Jim and Yahtzee Join Forces in Rhymedown Spectacular

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Jim and Yahtzee Join Forces in Rhymedown Spectacular

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A duo named Yahtzee and Jim /
took gaming to task for its sins. /
They each wrote a poem /
that they thought just might show 'em /
and they ended each bit with a grin.

This is the moment you've been waiting for, though you probably had no idea you were waiting for it until I just told you. The Escapist, home of Zero Punctuation and Jimquisition, has brought the stars of both series together at last, in what can only be described as a long-overdue ode to videogames. If you're familiar with these two personalities, then you know not to expect doting sonnets brimming with love and adoration. While they are sure to express what they love on occasion, I expect you're looking to their lyrical genius more for what riles them up than what calms them down. Jim & Yahtzee's Rhymedown Spectacular will give you a weekly dose of videogame-related poetry every Wednesday, right here on The Escapist.

Whether you're a fan of Jim Sterling's scathing criticism of anything and everything in the games industry, or you're proud of your unabashed fondness for Yahtzee's bile-and-snark-filled treatment of the latest titles, Rhymedown Spectacular has your wants and desires well in hand. All of this will be done in fittingly poetic style, of course, with both Jim and Yahtzee presenting their latest lyrical labor of love.

If you aren't convinced it can get any better than Yahtzee's Wolfenstein review in limerick, don't take my word for it. Check it out below, and be sure to come back every Wednesday for more prose from the pros.

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It's so freaking beautiful.

I don't think the internet can withstand this amount of awesome... maybe this truly is the very end of the internet.

Anyone else think that Yahtzee looks like Vincent Van Gogh?
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OT: Hearing Yahtzee speak without the ZP format is poetry in itself. Same for Jim.

Looking forward to seeing more of this!

I was watching it, when suddenly it dawned on me why Yahtzee looks strange.. He has a beard.. He looks like a Bond villain, it's beautiful.

I just started cracking up at the PS4 Metaphor part. That was brilliant, Yahtzee. Really looking forward to seeing more of this series.

Looking forward to more of this... Jim and Yahtzee together is a wonderful thing...

Yahtzee didn't ryhme very well

but Jim did

Jim wins week 1

Gailim:
Yahtzee didn't rhyme very well

Sure he did - it just wasn't the standard ABAB rhyming scheme one normally sees, forgone for more lengthy and rambling metre (as fits Yahtzee's online persona). I personally felt it to be a better wrought poem - more solidly put together and less rhythmically locked-in than Jim's, lending it a freer, more artistically realized delivery.
Also, poems don't have to rhyme to be considered poems. The definition's rather broad like that.

That being said, both were marvelous and the combination of Jim and Yahtzee is sublime. I know there's probably not going to end up being integration of the two. since they live on different hemispheres of the world, but this could be... well, fun! Keep up the good work!

I've never noticed this before, but Yahtzee has a strong air of Jemaine Clement about him.

Gailim:
Yahtzee didn't ryhme very well

but Jim did

Jim wins week 1

Poetry can be more than what's written inside Hallmark cards.

Gailim:
Yahtzee didn't ryhme very well

but Jim did

Jim wins week 1

well, he did, in a way - just that his rhymes had too many words in between each rhyming point,...at least as far a I could follow.
also jim wins, yeah
overall though....some lines really sounded off. maybe it gets better next time.
also, EVERY WEEK? oh my, I'd go insane rhyming that much about video games.

So this is the new show Susan was worried about. Seems to be getting a decent reception so far. I thought it was pretty funny :P

A good first start, this is certainly something I'll be looking forward to

I thought Jim had a better rhyming flow, but Yahtzee had a better persona

Elate:
I was watching it, when suddenly it dawned on me why Yahtzee looks strange.. He has a beard.. He looks like a Bond villain, it's beautiful.

Replace "Bond" with "Die Hard" and that's my thought exactly.

ok first off the picture of yahtzee in the intro is scary. second love poems and this was fantastic. and third i want yahtzee to read the raven to me.

Eternal_Lament:
A good first start, this is certainly something I'll be looking forward to

I thought Jim had a better rhyming flow, but Yahtzee had a better persona

Ye Jim was looking at his notes for too long and too often, but to be blunt, it's the first video so it ain't gonna be perfect. The future of this series, if it even is one, looks promising!

Okay. That's it. Time for all other internet functions to shut down. We have now achieved the greatest thing imaginable; all else is only a backwards step.

(Also, Yahtzee wins. No, I don't care that it wasn't a competition.)

I liked this, but arnt you spreading your main people thin? Both making vids and columns every week, especially Jim with his movie cop thing that i like. I hope this extra thing they are doing doesnt make their other columns/vids worse due to over stretching themselves.

Rainforce:

Gailim:
Yahtzee didn't ryhme very well

but Jim did

Jim wins week 1

well, he did, in a way - just that his rhymes had too many words in between each rhyming point,...at least as far a I could follow.
also jim wins, yeah
overall though....some lines really sounded off. maybe it gets better next time.
also, EVERY WEEK? oh my, I'd go insane rhyming that much about video games.

I could not figure out Yahtzee's rhyme scheme for the life of me. But I was hypnotized by the look in his eyes.

TizzytheTormentor:
Anyone else think that Yahtzee looks like Vincent Van Gogh?
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OT: Hearing Yahtzee speak without the ZP format is poetry in itself. Same for Jim.

Looking forward to seeing more of this!

Well that would explain why he can't rhyme, he's hard of hearing.

Oh. My. God.

This is already my new favorite show on the internet. Best idea. Ever. Yahtzee's poem was so clever, and Jim's was pretty awesome, too.

Jim Sterling's poem seems to flow better, but Yahtzee's poem was smarter.

chaos order:
I want yahtzee to read the raven to me.

I second this notion.

DVS BSTrD:
I could not figure out Yahtzee's rhyme scheme for the life of me. But I was hypnotized by the look in his eyes.

A: I went into a dealership to buy myself a car
B: and a wholesome looking salesman came to greet me at the door
A: I said I'd like a car that wouldn't have to travel far
B: just a basic sort of vehicle, twenty thousand, maybe more

sadly, you'll lose track QUICKLY considering the length of each section

captcha: "sacred cow"
what.

Since everyone is doing their "Yahtzee looks like X" things, I'll add mine:

nice. well written and straight to the point.

i tell you another story. the story of who's to blame for this mess:

VALVE!!!

yes they are (probably) the least evil of them all, but still they pave the ground for more and more restrictive copycats. first the consumer gets adjusted to how steam limits his rights and then it's not so far off go even deeper down the rabbit hole. it's the entry drug if you will and people are happy to swallow the shit for some convenience. convenience i never asked for and i hated from the starte because all of a sudden i had to run a service to play counter strike that needed more resources on my machine, than the fucking game itself. people will get more and more used to that kind of treatment. i'm must glad there are some people with actual values and principles... you can clearly see this fight going on around shadowrun returns. at least they honor your refund requests, but they fucked over people good... and many don't care, or even realized that.

The words I'd need to express my love for this idea. So beautiful they should've sent a poet.

Luckily they sent two :D

Rhyme is by no means the sum total of poetry. See the work of pretty much anyone who makes/made their living as a poet.

You know it's funny how just the other day due to Roger Eberts death I went and watched a bunch of videos of he and Gene Siskel reviewing and getting into their passionate disputes about what they thought about movies and this thought popped up in my head. You know who would be perfect to pull off a show like that about video games...I think it's obvious what answe I came to.

Of course though I then had a little chuckle and said "hah that could never happen because they couldn't be in the same room with each other. What would they do? just exchange words through video feeds?" heh and now look where we are. granted this isn't the show I had in mind but...I'll take it!

Excellent. Definitely looking forward to seeing some more of these.

"what's this?" I had wondered, scratching my beard.
It seems there's new content from my heroes, revered!

But a rhyming format, surely they jest?
Yet in mere minutes my qualms laid to rest!

So while some might soon claim that this was a bore,
believe when I say: we do want more!

Yahtzee looks... different.

image What the heck happened?
WHERE'S THE HAT?
*Ahem*

I like how Yahtzee wasn't rhyming in the traditional 1-2-1-2 fashion, which is why he wins this one in my opinion.

Holy crap, I just.... can't.. it's too fantastic!

Yahtzee really has a way with prose from what I've seen, both in terms of the writing and the delivery. Jim definitely had a different, if simpler and more straightforward style, which makes the two poems contrast each other nicely! I'm definitely excited for more!

I pretty much thought Yahtzee clinched the win before Jim even began. He stayed on one topic, the rhyme scheme was better, and, yeah, metaphor. It just seemed like Jim threw together a few random thoughts on a somewhat similar topic with the lyrical complexity of a pop-country song.

I'm no lit major, but didn't Yahtzee's poem flow better? Jim's sounded like something you'd write in 1st grade. It was still funny though, so bring on some more!

BushMonstar:
I just started cracking up at the PS4 Metaphor part. That was brilliant, Yahtzee. Really looking forward to seeing more of this series.

I dug that too. I've often compared my ps3 to a fancy sportscar that wont go past 3rd gear. It is a well built machine, it's just been sandbagged by uninspired firmware and crappy ports.

This was actually pretty funny (I thought it was still April Fools at first) but I'm wondering what made Susan and Justin think "hey Jim and Ben should have like an open mic night."

I enjoyed this. I look forward to what else misters Croshaw and Sterling can conjure up.

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