Jimquisition: Accountability

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Definitely a more insightful episode than most of the others.

I've definitely found myself thinking about how games are going backwards nowadays. With the last generation you just threw in your disc and boom you're ready to go. Now you have to throw the disc in, download an update to your platform, download an update to the game, install the game onto your hard drive, restart your computer, load up the game, watch 5 minutes of logos flashing on the screen, watch an unnecessary menu animation, and then maybe the game will finally let you play.

Seriously. I can go into my closet, pull out my N64, rewire the console in the back, and STILL load the game up faster than on my PS3.

And what the F_CK happened to memory cards?! Why in the holy land of shit does my friend have to lug around his PS3 back and forth from his house to mine each time we hang out just to show me cutscenes in games he's beaten?! Even if he transfers his save data to his PSP and loads it onto my PS3 it just says "This data was saved on another PS3. I'm sorry Stamm, I'm afraid I can't do that".

Very interesting this week. I couldn't agree more with you on this.

HOWEVER, fix your fucking sound problems, Jim. The constant volume change between the filmed parts and the voiceovers is really annoying. I am not jimpressed.

Right after the video, the Escapist's ad prods you to subscribe to their Publisher's Club to get some random crap. Ah, delicious irony.

Finally.

After all these weeks Jim finally made a video justifying my faith.

My faith being that Jim could justify his existence on this site by making a video that's worth a damn given a long enough time period.

I think Bob Chipman's Game Overthinker episode about Gamestop was talking about the same grandscale issue from a different, and more insightful, angle.

Peter Gabriel is a genius...a twat..but a genius nonetheless

he is absolutely right. i always hate it when you have to create accounts just to play a SP game and not only for MP. like resident evil 5 and bulletstorm (PC). i hate "live". what a piece of s*** this is. took me like 30 min to create an damn account for bulletstorm because for some reason my account from RE5 wasnt accepted anymore.
and the problem is. that you are forced to sign up otherwise you cant play the game.

Easily the wisest of his posts to date. I'm actually having to debate how badly I want to play Battlefield 3 and Mass Effect 3 since fucking EA has decided to bind them STRICTLY to use on Origins. That doesn't make me want to support the game, that makes me consider piracy for once because fuck that shit. Origins is an awful idea, and seemingly stemmed from a kneejerk "we want in" reaction to Steam after Valve snubbed EA's Partners recently when they did their own marketing and port job for Portal 2, and EA got none of that fat cash.

What they stupidly don't get is there is a simple reason why Steam is number one, after YEARS AND YEARS of building up loyalty to it through releasing good games on it and expanding it's field of influence slowly. EA thinking their own version of Steam, which will only host their limited selection of EA titles, is going to succeed, is lunacy. Sure, they fully believe they can force it down people's throats when they buy Battlefield 3 or ME3 to get it on their computers, and they'd be right. But thinking anyone will actually KEEP USING IT is a leap of faith I can't fathom.

Go ahead EA, ask Microsoft how well that worked with G4WL and Gears of War or Fallout 3. Oh, wait, G4WL is FUCKING DEAD.

Okay, I'll admit I haven't really been keeping up with Jim. I watched the first episode and was like "Nope."
Then I read his contributions to the Email-a-go-round™ (My phrase, if you want it Russ, message me for the cost to the rights!) he was in with James P. and Yahtzee and he came across MUCH better in print.
So I gave him a bit of a second chance and now I'm digging the cut of his jib.

But...

I gotta know, and please don't take this offensively, but is Jim really from the UK? No offense, but his accent seems... fake? I mean he sounds like an American trying to sound like he's from the UK. Like Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins, or Brad Pitt in The Devil's Own. It just sounds.. well.. I mean, it sounds like he's from Cardiff but pretending he's from Kent and it just sorta caught me offguard.

Anywho, great episode, really touched on the subject. I look forward to more.

Odd... Jim seems to be getting better at this every episode, wonder how long that's gonna last?

All in all, I'm finally gonna have to suck it up and say that I do enjoy these vids, and hope he keeps it up :P.

I gotta admit I'm ntot hating the guy anymore. Now I can clearly see his arrogance is just a mask he puts on just to amuse us. And although I'm disappointed about the fact that it took me like 3 episodes to figure it out, I'm glad I did anyways because I am starting to enjoy these vids now.

Also, I obviously completely agree with he said. I bought a series of used games a while back; The Sims, Need for Speed, Dead Space, and so on (I guess they were all EA games). I know I had way more but I forgot. And about 75% of the games asked me for an online pass/account. For example, The Sims 3 kept bugging me about it every time I played the single player mode. So I ended up hating the game and I returned it.

DLCs? My friends keep bugging me about MvC3's DLCs. I could care less about these DLCs! Why can't I have a good game without having to get some DLCs? I paid for the game, right? Doesn't that make me valuable too in some sort of way?

And I am glad someone's sticking up for used game sales. They're not evil! As a matter of fact, I am quite thankful for them. Example: Modern Warfare 2 runs for about 60 bucks brand new. You can get it for 25-30 dollars used. Uhh...yeah, I'm getting a used copy. Not only that but, like Jim so impressively pointed out, they make money out of DLCs and whatnot anyway! Sure, I understand they want ALL the cake for themselves. But there's nothing they can do about it. If you want to stop people from buying used games, then go after Gamestop, eBay, Amazon, Craigs' list and every single kid out there selling his games after school.

As a side note, I love how he made fun of all the people ranting last week about that one troll vid he made. It truly shows how much he was missed. :P

I was apparently immune to the hating and the loving. I just watch the show because some of the humor is pretty funny + unique angles + the RAGE comments. I didn't particularly care for this episode's message either since I only play the artsy and ambitious games of life and therefore have no such problems (sorry, dude).

But I still loved this episode. It was utterly brilliant.

lol, was another awesome episode. I loved the visuals!

man, I think this has been my favorite episode of Jim. excellent rundown dude! and he's right on with all this nonsense too. I almost miss the days of the cartridges... sigh... back when game companies didn't hate us gamers...

Hey Jim what's happening between you and Koei, I'm more interested in that.

Oh and yeah i agree about all the subscriptions in the gaming community, they need to stop.

I really appreciate his analysis of the issues he brings up. Not so sure about his act as a whole tho..but generally I tend to appreciate his opinion

Jim Sterling:
Accountability

You are all so lucky to be able to watch these videos. This week, Sterling rants about videogame accounts and publishers' increasing demands for explicitly reaffirmed customer loyalty.

Watch Video

/slow clap

god fucking god these just keep getting fucking better with every fucking episode that i fucking watch keep up the fucking good work Jim

i must say that was (just because i feel like making the billionth jim pun) Jimtastic.
But he is right, I'm not up to signing up for every game service that comes out, only because there is such a thing as oversaturation. while this term is normally applied to products, it can also refer to the services that provide the product, and flooding the entire internet with services that provide said products will lead to an almost clusterfuck, and if one of them gets hacked, you're info has now landed into the hands of someone who will use it for troll purposes. i mean right now i have just an XBL account and a Steam one as well, and they both suit me well enough. ok i have to pay to use one, and the other is a massive sink for any income i have, but i don't see why publishers keep questioning (as jim pointed out) the consumer's loyalty. they can't demand that, because to gain loyalty means they have to earn it. and so far neither the big 2 EA or Activision have impressed me. But yeah that's beside the point. Btw the episodes are getting better and better, keep up the good work Jim. the show is very jimgasmic. (hey someone had to say it)

Hmm, not a bad video, sir. I tip my hat to Jim. The points he was making about the publishers screwing the common gamer were spot-on. It seems Yahtzee and the Extra Credits crew might have to play catch-up on this.

Publishers will have to realise that there is a tipping point to how much you can screw gamers. I think that point is coming sooner rather than later. People don't want to sign in many times to play a game or get Day 1 DLC. (Which should have been on the disk to start with.)

The Rockstar Pass is certainly a big step in the right direction. Not only don't you have to sign in to use it, but it also entitles you to all the DLC for no charge thereafter. Having said this, the Pass can be made better in the following way:

Don't charge everyone 800 MSP to download it. Like Project Ten Dollar just give the "Buy New" crowd a code to download the Pass for free. They've spent a King's Ransom on the publisher and developer, their loyalty should be rewarded with all post-release DLC coming for free.

Full price = full game.

All pretty good, you have improved with time. The arrogant interludes and exitludes are just getting a bit boring now, although I 'll admit the hack attack one was funny. I think just the general generic arrogance is just a bit "meh" nowadays.

this show keps geting beter and beter

This, Escape at the Movies & The Big Picture and Zero Punctuation are the reasons I come on this site. :D

A good subject. I sometimes wonder why game publishers sometimes use so much effort to try to piss me off. Maybe they just got into a bad habit at some point and it became part of their corporate culture.

I think this subject could benefit with a more in-depth treatment, maybe an idea for an article on the Escapist. Interview some biz guys from game companies and ask them exactly why they do this to us. Don't they love us customers?

Edit: And let me just rant for a sec:
What the fuck is the deal with an annoying drop down thingy for entering my date of birth just to visit a website. It looks like they are doing their utmost to scare everyone away.

OK, I've been watching these videos because, I'll be honest, I had a little interest in the show as he would touch on topics, and I'm a whore for information: if there's someone with another viewpoint, I'd love to hear it.

I've finally figured out why I have a problem with this show though.
I understand what he's doing: he wants to make his own shtick combining comedy and games Journalism to keep people entertained as well as do a little reporting. The problem lies in the material.

This video, about 5 minutes long (excluding half a minute for intro/outro) was more than half jokes. And you know, that's fine if you enjoy his sense of humor, which I personally don't, but without that, he does very little to cover the topic at hand. Most of it was spent saying what annoyed him about the current situation, and maybe very slightly touching on what might be the problem. I felt like he lost a lot of time that could have been spent on discussing the problem and what might be causing it and bringing some insight to the consumer as to what is going on behind closed doors. He's certainly right to be angry; a lot of the business decisions coming out of these game publishers seem ridiculous and damaging to the consumer. However, a good piece of journalism, even if it's clearly biased, should be able to at least bring to light the other side of the story, and I feel like, in this show, the buck stops with Jim.

This lack of information just slams the door on the publishers, blocking any possibility that there could be some saving grace or rational, no matter how twisted, that they can use to explain their practices. To me, this makes the piece feel empty - without a counterpoint to his distress, there's nothing to point out as ridiculous, or more importantly, nothing to point out HOW to change as opposed to what to change. Identifying the problem is only one part: finding the cause is what we need to actually make a difference, and if you don't attempt to bring that to light, you're not really going to make a difference on the industry.

And if all that was meant was to entertain, that's fine, but he often jumps between the two personalities - entertainer, then journalist, then back again - and instead of making enough of an impression with one or the other, it feels like it kind of flounders, leaving me disappointed with both. He never really had me with his comedy, but he always seemed like he was on the verge of saying something significant otherwise, and the reason I kept watching is because I hoped one or the other would get better. Sadly, the journalism hasn't improved, and I still don't like the sense of humor, so I think this'll be my last one. Good luck!

EDIT: I WOULD like to see something like Yahtzee does, a print article that is more about the details of a topic - As someone mentioned above, he brought his point across much better in the email discussions they had before, and I'd gladly read that. That way I could skip most of his narcissistic humor and go right to the meaty bits. Of the article I mean. Not of Jim.

Nalesnik:
Right after the video, the Escapist's ad prods you to subscribe to their Publisher's Club to get some random crap. Ah, delicious irony.

The Escapist is not an online gaming service, like GFWL.

OT:

Jim sheds light on an issue that's not getting a lot of coverage. However, I think the ridiculous (and growing) number of services has something to do with publishers wanting to shift the industry from product based, to service based.

I fucking hate the idea, personally.

It's like the loving father who smothers their child because he has to control everything.

PS.

Jim, you better be back. I love your show :)

xFullmetalx:
This, Escape at the Movies & The Big Picture and Zero Punctuation are the reasons I come on this site. :D

I second the quote good sir!

First Episode I actually genuine liked from start to finish.

You addressed a real issue that is cropping up, added a bit of "Jackass" humour but kept it focussed on the issue.

Good Job. Remember that the humour springs from the way you discuss the issue. Going out of your way to make jokes (like earlier episodes) will only detract from your credibility which will make your out of place humour less funny because people will start to think of you as a joke. I don't think I have to tell you a joke about a joke is not funny.

I have to say the guy is growing on me at an alarming rate.

Im Jimpressed................................................. :D

You know Jim, usually I'm the one posting about how terrible your videos are.

So take this for the huge compliment it's meant to be, when I say I loved this video and hope you do more stuff like this. Also nice reference to "public clubs" which give you no real benefit and require yearly payments.

This one has been the only Jimquisition episode I've liked. I still don't think Jim is funny, but now at least he has a good point to make. Kudos, I hope there's more where this one came from (and I hope that the "provocative funny" persona of yours will gradually fade away).

I've said it before and I'll say it again; this guy is awesome. To be honest, I enjoy his videos more than Extra Credits.

This guys best watched with the sound off and the picture gone.

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I tell ya! If Sarah Palin

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And Brother LOVE

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Had a kid... It would be JIM!

HAH.. i see what you mean with the brother love..
I like how jim notices all the twats like you who just bitch and moan about him and flips it on its head.. the joys of the internet as a medium i guess :)

And for the record jim- you look a lot better without that red tie

camazotz:

When I signed on to the 360, I loaded up Mass Effect 2 only to get a message telling me all my DLC downloads were suddenly corrupted and needed to be re-downloaded. Why? Because even though I legitimately own Mass Effect 2 and paid for that DLC, apparently I still need to be online and connected to by Cerberus and Xbox Live to use them. That really pissed me off.

That's strange.

I had to be connected to CN to activate the DLC after downloading, yet I can play subsequent games without having to be online. I play on PC, so maybe it's different?

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