Jim & Yahtzee's Rhymedown Spectacular: Buy An Xbox One Today

Buy An Xbox One Today

Put on your poetry hats and join two of the greatest wordsmiths of our generation as they fill your ears with verse.

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Someone might have been paid...

Jim, that song is glorious. I'd love someone to get that over to the M.com/MS bigwigs just to see their reactions to this dealing.

Sure Jim, I believe you. No way you were paid. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

Yahtzee's poem raised a smile, but Jim's effort made me laugh out loud from the outset. Of course that's what he was going to do XD

Jim actually did one that wasn't creepy enough to make me run in fear and disgust. I'm so proud.

Jimmy, of course you aren't getting paid, you don't have 30 seconds of gameplay footage.

Goliath100:
Jimmy, of course you aren't getting paid, you don't have 30 seconds of gameplay footage.

Well, to be fair, if he did have 30 seconds of gameplay footage, the video would have been claimed as copyright infringement by someone claiming to be the developer and he wouldn't get paid anyway... and neither would Yahtzee for appearing in the same video, because that's how automated content claims work.

I thought Yahtzee would've done the Buy an Xbox One Today poem, but he didn't. Is Yahtzee's poem about Knack? It seems a bit like it.

And it seems Jim has gotten his Xbox One? Feelin' happy, Jim? That song was happy, it made me happy.

I think Yahtzee's poem was about MS changing his mind all the time and never having a concrete idea of what they were going to do, did you notice they even changed their terms and services in such a way that they dont have to advice people when they are going to make changes on it?, your rights today may be gone tomorrow....

Evonisia:
I thought Yahtzee would've done the Buy and Xbox One Today poem, but he didn't. Is Yahtzee's poem about Knack? It seems a bit like it.

And it seems Jim has gotten his Xbox One? Feelin' happy, Jim? That song was happy, it made me happy.

I thought his poem was about games. As in actual games and changes to them. About how they're just a meaningless race to get to the end, whatever that end is. Cutscenes, levels complete, and win states in general. Games are always about getting there. That's the hole they seem to always want to fill. A need for accomplishment rather than an enjoyment of the adventure. Like People's need for a HL3 even though half life 1 and 2 were great games that ended on an decent note IMO. The story wasn't complete but the story of half life isn't one of complete knowledge, it's about having fun in a new engine valve made.

His ending seems to put the blame on the consumer for game industries direction. Rightly so IMO. But i could just be interpreting it through my own out of focus glasses.

And i liked Jim's song. It was fun, but it was more of a statement where Yahtzee's poem gave me questions to ponder. I would have preferred that they were presented in reverse order.

Evonisia:
I thought Yahtzee would've done the Buy and Xbox One Today poem, but he didn't. Is Yahtzee's poem about Knack? It seems a bit like it.

And it seems Jim has gotten his Xbox One? Feelin' happy, Jim? That song was happy, it made me happy.

No Jim was mocking the whole thing with Microsoft and Machinima, when they where paying youtubers $3 per CPM (or $3 for every 1,000 views) bonus if they included at least 30 seconds of Xbox One footage and mentioned the console by name in their videos

As for Yahtzee, I have no idea what he was talking about

Outstanding song Jim. I am looking forward to "Jim Sterling presents: Console wars lounge music" later in 2014 :p

Nice work from Yahtzee, perhaps I should share this with a few of my Temple Run addicted friends?

I'm not normally a massive fan of Jim's section, but this song was genuinely funny. I think Jim should do more songs, his delivery here was spectacular.

Yahtzee the former, Jimothy the latter
Existential dread, biting satire
Both make a point, neither anew
I enjoyed it, so should you.

Hope Jim Got Paid. Gotsta get paid.

BallerBalderKnight:
Like People's need for a HL3 even though half life 1 and 2 were great games that ended on an decent note IMO. The story wasn't complete but the story of half life isn't one of complete knowledge, it's about having fun in a new engine valve made.

To be fair, while HL1 and HL2 were fairly complete stories, HL2:Episode 2 ended on a substantial cliffhanger, and they gave the expectation that more was coming in the near future. If they had ended Half-Life with HL2 then announced the series was finished, obviously there would still be some people clamoring for more, but far fewer.

I get the feeling Jim is concerned we might think he was paid for his endorsement.

Evonisia:
I thought Yahtzee would've done the Buy and Xbox One Today poem, but he didn't. Is Yahtzee's poem about Knack? It seems a bit like it.

It sounds like a lot of games.

Jim. I love you to death, but your presentation is sloppy. You look like you just woke up and are wearing the glasses to hide your hangover or lessen the glare that is feeding your migraine. Clean up, for your sake. You offer brilliant and biting poetic insight into the worst trends in the games industry. Don't delegitimize yourself with such an unserious amateur-hour vlog look. I thought that's why you got that podium.

Jim first gave us his version of "Wonder Wall" and now this. Bravo! Yahtzee's was about... um... a racing game?

So Jim doesn't get money from the Escapist for his poetry? Luckily, he seems to get by on air, love and pawning all the weird stuff people mail to him :P

Hey, Jim...

Nice singing voice.

Darth_Payn:
Jim first gave us his version of "Wonder Wall" and now this. Bravo! Yahtzee's was about... um... a racing game?

Bit.Trip Runner, most likely, though all the stuff like Bit.Trip Runner on the iOS could be just as appropriate.

I stopped watching these for a while, this episode made me regret that, time to go watch the ones I've missed!

The whole machinima/microsoft deal is suspicious, but in this case I'm willing to go with "Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity, but don't rule out malice"

Triality:
Jim. I love you to death, but your presentation is sloppy. You look like you just woke up and are wearing the glasses to hide your hangover or lessen the glare that is feeding your migraine. Clean up, for your sake. You offer brilliant and biting poetic insight into the worst trends in the games industry. Don't delegitimize yourself with such an unserious amateur-hour vlog look. I thought that's why you got that podium.

It's all on purpose, though.

If you do poems, you should look like a poet.

I really loved this week. As did most posters here it seems. Great job and thanks for putting forward such excellent content. Jim, you're really onto something with these musical entries.

Jimothy Sterling:

Triality:
Jim. I love you to death, but your presentation is sloppy. You look like you just woke up and are wearing the glasses to hide your hangover or lessen the glare that is feeding your migraine. Clean up, for your sake. You offer brilliant and biting poetic insight into the worst trends in the games industry. Don't delegitimize yourself with such an unserious amateur-hour vlog look. I thought that's why you got that podium.

It's all on purpose, though.

If you do poems, you should look like a poet.

Well, I guess you would dress up more for these. IF, you had been paid.
;D

Loved the song Jim. Especially how you make it look like it's harder for you to keep going near the end.

Also; =w= bThumbs up face for Yahtzee's twist at the end of his. :D Didn't see it coming.

Triality:
Jim. I love you to death, but your presentation is sloppy. You look like you just woke up and are wearing the glasses to hide your hangover or lessen the glare that is feeding your migraine. Clean up, for your sake. You offer brilliant and biting poetic insight into the worst trends in the games industry. Don't delegitimize yourself with such an unserious amateur-hour vlog look. I thought that's why you got that podium.

Nonsense. He can't afford to clean up, because he has not been paid.

And i never realize before that Jim had such a beatiful singing voice....

The ironic thing is that most of the microshills in the recent debacle actually HAVEN'T been paid, they are merely hoping to be paid without even so much as an actual promise of money behind that hope.

Triality:
Jim. I love you to death, but your presentation is sloppy. You look like you just woke up and are wearing the glasses to hide your hangover or lessen the glare that is feeding your migraine. Clean up, for your sake. You offer brilliant and biting poetic insight into the worst trends in the games industry. Don't delegitimize yourself with such an unserious amateur-hour vlog look. I thought that's why you got that podium.

As I understand it, his appearance and presentation are part of the satire. Hiding something (the sunglasses), the camera set up intentionally looking like vlog-ish to emulate some content-makers that participated in the paid promotion with the NDA that prohibited them from disclosing that they were paid, figuratively singing to Microsoft's and Machinima's tune, etc. Unless you already realized that, and were being sarcastic. In which case, I just didn't pick up on it, and my comment can be disregarded.

At any rate, it's always fun to see the differences in styles between Jim and Yahtzee. And I always have different reactions to each of them, even if I enjoy them equally.

vagabondwillsmile:

As I understand it, his appearance and presentation are part of the satire. Hiding something (the sunglasses), the camera set up intentionally looking like vlog-ish to emulate some content-makers that participated in the paid promotion with the NDA that prohibited them from disclosing that they were paid, figuratively singing to Microsoft's and Machinima's tune, etc. Unless you already realized that, and were being sarcastic. In which case, I just didn't pick up on it, and my comment can be disregarded.

At any rate, it's always fun to see the differences in styles between Jim and Yahtzee. And I always have different reactions to each of them, even if I enjoy them equally.

Yeah the reference escaped me. If it was intentional I didn't catch it. No harm I guess.

I have no idea what Yahtzee's one was about. Hell for video game heroes, perhaps?

Jim's one almost had me laughing. That's some Suspiciously Specific Denial, there, Jim.

 

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