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Jimquisition: Lugoscababib Discobiscuits photo
Jimquisition: Lugoscababib Discobiscuits
by Jim Sterling

This week, Jim loads his gun and shoots holes in the argument that certain games suffer from ludonarrative dissonance, just because they're violent. Because really, people, that's not even what ludonarrative dissonance is!

If you're gonna use big words to sound smart, use 'em correctly ... guttersnipes.

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Jimquisition: Creative Freedom, Strings Attached photo
Jimquisition: Creative Freedom, Strings Attached
by Jim Sterling

Freedom of expression is not freedom to express without challenge. A game is within its rights to include any content it does, but that content is not sacred.

Puppeteer features a boy as the hero, not a girl. Gavin Moore was asked why this is, and his response was fairly snippy. GTA V has three male leads, and fans get snippy when people question this.

Fact is, these two games are totally right to have the characters they have ... but that righteousness comes with strings attached (get it because puppets).

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Beer and Sterling talk indies, money, previews photo
Beer and Sterling talk indies, money, previews
by Jim Sterling

During this past weekend, I had the pleasure of sharing some screen time with Marcus Beer, known to GameTrailers viewers as the Annoyed Gamer. In this crossover video, we discuss preview events (and why I don't do them), independent developers, and the classic problem of industry overspending. 

I hope you enjoy watching it almost as much as I enjoyed making it, ahur hur hur!

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Jimquisition: Downloadable Discontent photo
Jimquisition: Downloadable Discontent
by Jim Sterling

You don't have to hate downloadable content to avoid ever buying the stuff. Even heartfelt fans of the concept can be thoroughly turned off, and it's all thanks to the idiots trying to sell it.

Your old pal Jim loves DLC, as an idea, but never buys it these days because of alienating business tactics and companies trying to push their damn luck.

Let us discuss the ways in which a publisher can stop even a willing customer from buying its wares.

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Jimquisition: Time To Get Paid photo
Jimquisition: Time To Get Paid
by Jim Sterling

Payday 2 is a success, because the people making and publishing it weren't completely stupid. What sorcery is this?

Yes, it's one of those episodes where we celebrate one game getting it right and not stuffing everything up. Speaking of stuffing, Jim at last unveils the Dragon Dildo ... and does things with it. Terrible things.

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Jimquisition: I'm Going To Murder Your Children photo
Jimquisition: I'm Going To Murder Your Children
by Jim Sterling

If your first response to a game creator doing something you dislike is to get personal with them and threaten their families, you waive any righteousness you might have had. Seems like a no-brainer ... yet so few of us seem to have brains.

It's sad this episode had to be made, but here's a Jimquisition about how you're a total piece of shit if you threaten to murder somebody's child. Yes ... this had to be pointed out.

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Jimquisition: Neutered  photo
Jimquisition: Neutered
by Jim Sterling

Why do gamers defend their favorite titles from criticism with such volatility? According to some, it's because they don't want to see their genitalia removed.

Is inclusivity the enemy of creativity? Is restriction an inherent part of congeniality? The Jimquisition considers recent controversies against the fear of a game being "neutered" to "pander" to new audiences.

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Jimquisition: Dragon's Frown  photo
Jimquisition: Dragon's Frown
by Jim Sterling

Oh yes, it's another video about reviews and things. Not quite the usual flavor, but certainly something that cannot be repeated enough.

If you're a fan of Vanillaware, you may not be helping by pouring excessive scorn on a reviewer who may not agree with you. In fact, nobody's helped when you stop the party just because one person isn't enjoying it as much as you are. Who wins there? Nobody.

Least of all those who threw the party.

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3:15 PM on 07.29.2013

Jimquisition: Fee to Pay

It's time to talk about why "optional" microtransactions in games aren't really optional, and why they're especially gruesome in games we already paid for at retail. The rise of "free to play" elements in games that are not ...

Jim Sterling



Jimquisition: Sequel or Slaughter photo
Jimquisition: Sequel or Slaughter
by Jim Sterling

Must every new videogame become a sequel-spawning franchise? Is it through necessity, or simple avarice that mainstream game development makes it so?

A little dash of jarnalizm, a spoonful of introspection, and two massive barrels of furious indignation bore to the core of this subject, in the only way Jimquisition knows how -- brutally. And without mercy.

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Jimquisition: Fun & Priorities photo
Jimquisition: Fun & Priorities
by Jim Sterling

Grand Theft Auto V is designed to be fun, says Rockstar. Sounds like a no-brainer, but that little bit of PR buzztalk says a lot more than you may think.

When you examine fun as a motivator versus the more common justifications given for game design these days, you get a good sense as to where a developer's loyalties lie. Does a game care about your enjoyment after you've bought a game, or does it just care that you bought it?

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Jimquisition: Gamer Guys photo
Jimquisition: Gamer Guys
by Jim Sterling

Jimquisition travels to another time and another place, examining a world taken over by gamer guys and their testosterone-addled inanity. Something must be done!

Fortunately, your ol' pal Jim Sterling is here to take those insincere culture thieves down a peg, and put gaming in the hands of those to whom it belongs. Welcome to the Sarkybastardverse, which is definitely a real thing now.

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Jimquisition: Launch Splooge  photo
Jimquisition: Launch Splooge
by Jim Sterling

As we head toward the launch of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, we're going to soon be hearing about their launch libraries, and how awesome they are. Ignore these boasts.

Let Jimquisition bring light into your life, explaining how the demand for a strong launch lineup is misplaced, and how consoles may screw themselves by spurting out a big wad at once.

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Jimquisition: Why PC Gaming Gets Away With It photo
Jimquisition: Why PC Gaming Gets Away With It
by Jim Sterling

The Xbox One no longer enforces restrictions on used games, but the debate over console DRM is not over. One lingering question is this -- why are consoles criticized, but PC gets away with it?

One would assume the plentiful answers are obvious, but your old pal Sterling was so inundated with arguments dragging PC gaming into the discussion, he just had to answer. Enjoy this selection of reasons why PC gaming is allowed to abandon the used market, and consoles aren't.

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Jimquisition: Xbox One No DRM Emergency Special photo
Jimquisition: Xbox One No DRM Emergency Special
by Jim Sterling

Xbox One Eighty more like HA HA HA HA HA!

Jimquisition rushes to bring a half-baked opinion in the afterfall of Microsoft reversing its DRM policy on Xbox One.

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Jimquisition: PS4 - Doing Nothing, Meaning Everything photo
Jimquisition: PS4 - Doing Nothing, Meaning Everything
by Jim Sterling

Sony created a magic moment this past week at E3, declaring for the world that PS4 would not restrict used games or utilize DRM. Power to the people!

Of course, it can be said Sony didn't actually do anything, yet is being lauded as a hero. Does the PlayStation 4 deserve special kudos for maintaining the status quo? Jimquisition thinks so ... kind of. In this case, doing nothing means everything.

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