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12:00 PM on 12.26.2011

The Jimquisition: The Ten Sh*ttest Games of 2011

The year is almost out, and we must celebrate it by publishing meaningless award ceremonies. In true Jimquisition style, our noble hero celebrates the crappest of the crap, with the ten shittiest games to have been released in 2011. Oh, revel in the glory.

Jim Sterling



3:00 PM on 12.19.2011

The Jimquisition: Taking Videogames Seriously

When will games be taken seriously? Why isn't anybody taking videogames seriously? How many times can Jim say the word "seriously" in a single video? Does any of it matter? No. None of it. Ever.

Jim Sterling



3:00 PM on 12.12.2011

The Jimquisition: Beneath A Steel Skyrim

What does a huge, open-world roleplaying game and a linear point-and-click adventure from the 90's have in common? Well, aside from the fact they have the honor of The Jimquisition's attention, they both succeed in delivering the same thing, despite using almost completely opposite methods to do so. Confused? You won't be after you watch this intense, sexy episode!

Jim Sterling



3:30 PM on 12.05.2011

The Jimquisition: Hardcore Hypocrisy

There are hardcore gamers out there so proud of their self-styled character trait that they shall defend it jealously. For indeed, it is they who get to judge whether or not others are worthy of being called gamers, it is th...

Jim Sterling



3:00 PM on 11.28.2011

The Jimquisition: How Skyrim Proves This Industry Wrong

You've all heard of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, right? Surely you have, for it's a ridiculously successful little game. Interestingly, however, it should NOT be a success, at least if you believe in some of the prevailing o...

Jim Sterling



3:45 PM on 11.21.2011

The Jimquisition: Sony, Nintendo, EA and SOPA

The Stop Online Piracy Act may sound innocuous, but it's a nasty little proposition that gives corporations uncontested rights to control what you enjoy on the Internet. Naturally, being a horrible thing, EA can't wait to cl...

Jim Sterling



3:30 PM on 11.14.2011

The Jimquisition: Hate Out Of Ten

Review controversies are nothing new, but things went from bad to worse this year with gamers going crazy every time a major title got scored by various outlets. The "Year of Threes" have created more high profile titles tha...

Jim Sterling



3:30 PM on 11.07.2011

The Jimquisition: Will Grand Theft Auto V have no balls?

Grand Theft Auto IV turned the GTA series into something more serious and dark, removing a lot of the ribald humor and outrageous gameplay. Some have said this caused the series to get too tame, and have already complained that GTA V's trailer hints at more of the same. So, has GTA lost its balls? Will GTA V be tame? Does it matter? Let the Jimquisition form your opinion for you!

Jim Sterling



3:30 PM on 10.31.2011

The Jimquisition: The Ugly Secret of Horror Games

It's Halloween, the day that St. Spooky was born for our sins. On this haunted occasion, I discuss what truly makes a horror game scary and decide that the worse a game looks, the better it is at frightening you. With l...

Jim Sterling



12:00 PM on 10.26.2011

The Jimquisition: National Kirby Day

So, this episode posted late on Monday because of server issues, then couldn't be reposted here on Tuesday because I was working on behind-the-scenes stuff all day. So, it's two days too late, but you can pretend that it's s...

Jim Sterling



3:30 PM on 10.17.2011

The Jimquisition: Steve Jobs and iOS - Game Related

Over the years, I have seen many gamers proudly proclaiming their disinterest in Apple products and smugly questioning why such products should be considered videogame related topics. This only intensified when Steve Jobs died and those same people demanded answers -- why is Steve Jobs related to videogames at all? Well, the Jimquisition will answer!

Jim Sterling



3:30 PM on 10.10.2011

The Jimquisition: The Citizen Kane of Gaming

Drunk with power, I abuse my growing popularity at The Escapist to start sneaking out some of my more ruinous opinions. In this episode, I divulge my love for Dynasty Warriors and somehow think I'll get away with it. Will I inspire others to confess their secret shame, or will he bring pitchforks and torches to my door? Find out, only on this week's Jimquisition. Oh, it's very exciting probably!

Jim Sterling



4:00 PM on 10.03.2011

The Jimquisition: Fighting the 'problem' of used games

For the past two episodes, I have railed against publishers and their war on used games. In the concluding part, I praise those tactics that I do not find obnoxious, and would like to see further encouraged. Rather than puni...

Jim Sterling



3:15 PM on 09.26.2011

The Jimquisition: Used Videogames Have A Right To Exist

Publishers would have you believe that used games are the biggest threat to the games industry. Even gamers will sympathize with these huge companies and equate the used market with piracy. Unlike piracy, however, used games...

Jim Sterling



3:15 PM on 09.19.2011

The Jimquisition: Online Passes Are Bad For Everybody

In the first part of a series of Jimquisitions on used games and their place in the industry, I tackle the most recent tactic used by publishers in the fight against traded products -- online passes -- and examine why they'r...

Jim Sterling



3:15 PM on 09.12.2011

The Jimquisition: The Dark Horses of 2011's Fall Lineup

With great power comes great responsibility, and I use my Godly strength to cast light on some upcoming games that might be left on the dark. From Aliens to Hard Reset, I take a look at a few games that could really use your...

Jim Sterling



3:00 PM on 09.05.2011

The Jimquisition: The Beautiful Irony of PC Gaming

Beauty is only skin deep, and a pretty face can only go so far. Fortunately, I am both beautiful and wise, so I'm basically the perfect lifeform. In a way, I consider myself to be very much like PC gaming -- visually stunnin...

Jim Sterling



12:45 PM on 08.31.2011

The Jimquisition: Angry Birds is not sh*t

Angry Birds gets a lot of hate around various "hardcore" game communities. Even on Destructoid, a news story about the game's success is accompanied by despair and dismissal. I think that's wrong, because Angry Birds is a damn fine game and deserves a little respect.  At least The Jimquisition here is to redress the balance, like it always does.

Jim Sterling



2:00 PM on 08.22.2011

The Jimquisition: Deus Ex: Human Revolution

If you've read the Destructoid review already, you'll know exactly how much I loved Deus Ex: Human Revolution. I may have loved it a bit too much, however, as it's had a dramatic effect on this week's Jimquisition.  The game's out tomorrow, and if you can wait that long, your brain has been augmented with cold, hard steel.

Jim Sterling



3:15 PM on 08.15.2011

The Jimquisition: BOYCOTT!

This week, I look at the recent running joke that has become the videogame boycott. I look at why it's joke, why some boycotts are stupid, and why we shouldn't treat the concept with automatic disdain because of the bad ones.  It took me entirely far too long to draw the ludicrous pictures that accompany this week's video.

Jim Sterling



2:15 PM on 08.08.2011

The Jimquisition: The Past Is Not The Future

They say history repeats itself, but that's not always true. Just because something happened with a videogame console over five years ago, that doesn't mean it'll happen again. The past is not the future, and the present is ...

Jim Sterling



4:45 PM on 08.01.2011

The Jimquisition: Fight in the name of childishness

Maturity and reason are considered virtues in the realm of debate, but when one side insists on childishness, the other can never win. That side may think it'll prove itself superior with logic and facts, but you cannot teac...

Jim Sterling



2:45 PM on 07.25.2011

The Jimquisition: A different kind of difficulty

Hail, traveler, for I have come with gifts of video for you to drink through your eye-mouths and fill your brain-belly. Let the realm rejoice, for The Jimquisition saves! This week, I have a chat about different kinds of difficulty, and how "death" isn't the only kind of challenge in a videogame. It's some stuff I think and then say with words while a camera is switched on in the same room as me.

Jim Sterling



3:15 PM on 07.18.2011

The Jimquisition: Two rules for Square Enix

Square Enix loves announcing videogames. It seems to love announcing them more than making the, in fact. This strange addiction is evidence of a problem, and so once again The Jimquisition has to fix everything.  This week, I present two simple rules that will help Square Enix and its fans lead a happier life.

Jim Sterling



4:45 PM on 07.11.2011

The Jimquisition: Linearity versus Replayability

As online multiplayer and extra, post-game content as become the norm, people seem to have forgotten exactly what makes a game worth coming back to again and again. A "linear" game, without extra modes, is considered bargain bin fodder now and I think that is wrong.  The Jimquisition, of course, shall set things right. It literally saves lives, remember.

Jim Sterling



12:30 PM on 07.04.2011

The Jimquisition: Nintendo of America

Impotent nerd rage from random people on the Internet always gets things done, so I guarantee that my latest Jimquisition will single-handedly convince Nintendo of America to release Xenoblade, The Last Story and Pandora's Tower in North America.  Meanwhile, you could always add your name to the Operation Rainfall movement and see if that does anything.

Jim Sterling



3:40 PM on 06.27.2011

The Jimquisition: Metacritic isn't the problem

If you believe angry comments from gamers around the Web, Metacritic is the very center of the Eye of Terror, a place where dreams go to die and all that once was good becomes corrupted and sits rotting at the feet of a thousand mewling worms.  Of course, Metacritic isn't actually like that, as you will soon see.

Jim Sterling



4:00 PM on 06.20.2011

The Jimquisition: Accountability

With Call of Duty Elite and EA's Origin service both kickstarting this year, the number of online accounts that the videogame industry expects me to possess is reaching ludicrous levels. This week's Jimquisition is a bit of ...

Jim Sterling



4:00 PM on 06.14.2011

The Jimquisition: The Big E3 Spectacular!

What happens when you have a deadline to meet, E3's just around the corner, and all the electricity in America isn't enough to compete with the intensity of your own genius? If you're the host of The Jimquisition, you throw your video online anyway, because screw it.  Electronic Entertainment Expo!

Jim Sterling



5:00 PM on 05.30.2011

The Jimquisition: Too Cool To Be Cool

What does Duke Nukem and Sonic the Hedgehog have in common? I studied at the School of Cool for fifteen years and have used my extensive education on the subject to deduce the problem -- they are too cool to be cool.  Thank God for me.

Jim Sterling



5:40 PM on 05.23.2011

The Jimquisition: Defending Call of Duty

Very much how men and women of the military defend this nation's freedom overseas, Jim Sterling defends Call of Duty. In many ways, Sterling's cause is more righteous and noble than anything a soldier has ever, ever done. This week's episode guests stars fat art critic, Virgillio Armarndio.

Jim Sterling



3:20 PM on 05.16.2011

The Jimquisition: The Weird Is Not Enough

Who doesn't love weird stuff? Oddball videogames can be excellent, but they often fall into a very nasty trap. That trap is discussed in the latest Jimquisition, which comes to your computer monitors like a freshly returned Jesus. How lucky for you! Thank God for me.

Jim Sterling



2:00 PM on 05.09.2011

The Jimquisition: How Sony can make up for the PSN breach

A few people asked for a video to sum up the whole PSN outage thing, and I thought I'd take it in a more productive direction that simply getting angry. I've proposed three very reasonable ideas (which Podtoid listeners can already guess) in order to make Sony look good in this whole thing. This is because I'm a very, very good person who is always looking out for the little guy.

Jim Sterling



2:00 PM on 05.02.2011

The Jimquisition: Solving the sexism situation

Sexism in gaming is the worst problem that humanity has ever had to deal with. Thank the sweet babe o' Nazareth that someone -- me -- has the answer, and a way to fix everything that is wrong with so-called civilization.  My simple, yet elegant, proposal will eliminate sexism while keeping the existing male demographic quite happy indeed. Good times for all!

Jim Sterling



5:40 PM on 04.18.2011

The Jimquisition: Games are not movies, get over it

Oh hello, I didn't see you there! It's been a while since we had one of these stupid little videos, isn't it? Here's one for you. It has Escapist written on it for some reason. Don't worry about that.  The Jimquisition ...

Jim Sterling



1:40 PM on 02.17.2011

The Jimquisition: Retro games were pretty sh*tty

Nostalgia is a powerful drug, especially when your getting it from the long-dead brain of your eight-year-old former self. I have heard many "retro" gamers lament the current state of the industry and claim things were bette...

Jim Sterling



2:00 PM on 02.10.2011

The Jimquisition: Pirates, admit you're f*cking thieves

If there's one thing that annoys about piracy, it's the excuses. If you're into piracy, whatever, but don't try to dress it up as something it's not. The flawed logic and the sense of entitlement is the thing that really annoys me, and that's the subject of this week's video.  So yeah, watch it if you want!

Jim Sterling



2:00 PM on 01.20.2011

The Jimquisition: Big dumb shooters are better than art

Past and present Destructoid editors have talked about how games should be more than simple, mindless fun, and while I wholly appreciate that games can do "more", I've been trying to express my thoughts about "dumb" vid...

Jim Sterling



2:00 PM on 01.13.2011

The Jimquisition: WHY IS THIS ON THE WII!?

This week's Jimquisition puts into audible words a problem I've been having lately, where people put on their Bitch Trousers whenever a game that looks even slightly good is revealed for the Wii. I explain why this attitude ...

Jim Sterling



2:00 PM on 01.06.2011

The Jimquisition: Postlethwaite + Obama + Videogames

I've been known to defend my craft from the trendy critics of so-called game journalism, but that doesn't mean we writers are not above reproach. In fact, there's a certain little tactic that I am yet to find a reasonable, j...

Jim Sterling



2:00 PM on 12.29.2010

The Jimquisition: The sh*ttest games of 2010

As 2010 draws to a close and the awards have all been given out to the best this industry has to offer, there is but one thing left to do -- cynically trawl through the dregs of interactive entertainment to mercilessly mock ...

Jim Sterling



2:00 PM on 12.21.2010

The Jimquisition: The Queen's Christmas Speech

In the United Kingdom, Her Majesty the Queen broadcasts her traditional Christmas speech across the nation, usually rattling off a list of banal statements in a completely disaffected voice. The games industry needs its own ...

Jim Sterling



2:00 PM on 12.16.2010

The Jimquisition: Mad at SSX: Deadly Descents? Silly boy

This week's Jimquisition tackles the outrage that was had when SSX: Deadly Descents was revealed last week. Even if you're not into SSX, it's worth watching because it addresses a more specific issue of gamers getting furiou...

Jim Sterling



2:00 PM on 12.09.2010

The Jimquisition: Half-Life 2 is on rails DERP

On this week's Jimquisition, we discuss the importance of linearity in videogames, and the foolishness of those who believe every single videogame needs to be an open-world sandbox where immersion of the world doesn't always...

Jim Sterling



2:30 PM on 11.30.2010

The Jimquisition: Nobody cares how good you are at games

Seriously, nobody cares how good you are at videogames. You are still an incredible dick no matter what. That's the basic jist of this week's episode.  Anyway, hope you enjoy it. I had a lot more fun with this episode than my usual ones, so I am assuming that means it turned out alright!

Jim Sterling



2:00 PM on 11.12.2010

The Jimquisition Live: Call of Duty: Black Ops

Missed the show?  Catch the archived clip here, or follow us on Justin.tv to catch the next one.

Jim Sterling



1:00 PM on 10.01.2010

The Jimquisition: YOU'RE PLAYING THE GAME WRONG!

So, we reviewed Hydrophobia this past week. You may or may not have heard what happened in the fallout of certain Hydrophobia reviews, and the behavior of the game's developer, Dark Energy Digital. You can read an excellent ...

Jim Sterling



2:00 PM on 09.17.2010

The Jimquisition: Super Powers are Super Sh*t

This week's Jimquisition is all about superhero games and how they often make you feel anything but super. The games I pick on are Crysis, inFAMOUS, Prototype and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed. Do you agree with my argument...

Jim Sterling



2:00 PM on 09.10.2010

The Jimquisition: PAX f*cking Prime

We missed out on the Jimquisition last week since I was at PAX Prime, but fear not! A very special episode, with a very special guest, was recorded live on the showfloor! I hope you'll find that the extra week's wait was worth it! It's a little different from your usual episodes, but we'll be back next week with the usual dose of rambling opinion and hard, salty truth! Oh I bet you can't wait.

Jim Sterling



2:00 PM on 08.27.2010

The Jimquisition: The used game solution

The subject of used games is an ever-thorny issue, but the debate has reached a fever pitch this week, with many pundits weighing in to give their two cents (and you better make sure THQ gets those two cents!). There was mor...

Jim Sterling






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