Jimquisition: BOYCOTT!

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BOYCOTT!

Jim Sterling (AKA the only reason to be alive on a Monday) has come to deliver some more delicious justice from his pantry of righteousness. This week, we look at the community's growing tendency to boycott, the tendency of others to dismiss consumer action, and the reason why both mentalities are at fault.

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I really liked his intro it made laugh so hard, but magikharp is badass not a boycotter who gives up.

My god. I haven't watched Jim since the first two episodes and dismissed his show as shit. Something about this one caught my eye and I actually decided to watch it. I'm surprised. This episode actually seems sincere, and I actually agree with him. I may have to give you another chance Jim.

There seems to be a rather large divide between your on camera persona and the persona you give when making the speeches.

Anyway, I wholeheartedly agree. Unfortunately, it is something not easily organized or done. Especially if what the boycott is about does not affect the consumer in any way.

For example, for Star Wars: The Old Republic, there was recently a boycott trying to get off the ground to get players in North America and Europe to not buy the game because of the outrageously stupid international policies that ended up killing guilds before the game was even released. Unfortunately, no one wanted to participate because everyone that was affected couldn't buy the game anyway and everyone else just didn't care.

Great episode, I highly agree with the points you made here :)

i am Boycotting EA because i canīt take there overpriced and massive packs of DLC, and the Online pass, and shutting down servers, and shutting down companies after 1 bland game.
and the way i do this is that i never pay for something they made directly. so i rent or buy used there games if i wanna try them and i donīt touch there DLC anymore unless it is free

This episode was pretty much all awesome, all the way, and illustrates exactly why games media needs people like Jim, Yahtzee and others: commentators detached from the tribalistic bullshit and capable of ripping into what most are happy to accept.

He is totally right about that...
I got so angry when I say all these guys playing mw2 while being in a boycott group -.-

Great show Jim. I'm not afraid to admit that I'm in the apathy camp. It seems like every forum I go to is people boycotting one thing or another. I'm to the point where I honestly don't give a shit, and if there is something that I may not agree with. I won't buy it, but because I don't want to not because of some internet boycott that generally has about as much steam behind it as a toy locomotive.

well put Jimmy, me' lad

I must agree, good vid as usual.

Im sorry, but Jim was wrong on the Left 4 Dead protest, the problem wasn't simply that it was released one year after, it was that it was practically the same game, and that anything else that was added could have been added as an update, and things that weren't fixed in the origional left 4 dead still have not been fixed to this day, were added when left 4 dead 2 came out. and that's just the tip of the iceberg, and if you look, it actually worked, the studio that made the game got kicked out AND they didn't make another game for valve afterwards.

I love your videos Jim and in this case I just had to say thanks because 75% of the time i'm very apathetic to boycotts because the ones I hear about tend to be like the Sonic boycotts but its good to be booted out of my apathy by solid arguments and good causes so I will think harder next time there is a supposed boycott plan.

I've never seen a boycott on a videogame. Sure I hear people say it, but I've never seen it work. Dragon Age 2 is a great example of this.

I'm boycotting the word boycott.

Starting..... right..... NOW!

EDIT: Thank God for Jim.

Best episode to date. You're right on the money with this one, Jim!

Wow, thanks Jim. I've often wondered why the community at large seems not to care about consumer rights issues. This makes a lot of sense. I did know about the people calling to boycott L4D2 or HL2:E3 because they were announced too quickly or weren't announced quickly enough. Just never considered that these issues were so intimately connected.

is boycotting a big issue? I haven't noticed. But now I hear this and they were mentioning it on the podcast. Huh..I guess I just don't get that involved.

Christ, is Jim finally getting rid of that stupid "I'm an arrogant asshole, but only at the beginning and the end of the episode" thing? Because it wasn't helping the show at all.

The reason why we see so much whining over trivial things is because gamers are just people at the end of the day, and people are stupid. This is why there are people who watch really TV, who are vegetarian and even people who blamed the recent UK riots on videogames.
For that reason, I don't see this problem going away this time soon, its not like we can ban stupid people off the internet. best we can do is laugh at them until we are able to detect the potential for idiocy in the fetus and mandate abortions for such fetuses by law.

Hooray, he got the insufferable "Giant Ego Persona" humor over with at the start of the episode now! That makes TWO episodes so far that have actually been somewhat enjoyable!

Heck, one more decent episode, and he might actually justify the existence of this show.

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Christ, is Jim finally getting rid of that stupid "I'm an arrogant asshole, but only at the beginning and the end of the episode" thing? Because it wasn't helping the show at all.

I'm almost certain he will continue with it next week.

It's hard enough to organize a boycott around something that actually matters: human rights, civil rights, corruption, etc - there are many boycotts of companies, governments and groups going on right now, and most people don't even bat an eyelid.

So what chance in hell do Video game boycotts have? I'm sorry, as much as I love video games, I am mature enough to recognize that the world is far bigger than games. I play video games all the time - 30 or so hours a week. But I recognize that at the end of the day, it's just entertainment.

I don't like some corporate practices - like on-line DRM, pre-order bonuses, etc, but I honestly can't bring myself to rage at EA as if it were some sort of horrible demon from the abyss of evil!

So that's why video game boycotts won't work: because it's just NOT that emotional an issue. Hell, if you can't get people to boycott a company that poisoned the ocean by releasing millions of gallons of crude oil and killed 13 of its own workers due to sheer cost-cutting and incompetence (you know which company I'm talking about), how on earth are you going to get them to boycott a VIDEO GAME publisher?

Has anyone made a joke about boycotting the Jimquisition yet? I hope not.

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Christ, is Jim finally getting rid of that stupid "I'm an arrogant asshole, but only at the beginning and the end of the episode" thing? Because it wasn't helping the show at all.

I'm almost certain he will continue with it next week.

If he does, I'll boycott the show.

Absolutlely spot on with this episode. There are too many gamers out there who overreact to changes in popular series, and this excess has led to a lot of others who immediately dismiss legitimate complaints as fanboy-isms. Well called.

I honestly thought he was going to talk about people choosing sides and yelling for a Boycott of the Escapist for the leave of Extra Credits. Well I thank God of Jim to prove me wrong and bring me something good this monday. Awesome.

I've been a member of WWE Smackdown video game boards for years, and I bet you everyone who says "it's just the same old ****" ends up buying it anyway due to lack of competition. They cling to 10 year old models like No Mercy as some holy grail, and if it doesn't have "branching text based stories," or "proper physics," they just pan the new game weeks before release. Yes, THQ lies all the time, but I've never felt the games denied me enough enjoyment. I play it 200+ days a year, so it's not something I can just throw in the towel. That is unless they bring back female weapon restrictions from a few years ago...that was the worst decision ever.

My boycott of Valve until they release HL2 ep3 is still going strong thank you very much.

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Christ, is Jim finally getting rid of that stupid "I'm an arrogant asshole, but only at the beginning and the end of the episode" thing? Because it wasn't helping the show at all.

I'm almost certain he will continue with it next week.

If he does, I'll boycott the show.

And by boycott, you mean not watch it until it's been up for maybe, an hour? :D

Funny use of the Deus Ex trailer there, Jimquisition just keeps getting better.

That handful of gamers yelling boycott and actually going through with it (unlike most), never make any difference.
There can be no boycott if it isn't organized.

More importantly, for most of us there can be multiple reasons not to buy game X. I cannot say for example I boycotted Spore for use of intrusive DRM, because I never had any interest in that crappy game in the first place.

TheyTookOurJobs:
Has anyone made a joke about boycotting the Jimquisition yet? I hope not.

There's been some (translation: a lot). And guess what? None of them have accomplished anything either ;)

I am NOT buying Diablo 3 nor any of Starcraft 2 parts 1/2/3 due to Blizzard's (and Activision's) poor business practices. I am not paying full price for a third of a game, I am not buying a single-player experience that requires me to always be online just so they can be secure in digital rights that fuck the consumer. And I certainly am not going to be a gold farmer for Blizzard and pay them more for nonexistant bling.

I call it a boycott, but others my disagree. In any case, Blizzard games are on my do not buy list.

I had given up on this guy as something of a loudmouth douche and wrote him off as a waste of time after giving the first three episodes a fair chance. The subject interested me, though, so I figured I'd give him a fourth chance.

I'm glad I did. Good work this time.

Not enough to wipe you completely off my shit list, Jim, but I'll give you another chance next week.

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