Jimquisition: Air Control - A Steam Abuse Story

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Air Control - A Steam Abuse Story

You thought Earth: Year 2066 was bad? A mere appetizer, my child. A mere appetizer.

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I remember wondering whether Earth: 2066 was a joke, but I can see now that Steam's quality control was either always terrible throughout 2014 or is getting into a dire state half way through it. Wow, thanks for bringing this to the viewers, Jim, thank God for you!

I did also watch about two minutes worth of the YouTube video, but I felt awful watching such crap.

This is very sad stuff.
Steam needs to get some sort of system in place to stop this kind of scum from selling shit like this.

Was that a new tie I saw? :)

Also thanks for the heads up. Not that I would have bought a game like that anyway, but it's nice to be kept abreast of these kinds of situations all the same.

oh wait I saw this on the steam best seller list.. oh wait no I didn't... Seriously Jim I get that there are some shit games on steam and something needs to happen, but these videos get old/

But... but... FREE MARKET! ; _ ;

In all seriousness, good job. Valve needs to get their act together. We've reached a point where we're finding a new "worst game ever made" every few months.

I saw some "gameplay" footage of Air Control on Jim's Youtube-channel and I really hope that the whole product is just some prank, the result of some sort of bet between two developers on whether or not one of them could get something they made while high one night released on Steam.

I still like steam but yeah I agree this is getting ridiculous, I just don't get why valve doesn't have quality control, what do they gain from a game like this getting released?

Actually Jim you're wrong.

Quality Control is what happens after the fact if Valve/Steam were to do something before it went up it would be an example of Quality Assurance.

Thank you, Jim.
By pointing out these games, you have made me feel better about MY OWN little back-burner projects...

*Goes on steam* Well, still there...

I saw your Squirty play of this game and, well *urgh*

Unfortunately, at the time of this post, the game is still available on Steam. Valve really needs to organise a search and destroy effort for these games: the massive PR backlash they are surely generating for the company alone must make this worthwile.

I just can't get past the 1 person on your friend's list wants this game thing.

synobal:
oh wait I saw this on the steam best seller list.. oh wait no I didn't...

What difference does that make?

Seriously Jim I get that there are some shit games on steam and something needs to happen, but these videos get old/

Hopefully Jim sees this and stops doing them. I mean, sure, there's a problem. Sure, it needs to be addressed. Sure, something needs to be done (a point on which you agree). But we wouldn't want to be bored, now.

synobal:
oh wait I saw this on the steam best seller list.. oh wait no I didn't... Seriously Jim I get that there are some shit games on steam and something needs to happen, but these videos get old/

That fact that this faulty, fraudulent, obvious cash-in was allowed to get any sales at all is the problem. Not that they exist, Christ they were all over the place in Kickstarter, but Kickstarter at least admitted it was an issue but didn't have the control to stop most, so people just got much more intelligent about what to put their money in. Steam is supposed to be QAing what's being sold on their site, and if they're not gonna do it and just throw out anything that passes a quick once over, they need to be honest and let people know.

Steam can't say they're looking out for their customers at the same time as this kind of unmitigated insult to gaming gets sold on their site for actual money.

This shit is getting beyond parody now. This is going to kill Steam in the long run, virtual monopoly or not. Valve's credibility is going to be in tatters.

Not only that but this is going to be a legal matter before long. Here in the UK we take consumer protection pretty fucking seriously. This shit just does not fly.

Oh and to the developers of this so called 'game'; go fuck yourselves you absolute parasites. You are everything wrong with this industry.

Wow this is amazing. I enjoyed this video very much Jim keep it up. As for the game well I knew Steam was letting crap on their system but I was generally shocked. I would really like to know what the devs have to say for themselves. Did they grow up playing games that they liked. How do they think the devs of their favorite games would re act if they know the crap they were putting out.

I watched both of Jim's videos on his channel about this game, and I couldn't wait for this episode of Jimquisition. And it's glorious. A melody for the ears and a salvation for the soul. Thanks Jim. I can sleep in peace, finally.

I really didn't think there could be something worse than Earth: Year 2066, but there it is. What a time to be alive.

Valve has more than enough money at this point to hire 2..a minimum number, 2 freakin' Quality Control people and have them monitor and control game releases on their system. They need to get their ass in gear and do so right now. I'm so sick and tired of new shit-games bumping down good games by being slapped on the front page.

P.S. Copyright infringement ....hope they get pulled into court.

This is so flagrant I can't honestly believe the dev isn't trying to make a point about Steam's quality control or trying to force them to do something about it. It's just... there's too much wrong with this. It has to be on purpose... Right?

Personal, I would like to hear Sterling's take on the Specialising argument. The argument that there is game reviewers' job to quality control, not Steam's, and that they need to specialise with a genre insted of reveiwing ever indie game ever made.

You know. Talk about QC all you want Jim but you kinda tripped over your own Rhetoric. People buy games for different reasons. Much like bad movies a bad game can still be of some use to someone and someone will usually find it worth the money they paid for it. Like yourself Jim.

I mean Jim, how much did you get paid for this episode? How many hits did your youtube vid on this get?

Can one safely assume that between what escapist will pay you and the hits and views your videos have generated that you've basically seen a positive return on your $6 investment?

See that's just it... and the game isn't even that misleading. The promo video on steam actually shows everything you've shown here... including the flappy bird section. In short...In short anyone who'd actually spend money on the game has a damned good reason (so they have material to talk about how crappy games are on steam), or are idiots because you could seriously not look at that video http://store.steampowered.com/app/295810/. If you can seriously look at that video and say that's worth $6 ... then as I said you either have a *very* good reason or you are the fool that as predicted will be parted from his money.

So Jim... which were you? You had a reason to buy this game and it's safe to say it served the purpose for which you bought it. Thusly you can't very well claim it to be a defective product can you? So long as it wakes me up at the appointed time an alarm clock has served it's purpose... perhaps maybe not in the specific way I might have liked but it served the function for which it was acquired. The devs have not lied about anything that I can see on their page.

infinity_turtles:
This is so flagrant I can't honestly believe the dev isn't trying to make a point about Steam's quality control or trying to force them to do something about it. It's just... there's too much wrong with this. It has to be on purpose... Right?

Nears as I can see this dev knew exactly what he was making, a game that was geared towards critics who would buy it, just to scream how bad the game is.

With all the critics I've seen posting about this game and assuming each of them purchased a copy... you've basically given the devs enough money that they could purchase Watch Dogs.

Jim, regarding the storepage claiming the game is a simulation - the blue thing, that's USER-CREATED tags, nothing the devs added. That can be anything from "Economy Manager" over "Port" to even things like "Bag Throwing Simulator" (Payday 2 had that - and yes, it was a joke)
But it is part of the games in the "Simulation"-genre. So, you showed wrong evidence for the right accusation.

Just pointing that one out.

I just checked Steam, and yup this goddamn abomination is still there!

Good episode Jim, products like these should be openly criticized.

However... I wonder if this is the whole Feminist-Youtube-Celebrity-that-shall-not-be-named person. The person you talked about in a Jimquisition a few years back (i.e. this one) that was only a minor speck in the Internet world, but was blown up because some much hatred was directed at the source-that-shall-not-be-named.

I agree with you that "Air Control" is a bad game, but I only heard about this game by visiting your channel and told by you that it is a bad game. This encouraged me to look on the Steam forum to see if anyone else has a similar opinion, and I did found a few of those posts highlighted here. Now I know that a game's quality is ones own personal views -- even a crappy one like this, and that means I would have to purchase and play the game to fully experience how bad it is.

I'm not going to do that. I can see from your Youtube videos, here, and others that it isn't worth $6 bucks. However, who else is going to stop where I am? How much attention is being drawn to this game for being bad, when it only makes other people get curious in how bad this game is?

Where I disagree on this video is that "Air Control", while a bad game, is not very harmful. Yeah it was a scam, but a scam only works when it gets attention. I never saw it on Steam and I would have been blind to this game if it were not the attention in how bad it is. NOW this game has attention, there might be more purchases, more anger, and more vile words thrown around.

I guess I'm worried that all of this attention towards "Air Control" will make other people question on whether this is a bad game. They might see it as the next "Deadly Premonition" that it might be "so bad it is good" game. This encourages more purchases and more victims from this con-artist. Just my two cents.

Bindal:
Jim, regarding the storepage claiming the game is a simulation - the blue thing, that's USER-CREATED tags, nothing the devs added

See above the blue tag "Try the best flight simulation in the history of computer games today!"

I am actually considering these days of submitting a game that just takes you to a screen that says "If you can see this steam QA has failed you" and sell it for $9.99, just to see if it goes though.

Also the description of air control is nothing short of amazing. "Air Control is a new gen airplane simulator. It is the first airplane game, where plane compartment is visible." and "Try the best flight simulation in the history of computer games today!" That is what it says RIGHT NOW!

I've had a game i'm working on recently greenlit. We're very proud and hard working on it. But even us thought that is somehow of an easy process.

To be precise: we've been greenlit in less than a month. We're still very early in development and have something playable right now although still alpha, and we put up some few screenies and early vids. We didn't think we'd be accepted for months, thinking "Well, until that gets there, we'll have time to flesh out". But in less than a month we were greenlit.

While obviously i'm very happy about that, it makes me wonder what the hell steam is becoming. And how shit like this actually happens. It takes away a bit of the joy of being greenlit because when you see the other shit that's coming along the ride, you start to question, as a dev, if your product is actually good enough or you're just going along for the ride. I would've actually been more relieved actually if our game took a little longer to get accepted, giving us time to prove ourselves, rather than getting on so quickly.

And this last piece doesn't make me less shaky about it

YAY PC MASTER RACE! Yeah, im joking. Seriously, steam needs quality control, or demos and trailers so people can see before they buy. When you cant get a refund, then i want more info when i buy something. There is a difference between someone thinking AC3 rubbish and this game.

xD I figured you'd at least mention this game as soon as I saw your Squirty Play of it.

Good Lord it was horrible.
How did it even get on the front page on Steam in the first place?
Neat to find out being a shit game isn't the only crappy thing it does.

BigTuk:
The devs have not lied about anything that I can see on their page.

You did see the part where Jim showed screen grabs of the Dev giving false information that was later removed from the page, right?

Also, the copyrighted material used, the claim that the reviewers just didn't have a strong enough PC, and using people on his friends list (if they are real people) to give them good reviews.

Honestly, the it would be shorter to make a list of rotten things the Dev HASN'T done with this game.

Tentheria:

Bindal:
Jim, regarding the storepage claiming the game is a simulation - the blue thing, that's USER-CREATED tags, nothing the devs added

See above the blue tag "Try the best flight simulation in the history of computer games today!"

If anyone thinks that's serious after looking at the screenshots, that person is a bit bonkers.
Still, being sold under the Simulation Genre is a flat-out lie. If it would be sold as casual (AND NOTHING ELSE!) plus maybe a "This is a parody"-thing somewhere on the page, I would let at least some of it pass, too.
So far, the only thing I deal with is that bit of text claiming it to be the 'best flight sim ever', which it obviously can't be in any way.

Watching the gameplay footage reminded me of some amateur creation from this lego-ish MMO game called Roblox, except that I've seen some 12 year old's creations from that game even better than this shit.

Steam needs quality control when it comes down to not stealing 3rd party stuff, making sure the screenshots and trailers are true and that developers cant be gods in their own game's forums.

Anything else is subjective. I know people that will like Air Control. Why you may ask? Because they like the challenge of fixing stuff, so they will make a playable game out of it.
Is it how most people here have fun? No, but be damned, do not destroy their fun.

ALso, QC can be hard to actually nail down.
IF I was doing Quality Control then :
Call of Duty ghosts WILL NOT BE ON STEAM. They lied on requirements and made the game work bad on purpose, that is foul play for me.
WATCH Dogs will probably have problems getting on. It is unoptimized to all hell.

And that is still objective territory. If I was to approve games, then "mistakes in game design" like Bioshock Infinite would also have problems for me.

Charcharo:

ALso, QC can be hard to actually nail down.
IF I was doing Quality Control then :
Call of Duty ghosts WILL NOT BE ON STEAM. They lied on requirements and made the game work bad on purpose, that is foul play for me.
WATCH Dogs will probably have problems getting on. It is unoptimized to all hell.

And that is still objective territory. If I was to approve games, then "mistakes in game design" like Bioshock Infinite would also have problems for me.

LOL what the hell.

I know steam needs QC but that is beyond draconian. I know you're kinda joking but jesus christ

Imp Emissary:
xD I figured you'd at least mention this game as soon as I saw your Squirty Play of it.

Good Lord it was horrible.
How did it even get on the front page on Steam in the first place?
Neat to find out being a shit game isn't the only crappy thing it does.

I can't say I ever recall seeing this on the steam front page... like ever. I actually had to do a name search just to find this on steam.

BigTuk:
The devs have not lied about anything that I can see on their page.

You did see the part where Jim showed screen grabs of the Dev giving false information that was later removed from the page, right?

I see screen caps but when checking.. you know.,. the products page I see none of that now. I can show a picture of someone in poopy diapers from 20 years ago.. that has nothing to do with what they're wearing right now does it?

Also, the copyrighted material used, the claim that the reviewers just didn't have a strong enough PC, and using people on his friends list (if they are real people) to give them good reviews.

I'll withhold copyright infringement allegations until said copyright holders actually file suit to such effect. I suggest you do the same. Seriously. How do you know they did not optain express permission to use the assets they did. I've heard no legal filings, I've seen no cease and desist orders.. So really if the people who legally own the copyright aren't throwing lawyers at them ... well then it may be safe to say the guy has found some nifty fair-use loophole.

Charcharo:
Steam needs quality control when it comes down to not stealing 3rd party stuff, making sure the screenshots and trailers are true and that developers cant be gods in their own game's forums.

Anything else is subjective. I know people that will like Air Control. Why you may ask? Because they like the challenge of fixing stuff, so they will make a playable game out of it.
Is it how most people here have fun? No, but be damned, do not destroy their fun.

ALso, QC can be hard to actually nail down.
IF I was doing Quality Control then :
Call of Duty ghosts WILL NOT BE ON STEAM. They lied on requirements and made the game work bad on purpose, that is foul play for me.
WATCH Dogs will probably have problems getting on. It is unoptimized to all hell.

And that is still objective territory. If I was to approve games, then "mistakes in game design" like Bioshock Infinite would also have problems for me.

I was going to point out what's wrong with what you said, but no.. I just can't even...

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