Jim Sterling
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It is Jim Sterling, an idiot for you to enjoy! Among the longest standing critics of game industry business practices, particularly excessive monetization such as microtransactions and loot boxes. Alongside commentary on the game industry, you can enjoy impressions of brand new games, elite gaming wisdom from Commentocracy, and other assorted pieces of information and entertainment.
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Another Incriminating UK Report Calls For A Clampdown On Loot Boxes
Another Incriminating UK Report Calls For A Clampdown On Loot Boxes
Day ago
Yet more political pressure is on loot boxes in the UK, as the children's commissioner has called for videogame gambling mechanics to be legally defined as gambling. This is because loot boxes are gambling, like I've always said. Loot boxes have become an increasingly hot topic in the United Kingdom of late, with politicians and legislators paying close attention to the predatory monetization in titles like FIFA. Good. Source: www.theguardian.com/society/2019/oct/22/clamp-down-on-fortnite-loot-boxes-urges-childrens-commissioner #LootBoxes #UK #FIFA #JimSterling #IndustryBS
A Lurid Post-Mortem Of Anthem (The Jimquisition)
A Lurid Post-Mortem Of Anthem (The Jimquisition)
2 days ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com Anthem. Oh, Anthem. BioWare's ill-fated attempt to jump aboard the "live service" bandwagon is yet another cautionary tale the "AAA" industry won't ever learn from. With an obscenely troubled development, a handful of failed promises, and a legacy of embarrassing headlines, Anthem will go down in history, but not for the reasons BioWare hoped. It certainly won't be spoke about with the same reverence as Bob Dylan... which is what BioWare actually expected. #Anthem #BioWare #EA #JimSterling #Jimquisition __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Blizzard Has An Amazingly Bad Week... Ending With US Senators Tearing Into Them
Blizzard Has An Amazingly Bad Week... Ending With US Senators Tearing Into Them
4 days ago
Blizzard has had an amusingly terrible week. After suspending Hearthstone Esports player Blitzchung for supporting Hong Kong on a stream, the company has gone from one PR nightmare to another. They suspended yet more players, they canceled multiple events, including an event with Nintendo NYC for which Nintendo quickly blamed them, Overwatch on Switch turned out to be rubbish, and a number of US senators have got involved to criticize them. Blizzcon is just days away, folks! I cannot wait. Sources: www.theverge.com/2019/10/16/20917574/blizzard-ban-hearthstone-college-students-grandmaster-china-hong-kong-protests www.polygon.com/2019/10/17/20919539/blizzard-entertainment-world-of-warcraft-event-taiwan-hong-kong-protests kotaku.com/blizzard-cancels-overwatch-launch-event-in-new-york-cit-1839046627 www.wyden.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/101819%20Wyden%20Letter%20to%20Activision%20Blizzard%20RE%20Hong%20Kong.pdf #Blizzard #HongKong #Hearthstone #JimSterling #IndustryBS
Gears 5 Characters Require 10-Hour Grinds If Not Bought (And Some Are Paid Terminator Adverts)
Gears 5 Characters Require 10-Hour Grinds If Not Bought (And Some Are Paid Terminator Adverts)
5 days ago
Gears 5 has a character update, and if you don't want to buy the newcomers, you'll need to grind for them over a course of ten hours. Unless you want the Terminator: Dark Fate characters, which can only be purchased and cost $19.99 for a mere two of them. The Coalition has gone out of its way to make Gears 5 as convoluted as possible, with its existing mess of purchases and unlocks joined by a new "Totem" system where you craft an item to unlock objectives that, once completed after MUCH grinding, will give you a single character. Each of the characters are expected to take around ten hours to unlock, but you can just buy them outright for five bucks. Meanwhile, the Terminator characters cost twice as much despite turning the player into walking advertisements for a movie. It's C"AAA"pitalism at work! #Gears5 #XboxOne #TerminatorDarkFate #JimSterling #IndustryBS
Children Of Morta - A Family Jewel (Jimpressions)
Children Of Morta - A Family Jewel (Jimpressions)
6 days ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com A truly excellent game, Children of Morta is like a checklist of my favorite things. Hack n' slash gameplay, dungeon crawling, roguelike elements, constant rewards, charming narrative, gorgeous visuals. Children of Morta has what I need. I love this game a lot. Watch the video and love it too, for god's sake! #ChildrenofMorta #Roguelike #JimSterling #Jimpressions __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
The Witcher 3 On Switch - A Surprisingly Switchy Witcher (Jimpressions)
The Witcher 3 On Switch - A Surprisingly Switchy Witcher (Jimpressions)
7 days ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com The Witcher 3: Complete Edition has made its way to Switch, and it works! Like, it works really quite well. Obvious graphical compromises have been made, but it runs nicely, retains the sheer volume of content, and maintains a consistent stability. While mostly a novelty for those who already played it, it's an adequate Switch version for those who haven't. #TheWitcher3 #NintendoSwitch #JimSterling #Jimpressions __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
One Player Spent $150,000 On A Bad Transformers Game
One Player Spent $150,000 On A Bad Transformers Game
8 days ago
The sheer amount of shady money flowing through the mobile games market is staggering. A mountain of shoddy free-to-play titles are raking in cash from so-called "whales" without a shred of accountability. One such game, Transformers: Earth Wars was recently revealed to have made $150,000 off a single player, and developer Yodo1 is not ashamed to spread the word. It is a bad game. I played it. It's awful. It doesn't matter if these games are good, however, they just have be insidiously designed enough to con people out of cash. Which is exactly what dozens - if not hundreds - of mobile games are doing. Source: www.kotaku.com.au/2019/10/someone-spent-over-220000-in-microtransactions-on-a-transformers-game/ #Transformers #Microtransactions #TransformersEarthWars #JimSterling #IndustryBS
Blizzard Chose Tyranny (The Jimquisition)
Blizzard Chose Tyranny (The Jimquisition)
9 days ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com Activision Blizzard has been mired in controversy since it punished professional Hearthstone player Blitzchung for his vocal support of Hong Kong. Seen as a move made to placate China, the decision to suspend and withhold money from Blitzchung was torn apart by critics. As Hong Kong protesters fight for their continued autonomy from China, and as corporations across America cuddle up to an authoritarian Beijing government for money, Blizzard claims its actions had nothing to do with its own political relationships. This is wrong. Even if Blizzard believes its decision was purely apolitical, it wasn't. Regardless of reason, the message is clear and the context is obvious. Blizzard chose tyranny, plain and simple. #Blizzard #HongKong #China #Hearthstone #JimSterling #Jimquisition __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Konami Reveals A New Silent Hill... And It's A Slot Machine!
Konami Reveals A New Silent Hill... And It's A Slot Machine!
12 days ago
Konami is Konami, and Konami is the worst! Japan's crummiest mainstream game publisher has unveiled a new Silent Hill... slot machine. A straight up casino box. Because of course. In a move that, at this point, is only tragically funny, Konami has reaffirmed its commitment to making money off its properties moneysuck machines. It's not just pachinko anymore - Silent Hill's gone full gambling! So there's your #FucKonami News for today. Remember when Hideo Kojima was gonna make a Silent Hill game? Source: www.relyonhorror.com/latest-news/new-silent-hill-slot-machine-announced/ #SilentHill #Konami #FucKonami #JimSterling #IndustryBS
Enchanted Portals - A Shockingly Brazen Cuphead Ripoff? (OMGH)
Enchanted Portals - A Shockingly Brazen Cuphead Ripoff? (OMGH)
14 days ago
Enchanted Portals is a game that's found itself getting a lot of attention... not necessarily for the right reasons. Or maybe they ARE the right reasons. Who even knows? Basically, it mimics not just the art style, but the entire gameplay of Cuphead, and everyone has noticed because it's impossible to NOT notice. Quite what the developers are hoping for with this brazen behavior is beyond me. I don't even know what to make of it. It's clearly ripping off Cuphead, but it took a ton of effort and uses fully original characters, so it's almost unfair to say it's "just" a rip-off. But it is. But it kinda isn't? Or is it? Yes. No. WEIRD! #EnchantedPortals #Cuphead #Trailer #OMGH #JimSterling
Activision Blizzard Sides With Oppressive Chinese Government Against Protesting Hearthstone Player
Activision Blizzard Sides With Oppressive Chinese Government Against Protesting Hearthstone Player
15 days ago
As Hong Kong protesters continue to demonstrate over police brutality and oppressive Chinese authority, a Hearthstone player who voiced solidarity is being punished for doing so by Activision Blizzard. The rather craven move by ActiBlizz will see pro player Blitzchung lose prize money and face a suspension from Hearthstone eSports. The two casters who were on the stream with him are punished as well, just for being there. Pathetic, but sadly not unexpected. Corporations will bend over backwards to please China and continue to access its massive market, but in doing so, they are supporting human rights abuses. #Activision #Blizzard #Hearthstone #China #HongKong #JimSterling #IndustryBS
Games That Embarrass The "AAA" Industry (The Jimquisition)
Games That Embarrass The "AAA" Industry (The Jimquisition)
16 days ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com Shall we talk about good games doing good things? Between Borderlands 3 and Code Vein, we have examples of cosmetic rewards and customization done right in the "AAA" space. With the catalog of Focus Home Interactive games, we have mid-tier games providing complete experiences that the market's been starved of. These are the titles totally humiliating the "AAA" industry. #Borderlands3 #CodeVein #FocusHome #JimSterling #Jimquisition __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered - I Ain't Afraid Of No Publishers (Jimpressions)
Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered - I Ain't Afraid Of No Publishers (Jimpressions)
17 days ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com Ghostbusters: The Video Game Remastered is an interesting throwback. Not only does it hark back to an era where linear, straightforward videogames were common, its development history shines a light on publisher greed. While I certainly have plenty to say about the game itself, I am more interested in talking about how Activision spurned this game, and what CEO Bobby Kotick said about his company's disinterest before Atari picked the project up. #Ghostbusters #GhostbustersGame #JimSterling #Jimpressions #AAA __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint - Tony Recon's Ghost Clancy Breaklands  (Jimpressions)
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint - Tony Recon's Ghost Clancy Breaklands (Jimpressions)
18 days ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com This game doesn't deserve serious critique. These open world live service looter shooter "AAA" pieces of garbage have become increasingly bothersome to talk about. So let's get boozed up. After filling myself with liquor, I found I could more appropriately give Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Breakpoint the video it deserves. And it most certainly deserves this terrible, terrible video. __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
FIFA 20 Is A Shitshow: Data Leaks, Broken Modes, Scam Ports
FIFA 20 Is A Shitshow: Data Leaks, Broken Modes, Scam Ports
19 days ago
FIFA 20 has been pretty much a debacle since it launched, and I figured we could do a roundup of the various nightmares. First of all, a data breach leaked personal information of players signing up for a competition. Secondly, FIFA 20's career mode is a broken mess. Third, the Switch version is basically a con. What a time to be alive! Sources: www.engadget.com/2019/10/03/fifa-20-global-series-personal-info-ea-privacy/ www.ccn.com/fifa-20-fiasco-ea-golden-egg-trouble/ #FIFA20 #EA #FIFA #JimSterling #IndustrybS
Game Companies Avoid Paying Millions In UK Taxes
Game Companies Avoid Paying Millions In UK Taxes
21 day ago
Yet more tax avoidance news, as a report shows how a handful of major game companies are making big savings by exploiting a tax relief program intended for far smaller studios. It's just what corporations do! Sega, Sony, and WarnerMedia join the previously mentioned Rockstar as companies dodging taxes while enjoying massing relief. It all seems just a tad unfair, but it's how the system operates. Source: www.theguardian.com/games/2019/oct/02/revealed-global-video-games-giants-avoiding-millions-in-uk-tax-sony-sega #UK #Taxes #Corporations #JimSterling #IndustryBS
Ghost Recon Breakpoint's Excessive Microtransactions Are Disgusting
Ghost Recon Breakpoint's Excessive Microtransactions Are Disgusting
22 days ago
There isn't a single aspect of Ghost Recon Breakpoint that Ubisoft won't try to monetize. Aside from its multiple special editions and "year one" DLC pass, Breakpoint has microtransactions. LOTS of microtransactions. From cosmetics to gun upgrades to skill points, everything's for sale. "Time-savers" and weapon blueprints, vehicles and body gear, it can all be bought with the game's premium "ghost points" currency. A lot of it can be grinded for, but the ability to purchase upgrades immediately is being derided as pay-to-win, and really, it's not hard to see why. Breakpoint is yet another boring "AAA" service game that's only really concerned with servicing Ubisoft's bank account. Source: www.reddit.com/user/Blinkk8704/ #GhostReconBreakpoint #Ubisoft #Microtransactions #JimSterling #IndustryBS
Garbage Nintendo's Gacha Garbage Is Garbage (The Jimquisition)
Garbage Nintendo's Gacha Garbage Is Garbage (The Jimquisition)
23 days ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com Mario Kart Tour is total rubbish, which is par for the course when it comes to Nintendo's boring mobile games. Loot boxes, frustration, bad controls, Mario Kart Tour has it all. More crucially, its glorified Battle Pass nonsense, the Gold Pass, looks absolutely abysmal next to the recent launch of Apple Arcade and Google Play Pass. Nintendo doesn't really care about the mobile platform, but it's using the market to make tons of cash anyway. #Nintendo #MarioKartTour #MarioKart #JimSterling #Jimquisition __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Duke Nukem 3D Composer Sues Randy Pitchford, Gearbox & Valve For Infringement
Duke Nukem 3D Composer Sues Randy Pitchford, Gearbox & Valve For Infringement
24 days ago
Duke Nukem 3D composer Bobby Prince has filed a lawsuit against Gearbox Software, Randy Pitchford, and Valve for copyright infringement, alleging he owns the rights to music used in Duke Nukem 3D: 20th Anniversary World Tour without his permission. He claims Randy Pitchford lied (big shock) when promising to "take care" of Prince and his royalties request. According to the filing, Gearbox was fully aware that Prince owned the music, but used it without contacting him and refused to take it down. Randy Pitchford accused of dishonesty again? Who would have thought!? Source: www.pcgamer.com/duke-nukem-3d-composer-sues-randy-pitchford-gearbox-and-valve/ #RandyPitchford #Gearbox #Valve #JimSterling #IndustryBS
Code Vein - Thirsty Anime Soulslike Action (Jimpressions)
Code Vein - Thirsty Anime Soulslike Action (Jimpressions)
25 days ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com Code Vein has been rather aptly described as "Anime Dark Souls", but there are some notable differences between this undead adventure and From Software's. And we're not just talking about the boobs. With its focus on player flexibility and experimentation, backed up by tons of special abilities and character classes, Code Vein offers something engaging, even if its combat can be a little on the irritating side. #CodeVein #PS4 #PC #XboxOne #JimSterling #Jimpressions __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Focus Home Interactive Accused Of Wrongfully Removing Studio's Games From Sale
Focus Home Interactive Accused Of Wrongfully Removing Studio's Games From Sale
27 days ago
EDIT: Slight correction. I said Focus published The Sinking City. It was in fact Big Ben Interactive that published TSC. Focus handled the Sherlock Holmes games. Focus Home Interactive was on track to being my favorite game publisher after stepping up to serve the mid-tier market in an industry crammed full of greed "AAA" tripe. Unfortunately, Frogwares has stated that Focus is delisting its games over a licensing dispute. The distribution agreement between Frogwares and Focus has ended, but Focus isn't giving the right to sell the games back to the studio. Frogwares makes the Sherlock Holmes games and the recent glorious mess that is The Sinking City. Focus has published those games alongside belters like The Surge 2, Vampyr, and A Plague Tale: Innocence. So really... this news thoroughly sucks. #Frogwares #Focus #TheSinkingCity #JimSterling #IndustryBS
Contra: Rogue Corps - Fucking Embarrassing (Jimpressions)
Contra: Rogue Corps - Fucking Embarrassing (Jimpressions)
28 days ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com It's almost impressive just how wrong this game is. As a Contra game, Rogue Corps almost goes out of its way to be completely inept. As a general shooter, its sub-par in every way. Slow, repetitive, and ugly as hell, Contra: Rogue Corps is embarrassing even by Konami's low standards, and this is all before we get to the weapons overheating. Because weapons overheat in this game. This Contra game. #ContraRogueCorps #Contra #FucKonami #Konami #JimSterling #Jimpressions __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Fallout 76 Power Armor Helmets Recalled Due To Dangerous Mold Risk
Fallout 76 Power Armor Helmets Recalled Due To Dangerous Mold Risk
29 days ago
The unintentional hilarity surrounding Fallout 76 continues unabated. Now, Bethesda isn't really at fault here, but it's still such a perfectly stupid situation associated with the game. At this point, I think Fallout 76 might be cursed. Anyway, a plastic wearable power armor helmet is being recalled because of a dangerous amount of mold growing in it. Oh dear. Source: www.dualshockers.com/fallout-76-power-armor-helmet-mold-recall/ #Fallout76 #Bethesda #GameStop #JimSterling #IndustryBS
The Surge 2 - A Surge Of Brilliance (Jimpressions)
The Surge 2 - A Surge Of Brilliance (Jimpressions)
29 days ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com The Surge 2 represents Deck 13's strongest crack at a Soulslike yet, and it's really damn good. They nailed it this time. Fast, aggressive, challenging, and wildly entertaining, not even some shockingly bad texture glitches can hold back the sheer amount of fun I've had dismembering my way through Jericho City. The Surge 2 is, simply put, a brilliantly good time. #TheSurge2 #Soulslike #TheSurge #JimSterling #Jimpressions __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
The ESA Is A Big Piece Of Shit (The Jimquisition)
The ESA Is A Big Piece Of Shit (The Jimquisition)
Month ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com The Entertainment Software Association represents the "AAA" game industry's interests in the US, and that alone qualifies it for side-eyes. Its recent pitch for E3 2020, however, is stunning in its awfulness. So let's discuss the ESA and why the increasingly irrelevant E3 is set to become downright dreadful in the future. #ESA #E32020 #E3 #JimSterling #Jimquisition __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening - Old School To A Fault (Jimpressions)
The Legend Of Zelda: Link's Awakening - Old School To A Fault (Jimpressions)
Month ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening is a stunningly faithful recreation of a classic Game Boy adventure. It's gorgeous, too. I mean, really gorgeous. Its got an aesthetic that demonstrates perfectly my argument that raw graphical power is not necessary make a stunningly beautiful game. In fact, Link's Awakening may be the best looking game on a console full of lovely visuals. As far as the gameplay itself goes, it's certainly nice. And old school. With a little emphasis on the "old" part of that phrase. #Zelda #LinksAwakening #Switch #JimSterling #Jimpressions __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
RuneScape Under Fire With Player Spending $62,000 On Microtransactions
RuneScape Under Fire With Player Spending $62,000 On Microtransactions
Month ago
Following the UK House of Commons report on in-game spending, addictive technology, and loot boxes, RuneScape's community is holding Jagex's feet to the fire. With one player spending $62,000 on the game, and others growing sick of RuneScape's sheer greed, quite a bit of well deserved backlash is going on. RuneScape's greed is out of control. Source: kotaku.com/player-spends-62-000-in-runescape-reigniting-communit-1838227818 #RuneScape #Microtransactions #JimSterling #IndustryBS
Anthem Abandons Its Roadmap Because Of Course It Does
Anthem Abandons Its Roadmap Because Of Course It Does
Month ago
Anthem was one of many "live service" games that promised a lavish "roadmap" to make up for the fact it was boring and unfinished. Some games fulfill those roadmaps, but Anthem hasn't. The act-based content feed for Anthem has officially been abandoned, and less dramatic "seasonal" updates will occur instead. BioWare "hears your concerns" if you're an annoyed Anthem player, though. Yet another reason to mistrust any company that promises years of support for their half-baked games. The "live service" bandwagon is total garbage. #Anthem #BioWare #EA #JimSterling #IndustryBS
Loot Boxes Condemned By The Church Of England
Loot Boxes Condemned By The Church Of England
Month ago
The Bishop of St. Albans has weighed in on loot boxes following the UK House of Commons report. Yes, the Church of England has opinions on in-game gambling! While I'm not exactly a holy man myself, I do find it amusing to see the game industry getting it from all corners. The pasting that publishers are taking in the press is well deserved, too. They earned this with their arrogant ignorance of the issue. Jesus officially hates loot boxes... confirmed! Source: www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2019/09/15/addictive-video-game-features-should-banned-children-gateway/ #LootBoxes #Gambling #Church #UK #JimSterling #IndustryBS
It's Microsoft's Fault That Videogames Are Bad (The Jimquisition)
It's Microsoft's Fault That Videogames Are Bad (The Jimquisition)
Month ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com It behooves first party publishers to provide top quality productions that make their consoles worth buying. Nintendo and Sony have both produced amazing games to sell us on the PS4 and Switch. Microsoft, however, is different. Microsoft has decided to act no better than a grasping third party "AAA" publisher. Even worse, it set the tone of a generation and contributed - perhaps more than any other company - to the nasty normalization of excessive monetization. It's Microsoft's fault that videogames are bad. #XboxOne #Microsoft #Microtransactions #JimSterling #Jimquisition __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Borderlands 3 - The Totally Unbiased Critique (Jimpressions)
Borderlands 3 - The Totally Unbiased Critique (Jimpressions)
Month ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com Borderlands 3 has faced tumultuous PR on the road to its launch, but now the game is out, we can completely divorce it from any context that may involve its developer and publisher. So, let's have a totally uncolored chat about Borderlands 3, which is a Borderlands game, and see if this Borderlands game is more Borderlands than other Borderlands games! #Borderlands3 #Borderlands #Gearbox #JimSterling #Jimpressions __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Greedfall - A Bit Of Poison On My Blade, And Lets GO! (Jimpressions)
Greedfall - A Bit Of Poison On My Blade, And Lets GO! (Jimpressions)
Month ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com Focus Home Interactive is publishing all kinds of mid-tier stuff, and it's pretty awesome. Greedfall is a Spiders-developed game, and if you've played any of their prior work, you know what that means. A solid, if undercooked, action-RPG that tries to dabble in some intriguing themes, Greedfall could use more action and a more creative setting, but it's fine enough. A bit of poison on my blade, and let's GO! #Greedfall #FocusHomeInteractive #RPG #JimSterling #Jimpressions __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
UK Officials Say Loot Boxes Are Gambling In Damning Report
UK Officials Say Loot Boxes Are Gambling In Damning Report
Month ago
A thoroughly damning report published by the House of Commons has said that loot boxes should be considered the same way gambling is and be subject to the same regulations. It argues children should be outright barred from accessing them. The newly published Immersive and Addictive Technologies report has an entire section on loot boxes where it pretty much validates everything I've been saying on the matter. Of particular note, FIFA came under heavy fire, and the game industry itself was called out for a lack of honesty in discussing loot boxes. I read the juicy highlights of the report, but you can read the full thing here: publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmcumeds/1846/184606.htm #LootBoxes #UK #Regulation #Gambling #JimSterling #IndustryBS
Borderlands 3 Reviews Based On Broken Unfinished Version Of The Game
Borderlands 3 Reviews Based On Broken Unfinished Version Of The Game
Month ago
So, this is a strange situation indeed. 2K Games, citing "security concerns" over Borderlands 3, only gave a handful of review copies to select outlets. Or rather, they didn't... Turns out, these "copies" were actually housed in special Epic Games Store accounts, and access to these accounts were what reviewers got. Instead of a retail copy, this version of Borderlands 3 was a "work-in-progress" that was, reportedly, littered with severe bugs. Only a few publications, such as Polygon, even made a note of this. The situation seems to go beyond the usual review scenario. Even when debug copies of games were normal for reviewers, they weren't as unfinished as this build was. What's the point of even reviewing that? Sources: www.kotaku.co.uk/2019/09/09/borderlands-3s-review-situation-sure-is-strange www.polygon.com/reviews/2019/9/9/20852642/borderlands-3-review-pc-ps4-xbox-one
Blasphemous - Deliciously Macabre Misery (Jimpressions)
Blasphemous - Deliciously Macabre Misery (Jimpressions)
Month ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com Blasphemous had my attention way back when it was a hopeful Kickstarter project nobody had heard of. Now it's finally here, and it was worth the wait. Challenging, beautiful, and exquisitely mournful, Blasphemous flavors its methodical pacing with a little influence from Dark Souls and Metroidvanias, while maintaining its own unique voice. From gorgeous visuals to magnificent boss encounters and evocative themes of religion and punishment, Blasphemous is well worth checking out. NOTE: Snagged an early copy of this one, and I also backed it way back when. #Blasphemous #Metroidvania #JimSterling #Jimpressions __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
How Game Companies Abuse Passion (The Jimquisition)
How Game Companies Abuse Passion (The Jimquisition)
Month ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com Been planning this one for a while, and recent allegations toward Starbound developer Chucklefish provided the right avenue. Young developers are often praised for their passion, and passion can be a wonderful thing. Chasing a vocation with gusto and energy is generally positive, but it can nonetheless be abused by more cynical wielders of power. The game industry is of course no stranger to exploitation, and you'll often find the word "passion" thrown around liberally. Be wary of this word, honeyed that it is, for it may very well be a trap. #Starbound #Crunch #Rights #Money #JimSterling #Jimquisition __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Flowers Are Dead - The Worst Trailer Of All Time For The Worst PS4 Game Ever (OMGH!)
Flowers Are Dead - The Worst Trailer Of All Time For The Worst PS4 Game Ever (OMGH!)
Month ago
Welp, they've done it again! The weirdos at Sony have done it again. The official PlayStation USa-video channel put up a trailer for this PS4 exclusive, Flowers Are Dead, and the whole thing is amazingly dreadful. The trailer is the worst way to sell a game you could imagine, made worse by the fact that it's literally reflective of the final product, which is even worse. A total *nothing* game that nonetheless costs $19.99, this is a bigger misfire than when Sony promoted Life of Black Tiger. At least you could DO something in Life of Black Tiger. This is... how? How has this happened? #FlowersAreDead #PS4 #Sony #PlayStation #OMGH
Gears 5 - Swarms My Heart (Jimpressions)
Gears 5 - Swarms My Heart (Jimpressions)
Month ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com Gears 5 is pretty damn good, huh? A campaign that dares to revitalize the series' formula, backed up by some classic multiplayer, Horde Mode, and all that nonsense. It's real good. It's gorgeous to boot, with great lighting, meaty effects, and an icy new environment with all the snowy fun it entails. I'm tired. I was up all night playing Gears 5. So tired. #Gears5 #GearsofWar #XboxOne #JimSterling #Jimpressions __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Game Industry Submits To My Demands, Deadly Premonition On Switch & DEADLY PREMONITION 2!
Game Industry Submits To My Demands, Deadly Premonition On Switch & DEADLY PREMONITION 2!
Month ago
Life. Is. Beautiful. After yelling about a Deadly Premonition Switch port for months, the latest Nintendo Direct delivered. It MORE than delivered. Not only do I get my port, but a SEQUEL has been announced. Deadly Premonition: Origins is on Switch, while Deadly Premonition 2 is coming in the future. I'll be coming in the future too. Life. Is. Beautiful. #NintendoDirect #DeadlyPremonition #DeadlyPremonition2 #JimSterling
Dark Pictures: Man Of Medan - Ship Mates (Jimpressions)
Dark Pictures: Man Of Medan - Ship Mates (Jimpressions)
Month ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com Supermassive Games is following up the critically acclaimed Until Dawn with a series of shorter but similar horror experiences. Up first in the Dark Pictures Anthology is the aquatic Man of Medan. Like a Quantic Dream game, except good, Man of Medan really shines through in its co-op, where two players work together and sometimes spend large stretches of the story apart. And of course, if someone dies along the way, you can always blame them. #ManofMedan #SupermassiveGames #DarkPictures #JimSterling #Jimpressions __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Gaming Disorder (The Jimquisition)
Gaming Disorder (The Jimquisition)
Month ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com Let's talk about Gaming Disorder. A much ballyhooed classification by the World Health Organization, this official designation of gaming addiction is seen as unnecessary and alarmist in many gaming circles. Is it, however, a genuinely problematic classification, or a misunderstood one? We're going to find out together! #GamingDisorder #WHO #Addiction #JimSterling #Jimquisition __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Final Fantasy Is For Soy Boy Beta Feminists (Commentocracy)
Final Fantasy Is For Soy Boy Beta Feminists (Commentocracy)
Month ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com Only a REAL member of the gaming elite can see Final Fantasy XV for what it really is, because it's *checks notes* a feminized game for SJWs? Duke Amiel, a 16th Century aristocrat, returns to read REAL hardcore comments from REAL hardcore gamers, this time bringing wisdom from a guy with only a few buzzwords to draw from, but a lot of anger about feminist tentacles. #FinalFantasy #FeministTentacles #Commentocracy __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Blair Witch - Yes, You Can Pet The Dog (Jimpressions)
Blair Witch - Yes, You Can Pet The Dog (Jimpressions)
Month ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com A ludicrous number of games appeared over a handful of days. By far the most anticipated for me was Blair Witch, being that I'm quite the fan of found footage movies and have a lot of fondness for The Blair Witch Project. I gotta say, it turned out rather well. Not quite the creepfest I was hoping for, it's nonetheless inventive and atmospheric, and feels like it fits within the Blair Witch world without treading overly familiar ground. #BlairWitch #XboxOne #PC #JimSterling #Jimpressions #Horror __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
No, Telltale Games Is Not Being Resurrected - Its Brand's Being Capitalized Upon
No, Telltale Games Is Not Being Resurrected - Its Brand's Being Capitalized Upon
Month ago
Headlines have stated that Telltale Games is reborn, resurrected, returned from the afterlife. This is not strictly true, and saying so effectively wallpapers over the fact that a lot of folks got screwed. Telltale's brand and rights have been purchased by two guys who had nothing to do with Telltale, and some of the hundreds who lost their jobs will get offered freelance positions without their previous fulltime benefits. This isn't a comeback. This is C'AAA'pitalism. #Telltale #Capitalism #TheWalkingDead #JimSterling #IndustryBS
2K Pairs Loot Boxes With Slot Machines In Gambling-Flavored NBA 2K20 Trailer
2K Pairs Loot Boxes With Slot Machines In Gambling-Flavored NBA 2K20 Trailer
Month ago
As if the link between loot boxes and gambling wasn't clear enough, 2K Games has done my job for me and literally conflated them with slot machines. How convenient for me! Yup, a new trailer for NBA 2K20 showcases loot boxes alongside literal casino games that are all wrapped up in its "MyTeam" mode. At a time when loot boxes are being investigated for gambling, it's an amazingly bad look to go flaunting them right next to slot machines. But 2K just doesn't give a crap. #NBA2K20 #LootBoxes #Microtransactions #JimSterling #IndustryBS
Control - Secure, Contain, Protect (Jimpressions)
Control - Secure, Contain, Protect (Jimpressions)
Month ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com Control is the latest game from Remedy Entertainment, the fine folks behind Alan Wake and Quantum Break. It's... pretty good. Yeah, it's pretty good with a number of caveats. Terrific combat and a ground bed of fun ideas, marred by some poor writing and level design. Still, you get to throw a LOT of stuff around! #Control #Remedy #JimSterling #Jimpressions __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
The Political Agenda Of Dark Souls (The Jimquisition)
The Political Agenda Of Dark Souls (The Jimquisition)
Month ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com Political intrigue is baked into the lore of Dark Souls. Class struggle, propaganda, a ruling elite manipulating those of lower status into serving their needs. There's more going on than just hitting monsters with swords. Let's look at the political agenda of Dark Souls, the politics of its storyline, and the perpetuated cycles that keep its world of Lordran running. Also, let's talk about why Frampt is a jackass. Huge thanks for Vaatividya for the help. Check him out here: usa-video.net/u/VaatiVidya #DarkSouls #Politics #FromSoftware #JimSterling #Jimquisition __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Oninaki - Dead Good (Jimpressions)
Oninaki - Dead Good (Jimpressions)
2 months ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com Oninaki is a depressingly written game with a creepy story, but the actual gameplay is quite compelling, even if it won't be for everyone. Talking to ghosts, picking up dead souls and using them as weapons, riding on the back of a wolf spirit, there's a lot of fun to be had, even if the protagonist is having no fun whatsoever. #Oninaki #TokyoRPGFactory #SquareEnix #JimSterling #Jimpressions __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Remnant: From The Ashes - The Dark Souls Of Mediocre Rubbish (Jimpressions)
Remnant: From The Ashes - The Dark Souls Of Mediocre Rubbish (Jimpressions)
2 months ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com This is what people have praising? This mediocre shooter with broken co-op and the most unimaginative boss design I've seen in years? Well... okay, then. Remnant: From The Ashes is a game I do not understand the love for. At best it's pedestrian, drab, and repetitive. At worst it's a pissin' nightmare. #Remnant #Soulslike #Shooter #JimSterling #Jimpressions __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Marvel's Avengers - Hammering On The New Gameplay (OMGH)
Marvel's Avengers - Hammering On The New Gameplay (OMGH)
2 months ago
Right, time to shut up and watch the new gameplay demo for Marvel's Avengers, as published by Square Enix. Watch Black Widow, Captain America, Thor, Hulk "Doctor Fantastic" Hogan, and Tony The Iron Stark fight Taskmaster while ruining a bridge! #Avengers #Marvel #SquareEnix #JimSterling #OMGH
Grandia HD Collection - Still A Bloody Good Game (Jimpressions)
Grandia HD Collection - Still A Bloody Good Game (Jimpressions)
2 months ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com Grandia HD Collection is a hefty reminder of what a clever, heartfelt, unique JRPG experience looks like. Square Enix could stand to take notes. I have a history of starting Grandia and never finishing it, so I'm appreciating the chance to finally get through it. It's still really good. Holds up terrifically, with a famous battle system that feels as fresh as it ever did. Great game... albeit one that really shows off in the graphics department, sometimes a bit too much. #Grandia #GrandiaHD #JRPG #JimSterling #Jimpressions __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
An Epic Problem (The Jimquisition)
An Epic Problem (The Jimquisition)
2 months ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com EDIT: Minor correction. For some reason I said "after" instead of "before" when talking about Metro Exodus going Epic exclusive. It went exclusive less than a month *before* launch. The conversation surrounding the Epic Games Store has officially gotten effing nasty. People are mad at Epic's behavior, but that anger is spilling into areas it really shouldn't, and legit criticism of Epic is getting lost in the noise. Ultimately, the problem with Epic Games is Epic Games. Well... that and the economics supporting Epic's business tactics. This is especially true knowing that Epic is enacting a double standard to pressure indie developers into taking its deal. Indie devs deserve some slack here, for all the hate they're getting. Dumping on them isn't helping. Let's bring the focus back to Epic and the playground Epic's cavorting in. #EpicGames #EpicStore #Controversy #JimSterling #Jimquisition __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Latest Borderlands 3 Mess: Private Investigators, Copyright Strikes, & A Disappearing Channel
Latest Borderlands 3 Mess: Private Investigators, Copyright Strikes, & A Disappearing Channel
2 months ago
This is a weird one folks. As Borderlands 3 continues to be a magnet for controversy, USa-videor SupMatto has had his channel removed following a kerfuffle over leaked Borderlands 3 assets. It all kicked off when SupMatto revealed Take-Two had sent private investigators to his house, a move many considered a total overreach. Despite being more than willing to acquiesce to publisher pressure, SupMatto has completely disappeared off USa-video following a ton of copyright strikes. 2K Games and Take-Two Interactive maintain they're in the right, and legally protecting their "trade secrets" from SupMatto's leaks, but considering how accommodating the content creator seems to be, this is starting to look more than a little harsh. Borderlands 3 is making a lot of headlines this year, and not for the right reasons. Source: www.eurogamer.net/articles/2019-08-16-borderlands-3-youtubers-channel-disappears-amidst-take-two-investigation-over-leaks #Borderlands3 #SupMatto #2KGames #JimSterling #IndustryBS
Apex Legends' $170 Axe Demonstrates The Insidious Nature Of Microtransactions
Apex Legends' $170 Axe Demonstrates The Insidious Nature Of Microtransactions
2 months ago
Apex Legends has an Iron Crown Collection event which takes place within its existing Season 2 Battle Pass stuff. New legendary and epic loot, new challenges, a Solo Mode, and plenty of in-game gambling is on offer. The event has drawn criticism after the microtransactions were totted up and it became clear you'd need to spend a total of $170 to get the main attraction - Bloodhound's "Raven's Bite" heirloom axe. Game companies don't like it when you show the cumulative cost of items, because that's exactly what microtransactions are designed to hide. For $170, you could buy multiple videogames. In Apex, it gets you an axe. #ApexLegends #EA #Microtransactions #LootBoxes #IndustryBS #JimSterling
Ten Great Games That Deserved More Success Than They Got
Ten Great Games That Deserved More Success Than They Got
2 months ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com Success is relative. Except when it's objectively defined. These games did not, objectively, succeed. They should have done, though. They deserved better than they got. Truly great games that underperformed, got forgotten, and just didn't sell very well. Just... just find and play Gitaroo Man! #TopTen #Titanfall2 #GitarooMan #SterlingTopTen #JimSterling Video Sources: usa-video.net/WjRlv-aj0ks-video.html usa-video.net/TxkrBeL8ufA-video.html usa-video.net/WUbe5K_iqaw-video.html usa-video.net/D4iSqv5z73E-video.html usa-video.net/ftgr6N7fRPk-video.html usa-video.net/tubL5-XsZ18-video.html __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
The 'AAA' Industry Can't Be Trusted To Regulate Its Gambling Problem (The Jimquisition)
The 'AAA' Industry Can't Be Trusted To Regulate Its Gambling Problem (The Jimquisition)
2 months ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com The game industry is currently making a performance of tackling the loot box debacle, and a performance is what it is. The ESA announced that console makers will require the odds for in-game gambling purchases to be disclosed. They only did this after the FTC got involved, and they're only doing it to make a show for the government. While the ESA and game publishers pretend to be proactive, it's important to stress that the "AAA" game industry cannot be trusted to regulate itself. It had that chance, it's repeatedly blown that chance, and it won't ever take that chance seriously. #LootBoxes #Microtransactions #ESA #FTC #JimSterling #Jimquisition __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
ESPN Postpones Apex Legends eSports Footage After Politicians Blame Games For Mass Shootings
ESPN Postpones Apex Legends eSports Footage After Politicians Blame Games For Mass Shootings
2 months ago
ESPN has joined Walmart in feeding the propaganda of Republicans who seek to blame videogames for the problems they aren't tackling. Days after Donald Trump named games as a link to mass shootings, ESPN has announced it will postpone airing Apex Legends tournament highlights "out of respect" for recent terror attacks. This, however, creates a paradox. Because shootings now happen all the time, there is never enough distance between airing gameplay footage and a mass murder incident. There is only distance between airing the footage and a politician blaming games for mass murder. And THAT is why ESPN is postponing this. Because if they postponed the Apex Legends footage every time an attack happened, they'd never be able to air Apex Legends footage again. Sources: kotaku.com/espn-delays-apex-legends-tournament-highlights-out-of-1837095404 twitter.com/Slasher/status/1159587091149402112 #ApexLegends #ESPN #JimSterling #IndustryBS
Walmart Removes Violent Videogame Ads And Demos In Toothless Display Of Nonsense
Walmart Removes Violent Videogame Ads And Demos In Toothless Display Of Nonsense
2 months ago
Following concerted efforts by Republicans to blame videogames for America's unique mass shooting epidemic, Walmart has charged employees with the removal of displays, demos, and signs for "violent" videogames. While movie and hunting footage are also targeted, videogames are the main issue. It's a toothless and pointless charade, designed to help the recent political distraction campaign to deflect blame away from any of the common threads between these shootings. Walmart's effectively aiding cowardly propaganda. Source: www.vice.com/en_us/article/pa7yk7/walmart-removes-violent-video-game-signage-still-sells-guns #Walmart #Politics #Videogames #JimSterling #IndustryBS
Blaming Games For Mass Shootings Is A Disgusting Distraction (The Jimquisition)
Blaming Games For Mass Shootings Is A Disgusting Distraction (The Jimquisition)
2 months ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com In the wake of multiple mass shootings over a single weekend, politicians with vested interests in shifting the blame pulled their easiest, laziest trick - they blamed videogames. Donald Trump accused games of glorifying violence in a way that encourages domestic terrorists to go out and commit mass murder. The game industry was rightly offended. But it's all stupid nonsense, and it's designed to be stupid nonsense. The more we argue in circles about videogames, the less we talk about guns, or white nationalism, or whatever else might actually be causing the uniquely American problem of widespread mass murder. #Videogames #Violence #MassShootings #Guns #JimSterling #Jimquisition __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Red Death: 8 Feet - It's Impossible, And Bad, And Impossibly Bad
Red Death: 8 Feet - It's Impossible, And Bad, And Impossibly Bad
2 months ago
Help I need pro strats on this game so I can play it competitively please!
The Sinister Reasons For Adding Microtransactions After Launch (The Jimquisition)
The Sinister Reasons For Adding Microtransactions After Launch (The Jimquisition)
2 months ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com When a publisher adds microtransactions weeks, sometimes months, after a game is released, it always feels inherently sneaky. This is especially true when it's blatantly obvious they were always going to be there. Crash Team Racing Nitro Re-Fueled is the latest game to smuggle microtransactions in after launch, as has been Activision's modus operandi lately. So why do it? Why not just launch with the predatory economy immediately? Well, there are major benefits to publishers who delay the microtransactions. From ratings to reviews to good old fashioned manipulation. Oh, and the ESA is a screwup! #Microtransactions #Activision #CrashTeamRacing #Jimquisition #JimSterling __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Blair Witch - Let's Chat About Found Footage (OMGH)
Blair Witch - Let's Chat About Found Footage (OMGH)
2 months ago
Let's take a look at the latest trailer for the upcoming Blair Witch game, and use it as an excuse to chat briefly about found footage movies! #BlairWitch #Horror #SurvivalHorror #JimSterling
EA Believes Players Don't Appreciate Their Games On Nintendo Switch
EA Believes Players Don't Appreciate Their Games On Nintendo Switch
2 months ago
EA CEO Andrew Wilson has explained why the publisher mostly ignores the Nintendo Switch. According to him, people would rather player EA's games elsewhere. Electronic Arts has put only four games on the Switch, and while you'd think The Sims would be a natural fit, EA thinks otherwise. And I'm fine with that. I am absolutely happy with EA ignoring the Switch. Most of these "AAA" publishers could snub it and I'd be thrilled, because screw 'em. Source: www.gameinformer.com/2019/07/31/ea-argues-that-switch-owners-would-generally-prefer-to-play-their-games-elsewhere #EA #Switch #Nintendo #JimSterling #IndustryBS
Activision Shoveling Microtransactions Into Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
Activision Shoveling Microtransactions Into Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
2 months ago
To the surprise of only those who haven't kept an eye on Activision's modus operandi, Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is getting microtransactions. Yes, a remake of a 20-year-old game will soon allow for the "option" of purchasing Wumpa Coins with real money to skip grinding for them. With a storefront that resembled Fortnite's, the groundwork was clearly in place. Yet again, Activision has smuggled microtransactions in long after game reviews were published, weeks after launch, and it stinks. Microtransactions don't belong in there to begin with, but these post-launch additions are really getting despicable. #CrashTeamRacing #Microtransactions #Activision #JimSterling #IndustryBS
Rockstar Is Just Another Tax Ducking Corporate Parasite
Rockstar Is Just Another Tax Ducking Corporate Parasite
2 months ago
Rockstar pays no corporation tax but receives £42 million in tax relief from the UK government. Meanwhile, billions of dollars in profit directly benefit a US publisher in Take-Two. It's a racket, it should be criminal, but instead it's just something businesses do and we're meant to accept it. Meanwhile, these companies continue to peddle overly monetized garbage while pretending they can't afford to just make and sell games. Grand Theft Auto parodies and satirizes consumer culture, rampant capitalism, and corporate parasites, but Rockstar Games, ultimately, is everything its flagship series supposedly mocks. Source: www.taxwatchuk.org/reports/gaming-the-tax-system/ #Rockstar #GTA #Money #JimSterling #IndustryBS
Casinos And Videogames, Together At Last! (The Jimquisition)
Casinos And Videogames, Together At Last! (The Jimquisition)
2 months ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com Grand Theft Auto Online's Diamond Casino and Resort does away with any ounce of subtlety to bring literal gambling games to GTA. As loot boxes come under intense scrutiny after years of abuses, Rockstar's timing on this carries quite a lot of nerve. It also brings the whole in-game gambling debacle into sharp focus. If this is where games are headed next, I'm not sure I could pick any "AAA" game over a visit to an actual, literal, real-life casino. At least they don't take real money in exchange for no real payout. #GTA #GTAOnline #Casino #Microtransactions #JimSterling #Jimquisition __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Wolfenstein: Youngblood - Fortwährende Dienstleistung (Jimpressions)
Wolfenstein: Youngblood - Fortwährende Dienstleistung (Jimpressions)
2 months ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com Wolfenstein: Youngblood has some charm to it, but it starts to feel repetitive after a while. This can be traced to its positioning as yet another "live service" in a market saturated by them. While there's fun to be had in Nazi blasting, the microtransactions are in place and the busywork is there, topped off with bullet sponge enemies. It's a shame, because the protagonists are fantastic and there's some satisfaction to be had under the "live service" guff. #Wolfenstein #WolfensteinYoungblood #Bethesda #PS4 #XboxOne #PC #JimSterling #Jimpressions __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Angel Light: The Elven Truce - Drunk Skeletons, Sour Grundles (DTV)
Angel Light: The Elven Truce - Drunk Skeletons, Sour Grundles (DTV)
2 months ago
If basic elements like a menu option actually worked, then Angel Light stands a chance at being a moderately terrible game. Unfortunately, it's worse than that.
Google Stadia Won't And Can't Assure Us Our Game Purchases Will Remain Ours
Google Stadia Won't And Can't Assure Us Our Game Purchases Will Remain Ours
3 months ago
Google Stadia faces a lot of skepticism as it attempts to bring cloud gaming into our homes, and most of that skepticism is fair. For one thing, it's Google, and they're not to be trusted. The company's history of long-term support for its own products is far from encouraging. We also can't trust the "AAA" publishers climbing aboard the gravy train, because they're "AAA" publishers. Stadia has also reinvigorated the conversation about game ownership, as many users are wondering what would happen to their Stadia purchases should the platform die off. Google's attempted patronizing answers to such queries, and they fail to really address the concern. The problem is, Google couldn't really assure us even if it wanted to. No action plan for the security of our game libraries can be revealed without it also undermining the entire point of Stadia... #GoogleStadia #Stadia #Google #JimSterling #IndustryBS
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order - Inadequate Alliance (Jimpressions)
Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order - Inadequate Alliance (Jimpressions)
3 months ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order just doesn't feel particularly ultimate. It feels rushed, incomplete, and woefully imbalanced. With more time to develop, this could have been something cool, but instead it requires a lot of legwork before it becomes slightly fun, and the effort's just not worth it. #MarvelUltimateAlliance3 #Marvel #Nintendo #Switch #Jimpressions #JimSterling __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
FIFA Packs And Loot Boxes 'Not Gambling' In UK (They're Totes Gambling Though)
FIFA Packs And Loot Boxes 'Not Gambling' In UK (They're Totes Gambling Though)
3 months ago
The UK Gambling Commission has decided loot boxes do not fall under their jurisdiction, allowing Electronic Arts' FIFA Packs and similar predatory business models to survive in Britain. This news isn't particularly surprising, considering technology moves fast and the law moves slow. And while many may expect me to be livid, I've been getting what I want - I want the concerns around loot boxes to get serious discussion, and that's what we've been getting. The conversation is far from over, and companies like EA are far from done with having to justify their unethical and despicable behavior. #UK #LootBoxes #EA #Gambling #JimSterling #IndustryBS Source: www.bbc.com/news/technology-49074003
The Exploitative Push For Social Networking In Games (The Jimquisition)
The Exploitative Push For Social Networking In Games (The Jimquisition)
3 months ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com The mainstream games industry is pushing harder and harder for social features to be an expected part of any major entertainment software release. According to EA CEO Andrew Wilson, social networking is just as important to games as it is to Facebook or Twitter. A bold claim, but one that's part of a concerted effort to normalize the push. Ultimately, however, it's a long con. "AAA" publishers want more social features because they make money, plain and simple. It's yet another way to rake in cash not just from whales, but from so-called "super whales" as well. Because no amount of money is ever enough. #SocialMedia #Money #Videogames #Jimquisition #JimSterling __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Fallout 76 Gets More Non-Cosmetic Microtransactions For Its Cosmetic Store
Fallout 76 Gets More Non-Cosmetic Microtransactions For Its Cosmetic Store
3 months ago
Fallout 76 is getting another non--cosmetic item for its premium store. The same premium store that Bethesda defended as a mere seller of "cosmetic" items. Scrap Kits will join Repair Kits as yet another convenience Bethesda is selling at a premium. Yet another solution to a problem the company created. Lugging junk around the world to find a workstation to scrap it at is a pain in the hole for a game in which collecting and scrapping junk is the point. The whole "time saver" and "convenience" angle many microtransactions take is a total con. Their pettiness lets people ignore them, but make no mistake - it's a scam. #Fallout76 #Fallout #Bethesda #Microtransactions #JimSterling #IndustryBS
SolSeraph - Taking A Dump On ActRaiser's Grave (Jimpressions)
SolSeraph - Taking A Dump On ActRaiser's Grave (Jimpressions)
3 months ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com SolSeraph got some attention before its swift release by claiming to be the spiritual successor to ActRaiser. If that were so, ActRaiser would be turning in its grave. A dreadful action-platformer bolted onto a pitiful tower defense, SolSeraph is embarrassingly cheap, tacky, and boring. It looks and plays like a mobile game, and is way overpriced. Just play Bloodstained. Even if you've already played Bloodstained. #SolSeraph #Sega #PS4 #PC #Switch #XboxOne #JimSterling #Jimpressions __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
BBC Report Discusses How Children Are Tricked Into Spending Thousands On Microtransactions
BBC Report Discusses How Children Are Tricked Into Spending Thousands On Microtransactions
3 months ago
CORRECTION: For some reason I referred to Andrew Wilson as Andrew House. Quite why, I have no idea. Putting it down to a lack of sleep. Sorry for the mixup. After reporting on a family whose bank account got cleared out by kids playing FIFA, the BBC has a new article with testimony from many parents in similar situations. Kids are tricked into spending thousands on videogames with insidious, manipulative microtransactions. These games are rated as suitable for children, so many parents don't think to check for malicious monetization. It's high time articles like this got wider attention. I've been yelling about it for years, and the chickens are finally coming home to roost. Because screw this sinister, greedy nonsense! Source: www.bbc.com/news/technology-48925623 #Microtransactions #LootBoxes #EA #BBC #JimSterling #IndustryBS
G2A Isn't Just Worse Than Piracy... It's Also Very Stupid And Embarrassing (The Jimquisition)
G2A Isn't Just Worse Than Piracy... It's Also Very Stupid And Embarrassing (The Jimquisition)
3 months ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com G2A has been humiliating itself recently. After years of ducking criticism, the grey market key reseller is finally unable to dismiss accusations, and its response has been hilariously sad. Let Sterling, the Super Heavyweight Supervillain, take you through G2A's shady practices and ridiculous deflections. Oh my... let the Star Eater show you. #G2A #Piracy #Fraud #PC #JimSterling #Videogames #Jimquisition __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Ubisoft Bans Player-Made Assassin's Creed Quests That Compete With Its Microtransactions
Ubisoft Bans Player-Made Assassin's Creed Quests That Compete With Its Microtransactions
3 months ago
Oh wait, I didn't meant to use THAT title for this video! What Ubisoft did TOTALLY wasn't about undercutting user-generated competition, I'M SURE! Assassin's Creed Odyssey released a Story Creator Tool last month that lets players make their own quests. Naturally, some of the quests made allowed for easy experience gains with rapidly defeated enemies, skipping Odyssey's grind. While most publishers don't give a crap - these sorts of tools are there for people to do whatever they want with them - Ubisoft has decided XP farming quests are "exploits" and will now ban them. Assassin's Creed Odyssey sells XP boosters on the game's heavily stocked microtransaction storefront. You do the math, 'cos Ubi sure has! Source: kotaku.com/ubisoft-bans-player-created-assassins-creed-quests-that-1836294719 #AssassinsCreed #AssassinsCreedOdyssey #Microtransactions #XPBooster #JimSterling #IndustryBS
Report: Over Half Of Game Devs Expect Crunch As Part Of The Job
Report: Over Half Of Game Devs Expect Crunch As Part Of The Job
3 months ago
According to Take This, over 50% of game developers expect abusive overtime as part of the job, often without additional compensation to make up for it. Crunch has become a major talking point across the industry, and reports like these show how grimly normalized abusive work hours are. Take This' report backs up a lot of what I've said this year about coercion and power dynamics within game development. Culturally, crunch has become far too normalized in the games business, and we need to keep banging the drum that says otherwise. Because it shouldn't be normal. It's abusive, it's exploitative, and above all... it doesn't bloody work! Source: gamedaily.biz/article/1029/report-over-half-of-game-developers-say-crunch-is-expected-at-their-jobs #Crunch #Overtime #AAA #Videogames #JimSterling #IndustryBS
Sea Of Solitude - Cry Me A River (Jimpressions)
Sea Of Solitude - Cry Me A River (Jimpressions)
3 months ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com Sea of Solitude is the latest critical darling indie game about mental health. Throw it in with the others! But seriously, it's pretty good. Y'know, it's fine. I like the big fish monster! #SeaofSolitude #Indie #PS4 #XboxOne #PC #JimSterling #Jimpressions __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Kids Empty Their Parents' Bank Accounts After Exposure To FIFA's Gambling Mechanics
Kids Empty Their Parents' Bank Accounts After Exposure To FIFA's Gambling Mechanics
3 months ago
At this point, we should accept FIFA isn't suitable for children, and it's not just me saying it. EA's response to a BBC article about children overspending on FIFA was to send them "Spending Control" guidelines. If we're at a point where we need parental controls on spending, then we need to accept that FIFA - a series currently deemed suitable for three-year-olds - is a game for adults. Y'know, like all games with gambling features should be. You want gambling in your games? You should adhere to gambling standards. A BBC article details how four kids emptied the family bank account after exposure to FIFA 19's Ultimate Team Mode, unwittingly overspending to get their favorite player. EA declined to comment. EA's a coward, and a parasite, and if it continues to hide behind "Spending Control" warnings, their games should be treated as inherently unfit for minors. Screw EA. Source: www.bbc.com/news/technology-48908766
EA Doesn't Like Being Seen As The Bad Guy? Too Bad! (The Jimquisition)
EA Doesn't Like Being Seen As The Bad Guy? Too Bad! (The Jimquisition)
3 months ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com A recent article shared the woes and tragedies of Electric Arts' great struggle - the "perception" that the company is a villain. The problem is, it's not so much a perception as it is a matter of historical record. While media articles publish unquestioning propaganda from EA's executives, we juxtapose the one good thing it does - EA Originals - against the negative impact of its less savory behavior. Funnily enough, the scales don't even out on this one. #EA #ElectronicArts #EAOriginals #Microtransactions #JimSterling #Jimquisition __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
G2A Doesn't Consider Fraud A Real Problem But Admits The Fraud Problem Won't Go Away
G2A Doesn't Consider Fraud A Real Problem But Admits The Fraud Problem Won't Go Away
3 months ago
G2A has attempted to defend itself from recent criticism with characteristic self-defeating flippancy. The company doesn't consider fraud a real problem, accused indie devs of attention-seeking, and says even if it went away, the problem that isn't a real problem would still be a problem. After publishing a lengthy article dismissing critics, G2A is now weakly claiming that what it does isn't bad because others are doing what they do. Not great. Mike Rose's petition: www.change.org/p/game-developers-g2a-stop-selling-indie-titles-on-your-platform G2A's post: www.g2a.com/news/latest/g2a-vows-to-pay-devs-10x-the-money-proven-to-be-lost-on-chargebacks/ #G2A #Fraud #PC #Indie #JimSterling #IndustryBS
Should Activision Blizzard Be Hiring For Community Managers After Laying Off Community Managers?
Should Activision Blizzard Be Hiring For Community Managers After Laying Off Community Managers?
3 months ago
A number of former Blizzard employees are feeling pretty insulted after learning Activision Blizzard is advertising for new hires in positions suspiciously similar to the ones they were let go of. A new posting for a Hearthstone community manager - months after the Hearthstone community team was decimated - is a very bad look. Activision let go of around 800 employees in February in "celebration" of record revenue intake. This company, with its billionaire CEO and unethical tax refunds, continues to be awful. #Activision #Blizzard #Jobs #Layoffs #JimSterling #IndustryBS
Epic Will Refund Shenmue 3 Backers Who Reject Epic Store Exclusivity
Epic Will Refund Shenmue 3 Backers Who Reject Epic Store Exclusivity
3 months ago
YS Net gets itself another financial helping hand as Epic Games pledges to refund any Kickstarter backers who felt duped by the game's Epic Store exclusivity. In an ongoing theme of the Shenmue series vacuuming up money that'll never be seen again, Epic's footing the bill for refunds that neither Ys nor Deep Silver were prepared to pay. Epic has plans to do this for future crowdfunded exclusives as well. Shenmue III has floated on a sea of millions of dollars, and for a series that's never made any money, one wonders if it's worth it. #Shenmue #Shenmue3 #Epic #EpicStore #Exclusives #JimSterling #IndustryBS
G2A Is So Bad Developers Would Rather You Pirate Their Games Than Buy From It
G2A Is So Bad Developers Would Rather You Pirate Their Games Than Buy From It
3 months ago
G2A is a shady website that resells keys for game downloads. The problem with G2A is that it's shady as hell and has been criticized heavily for allowing fraudulent sales that cost developers money. The sketchiness and outright criminal behavior is so bad, studios would rather you pirate their games than use G2A if you have no intention of buying the game officially. Frankly, their case is completely valid.
The Addictive Cost Of Predatory Videogame Monetization (The Jimquisition)
The Addictive Cost Of Predatory Videogame Monetization (The Jimquisition)
3 months ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com Aggressive monetization tactics have undoubtedly lowered the quality for many so-called "AAA" games. The shameless number of microtransactions and loot boxes have made them grinding and shallow "services" instead of complete videogames. When we talk about the impact microtransactions and loot boxes have on players, however, we often argue in abstract terms. Not today. Today we look at the human cost of predatory monetization - the impact that exploitative business models have on their vulnerable targets. To really hammer it home, we'll have to meet Torulf Jernström, a mobile studio CEO whose tactics for hunting "whales" - the prime targets of microtransactions - sound scarily like instructions for selling drugs. From "Hook Habit Hobby" to the "IKEA Effect," you're about to learn just how low this industry's tricks get. This industry has truly sold its soul. Strap in, because this gets horrible. And if I'm to be remembered for any single Jimquisition, I'd like it to be this one. #Microtransactions #Money #Addiction #JimSterling #Jimquisition __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Steam's Summer Sale Event Was Confusing And Accidentally Screwed Over Some Indie Games
Steam's Summer Sale Event Was Confusing And Accidentally Screwed Over Some Indie Games
3 months ago
Steam's Summer Sale was a bit confusing thanks to its Grand Prix event, a convoluted team-based "race" where users would pool together and try to beat rivals. The rules were not clear, and as well as everyone boosting Team Corgi ahead, they started deleting games from their wishlists. Because Grand Prix participants could be awarded free games from their wishlists, it was believed the prize pool could be streamlined by pruning said lists. This is not the case, but a number of games saw themselves deleted from wishlists in large numbers. While Valve has now clarified, the damage is done, as indies find yet another reason to be concerned about Steam. #Steam #SteamSale #Sales #JimSterling #IndustryBS
The Sinking City - The Worst Game I've Ever... Liked? (Jimpressions)
The Sinking City - The Worst Game I've Ever... Liked? (Jimpressions)
3 months ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com The Sinking City revels in its Lovecraft inspirations and tries its very best to put you in the shoes of a detective without holding any hands. It's got a nice moody atmosphere, some great writing, and a heartfelt charm to it. It's also absolute rubbish, and I cannot recommend it. I like it. In fact I've grown remarkably fond of it. It's one of the worst games I've ever actually enjoyed. #TheSinkingCity #Lovecraft #PS4 #PC #XboxOne #JimSterling #Jimpressions __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Epic Founder Says Store Exclusives Are The Only Way To Improve Steam & The PC Market
Epic Founder Says Store Exclusives Are The Only Way To Improve Steam & The PC Market
3 months ago
Tim Sweeney has expanded on earlier claims that the Epic Games Store has altruistic intent with its aggressive exclusivity battle against Steam. According to the Epic founder, exclusives could force Steam to offer a better revenue split for developers, thus improving the lot of studios, making games better, and improving the status quo. It's a bold claim... and also a weird one when you remember how businesses actually behave. #Epic #Exclusives #Steam #PC #JimSterling #IndustryBS
EA CEO Defends Loot Boxes, Promotes 'Accessing' Games Over Owning Them
EA CEO Defends Loot Boxes, Promotes 'Accessing' Games Over Owning Them
4 months ago
Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson recently took part in an interview where he talked mostly bollocks and spouted propaganda. He defended loot boxes, promises "live services" were sticking around, and shared his enthusiasm for a future where we can "access" games, but don't own them. Expecting anything less, he suggests, is naive. Maybe he's right, but I don't have to like it. Source (thanks Chris!): gamedaily.biz/article/969/exclusive-a-candid-conversation-with-eas-andrew-wilson-at-e3-2019 #EA #ElectronicArts #LootBoxes #SurpriseMechanics #Anthem #LiveServices
Stadia, Subscriptions, And The Death Of Game Ownership (The Jimquisition)
Stadia, Subscriptions, And The Death Of Game Ownership (The Jimquisition)
4 months ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com For longer than I've been covering games, publishers have dreamed of an all-digital future where they have complete control of the market. The cloud, and hardware like Google Stadia, bring their dream closer than ever to reality. There are multiple issues to discuss here. Streaming gameplay is interesting, but let's face it - the potential for subscription fees is what really excites publishers. Through Stadia, companies can become more platform than publisher, and their "live services" can evolve into evermore lucrative models. Then there's game ownership, and archival, and how Stadia threatens both. Frankly, none of it looks too hopeful to me. BONUS CONTENT: #FucKonami News! #Stadia #Google #Streaming #Subscriptions #Jimquisition #JimSterling __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Judgment - Ass Catchem (Jimpressions)
Judgment - Ass Catchem (Jimpressions)
4 months ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com Judgment is Yakuza with a hardboiled twist, which unfortunately means the addition of tailing missions and lockpicking minigames. When it's not doing that, however, it's brilliant as always. With all the usual punching, nightlife, and bizarre side missions, Judgment continues Sega and RGG's winning streak. More faults than usual, but nonetheless fun as heck! #Judgment #Yakuza #Sega #PS4 #JimSterling #Jimpressions __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Shut Up, EA, You Do NOT Get To Rebrand Loot Boxes As 'Surprise Mechanics'
Shut Up, EA, You Do NOT Get To Rebrand Loot Boxes As 'Surprise Mechanics'
4 months ago
In a moment of pure tasteless bollocks, Electronic Arts has attempted to rebrand its loot boxes as "surprise mechanics" and has told the UK parliament that they're "quite ethical." The "AAA" industry loves to change names when they become too dirty, like how microtransactions are now "recurrent user spending." But watching EA, of all companies, try to distance itself from the toxicity it had a huge hand in creating, is intellectually offensive. Shut the hell up, EA, you do NOT get to scuttle away from your own mess. #EA #ElectronicArts #LootBoxes #SurpriseMechanics #Politics #JimSterling #IndustryBS Source article: www.pcgamesn.com/ea-loot-boxes
Legal Documents Show Randy Pitchford Shifting Borderlands Bonuses To Personal Company
Legal Documents Show Randy Pitchford Shifting Borderlands Bonuses To Personal Company
4 months ago
Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford hasn't stopped making headlines for the wrong reasons this year. One persistent story involves an alleged $12 million siphoned off by the executive from Gearbox. In newly surfaced documents from former Gearbox counsel Wade Callender's lawsuit against Pitchford, the $12 million that Gearbox initially denied a basis in reality has been discovered. And it's... complicated. Basically, while the diversion was signed off on by 2K Games, Pitchford nonetheless diverted the bonus to his personal company, Pitchford Entertainment, Media, and Magic. It's another confusing development in a thoroughly salacious lawsuit, for a man whose career of late has been an endless circus of nonsense. Source: gamedaily.biz/article/965/former-gearbox-employee-provides-proof-randy-pitchford-diverted-funds-to-personal-company #RandyPitchford #Borderlands3 #Lawsuit #IndustryBS #JimSterling
Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night - CastleMania (Jimpressions)
Bloodstained: Ritual Of The Night - CastleMania (Jimpressions)
4 months ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night has, amazingly, lived completely up to expectations. It's the Castlevania game we knew we needed, but Konami didn't want us to have. Koji Igarashi isn't trying to hide the fact that Bloodstained is a Castlevania game in all but name, and he doesn't have to. It's a heartfelt, authentic, beautiful MetroidVania game and I am so very happy with it. #Bloodstained #Castlevania #IGA #Kickstarter #Platformer #MetroidVania __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Winners & Losers E3 2019 (The Jimquisition)
Winners & Losers E3 2019 (The Jimquisition)
4 months ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com E3 2019 has been and gone, so it's time for our annual awards of arbitrary recognition! Who did good, who came away sore? Let's find out! From hecklers to Final Fantasy to Bethesda being Bethesda, we got the lot here! We got the LOT! #E32019 #E3 #Bethesda #FinalFantasy #Microsoft #JimSterling #Jimquisition __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Cadence Of Hyrule - Rupee Rhythms (Jimpressions)
Cadence Of Hyrule - Rupee Rhythms (Jimpressions)
4 months ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com Cadence of Hyrule marries The Legend of Zelda with Crypt of the Necrodancer. The results are quite charming indeed. I can't actually play it very well... at all... but I am enjoying it nonetheless! #Zelda #CadenceofHyrule #NintendoSwitch #Nintendo #JimSterling #Jimpressions __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Layers Of Fear 2 - Layers Of... Oh Dear (Jimpressions)
Layers Of Fear 2 - Layers Of... Oh Dear (Jimpressions)
4 months ago
www.patreon.com/jimquisition www.thejimquisition.com www.thejimporium.com I really want the Layers of Fear series to be good, but Layers of Fear 2 pretty much wallows in the same mediocrity its predecessor barely kept its head above. Though they've added tangible threats and a little more variety of gameplay, this sequel feels more like a retread through a bargain basement, severely outdated horror structure. The genre needs a shakeup, and this ain't it. #LayersofFear #LayersofFear2 #Horror #SurvivalHorror #JimSterling #Jimpressions __ Twitter: twitter.com/jimsterling Facebook: facebook.com/jimsterling0 Jim’s Big Ego (No Relation): bigego.com/ Bandcamp of the Sax Dragon - carlcatron.bandcamp.com Nathan Hanover - usa-video.net/c/UC-8L7n7l11PJM6FFcI6Ju8A
Nintendo Addresses Crunch, Takes Time With Animal Crossing, Upsets Shareholders In The Process
Nintendo Addresses Crunch, Takes Time With Animal Crossing, Upsets Shareholders In The Process
4 months ago
Nintendo has addressed crunch (aka abusive coerced workloads), suggesting a work-life balance is part of why Animal Crossing: New Horizons is being delayed. The company's mantra of "putting smiles on faces" extends to its employees, according to Nintendo of America president Doug Bowser. New Horizons will now be launching on March 20, 2020. Oh, and Nintendo's stock dropped as a result. Because the system is horrible. IGN article with Bowser (not that one): www.ign.com/articles/2019/06/11/nintendo-comments-on-crunch-and-game-delays-a-e3-2019 #Nintendo #AnimalCrossing #Switch #E32019 #JimSterling #IndustryBS
Final Fantasy VII Remake E3 2019 Gameplay - Honestly I'm Underwhelmed (OMGH)
Final Fantasy VII Remake E3 2019 Gameplay - Honestly I'm Underwhelmed (OMGH)
4 months ago
I get it, contrarian Sterling doesn't like anything. Get it out of your system. But honestly, the dizzying audiovisual saturation that is Final Fantasy VII Remake isn't getting much of a response from me despite (or maybe because of) my love for the original. Latter day Square Enix overeggs the chips. #FinalFantasyVII #FFVII #SquareEnix #JimSterling #OMGH #FinalFantasyVIIRemake #E32019
Shenmue 3 Is The Latest Crowdfunded Game To Go Epic Store Exclusive
Shenmue 3 Is The Latest Crowdfunded Game To Go Epic Store Exclusive
4 months ago
Shenmue 3 has taken the Dark Bargain, and will be an Epic Games Store exclusive on PC. This, understandably, has not gone over well with backers. As yet another crowdfunded game takes Epic's money, we have to wonder what this means for crowdfunding as a whole. Potential backers are being trained not to trust the studio's they're paying, which is not a lesson anyone needs to be taught. #Shenmue #Shenmue3 #EpicStore #Exclusive #E32019 #IndustryBS #JimSterling
StealthBastard
StealthBastard - 3 hours ago
They'll find another way.
Stephen Swales
Stephen Swales - 3 hours ago
I think that the games industry are forgetting who helped them get to the level that they’re at. Retro gaming for the win. The modern day gaming industry has made it very clear that a PS5, XBOX Scarlet and upgrading my PC with better parts is just enabling the industry to carry on with these immoral practices. I think that I’m going to go with old school games. They can’t monetise those absolute classics.
Vloodz !
Vloodz ! - 3 hours ago
Those animation looks like some "flash animation", not anywhere near cuphead level of hand drawn animations
Fmman Eerrer
Fmman Eerrer - 3 hours ago
plot twist : it's the dev himself who spend all these money to draw attraction toward this game.
TheCivildecay
TheCivildecay - 3 hours ago
2:29 the red head girl is wearing the tiniest clothes ever :D
Al R
Al R - 3 hours ago
they proactively trying to be *proactively grabbing as much bucks as they can without being questioned*
Zeph101theoriginal
Zeph101theoriginal - 3 hours ago
You know who else said something on a website once? Blizzard. Think about it.
Blocky Oxwinkle
Blocky Oxwinkle - 3 hours ago
They don't want to "ban loot boxes", they just want to "strongly discourage" them.
Garlicpau GC
Garlicpau GC - 3 hours ago
Jim, try ragnarok online mobile sea, MULTIPLE players from all over asia spent more than 250k usd in the span of 1 year, avg players spend 10k-30k usd
Dawn of The walkers
Dawn of The walkers - 3 hours ago
BioWare died a while ago. I don’t know why you’re worried about them being shutdown. fuck it, shut them down, the old BioWare has been dead.
BigBearMonte
BigBearMonte - 3 hours ago
Greg Miller sup
Andrew
Andrew - 3 hours ago
Jim would make a good video game villain
Operateur
Operateur - 4 hours ago
never thought of it, but now I know where the triangle comes from in the graphics
GEXGE11
GEXGE11 - 4 hours ago
E A R L Y H Y P E R C A P I T A L I S M
Andrew
Andrew - 4 hours ago
17:43 that’s the same stock photo of a baby that was used in a poster in “The Boys” on Amazon Prime Video. The poster said “Keep you hands clean” and Hughie looked at the poster before pushing the button that made Translucent explode from the inside out. God, I can’t wait for season 2.
calrex 1129
calrex 1129 - 4 hours ago
Nearly a year later, I keep coming back to this video because for some reason, The Quiet Man's terribleness is hypnotic
Syl von Braun
Syl von Braun - 4 hours ago
What I also like is, when they talk about an "ingame economy" in the microtransaction store. Assets than can be duplicated indefinitly and created with low or no effort is not so much of having an economy, but to outright breaking it.
Bunny
Bunny - 4 hours ago
People like Torulf Jernström make me embarrassed to be Finnish.
Gergely Liptai
Gergely Liptai - 4 hours ago
Triple A gaming is such a shitshow nowadays. I talked about this with some friends a little while ago, but it's really depressing how microtransactions and lootboxes are seemingly in every Triple A game now. There are also issues like devs releasing games unfinished and expecting customers to pay for DLC in order to have a complete experience. Alternatively: MMOs requiring you to buy a base game, expansions every 2 years AND a monthly subscription in order to be able to play at all. I guess we can blame Blizzard for popularising that one too.
EraserRain Lantier
EraserRain Lantier - 4 hours ago
Dead Space 3 never forget.
Manuel Melchor Miranda III
Manuel Melchor Miranda III - 4 hours ago
5:36 Fifa 20 Electronic Arts X box One, PS4, Gamecube???
Renegade Vile
Renegade Vile - 4 hours ago
When your game requires a school to teach kids how to play it responsibly, you've fucked up immeasurably.
Jay jays
Jay jays - 4 hours ago
Anthem rip 2019-2019
Bandit Gaming
Bandit Gaming - 4 hours ago
And apparently I'm racist because I say the UK should have never given Hong Kong back to China even when people of Hong Kong would agree with me.
Leinadlink
Leinadlink - 4 hours ago
I'm getting toy adverts in your videos for barbies and stuff like that. And honestly I don't know why
Edward Livingston
Edward Livingston - 4 hours ago
"People are herd animals we like to do what everyone else is doing" heh buddy ill show you a herd animal by shoving my foot up your whale mining ass
Alfie Ryan
Alfie Ryan - 4 hours ago
I saw one of my friends was playing anthem yesterday. I called him an ambulance.
DingbatToast
DingbatToast - 4 hours ago
Just like the "4 cans for £1 extra strong larger" with "drink responsibly" printed on the tin
nervsouly
nervsouly - 4 hours ago
The funny thing is Blizzard is suffering from such a bad case of hubris, they literally sell online passes to people for watching their marketing event that is Blizzcon. Like... part of their self celebration and advertising is free to watch and part is behind a paywall. Just how fucking cocky can you be? Virtual tickets because you can only host a limited amount of people at a live event but still want as much money as possible to please the stock market (which will never be pleased enough anyway, even after all your loot box money) Holy shit! Whoever thought about that was a genius but fuck them!
Faktor114
Faktor114 - 4 hours ago
A true beacon of logic and integrity.
Mitchell Julius
Mitchell Julius - 4 hours ago
At this point, this should give the guy stock options lol
Corat McRed
Corat McRed - 4 hours ago
220,000 Dollarydoo’s?
STM
STM - 4 hours ago
Universal paperclips
mokkorista
mokkorista - 4 hours ago
There's no pay out, only pay in.
Nuruddin Shah
Nuruddin Shah - 4 hours ago
"A maximum daily spend limit for children would alse be REASSURING for parent and CHILDREN themselves" I'm 23 year old. And now I have to say is WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON......Thank to Lootbox MTX and the WHOLE GOD DAMN (Jim voice) AAA industry. THIS IS MADNESSI'm 23 and I'M BECOMING THE OLD MAN.....I STILL REMEMBER THE PS1 AND 2 DAYS
truetype80
truetype80 - 4 hours ago
I find myself less concerned with FOMO and more fear of being spoiled. With movies and games.
Jason TV
Jason TV - 4 hours ago
The problem isnt the industry its our politicians
Edward Livingston
Edward Livingston - 4 hours ago
Yea us senators taking a stand on gaming bans, but not anything else, priorities i guess
Vermilion Trigger
Vermilion Trigger - 4 hours ago
This is the sole reason I will not get the new Star Wars game until I see 50 reviews. I was so hyped about anthem, now I feel like I was robbed.
Tyler Webb
Tyler Webb - 4 hours ago
As a parent saying there are parental controls makes it okay for this stuff to be E for everyone is like saying porn is fine in kids movies because you can turn the tv off for those parts. If it’s rated for kids parents shouldn’t have to worry at all, AT ALL. Being a parent is a lot of work, fuck them for demanding we take on their job too, policing content that is suppose to be rated so we don’t have to. GJ game Industry you fucking suck. Except for a few standouts.
Agent 00Meme
Agent 00Meme - 4 hours ago
im looking for a clampdown on ebegging youtuber rats with continuous whining about a subject they know little/nothing about
Ulfric Stormcloak
Ulfric Stormcloak - 5 hours ago
Ok the game failed but why mock their failure???
Snarfy *
Snarfy * - 5 hours ago
If it's good I'll play it
Dryhoof
Dryhoof - 5 hours ago
I somehow really want a retro pixel look suprise mechanic game....
Robert Parkins
Robert Parkins - 5 hours ago
At work the other night I heard on the radio during its news slot a story about loot boxes and it links to gambling these stories are becoming more and more frequent in the media in England I think once brexit is done the government will take a serious look at this and probably put some restrictions in place
Willy Beamish
Willy Beamish - 5 hours ago
Francis Ford Copula is a hack.
Phoenix Flames
Phoenix Flames - 5 hours ago
Round and round the little ball goes, where will it land nobody knows ...
MySplatterhouse
MySplatterhouse - 5 hours ago
Preach Jim!!!!
Headache
Headache - 5 hours ago
The uk government recruits from public schools. Was too busy listening to driver 8 by rem to care.
J.R. Alberto Escobar Escobar
J.R. Alberto Escobar Escobar - 5 hours ago
Sometimes I wonder if our dear Jim Sterling actually sleeps 8 hours a day. Because he seems to work way too much for us.
O A
O A - 5 hours ago
The animation is bad IMO, i also feel like the characters are the same characters as in cuphead but with a skin, sorta like a rom hack, the bosses feel familiar because they have similar attacks, they have similar specials as well
Tidenshi
Tidenshi - 5 hours ago
With that much money you could’ve built a really good PC and bought better games to waste your money on
Andres Gallego
Andres Gallego - 5 hours ago
EA shit on journos when they actually do journalism, i'm no fan of Jason, i think he is part of the problem with gaming journos, but this goes out to show how companies are used to have gaming news outlets in their pockets, so much that they get surprised when a journo actually does his/her job.
Bob Bobbertson
Bob Bobbertson - 5 hours ago
Pls nuke Brittan, papa orange man! The fucking brit comes to America and demands the State do more of the mommy and daddy regulating. Fuck off you absolute blighter! We don't want you here in the land of FREEDOM!
Mark Sadejev
Mark Sadejev - 5 hours ago
I mean, I will chime in on the general QnA. But if they do prepared questions or have a right to veto... They’re gonna have more shit on their hands, well... WAY MORE shit. And that means it’ll be a fun BlizzCon for us anyway, to watch that is. It already has beef with everyone possible, now just need everyone to boycott it even more.
Calcifrizzle
Calcifrizzle - 5 hours ago
Those Surprise Mechanic and Cornflakes Homonculus sprites are adorable! Oh, and, uh, fuck lootboxes and all that, let's keep up the pressure.
NICHI
NICHI - 5 hours ago
All the AAA games in 2019 have been shit & even the supposedly good one was trash after a few hours.
Marcin Malinowski
Marcin Malinowski - 5 hours ago
Man, this is so boring. We know you and many other people are against loot boxes. So am I. Making a video about the same thing over and over again is not necessary. Keep your channel interesting, you can do better than that. Every time someone opens his mouth about loot boxes I have 100% chance of finding a video about it here. You've said enough about it - move on. This channel is SO GOOD and imo will be better without "loot boxes = gambling" type of video every week or so...
CherubiJubell
CherubiJubell - 5 hours ago
Why can't they make a loot box that pays you to open it? Loot box gives you $5 and the 1% rare item. Win-win! People get the things, companies get the numbers! ...not the money numbers, but the numbers!
SamTheMadMann
SamTheMadMann - 5 hours ago
Things like this is why I haven't bought overwatch yet.
Richard Letanec
Richard Letanec - 5 hours ago
But aren't even the attack moves of the bosses similar? You can do a copy and still have original bosses... this looks like a skin to cuphead... the flying cow=the flying robot, the princess=the flower
Straw Berry
Straw Berry - 5 hours ago
4:40 This "Yeah right"... xD
ProAssassin84
ProAssassin84 - 5 hours ago
This game was worse then No Mans Sky launch. What a shit show.
GalloViking
GalloViking - 5 hours ago
4:30 Because educating people about the dangers of drug addiction totally did anything. Effing morons.
Lounoir Records
Lounoir Records - 5 hours ago
they couldn't give less of a shit about children since they're their future customers getting accustomed to these horrendous practices just look at china, mtas are everywhere. they just don't know any better
Fitzula'sgaming and reviews
Fitzula'sgaming and reviews - 5 hours ago
You realize that people who spend a lot of money on mobile games are content creators
Faktor114
Faktor114 - 5 hours ago
It will never change, the people who could enforce any regulations will always be paid off.
Стефан Дончев
Стефан Дончев - 5 hours ago
Engine of Democracy is big corporations, but is NO Democracy in this corporation ....
varun surya
varun surya - 6 hours ago
Where's the overly elaborate intro?
hot 'n spicy
hot 'n spicy - 6 hours ago
This this microtransaction shitshow start with Todd Howard's Oblivion horse armor dlc?
Gormathius Nightstrider
Gormathius Nightstrider - 6 hours ago
Can the wrench psychopath with the welding mask be a permanent mascot for corporate BS, please and thank you.
bumflufftornado
bumflufftornado - 6 hours ago
"We recognise what you're saying, but you aren't lobbying or donating enough for us to care about your cause. Come back when you have as much money as your opponent."
Revolsin
Revolsin - 6 hours ago
I mean say what you want on it, but it's pretty obvious there's a lot of effort put into the animation and all. Reminder that Cuphead itself took like 9 years to make, its absolutely not an artstyle anyone can just ape, and its not even remotely cheap to do so. Its good stuff really
Ian S
Ian S - 6 hours ago
The easy solution is to rate games with loot boxes and the like as MA, with a restriction against adding in such mechanics after the fact for say 3 years if they weren't present in the initial version being rated.
Tea Masta
Tea Masta - 6 hours ago
I used to play a mobile game that literally had a character you unlocked by spending over $5 000 on the game. Literally that was the intended method, there was no other way to unlock him.
Cursed
Cursed - 6 hours ago
I think calling this a "Rip-Off" is a little bit to harsh because a lot of the battles we see so far are original and the plot of the story is really different I say this deserves more credit.
Chromodar
Chromodar - 6 hours ago
I kinda feel like a daily spending limit does very little. I mean you can play more than one game. 5 dollars a day is 150 dollars in a month, times the number of games you play. I'd feel much safer having my kid play a 15 dollar subscription game with no MTX at all. I'd buy expansions too. He/she can of course have a bunch of indie games with no MTX on the side. I'll even let the child play Path of Exile and buy stash space for it if it wants, maybe even some skins as a birthday or Christmas present.. Provided GGG are as helpful as usual about turning off loot boxes on our client. But that's where I draw the lines man. This potential for unlimited spending on vapid things is terrifying enough for someone who understands it. Especially in a game that's not free to play and is in constant content development cycles. Why the fuck would I buy them when there are so many other options? Especially for my kid?
Neil Price
Neil Price - 6 hours ago
The amusing thing is that the AAA game companies, who went to the UK to meet with government officials to stop lootboxes being banned, thought they had stopped the UK from regulation, but the committee just wanted to hear from the companies themselves and how they justify their predatory practices. They didn't stop looking into things, as the committee were actually working after their meeting to find out the pros and cons with them to make a decision. The committee said in their "PRELIMINARY" report that there was no legislation over lootboxes so they couldn't legally take action over them, BUT they were actually looking at ways to change things to make them illegal or at the very least regulate them. The AAA Game companies thought that the UK governmental procedures worked the same way as in the US, where a "interview" hearing is usually toward the end of the process, but here it's either at the beginning or in the middle.
Ultra GrimX
Ultra GrimX - 6 hours ago
Love G2A
Sonickeyblade00
Sonickeyblade00 - 6 hours ago
Oh Dynasty Warriors... how I hope you come back someday and that you kill this awful alien clone that was left in your wake.
James Hurley
James Hurley - 6 hours ago
Yeah we wanted what they showed us but got stuck with what we were given so yeah those people who preodered kinda got hardcore butt raped and pimped out to ea's overpriced microtransactions within a prison yard glichy broken shitpile. So yeah they're going to run like fuck when they get a chance.
Radbiker33357
Radbiker33357 - 6 hours ago
This has honestly got to be worse than gambling.
Radbiker33357
Radbiker33357 - 6 hours ago
It’s depressing because in 5-10 years this game will shut down and all that money is wasted. I learned that lesson long ago when I spent like $10-20 on a mobile game only for it to shutdown a few months later. Never again.
Viscount Lordington
Viscount Lordington - 6 hours ago
Whales are degenerates.
Gretgor
Gretgor - 6 hours ago
I derive an almost erotic pleasure from watching Jim tearing into rich, exploitative douchefucks' entire webs of lies.
Dalgus Maximus
Dalgus Maximus - 6 hours ago
Why do so many people buy these types of fucking games at launch? And spend hundreds of dollars investing in them no less. God you know you can go on ebay and buy a game from a year and a half ago for like 10$ mint in the case.
Pavel Tikhonov
Pavel Tikhonov - 6 hours ago
God bless the Honourable Lady
David Szaks
David Szaks - 6 hours ago
Jim forgot to say it so I'll say it for him: THANK GOD FOR ME!
DeusWulf
DeusWulf - 6 hours ago
How many of those corporations are run by Jews? See thats the question everyone wants to avoid. Sure, 90% of foreigners in China aiding Mao were Jewish, including the daughter of the founder of Goldman Sachs, sure Activision is run by a powerful Jew, sure the NBA is known for having a ton of Jewish owners running it and the teams. Sure they are less than 2% of the population yet own over 40% of the nations wealth, sure they were behind all the global banking initiatives and wallstreet from which you attack via the guise of capitalism... and sure... they were also the ones who created communism (international socialism). There is a load of irony involved in all of this. Its not capitalism that is the problem, its just like every system created, a foreign group who historically values money above all else knows how to exploit it further than it was ever intended to go. That my friends is reality, and you know what? To find out who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed or supposed to criticize.
Dauth Eldrvaria
Dauth Eldrvaria - 6 hours ago
This is cool and everything but can we just take the moment to understand our politians are clowns.... Side Note: I never have cared about Blizzcon.... But I'm so excited to hear about what Bizzcon will be like. A true con of cons!
Philippe Maron
Philippe Maron - 6 hours ago
What if Casinos learn from this? What if you buy virtual currency which can't be changed back? What if they aren't technically gambling anymore and therefore face no regulation?
MoonDasher Amara
MoonDasher Amara - 6 hours ago
2015: fnaf fangames (same mechanic but other characters) internet: wow really good :D 2019: Enchanted Portals (look above) internet: EW EW EWWW!! CUPHEAD RIPOFF!!! BURN IIIIIITTT!! we really have changed...
sirico
sirico - 6 hours ago
Indoor football was included in FIFA 98
Matan Vilensky
Matan Vilensky - 6 hours ago
I'm pretty sure that EA dose a Enron-style scheme behind the scenes.
deadbydayinblack
deadbydayinblack - 6 hours ago
It is funny that you mention the initiative ( and ask about games website). Because the first time i read/heard about it was yesterday. It came up as a bar advert while I was using my old laptop for a cheaky gaming session at lunchtime at work ( Perfect for a wee olf school GOG session) Up till then never even knew it was a thing. Which makes me wonder if the advert was targeted at a hospital server for relatively older peeps. Could just be an amazing coincidence....but
Lucas Tigy
Lucas Tigy - 6 hours ago
2:55 i see you've been looking at those attractive transformers statues
Sir. Can
Sir. Can - 6 hours ago
A great way to londer Money. I imagin.
Darth Maul
Darth Maul - 6 hours ago
Bioware and Android Wilson must really, really hate Jim. Well done Jim.
The Swartz
The Swartz - 6 hours ago
Micro transactions should be regulated just as gambling is regulated.
Demo
Demo - 6 hours ago
Quite ironic that Blizzards attempt to suppress any message that `offends` the Chinese government has created such a B̶l̶i̶z̶z̶a̶r̶d̶ shitstorm of publicity for the HK cause... keep it up Blizzard!