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Jimquisition: Lawsuits, Memes, and Tasty Medicine


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
May 06
// Jim Sterling
Warner Bros. and 5th Cell are facing a lawsuit over the inclusion of Keyboard Cat and Nyan Cat in Scribblenauts. Preposterous, you say? Greedy, are the meme makers? I say well done them! It's absolutely about time Warne...
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Jimquisition: Boob Wars and Dragon Crowns


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Apr 29
// Jim Sterling
Dragon's Crown has become the latest game involved in a big argument. Big boobs, burly dwarves, and Kotaku were all involved. Gender issues in games are important. They are worth thinking about. They are, contrary to po...
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Jimquisition: Among the Sleep


Krillbite's baby-flavored horror game gets played
Apr 25
// Jim Sterling
Among the Sleep is an upcoming horror game, all about being a two-year-old child. Yeah, it's spooky! The game's currently trying to get Kickstarter funding and, unlike many Kickstarters, your ol' pal Jim Sterl...
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Jimquisition happens every Monday!
This week, Jimquisition gives you a brief lesson in pasta sauce, and ties it into the misguided quest for perfection currently plaguing the so-called "AAA" title scene. Expanding on a few ideas found in last week's...

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Jimquisition: Dark Souls and Dark Sales


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Apr 15
// Jim Sterling
Dark Souls sold over two million copies and is a bonafide success. Tomb Raider sold over three million copies and is a disappointing failure. Wut? Different projects obviously have different standards for succ...
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Jimquisition: Why An Always-On DRM Console Is Dumb


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Apr 08
// Jim Sterling
Just talking about an "always-on" Xbox is a really dumb idea. Hopefully not even Microsoft would be so stupid, but just in case any of the platform holders are seriously considering this awful, nasty little idea, let Jimquisition lay out the many good reasons as to why an always-on console would be utterly ludicrous. Seriously, it's ... it's terrible. Deal with it!
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Jimquisition: The Creepy Cull of Female Protagonists


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Mar 25
// Jim Sterling
The game industry doesn't want female characters. That is allegedly the message publishers have been sending to developers. As female characters get hidden from the front covers of games and projects with leading ladies are ...
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Jimquisition: Innovation - Gaming's Snake Oil


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Mar 18
// Jim Sterling
There's nothing wrong with a game that innovates. There's everything wrong with a game that goes out of its way to innovate without reason. Like any tool, innovation is neither good nor bad, and it has its specific uses. How...
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Jimquisition: SimShitty


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Mar 11
// Jim Sterling
DRM is back again, and it's here to stay! Games are a service, so we're told, but who do they really serve? SimCity's failure to launch thanks to ludicrous DRM restrictions has been the hot topic of the week, and naturally there's a Jimquisition afoot to skewer Electronic Arts right in its Electronic Nads. Time to put a bit of stick about, wouldn't you say?
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Jimquisition: New Generation, Old Bullsh*t


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Feb 25
// Jim Sterling
The PlayStation 4 was announced last week, but Sterling wasn't quite feeling the buzz. The PS4 is interesting, Sony's plans are promising, but the industry itself, and the culture of business around console games? THAT is what needs a new generation. Hardware is just a placebo if the attitudes showcased at the big PS4 reveal are anything to go by.
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Jimquisition: Previewed, Preordered, Prescrewed


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Feb 18
// Jim Sterling
Preorder culture expects gamers to trust developers more than ever, but how does that work when they inspire so little faith? The "take cash now, provide content later" tactic is currently serving companies well, but with re...
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Jimquisition: A-LIE-ns: Colonial Marines


Emergency Jimquisition!
Feb 13
// Jim Sterling
Waking through Gearbox's walkthrough of Aliens: Colonial Marines. That is, the Aliens: Colonial Marines Gearbox wanted the world to believe in, not the one that actually happened. While demo footage is not represen...
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Jimquisition: Companies Exist to Make Money


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Feb 11
// Jim Sterling
Jimquisition's had it wrong all this time. Videogame companies exist to make money, so it was foolish to ever suggest their anti-consumer policies are awful, reckless, and deserving of criticism. That was all sarcasm, just then.
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Jimquisition: Breaking the Bones of Business


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Jan 28
// Jim Sterling
A new business model comes along, designed to attract gamers with interesting ideas and consumer-friendly pricing. The old businesses latch onto it. The old businesses pervert it to suit their own miserable ends. Free-to-pla...
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Jimquisition: Accepting the Isms


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Jan 21
// Jim Sterling
Games are racist. Games are homophobic. Games are sexist. And that's okay! Well, maybe not OKAY, but it is alright to acknowledge that, sometimes, videogames get it wrong. Everybody gets it wrong, and games can't be the exce...
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Jimquisition: Only the Lonely


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Jan 14
// Jim Sterling
The videogame industry wants you to believe that the offline experience is for miserable loners. Lonely is bad. Lonely is sad. Lonely people want lonely games because they don't have any friends. Only the lonely want to be d...
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Jimquisition: Desensitized to Violence


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Jan 07
// Jim Sterling
Warning -- Contains graphic content. If you don't want to see disturbing Internet things, skip the footage starting at 1:20 and ending at 1:49.  As the mainstream news media continues to revel in the Sandy Hook shooting...
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Jimquisition: Epic Hole (B Mine Cliffy)


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Dec 31
// Jim Sterling
Over a year ago, Cliff Bleszinski (then of Epic Games) and myself had a public falling out and have never traded a word since. Ever a man of peace and goodwill, I hereby extend the olive branch the only way I know how -- with a little help from The Escapist's very own Miracle of Sound.
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Jimquisition: The Sh*tiest games of 2012


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Dec 24
// Jim Sterling
There's something to be said for tradition, and the Jimquisition's most sacred tradition is the year-end evisceration of the very worst games released. Quake in fear, O ye creatively impoverished fools! Presented to you...
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Jimquisition Awards Game of the Year: The Walking Dead


Five Days, Five Games, Five Awards
Dec 21
// Jim Sterling
The final Jimquisition Award is here! Four days have passed, four winners have been crowned. Now is time to hail the game of the year. This is 2012's ultimate champion. Was there any doubt as to what it was?
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Jimquisition Awards: Lollipop Chainsaw


Five Days, Five Games, Five Awards
Dec 20
// Jim Sterling
The very first Jimquisition Awards are here! Five days, five games, five awards! Games win awards for being innovative, intelligent, mature and memorable. Not many win them for being bloody funny. Lollipop Cha...
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Jimquisition Awards: Journey


Five Days, Five Games, Five Awards
Dec 19
// Jim Sterling
The very first Jimquisition Awards are here! Five days, five games, five awards! Very rarely, a game comes along that strikes a near-perfect balance between interactivity, visuals, and sound design. Journey&nb...
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Jimquisition Awards: Dishonored


Five Days, Five Games, Five Awards
Dec 17
// Jim Sterling
The very first Jimquisition Awards are here! Five days, five games, five awards! We kick off with one of the most compelling new retail IPs released this year, a classic in the making from Arkane Studios and Bethesda. Yep, it could only be Dishonored!
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Jimquisition: Dumbing Down for the Filthy Casuals


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Dec 10
// Jim Sterling
There are valid concerns with the "dumbing down" of our entertainment, but as with so many issues, there are just as many invalid ones. This is especially true when "inclusiveness" and "dumbing down" are seen as the same thi...
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Jimquisition: Review Scores Are Not Evil


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Dec 03
// Jim Sterling
When Jim Sterling isn't busy being the voice of a generation, he's a videogame reviewer -- one that's constantly told to abolish review scores. This is a silly request, hinging on the belief that review scores are an evil we...
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Jimquisition: Friends


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Nov 26
// Jim Sterling
Friendships are precious things that allow us to get through this horrific maelstrom we bitterly call life. Without friends, we would be but animals, hurtling cluelessly from one compulsive murder to the next. Nobody is an i...
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Jimquisition: Fake Nerd Girls


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Nov 19
// Jim Sterling
The latest flavor in the restaurant of controversy is the concept of fake nerd girls -- women who pretend to like videogames and similar media, all for the express purpose of tricking honest, hard-working Americans. Yeah ... it's as insidious and fiendish a plot as anything found in Shakespeare's library of tragedies. Seriously, gamers? This is the new enemy? Christ al-bloody-mighty.
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Jimquisition: Touch Waggle Touch Waggle Swipe


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Nov 12
// Jim Sterling
Over half a decade of frustration is about to be unleashed with glorious fury. It's been six years, the tech has been demonstrated, yet still the tech demos come. So few games have found a way to implement new interfaces gra...
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Jimquisition: In the Hall of the Mountain Dew


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Nov 05
// Jim Sterling
This week's Jimquisition is fueled by Mounting Dudes. Halo 4 is out this week, and if you've been paying any attention to its marketing, you'll know that you won't be able to enjoy it without the crisp, refres...
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Jimquisition: Scare Tactics


Jimquisition happens every Monday!
Oct 29
// Jim Sterling
Dr. Jonathan Crane accepts an invite to give the Jimquisition a lesson in fear. It's the Halloween special, and while your ol' pal Sterling confronts his greatest nightmares, a long-hated horror trope is discussed, defended,...

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