My -Z- Cents! (You Tube “censorship”)

MY -Z- CENTS

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Greeeeetings and Salutations!!!

I am Mr. Z and this is the return of The blog and a new weekly “rant” series where i put my 2 cents in on a subject,get it “Z” cents….eh lol So anyways I kinda wwasn’t going to go out of my way to say anything about the recent you tube changes….or sorta changes  throwing panic all over. My channel is on hiatus until Next month and really I not only don’t monetize yet or rarely venture beyond the pg stuff anyways so why does this affect me. In basic terms it doesn’t ,but I can see good and bad in it and since a cool dude asked me “What do you think?”( -cough-Zero Score-cough- who has a channel as well and you can click on his name to go check out his fantastic content if you wish.) I figured I wanted to start this series anyways among other blog things and it seems like a nice return.

I’m not going to make this some 47 page tirade, or silly joke so I don’t waste anyone’s precious time. If you aren’t aware (for some reason) recently new rules on monetization of you tube videos began getting enforced. Most are what I deem reasonable, some are a bit sketchy in free speech areas, and some are confusing or irrational in ways. I’ll give my main opinion on these and try to explain myself.

If you want to see a full and concise list of these rules go to you tube yourself or watch one of the million videos people have made on the subject,it’s not hard to find them. What it’s boiling down to is “supposedly” you tube advertisers seem to have issues with questionable content in the videos they advertise during so they’d prefer more widely accepted subjects to peddle their goods and services. Now this isn’t new or weird really, the radio and television companies have always had their restrictions due to sponsers. So is it very weird after 10 or 11 years you tube suddenly enforces some of the same policies, yes and no really.

I find it slightly off putting it’s taken THIS long for enforcing these rules when a ridiculous ton of not just the big channels but medium and small channels have mostly had free reign to express themselves. If from the beginning these things were in place I’d say this was 100% fine. It’s understandable but to make thousands or millions to just completely change over night or be punished is a bit much. Now on you tubes side most of the rules are fine, I don’t fully believe the profanity one applies to just the random f bomb but maybe a more pointed poke at bullying and de-faming people or companies.

Excessive violence, drugs, and sexual content I can understand, most can just simply not go into these areas,livestream, or blog or tweet those opinions or jokes if they are a must. Now under those terms I don’t agree helping people with legal drug advice or depression or even abuse help should be included as they are helpful and supportive but if it can’t be split from those items I guess alright. The main issue I have is the last category dealing with not just vague unexplained subjects but no talking about politics,war,or natural disasters slightly annoys me. Tornados,Hurricanes,floods,fires impact lives heavy and if say someone wants to put proceeds they make on a video for a charity to help people now they likely can’t do that.

Same with political or war related items, military/vets/war efforts fuel many in this country and other countries I’m sure so taking away those freedoms of opinion and expression is a bit harsh,Let’s be honest too not only is it a freedom to talk about political stuff but it can be comical as well.  These rules aren’t going away so I’d say adjust and move on, you can still make your monies out there everyone lol I’s say make those “guideline” vids you need for revenue and make the rest how you want and just take the hit on the non-payment. But hey that’s my opinion, my -Z- Cents!

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Greetings and Salutations!

It is I, the one and only, sometimes I go by Zilvis…Sometimes I go by Thomas<<Shocking I know lol nahhh considering for 2 years on The Tweeter I used my full name it’s out there…oh somewhere. Mostly these days though yep it’s Mr. Z or The Z Files as my Twitter and Youtubes and Instagram…yes I have a sillygram lol but anywho this is kinda where I alllllll started,well and my now unused Wildstar Blog, but here I did many a movie review,game review, linked videos, did a bit o the ranting ,and general art mischief. At some point life…and attempted sleep…and video making got busy and the blog sorta got buried. BUT <<<and I know it’s bad to start a sentence that way,shh lol BUT I hope I’m back, now sure I could review movies and books and games on my youtube…possibly but no no I’m gonna go a bit more dynamically detailed in explaining then I can in verbal terms. In the end I’m a writer,as screams my dozen short stories, huge unfinished novel,and random comicbook scripts around and un-published lol…maybe someday, for today though know soon OH SO SOON regular 1-2 blogs a week will churn out again,some reviews,some ideas,maybe a story? Oh and those things people love…rants..drama..opinions…yup probably those too…so prepare yourselves for KOZ FILES 2.0 a literary FEAST for the eyes!

-Z- reviews the December #Nerdblock

Greetings and Salutations gamers, sprites, and muggles alike!!! December’s Nerdblock had some very cool and cute items to warm this gamers heart in the holiday season,slightly 80’s themed (which is always fine with me) let’s see what was inside!

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When they rumored a Gremlins item this is exactly what I wanted, a nearly life size exact replica of Gizmo, I watch Gremlins every year in my Christmas movie list and having my own Mogwai is sweet indeed!

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Being a former Dungeons and Dragons player (and current Neverwinter MMO player) this D&D item came very well received and will sit by my gaming PC proudly.

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A Tetris notebook with block dividers is interesting, and cool for the anniversary of that classic game.

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For the holiday season a bonus shirt came included, first up is a Harry Potter Butter Beer Pub Crawl shirt, nice design and color and second was an Anime themed shirt depicting a white wolf and the saying “The Battle is Coming” Now I don’t know the anime this represents honestly? If anyone does you might comment below just so I don’t wonder forever. 🙂

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Last be far from least is this, a certified Print from the classic fantasy 80’s movie Willow, both Warwick Davis of Willow/Lepracaun/Harry Potter fame and Val Kilmer of Willow/The Saint/ Batman Forever fame signed copies,I received a Val Kilmer, I’m not a “oh boy I got an autograph” type but it’s very cool since I have seen the movie many many times growing up.

That’s all for the Nerdy Blocky fun this time, nice stuff and good end to the year, Let’s wait and hope 2015 gets even more Nerdy!!

December’s #Lootcrate Anniversary Crate!

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 December’s Lootcrate was a celebration of the anniversary and included many interesting things for sure, starting with an exclusive interview with Stan “The Man” Lee which to any comic fan was a nice end of year treat!

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First up is a lootcrate exclusive mashup Funko Pop bobblehead, The Joker Batman, very unique look and very cool as well.

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In the crate was a free 30 day trial to Crunchyroll.com great for anyone into anime.

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For  the combo of Tetris having an anniversary as well a pack of 147 Tetris stickers came along in the crate,interesting for decorative purposes.

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Ghostbusters was represented with this slime filled/slimer door hanging.

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Marvel I AM GROOT socks (with blatant foot selfie) were a comfy Holiday treat in the box!

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Perfect for a new vehicle a Captain America air freshener,but does it smell like Cap or simply Freedom? The world may never know.

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A Simpsons  item came in the crate, a wallet depicting nearly every character in the series, as the immortal Bart Simpson would say “Aye Carumba man!”

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The button this time is a gold anniversary style and for Christmas a candy can treat as well!

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Finally Is this Lootcrate exclusive cover variat of Batman Endgame which depicts Bats getting “sucker punched”  right in the mask!

That’s all folks,it’s been a fun year with Lootcrate and I’m sure 2015 will be just as fun,I hope to continue checking out all the nerdy geeky goodness as we go on!

My Nerdy Christmas items for 2014!!

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Greetings and Salutations In 2015!!! As my first blog post after a bit of a holiday season break I thought i’d share some of the more fun items I got for Christmas, I got many stocking/clothing items that i needed which is good then the items you see here just for fun.

First up I got The complete series of Firefly, a  low run sci-fi western-ish show high on the cult following and under appreciated for the writing honestly, one of Joss Whedon’s best series in my opinion.

With that is the Movie Serenity, a sorta retelling and wrapping up of sorts to Firefly, obviously higher budget but same quirky comedy and excellent writing, great as a Firefly companion or standalone movie honestly.

Next up is the first of 2 Xbox 360 games that giving my gaming schedule will take me a year to beat lol is Assassins Creed 4: Black Flag, Among the AC titles this one is a full on Pirate themed adventure, kinda a Pirates of the Caribbean meets Jason Bourne…sorta,very fun and as usual excellent on graphics and sounds.

Second in the gaming department is Shadow of Mordor, a Lord of the Rings parallel story featuring locations from the books/movies as well as familiar characters like Gollum. A similar stealth mechanic as Assassins Creed games mixed with similar fighting engines found in games like the Batman Arkham series filled with tons of quests,side quests, and collectibles. If you’re a LOTR fan or stealth/action combat games it’s a definite buy in my opinion.

Recently I began getting Funko bobbleheads in Lootcrate and Nerdblock boxes so getting 2 Jack Skellington bobbleheads of different types was cool indeed, a huge fan of The Nightmare before Christmas they will sit beside my gaming pc gladly with the others i’ve gotten.

Well that’s it for the nerdy side of Christmas, I hope yours was as fun and nerdy as well, take care all!

November #Lootcrate Battle Edition!

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Welcome all,bit behind but not forgotten! As always I am -Z- bringing you the November Lootcrate with the theme this time of “Battle” Homage to fighting/action/and conflict in all of nerdy geekdom.Let’s see what we have this time around shall we?

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The t-shirt design this time around is a Ninja versus Pirate image made of various shadowy and swashbuckling words, X marks the spot on this design!

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First of the digital goodies is 50% off of Lichdom: Battlemage. I didn’t know much about this but oh a week after I got this it went on sale on steam pretty cheap, then half off I grabbed it up naturally, afterall who knows more about mages then me? Well I’m sure someone does…but I don’t know many personally.

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Next digital fun is a free copy of Super Street Fighter 4 and free is never a bad thing, i’m excited to try this actually I haven’t played a  street fighter since maybe PS1 days, on the reverse side is 2 digital MegaMan comics which ROCK! (See what I did there?)

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This month’s Battle themed button is Megaman vs. Ryu as was seen in the Lootcrate video which was actually very well done…I’d watch it.

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Given I just started playing AC4 This Unity coin in the velvet pouch is a cool collectible.

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If I ever need to shoot someone in the face with a firey fist this Ryu Streetfighter headband replica will come in handy!!!

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Megablocks Halo figures are just right for those Halo aficionados.

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Last but not least is a Megaman collectible Mini Helmet Replica with a stand.

Overall a cool, kitchy, homage to battle of the past and future,whether pirates have ever actually fought ninjas (one can hope) this crate has a nice assortment for those battle hardened nerds.

-Z- Breaks into the November #NerdBlock

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 Hey all Z here, November’s Nerdblock starts with a Na-na-na-nanana and ends with a Bang! Let’s see what nerdy surprises showed up this month shall we?

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First up is a Batman collectible based on the 1960’s Adam West version of the DC Comics Icon.

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Hopping over to Marvel Comics is a classic version of Iron Man on a solid black coffee mug. Perfect for those “Irish” coffees I’m sure Tony Stark enjoys.

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Featuring a Ghost from many of the classic Super Mario games is a black slap watch perfect for any gamer needing to get somewhere..but only if you don’t look at it while moving.

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Fan Wraps featuring the Bounty Hunter Supreme of Star Wars Fame Bobo Fett will easily Nerdy up any window or mirror you wish.

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Finally the shirt this month and easily my favorite of the batch is a Playing card-like Deadpool t-shirt, I especially enjoy the Taco Scepters he holds, very amusing.

Over all a nice collectibles box, I was not one of the lucky 1 in 7 to get a Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, Burn Notice) Autograph, which would have been nice being as big a fan as I am but it’s the luck of the draw as always. Interesting news of next month is a Guarenteed  Willow print with either a Val Kilmer or Warwick Davis Autograph and just announced a special Gremlins items, will this be maybe a 80’s theme box? Only time will tell!