumps out. I remember him having a super short beard.
He says “hey kid, check this out!” and he pulls out a skateboard, and rides it on the street and says “pretty cool skateboard huh kid? You want it?” I, being completely happy with my rollerblades, say “no thank you!” He says “come on! It’s free! Just come over here and take it!” I say “No, I like my rollerblades!”
At this point, he looks down the street and sees my family walking up the street. Without saying anything to me, he throws his skateboard in the back, jumps in his truck and drives away. I never thought it was weird, didn’t tell my parents, in my head it was “some dude tried to give me a skateboard I didn’t want!” 10 years later I’m like HOLY FUCK. THANK GOD I DIDN’T FUCKING LIKE SKATEBOARDS.
TL:DR Didn’t get kidnapped because I thought skateboards suck.
THE PULL Skateshop will be at BCSD and showing out of a hotel room/suite. You can come by the room after the contest on Friday and Saturday night to chill and/or buy things. Call or text 773.FIX.BOOT that weekend for hotel and room number details.
As a middle-school-age skateboarder growing up in the late ’90s, I was conditioned to hate rollerbladers. According to doctrine laid down by skateboarding magazines, this relatively new sport looked goofy, didn’t involve as much risk and, hence, was totally “gay.” (It usually went unmentioned that rollerblading also posed an economic threat to the skateboard industry.)
When a rollerblader moved into my apartment complex, however, I learned the joys of “aggressive” inline skating, which involves doing tricks and stunts. Thinking back, some of my fondest memories of those otherwise dreadful adolescent years involve me slapping on a pair of scratched-up blades, rigging a metal rail against a shopping cart and whiling away the hours doing soul grinds—one of the more basic tricks—over and over again. [...]
TL;DR at the end of the post. /!\ Update: Added the example of Rob Scallon, blader & musician.
People in the Rollerblading scene sure love Vimeo.
Why? For a single reason, (unlike Youtube) Vimeo allows the use of copyrighted songs without restriction. You can use your favorite music in your latest edits and no Major Music Company will be able to do anything.
This may change in the future, if anything close to the SOPA or PIPA get accepted. Websites like Vimeo would just close.
Bladers massively migrated from Youtube to Vimeo after October 2007 when Vimeo was the first to get Hi Definition Support ; Youtube was really late on this, you had to wait until December 2008 (14 months later) to get access to hi quality videos.
In 2012, HD is supported on every streaming platforms, staying on Vimeo for bladers might be a mistake. Why?
You may remember the Youtube clip Charlie bit my finger, a viral clip of a child biting his brother. The family who uploaded the video earned more than £100,000 (around 155 680 US $), the video was viewed 392 million times at the time of the article.
Take the ATL Waterpark Section from Black Market. This video was viewed more than 2,695,000 times in 17 months. Basic mathematics tell me that the guy who uploaded this cashed about 1000$ (or he didn’t check his youtube messages & must be really mad now).
Black Market, ATL Waterpark Section:
2,695,000+ Views in 17 months.
Of course most blading videos won’t reach 2 millions views. This one went viral but skaters surely can earn some royalties with their work that way (most videos on Youtube get monetized once your reached the 10k views cap).
On Vimeo even the most popular blading videos won’t reach 100k views. The most viewed video of the WRS Uploaded Contest (the Nils Jansons Section) only reached 75k views.
I’m surprised that the owners of those videos don’t claim their work (like VEVO does with his musicvideos), rehost better quality versions on their account and earn 3-4k dollars per year. If you can prove Youtube that these videos are yours, they will just take the mirrors down.
Some brands choosed to stay on Youtube and this is good, they are getting some income from their work:
On Vimeo, you get less views because the only one watching your videos are actually bladers. There are no viral effect on Vimeo, the only way for your video to get exposure on Vimeo is the Staff Pick Section which feature video on their index. In more than 4 years, Vimeo never featured a single blading video although almost all the community post their work on their website.
I’m hearing a huge troll screaming in the background “Yes, it’s cool, that way. If only bladers watch our videos, this is perfect, we want to stay underground”. Let me post something i saw last week that somehow made me really sad.
Dominic Sagona & Adam Johnson have a lot of amazing videos. Why don’t they monetize their past and future work on Youtube?
If you don’t have a good job on the side and a good healthcare, skating just looks like russian roulette. You can have fun but it can also end really quickly. People in the USA also have one of the worst healthcare system worldwide, just check Sicko by Michael Moore, it explains it really well).
Take the gaming “community”, a lot of broadcasters live from their work on Youtube: The Yoggcast, The Cynical Brit. What those guys do isn’t exceptional, they sure do it well and on a regular basis but what they’re only giving their first impressions on games they are playing.
Take Dominic Sagona, that guy is amazing. He has a unique skating skill and on the side creates music and is also DJing.
Just take your camera! Film your life, explain what you’re going through. Put on video your creative process while working on a new song ; test new music softwares, give your first impressions on it, bring the camera on your DJ set, show people how it’s done. Most people live a life extremely boring, just give us the opportunity to have a glimpse of what your exciting life looks like…
Make money on Youtube! Even if your videos are not that popular, beer’s money as Damien Wilson likes to call it, is worth it. Don’t use musics owned by Majors though, or half of the planet won’t be able to watch your videos (hello Germany!)
If you’re producing your own music (like Julian Bah, Franky Morales, …), just use your work. Else why not promoting indy bands? There are tons of musicians no one ever heard in your local area ; check Soundcloud too, i’m sure they are lots of people who would be glad to let you use their work if you just credit them somewhere.
About Youtube, Google, Adsense & VEVO
Youtube is the property of Google, Google also own Adsense, the most successful Online advertising program. You get paid via Adsense when you generate money via Youtube.
A lot of channels on Youtube are labelled artistVEVO. VEVO is a joint venture among Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and EMI. They control together the musicvideos they own and generate money via Youtube.