Who should the industry pay attention to?
Jim sterling
21% (451)
21% (451)
Extra credits
38.8% (833)
38.8% (833)
Both
30% (645)
30% (645)
non
4.5% (96)
4.5% (96)
"thank god for me"
5.3% (113)
5.3% (113)
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Jimothy Sterling:
Everybody is free to like or dislike me at their leisure. I will, however, address one thing that's come up a bit:

The idea that any publisher would pay me to advertise their game on my shitty little show is hilarious and anyone who suggests that should feel incredibly silly.

I am a fan of videogames. I tend to use footage from and love to talk about games I enjoy. Simple as.

Wow you actually read this thread. Just want to say fair props to you man.

It is an interesting thread, and while clearly the public has determined Extra Credits to be the voice of a generation, I have enjoyed the discussion on the two shows.

That said, I don't quite see how they're comparable, being such vastly different entities. Even the videos mention in the OP were about two different subjects. My childishness video was about dealing with pundits who spread lies about games, while EC was talking about harassment. I've not done a harassment video to date, though the firestorm of debate surrounding the issue seems to tell me it's worth a punt.

Anyway, I appreciate that my silly show is considered worthy of fourteen pages of debate against a show that's pretty damn successful.

And I am not a slab of bacon, to the guy who said that. I prefer to think of myself as a clump of sausage meat.

Jim Sterling is a casual, a sellout reviewer and a melagomaniac who's ideas are ALWAYS in the mainstream opinion. They are. They ALWAYS are. A cancer to the industry.

Extra Credits may love video games a bit too much but at least they've got one person on their team that actually knows his shit. Granted, they may like crappy games like Skyrim (it's not like they have the time to play games indepth unlike us unprofessional gamers) but then again, James Portnow. They also tend to go against the mainstream, as exemplified by Portnow's transcript in defense of on-disc DLC.

I'd have to go with the lesser of the two evils, if only because they provide the obvious to aspiring game developers.

Gunner 51:
Both EC and Jim have their two penny's worth - but both claim to be "the truth."

Jim never did. Quite the opposite. His entire persona is buried under heaping piles of sarcasm.

...and come to think of it, EC never did too. Obviously they think of themselves as educators, but they never take an opinion and pretend like its word of god - they very much do their research and, as often as possible, debate both sides and let the audience draw the conclusion. Jim obviously does less research, but the Jimquisition is very much about one man talking about his own opinions and it comes with the implication that these opinions are his own and nothing more.

Did I mention the sarcasm?

Jimothy Sterling:
And I am not a slab of bacon, to the guy who said that. I prefer to think of myself as a clump of sausage meat.

Ah, so you're not discriminatory against Jews or Muslims! :D

@funcooker11811

I'm not gonna quote you this time. Gratz on simply claiming that you snip because it's convenient and I snip because I'm manipulative though.

You're asking me to "rationally" defend my position. Regardless of the fact that you'll just declare anything I say irrational because you said you won't change your position, let me try anyways. And by the way, I said all of these things already.

1. If someone says something like the fire thing, the individuals that hear it have their own responsibility to react to it. It's their task to evaluate the validity and authority of the speaker, and if they react in a way harmful to themselves or others, it's their fault.

2. If a group of people has an individual with differing views, it's every single member's own responsibility to evaluate the statement made and change their position if they want to.

"most people think this, it's probably right" is not an argument. Neither is "when someone does something stupid, others will follow". All you're doing is showing that most people are simple sheep. Being a sheep is not an excuse or a reason to blame anyone for an encouragement you weren't thoughtful enough to scrutinize. It's the listener's responsibility, and saying that most people aren't able to take it doesn't mean it isn't there.

On the bullying thing, you said yourself that this has not been okay for decades and hasn't changed. Goes to show my point, which is that forbidding it is not gonna solve it and has not done so for a long time, as you said yourself.

"This is why we currently have this attitude in many parts of the web of "Oh, its okay to drive this person away from our community with hate speech, because we've always talked that way with each other! I'ts boys being boys!". Obviously I could point to that video of the creeper smelling the girl during the Street Fighter X Tekken tournament as a prime example of this, but I doubt anyone on here hasn't already seen it, and already knows how bad these kinds of things can get when we allow them to."

No, this is not why that happens. Sheep are why that happens. People going with the crowd and not being able to make up their own mind is why that happens. The guys saying "we've always done this" have picked bad behaviour up without questioning it. It's their fault, not the fault of free speech. Free speech isn't saying "Let's make that okay", it's saying these people are even more stupid and conformist now because it's their task to scrutinize what they hear from members of their community and not just get behind it and claim it as tradition or an integral part. What you're pointing to is not a fallacy of freedom of speech, it's fallable people too weak to form their own view. And you'll probably say something like you said about the bullying, it's disregarding other people's emotions or it's okay because most people are weak and conformist.

Pointing to the fact that most people apparently can't take shit doesn't make it okay. Nobody ever, in any other debate, uses the "majority thinks so, it's right" argument. I'm not gonna count the obvious bullshit that would be right by that logic, you can do it yourself.

Finally, "Saying that verbal abuse should be given any protection is saying that it's okay".
Absolute bullshit. Defending someone's right to voice whatever he wants to say does not make me a supporter. This is basic responsibility, am I responsible for the murder of some kid because I didn't lock the guy who did it up in my house? Of course not.

If someone stands in a stadium and talks about how the jews need to be killed, and one member of the audience kills a jew next day, am I as the owner responsible because I didn't "protect" the audience from his talk? NO. The guy in the audience is. He's the one who heard the speech, made his mind up about how much of it he agrees with, and decided his course of action. If he's simple-minded and easy to influence, bad for him. Nobody could've known that. If he never heard any points other than the one against jews, bad for him. He could've, and he should've informed himself. It's easy as fuck now that we have internet. If he did it because his friends all heard the speech too and encouraged him, bad for him. He shouldn't have let himself be influenced as easily. We can go through any possibility of what course of mind he took. I guarantee you, none of them lead back to the person that allowed the speaker to speak. The INDIVIDUAL listener is responsible for actions he takes.

By the way, I have nothing against jews. In retrospect, that example was stupid because you're less likely to consider the reasoning because now you have extreme associations. Whatever.

I enjoy listening to both. But both are quite different in their views and opinions

EC is enjoyable. However, they're a little... "too" optimistic. But optimism is a rare thing though. (as far as I know)

Atmos Duality:
The preachy attitude of Extra Credits doesn't bother me half as much as it does most people because I already know how their videos are going to be bias. They're made from the perspective of the developers and creators of games.

"They're made from the perspective of the developers and creators of games."

I find that statement pretty debatable.

Of course, sometimes they ARE being pretentious: for example see any given "Games are art" argument.
(Conversely, the "Game cannot/are not art" side is equally pretentious and pointless. It really should not matter if games are or are not art from the conceptual level, since whether or not something is art is relative to its beholder)

This is the ONLY example you could find?

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Sterling's Jimquisition is something of an oddball show. When he first started, it was some of the worst content on The Escapist. He was here to fill the void in the wake of the Extra Credits controversy and that was it.
However, he has improved his show considerably, and a large part of the appeal comes from the snide cathartic angle (rather than the preachy, academic angle of EC). This doesn't make him any innately more correct or incorrect by default; though he is more likely to appeal to the same audience of consumers since he too comes from the same lot.

Emm... yeah that sounds about right. Although the "academic angle" is again, pretty debatable... some of the videos are so hopelessly devoid of anything remotely resembling Socratic dialog or references that it is embarrassing. For example... I remember playing "Myth of the Gun" for an associate of mine, from Japan, who is a medical researcher, Ph.D. and a fifth Dan in Kendo... the look on his face was priceless. Weebo comes to mind.

There both garbage, but at the least, Jim is mildly entertaining garbage... the games equivalent to the national enquirer... EC, is the same, but they seem to "think" they aren't, which is comedy in and of itself.

ArnRand:

Elamdri:
Am I the only one who likes EC? It's pretty much the only high-level discussion show that exists about games.

Check out 'Campster' on youtube. He does probably more in depth analysis than EC does.

Thank you for that. Never watched that before but I am inclined to agree form what I have seen.

mfeff:
I find that statement pretty debatable.

Considering that they're developers themselves (or work with developers), I don't really see what's to debate here.

This is the ONLY example you could find?

Obviously not. But I'm not going to go out of my way listing every detail over a simple summary criticism.

Emm... yeah that sounds about right.

I'm so happy my opinion has your approval...

Although the "academic angle" is again, pretty debatable... some of the videos are so hopelessly devoid of anything remotely resembling Socratic dialog or references that it is embarrassing. For example... I remember playing "Myth of the Gun" for an associate of mine, from Japan, who is a medical researcher, Ph.D. and a fifth Dan in Kendo... the look on his face was priceless. Weebo comes to mind.

There both garbage, but at the least, Jim is mildly entertaining garbage... the games equivalent to the national enquirer... EC, is the same, but they seem to "think" they aren't, which is comedy in and of itself.

They have good episodes. They have bad episodes.
*shrugs*

There aren't really any credible shows out there for general discussion in game design and business. And those that might have been credible are loaded with bias and business fudgery, or they go out of their way to wield hyperbole (undermining the seriousness of any argument they make).

James Ennever:
Today I turned coats and ventured into PA to wach the weekly Extra credits, and there I realised something. That Jim sterling Knows more about the online gaming scene than the three of them combined.

Yes sexism in Xbox live is unacceptable and yes verbal jousting does cross the line, But If we followed the suggestions they say, it would be the death of free speech. Where is the line between sexism, racism and bullying and at what point does it leave the realms of hate speech and into just having a different opinion?

Jim sterling's theory of immaturity being a good way to deal with unlikable people is what happens online 60% of the time. Here is an example of how jims logic works.

In the end, you both have the ability to silence each other through the use of mute, and fragging them is always the best option. Every time I hear A racist 12 year old from Indonesia, I (1) mute them (2) frag them (3) unmute them to see if they will act civil now(4) if not mute then warn my teammates, no need to ban anyone just ignore them or If they are to young to be playing the game mock them about there age and how they should "really get of their mom's computer" .......simple

It may not bother you, however some people get very disturbed by it. And having better options in xbox live would NOT be the death of free speech... that's just ridiculous. Last time I checked xbox live was not a major forum that allowed people to reflect and discuss the current political and societal problems in the world. Besides the only people who would get muted would be the trashy, disturbing ones, it's not like everyone would go crazy and mute everyone on xbox live, and the people who were muted could still talk to their friends.

Wow, so much hostility towards EC. One day you guys are donating $20,000+ to them and the next day, you're all throwing hot rocks at them. You people are so fickle.

Note: I know not everyone is being hostile towards EC. I was just making a point.

I was skeptical about Jim at first, like with most things at first, but I like him quite a bit. Despite the lame 'I'm the greatest thing alive' thing he has going on, which I assume is just some character he made up for online, I agree with his opinions quite often.

I don't even know what the hell Extra Credit is... so... yeah.

@Num1d1um

The reason that I claim that you intentionally misquoted me is outlined very clearly in my post. You claimed that I said things that I did not, which would be obvious to anyone reading it. I never called you a nut job before, and I never made any kind of "fight fire with water" metaphor. I never lied about what you said, and I would expect the same courtesy. If you can find an example that I did, please post it, so I can properly apologize, but I can't find a single one so far.

For fun, I looked through your other posts, and you never actually defended my part about yelling fire in the theater before, neither have you yet to post about the bomb threat. In the fire's case, I cannot believe that you would say that it's up to everyone else in the room to think rationally during a potential lethal disaster. You can't possibly expect that from a large group, and even disregarding that, your phrasing doesn't make mention of any punishment to the individual who yells it, which suggests to me you don't think they should face any. To me, that's saying that the girls who made all those accusations during the Salem Witch Trials shouldn't have faced any punishment at all, despite the fact that they knowingly sent people to their deaths. Yes, the people did do the actual murder, but the girls were essentially using the people as tools. Saying that the girls aren't to blame is like saying that it's the gun's fault. You also can't possibly be using that post to apply to the bomb threat as well, because it's a bomb threat. There is no way that the police would ever risk not reacting to it on the chance that there might not be an actual bomb. Searching for a bomb that doesn't exist wastes time and money, and saying that nobody should face repercussions is ridiculous.

I can't understand how a rule by majority is not an argument. It's the foundation of the American political system. It's the foundation of LAWS, period. The reason that we pay police to stop someone from selling heroin or showing porn to children is because the majority of it's citizens got together and said "we don't want this to happen here".

And again, you clearly did not read what I said. My point was not "when someone does something stupid, others will follow". It was "the boundaries of what people consider acceptable is malleable". I wasn't saying that it was monkey see, monkey do. I was saying that if someone in a group acts in a way that pushes that boundary, and nobody corrects that, then they enable it to happen. I bring up the SFXT video because it was a perfect case example. I'm an optimistic person, so I would like to think that his views aren't shared by everyone. But his attitude was never corrected, and it just became the norm for the group. It's not evil, its just apathy, and when you say that there shouldn't be any consequences for stuff like that, your perpetuating that same apathy.

I think the problem you and I have is that you think i'm advocating the removal of any and all insults, or rude remarks, or anything that anybody could possibly think is inappropriate, when i'm not. You clearly agree that we must have some limitations on extreme actions that are purely destructive, such as arson, but you seem to forget that speech is itself an action, and it carries that same capacity of destruction, so why should that one action be given any more protection than any other?

Again, i'm not saying that we should outlaw any and everything that people could take offense to. If you feel the need to state your position that the holocaust never happened, then that is and should be protected. Verbally abusing someone because of their faith, on the other hand, is not, and should not, because things like that DO have effects on people. You constantly remark about why verbal abuse should be protected, but you completely disregard the notion that it causes serious issues with people, and I simply can't understand how you can consider that any less serious than issues brought on by physical abuse! If a parent constantly insults, demeans, or otherwise emotionally abuses their children, we consider that just as horrifying as if they hit them! The real damage done to a woman by rape isn't the physical damages, it's the psychological scars, and emotional damages that haunt them well after the assault takes place, and verbal assault can have the same effect!

You're example of a man in a stadium is, again, ridiculous. I obviously never said that it was the owners responsibility for what the man said, it's the person who said it's responsibility for what was said. Its worthless to try to argue with you, because the difference between us is that you don't feel that speech has any value, that it doesn't have any affect on people. I think it does, and I have the entire course of human history to back my view up.

Both suck, but I would have to pick Jim Sterling because he's actually somewhat entertaining. Extra Credits is just so pretentious and boring.

Atmos Duality:

mfeff:
I find that statement pretty debatable.

Considering that they're developers themselves (or work with developers), I don't really see what's to debate here.

Daniel Floyd is an animator at Pixar. Not a game developer.

James Portnow has worked on games, but to my knowledge is not a developer currently. He worked on CoD at Activision, started a now defunct indie studio, and now consults. I like the guy, from what I have seen in his interviews and lectures. His stuff is very "theory", that's not really here or there, but it's not a product, which is what game developer's put out.

Allison Theus I "think" works as an artist or illustrator at Relic... for however long that last... again, it's not really "game development".

The debatable point here is that they "collectively" have never really "put out" anything that remotely resembles any of the shit Daniel talks about. Two career artist and an educator looking to kick start gamification.

This is the ONLY example you could find?

Obviously not. But I'm not going to go out of my way listing every detail over a simple summary criticism.

But you do concede, that there is enough to detail a listing?

Emm... yeah that sounds about right.

I'm so happy my opinion has your approval...

You should be. I get paid well for it.

Although the "academic angle" is again, pretty debatable... some of the videos are so hopelessly devoid of anything remotely resembling Socratic dialog or references that it is embarrassing. For example... I remember playing "Myth of the Gun" for an associate of mine, from Japan, who is a medical researcher, Ph.D. and a fifth Dan in Kendo... the look on his face was priceless. Weebo comes to mind.

There both garbage, but at the least, Jim is mildly entertaining garbage... the games equivalent to the national enquirer... EC, is the same, but they seem to "think" they aren't, which is comedy in and of itself.

They have good episodes. They have bad episodes.
*shrugs*

There aren't really any credible shows out there for general discussion in game design and business. And those that might have been credible are loaded with bias and business fudgery, or they go out of their way to wield hyperbole (undermining the seriousness of any argument they make).

An interesting assessment in some ways I am of the mind to qualify. Saying that (generally speaking) people that are involved in a thing from a professional level, generally, do not speak out on the work that they do in anecdotal positing. It's a bit of the old "student blabs, master listens... or is asleep... When I see people in the professional or semi professional position discussing what they do it comes in a couple flavors...

Professor - Selling a school or program
Kick Starter/Indie - Pitching an idea for money (fishing expedition)
Business - Pitching a concept looking for audience feedback (leveraging solipsism).

This sort of ties into my own personal treasure trove of philosophy when it comes to "gaming discussions"... which I will offer unsolicited for your pleasure...

"Game Discussion/Journalism" comes in three flavors, with one sub-flavor...

Preview - It's coming... Maybe!

Review - It's here... Prepare to be lied to!

Nonsense - MOST of what is out there... typically opinion offered as a fact, without evidence, merit, relevance, basis... normally this is called "Journalism", many times by people without degrees in such a field, bias as hell without a disclaimer as such.

The sub-flavor is a bias ridden diatribe, normally offered as such... sometimes Jim's shtick falls into this category... there are others... It's nonsense without much pretense as too it's nonsensical nature; this gives it a strange sort of "pseudo merit" as being "at-the-least-honest"... which almost trumps the fact that it is a bias ridden diatribe.

Typically, industrial design (which is what video games are), is quite the boring topic... keeping it surface, keeping it pedestrian makes it "accessible" which is in many ways the direction the industry as a whole has gone and will continue to go.

You may try Game Developer magazine, or making a trip to GDC... heck there are tons of groups that tinker with code and mods... some good conversations to be had there. Alas, to go deep, is often times, to go BALLS DEEP, and that means learning much of the hard technical aspects of it, rather than pedantically debating the nonsense of it.

I don't really care for Jim at all, he feels like a slobby over the top yahtzee. I've only managed to make through one episode of his and it was easily forgettable.

As for wither I like EC more than Jim? Well yes, maybe its that I can't just sit and watch Jim standing there talking at me all sweaty like trying to be cool.

No disrespect I guess, I did agree with the episode that I did see but everytime I do try to get into his show I rarely make it half-way through.

Extra Credits, all damn day.

mfeff:

Daniel Floyd is an animator at Pixar. Not a game developer.

Fair enough. Though it's not hard to see where the "artistic" bias comes from, which was my point.

James Portnow has worked on games, but to my knowledge is not a developer currently. He worked on CoD at Activision, started a now defunct indie studio, and now consults.

Semantics and you know it.
He's worked on games or as a consultant for games. Either way is quite a different role from that of the common gamer.

Allison Theus I "think" works as an artist or illustrator at Relic... for however long that last... again, it's not really "game development".

Artistic conceptualization and marketing aren't part of game development?
Why does she work there then? Even marketing would have to work with the developers at some point so that they can sell the game with an appropriate spin.

Either way, she exists on the Supply side of the equation, rather than Demand.

The debatable point here is that they "collectively" have never really "put out" anything that remotely resembles any of the shit Daniel talks about. Two career artist and an educator looking to kick start gamification.

One does not necessarily have to practice what they preach either. It's a common problem with idealism in any subject. I will caution you here: you're close to making a Poisoning the Well fallacy here since my point was about the source of their "artistic bias" and not so much a direct attack on their credibility or authority on the subject itself.

But you do concede, that there is enough to detail a listing?

Well, if it means that much to you, go ahead and do a listing. You don't need my permission or help.

You should be. I get paid well for it.

Funny. I didn't get a check.

An interesting assessment in some ways I am of the mind to qualify. Saying that (generally speaking) people that are involved in a thing from a professional level, generally, do not speak out on the work that they do in anecdotal positing. It's a bit of the old "student blabs, master listens... or is asleep... When I see people in the professional or semi professional position discussing what they do it comes in a couple flavors...

Is it worse to have the masters sleep while the students speak for them?
Or to not say anything at all?

The sub-flavor is a bias ridden diatribe, normally offered as such... sometimes Jim's shtick falls into this category... there are others... It's nonsense without much pretense as too it's nonsensical nature; this gives it a strange sort of "pseudo merit" as being "at-the-least-honest"... which almost trumps the fact that it is a bias ridden diatribe.

All manner of flavors of critics, with equally numerous opinions.
"Opinions are like assholes. Everyone's got one, and they all stink."

Jim Sterling's attacks on publishers are catharsis for me, and that's about it.
Whatever else you might take from him is your business.

You may try Game Developer magazine, or making a trip to GDC... heck there are tons of groups that tinker with code and mods... some good conversations to be had there. Alas, to go deep, is often times, to go BALLS DEEP, and that means learning much of the hard technical aspects of it, rather than pedantically debating the nonsense of it.

I don't get invites for GDC since I'm not in the business, and I'm quite busy with University to boot. Though I do attempt to attend workshops when the appropriate conventions roll around (not many to attend in the midwest compared to the coasts). But it's a mere mist to slake the drought.

I will consider the magazine after finals week at university though.

funcooker11811:
@Num1d1um

The reason that I claim that you intentionally misquoted me is outlined very clearly in my post. You claimed that I said things that I did not, which would be obvious to anyone reading it. I never called you a nut job before, and I never made any kind of "fight fire with water" metaphor. I never lied about what you said, and I would expect the same courtesy. If you can find an example that I did, please post it, so I can properly apologize, but I can't find a single one so far.

For fun, I looked through your other posts, and you never actually defended my part about yelling fire in the theater before, neither have you yet to post about the bomb threat. In the fire's case, I cannot believe that you would say that it's up to everyone else in the room to think rationally during a potential lethal disaster. You can't possibly expect that from a large group, and even disregarding that, your phrasing doesn't make mention of any punishment to the individual who yells it, which suggests to me you don't think they should face any. To me, that's saying that the girls who made all those accusations during the Salem Witch Trials shouldn't have faced any punishment at all, despite the fact that they knowingly sent people to their deaths. Yes, the people did do the actual murder, but the girls were essentially using the people as tools. Saying that the girls aren't to blame is like saying that it's the gun's fault. You also can't possibly be using that post to apply to the bomb threat as well, because it's a bomb threat. There is no way that the police would ever risk not reacting to it on the chance that there might not be an actual bomb. Searching for a bomb that doesn't exist wastes time and money, and saying that nobody should face repercussions is ridiculous.

I can't understand how a rule by majority is not an argument. It's the foundation of the American political system. It's the foundation of LAWS, period. The reason that we pay police to stop someone from selling heroin or showing porn to children is because the majority of it's citizens got together and said "we don't want this to happen here".

And again, you clearly did not read what I said. My point was not "when someone does something stupid, others will follow". It was "the boundaries of what people consider acceptable is malleable". I wasn't saying that it was monkey see, monkey do. I was saying that if someone in a group acts in a way that pushes that boundary, and nobody corrects that, then they enable it to happen. I bring up the SFXT video because it was a perfect case example. I'm an optimistic person, so I would like to think that his views aren't shared by everyone. But his attitude was never corrected, and it just became the norm for the group. It's not evil, its just apathy, and when you say that there shouldn't be any consequences for stuff like that, your perpetuating that same apathy.

I think the problem you and I have is that you think i'm advocating the removal of any and all insults, or rude remarks, or anything that anybody could possibly think is inappropriate, when i'm not. You clearly agree that we must have some limitations on extreme actions that are purely destructive, such as arson, but you seem to forget that speech is itself an action, and it carries that same capacity of destruction, so why should that one action be given any more protection than any other?

Again, i'm not saying that we should outlaw any and everything that people could take offense to. If you feel the need to state your position that the holocaust never happened, then that is and should be protected. Verbally abusing someone because of their faith, on the other hand, is not, and should not, because things like that DO have effects on people. You constantly remark about why verbal abuse should be protected, but you completely disregard the notion that it causes serious issues with people, and I simply can't understand how you can consider that any less serious than issues brought on by physical abuse! If a parent constantly insults, demeans, or otherwise emotionally abuses their children, we consider that just as horrifying as if they hit them! The real damage done to a woman by rape isn't the physical damages, it's the psychological scars, and emotional damages that haunt them well after the assault takes place, and verbal assault can have the same effect!

You're example of a man in a stadium is, again, ridiculous. I obviously never said that it was the owners responsibility for what the man said, it's the person who said it's responsibility for what was said. Its worthless to try to argue with you, because the difference between us is that you don't feel that speech has any value, that it doesn't have any affect on people. I think it does, and I have the entire course of human history to back my view up.

I'll make this short.

People are not comparable to guns, your point on that is void. Why? Because guns do not have conscience. Guns do not have feelings. Guns do not have free will. A gun can not turn around and refuse to fire. By comparing people to guns, you're insulting their ability to think for themselves.

Comparing what we're talking about here to rape is about the lowest thing I've seen yet, and an incredibly obvious attempt to demonize my position. Please. Nobody says rape doesn't have consequences. I find it rather ironic that you accuse me of dishonesty and then put that in there.

I'm not saying verbal abuse/assault doesn't have consequences. I OBVIOUSLY don't advocate abusing children. I'm talking about grown up people that have the ability to fight back. And those are the people you're disregarding as unable to resist by claiming they need to be protected. I think people are stronger than you're making them look. I think that if we stopped giving them this false pretense of shelter, they're more than able to retaliate verbally to any aggressor, and step up. This goes back to the bullying thing. The reason bullied kids don't stand up is not because they can't, it's because their parents and teachers tell them to ignore it, or tell them that fighting back would make them as bad as the bully.

And I'm gonna rephrase my point once again. I did not say speech doesn't have any effect on people. I said the effect depends on the person listening. And by making the assumption that they'll just follow any negative influence, you're making a ridiculous statement about a vast number of people that you don't even know.

By the way, you agreed with me here: "it's the person who said it's responsibility for what was said"-exactly, what was said, not what was done by the listeners.

But then you claim it's impossible to argue with me. It may very well be my fault that I had to rephrase and repeat my point three times now, it may be yours. That doesn't mean it's impossible to argue. And when you go into this with a "I simply can't understand your position!", do you expect to be convinced? Do you expect to get anywhere by starting with that mindset? Try seeing it from my side. So did I. I know what your point is. You want to protect people from harm through speech. You think, although probably not consciously, that they're either not able to take it or not able to refute or hit back, verbally. You think of children and other victims in weakened positions that have additional disadvantages which would make it even harder to resist or take it. You think what I'm proposing would allow these disadvantaged people to be abused. You think nobody would step in by themselves if the law wasn't there. On second thought, you probably don't think that, but maybe you think the help for the victim wouldn't be as strong, maybe you think that without actual police and government intervention, harassment would simply go on. These laws, they were made by people. Like you and me. Those people had those ideas before they were laws, and we'll have them after they're laws. Harassment and bullying is not gonna go wild because its legal. In fact, the cases in which the law, as in the police, actually intervenes are so rare, they're in the news. In the corporate world it probably happens more often, but then again, there, you have hierarchial structures with authorities before the law that can often help without bringing in the state, even if it's simply relocating to another office, or another floor. I could bring up the fact that most rape victims don't report it, but that doesn't fit in, and goes to show how fucking bad that analogy was.

If all my assumptions about your point were dead wrong, correct me, and tell me what your position really is.

EDIT: I know it wasn't short, sorry to everyone who finds this whole argument stupid, deal with the pagestretch.

I like Extra Credits more. While Jim does bring up some really good points now and then, snarky "GRR IM MAD AT [issue]!" game journalists are a dime a dozen on the internet. Not often do you get an optimistic show that handles it's subject matter with a healthy dose of maturity; I really miss them being here on The Escapist.

fangface:
Wow, so much hostility towards EC. One day you guys are donating $20,000+ to them and the next day, you're all throwing hot rocks at them. You people are so fickle.

Note: I know not everyone is being hostile towards EC. I was just making a point.

Did you miss all the drama with EC and the Escapist?
EC pulled, what some would consider, sketchy actions with the whole donation drive, and the money contributed. Plenty enough from just that for people to be sour on EC.
Not really being fickle, but people reacting to their action post donation.
Also, it is one thing to donate to a person to save their livelihood, and it is another thing to worship whatever they do or say.

The thing about the two shows is that, while they're both similar, they're also very different in prespective. Jim comes from the angle of the consumer while EC comes from the angle of the developers and (to a degree) publishers. Now, neither show speaks for the entire group they 'represent' mind you, but that's more the way I look at the two rather then trying to do the same thing. They're both good and have valid thoughts which should be listened to. But it's hard to say that either is really right or wrong.

Now, the whole scandel that happened with EC here non-withstanding, I think EC is a better one for the industry to look at. Why? Because they actually work with/in the industry and have a better idea of the internal workings. I don't agree with all of their opinions and haven't really checked out any of the new episodes since the move (I don't care for PA-TV myself) though. They aren't perfect. But, at the same time, having a better idea of the actual process by having contributed to it a good deal before gives them the experience I feel is important for actually try impacting the industry in such a way.

I do like Jim. While his 'bigger-then-god' persona and attitude can make me want to implode, most of the time I'm pleasantly surprised by him when I see an episode I normally think will make me rage. He does a good job of giving a consumer point of view on many topics. I don't agree with him on quite a few things he says on his show. But most of the time he makes them in a way that I can respect and makes sense. Do I think what he says should impact the industry? Yes and no... mainly because I don't think what he says should impact it so much as the people who's opinions he shares should. Which he shares his opinion with many others on quite a few issues.

Jimothy Sterling:
And I am not a slab of bacon, to the guy who said that. I prefer to think of myself as a clump of sausage meat.

Fair nuff, I am somewhat of a rump roast myself. I gotta say tho man; if I like bought you a long sleeve shirt, would you wear it? You're killing me. I want to sit in a corner cuddling a men's fashion magazine, weep and eat cheesecake.

Elamdri:

Jimothy Sterling:
And I am not a slab of bacon, to the guy who said that. I prefer to think of myself as a clump of sausage meat.

Fair nuff, I am somewhat of a rump roast myself. I gotta say tho man; if I like bought you a long sleeve shirt, would you wear it? You're killing me. I want to sit in a corner cuddling a men's fashion magazine, weep and eat cheesecake.

Long-sleeve shirts are for people who hate their forearms and for those who are dressed formally. Otherwise to wear them should be considered a criminal charge worthy of intense flogging.

Andy of Comix Inc:
Sorry, I know this is an aside and doesn't detract from the opinion at hand, but is it actually possible to criticize Jim Sterling without throwing out petty insults like "slab of bacon," "unwashed pleb," other posters with stuff like "fathead". Do you have so little words about his actual quality that you have to compromise and just insult the fellow?

I've never seen anything quite like it, every time "Jim is shit" comes up its accompanied with a plethora of cheap jabs. No other man on the internet draws such brand of ire. I'm honestly interested in this.

Well, the unwashed pleb comment was more directed at...well everyone rather than Jim Sterling. I consider myself a firm believer in the idea of a Meritocracy, and I just don't put any faith in the common man's view of things. If I want an opinion on something, I'll ask an expert.

And fair enough, it's a cheap shot, hell he commented on it himself earlier in the thread. Partially I said that for humor at his expense; he seemed to take it fair enough. If it hurt his feelings that much I'd be glad to send him a apology card or whatever. I highly doubt though that I broke his spirit or deeply wounded him by picking on him on an internet forum. If so, he may want to reconsider being an online entertainer.

On topic, I don't care much for the presentation of his show. I do not like the character that he presents; the god-complex just doesn't tickle my funny bone nor does the swearing. I'm not a fan of the drawings on the show either, I just don't feel that they add to the discussion.

I think content wise, his opinions are safe, mass market appeal stuff. When I watch his show, I don't feel like my perceptions about gaming and the industry are being challenged. In essence it feels a lot like the show preaches to the choir. And that's ok, it's ultimately entertainment. There is a lot of money to be made in reaffirming people's views of the world. Look at Fox News.

But the original poster asked: What show should the industry pay attention to more. And I think the answer to that question is Extra Credits. Extra Credits is a show to watch when you want to learn about game design, the game industry and how game publishers, game designers and game consumers interact and SHOULD interact with one another. Jimquisition is a show to watch when you are upset about the latest industry hot button issue and want some catharsis. I just feel that one lends itself a lot more to growing an industry in a way that positively impacts everyone involved.

Is that better? I'll try next time to town down the personal attacks :D

@Num1d1um

First, that wasn't short. Second:

I understand that people are not like inanimate objects. I'm saying that when a person intentionally causes the death of another person, that if they are the cause of that's person's death and did so willingly and intentionally, then they should be held responsible. I brought up the witch trials because it's a great example of people using speech to cause the deaths of people. Just like a person knows they are going to kill someone when they pull a trigger of a gun pointing at them, those girls knew that their accusations would cause the death of those people. Under your viewpoint, those girls are in no way responsible for the deaths, because they didn't directly kill those people. Those people were not rational, and those girls took advantage of that. Despite whatever you think, people are not always rational. Your entire argument depends on people thinking through things at all times. People do not just go investigate to see if there really is a fire, they leave the building. Some people panic. This can and has created tragedies, and the people who caused the panic knew the danger of what they were doing, and did it anyway.

I only compared verbal assault to rape because of all the posts you have made, the constant theme that I kept seeing was "speech doesn't have any visible effect, so it must not do anything". You never once addressed how it can wreck people. My exact words were that the real damage received from the rape are the psychological scars and emotional damages that come with being violated in such a way, that stay with that person for a lifetime, and that verbal assault can have that same effect, because it fucking can. Are you honestly saying you've never heard of someone being bullied or teased so badly in a high school, or harassed in their daily life that they have a mental breakdown, and either commit suicide or have to go to a mental hospital? It happens because shit like that is not harmless. Its not something that people should just go around using, and its not something that people should be responded to with more verbal assault. Its something that needs to be penalized.

What kind of parent would just tell their child to just ignore verbal assault? Again, you seem to think i'm talking about any and all things that could be taken a negative way, when i'm not. I'm saying that harassment is a completely different than normal speech, and that there should be limitations placed on it. You're saying that it IS part of normal speech, and thus needs to be protected. This is our disagreement. To me, saying that harassment and normal speech are under the same protection is like saying that gesturing with your hands and hitting are the same thing, because in both cases, the basic motions are the same. The difference is the outcome, and what the intent of that outcome was.

Saying that large groups of people don't follow speech is just ignorant. Ignorant of the past, and the present. There are a significant portion of the population that believe that all Muslims are dangerous. Not too long ago, people believed that any other ethnicity was inherently dangerous and evil. Civilizations throughout time have believed that Jews were responsible for all the worlds ills. These aren't just small segments of the population, it was ingrained into their culture, and it was spread because of speech. You may be better than that, but if you think that everyone else is, then you don't know people.

And there is no fucking way I agreed with you with "it's the responsibility of the person who said it for what was said", and I said it in response to you saying that I somehow insinuated that it the owner of the stadium's fault for any of the actions you described. Don't use sound bites to try to put words in my mouth, you're better than that.

The reason that its impossible to argue with you is because you refuse to acknowledge points that you have no actual response to! You STILL haven't responded to why bomb threats should be protected, you gave a single sentence about how you "obviously don't advocate abusing children", but then fail to give a reason how verbal abuse to a child wouldn't be "free speech" under your definition of total acceptance, and you dropped the "majority" argument the second I showed you why that majority opinion is a legitimate indicator of something's acceptability! You say that bullying is just as bad if not worse than it would be if we just didn't have any kind of legitimate policies against it, but you don't have to look any farther the rise of bullying after the introduction of social networking to see what exactly that looks like, because they no longer have to face the same consequences and risks that they would if they did it out in the real world!

I'd also like to point out the inherent contradiction between "the government shouldn't regulate free speech, but corporations should be able to", disregarding the fact that the reason that those corporations have those policies in effect is because of the laws on the books, pointing to the entire corporate culture of "women as secretaries who its okay to sexually harass" that pervaded society in the first half of the 20th century that is now being phased out due to the increase in awareness to the effects of such harassment. I honestly don't know why you would say that it's okay for a corporation to violate a supposedly inalienable right, while the a government should never ever be allowed to. Feel free to explain that one to me.

I really, just cannot understand where you're coming from, because you say that we had those ideas before we had the laws, like that is somehow supportive to your point, despite the numerous examples I have given that show the horrible things that happen with completely unrestricted speech, and why exactly we now discourage verbal harassment. The very idea of laws protecting people from that sort of thing is a very recent invention, in terms of human history, and its something that has dramatically improved the lives of the people it use to effect. By saying that everything was fine before, you ignore the very large, positive impact it has had on them.

EDIT: I now regret posting this in the forum, as I realize that one of us should move this to a message exchange, rather than take up half a page in a completely unrelated topic. Whether or not your next point is in the forum or a message, my response will be in a message.

wintercoat:

Elamdri:

Jimothy Sterling:
And I am not a slab of bacon, to the guy who said that. I prefer to think of myself as a clump of sausage meat.

Fair nuff, I am somewhat of a rump roast myself. I gotta say tho man; if I like bought you a long sleeve shirt, would you wear it? You're killing me. I want to sit in a corner cuddling a men's fashion magazine, weep and eat cheesecake.

Long-sleeve shirts are for people who hate their forearms and for those who are dressed formally. Otherwise to wear them should be considered a criminal charge worthy of intense flogging.

Unless you're going to wear a coat with a lapel, which Jim does. If you do that, you gotta sacrifice personal comfort for style. Also, he should get some cufflinks too. I'd watch the shit out of that show if he wore cufflinks.

funcooker11811:
@Num1d1um

First, that wasn't short. Second:

I understand that people are not like inanimate objects. I'm saying that when a person intentionally causes the death of another person, that if they are the cause of that's person's death and did so willingly and intentionally, then they should be held responsible. I brought up the witch trials because it's a great example of people using speech to cause the deaths of people. Just like a person knows they are going to kill someone when they pull a trigger of a gun pointing at them, those girls knew that their accusations would cause the death of those people. Under your viewpoint, those girls are in no way responsible for the deaths, because they didn't directly kill those people. Those people were not rational, and those girls took advantage of that. Despite whatever you think, people are not always rational. Your entire argument depends on people thinking through things at all times. People do not just go investigate to see if there really is a fire, they leave the building. Some people panic. This can and has created tragedies, and the people who caused the panic knew the danger of what they were doing, and did it anyway.

I only compared verbal assault to rape because of all the posts you have made, the constant theme that I kept seeing was "speech doesn't have any visible effect, so it must not do anything". You never once addressed how it can wreck people. My exact words were that the real damage received from the rape are the psychological scars and emotional damages that come with being violated in such a way, that stay with that person for a lifetime, and that verbal assault can have that same effect, because it fucking can. Are you honestly saying you've never heard of someone being bullied or teased so badly in a high school, or harassed in their daily life that they have a mental breakdown, and either commit suicide or have to go to a mental hospital? It happens because shit like that is not harmless. Its not something that people should just go around using, and its not something that people should be responded to with more verbal assault. Its something that needs to be penalized.

What kind of parent would just tell their child to just ignore verbal assault? Again, you seem to think i'm talking about any and all things that could be taken a negative way, when i'm not. I'm saying that harassment is a completely different than normal speech, and that there should be limitations placed on it. You're saying that it IS part of normal speech, and thus needs to be protected. This is our disagreement. To me, saying that harassment and normal speech are under the same protection is like saying that gesturing with your hands and hitting are the same thing, because in both cases, the basic motions are the same. The difference is the outcome, and what the intent of that outcome was.

Saying that large groups of people don't follow speech is just ignorant. Ignorant of the past, and the present. There are a significant portion of the population that believe that all Muslims are dangerous. Not too long ago, people believed that any other ethnicity was inherently dangerous and evil. Civilizations throughout time have believed that Jews were responsible for all the worlds ills. These aren't just small segments of the population, it was ingrained into their culture, and it was spread because of speech. You may be better than that, but if you think that everyone else is, then you don't know people.

And there is no fucking way I agreed with you with "it's the responsibility of the person who said it for what was said", and I said it in response to you saying that I somehow insinuated that it the owner of the stadium's fault for any of the actions you described. Don't use sound bites to try to put words in my mouth, you're better than that.

The reason that its impossible to argue with you is because you refuse to acknowledge points that you have no actual response to! You STILL haven't responded to why bomb threats should be protected, you gave a single sentence about how you "obviously don't advocate abusing children", but then fail to give a reason how verbal abuse to a child wouldn't be "free speech" under your definition of total acceptance, and you dropped the "majority" argument the second I showed you why that majority opinion is a legitimate indicator of something's acceptability! You say that bullying is just as bad if not worse than it would be if we just didn't have any kind of legitimate policies against it, but you don't have to look any farther the rise of bullying after the introduction of social networking to see what exactly that looks like, because they no longer have to face the same consequences and risks that they would if they did it out in the real world!

I'd also like to point out the inherent contradiction between "the government shouldn't regulate free speech, but corporations should be able to", disregarding the fact that the reason that those corporations have those policies in effect is because of the laws on the books, pointing to the entire corporate culture of "women as secretaries who its okay to sexually harass" that pervaded society in the first half of the 20th century that is now being phased out due to the increase in awareness to the effects of such harassment. I honestly don't know why you would say that it's okay for a corporation to violate a supposedly inalienable right, while the a government should never ever be allowed to. Feel free to explain that one to me.

I really, just cannot understand where you're coming from, because you say that we had those ideas before we had the laws, like that is somehow supportive to your point, despite the numerous examples I have given that show the horrible things that happen with completely unrestricted speech, and why exactly we now discourage verbal harassment. The very idea of laws protecting people from that sort of thing is a very recent invention, in terms of human history, and its something that has dramatically improved the lives of the people it use to effect. By saying that everything was fine before, you ignore the very large, positive impact it has had on them.

There is a part of me that is really interested in whatever this argument is, but I don't really wanna have to go diving through 14 pages of thread to find the beginning and read through it all...

Rednog:

fangface:
Wow, so much hostility towards EC. One day you guys are donating $20,000+ to them and the next day, you're all throwing hot rocks at them. You people are so fickle.

Note: I know not everyone is being hostile towards EC. I was just making a point.

Did you miss all the drama with EC and the Escapist?
EC pulled, what some would consider, sketchy actions with the whole donation drive, and the money contributed. Plenty enough from just that for people to be sour on EC.
Not really being fickle, but people reacting to their action post donation.
Also, it is one thing to donate to a person to save their livelihood, and it is another thing to worship whatever they do or say.

I was under the impression that the bad behavior during that fiasco was on the behalf of the Escapist, not EC.

Elamdri:

There is a part of me that is really interested in whatever this argument is, but I don't really wanna have to go diving through 14 pages of thread to find the beginning and read through it all...

Something that, in retrospect, should have gone gone down to private messages the second it was whittled down to a dialogue.

Elamdri:

Rednog:

fangface:
Wow, so much hostility towards EC. One day you guys are donating $20,000+ to them and the next day, you're all throwing hot rocks at them. You people are so fickle.

Note: I know not everyone is being hostile towards EC. I was just making a point.

Did you miss all the drama with EC and the Escapist?
EC pulled, what some would consider, sketchy actions with the whole donation drive, and the money contributed. Plenty enough from just that for people to be sour on EC.
Not really being fickle, but people reacting to their action post donation.
Also, it is one thing to donate to a person to save their livelihood, and it is another thing to worship whatever they do or say.

I was under the impression that the bad behavior during that fiasco was on the behalf of the Escapist, not EC.

I'm guessing that both sides have very different stories. I haven't actually seen any solid proof that either side was more culpable than the other, but i'm still pretty pissed about the changes the escapist made after they left, so i'm leaning more in favor of EC out of spite.

I much prefer EC because most of the time they're right and know the shit they're talking about or at least do their hardest to try and know it.

Haven't watched much of Sterling cause he came off as an Escapist majority hivemind personality and the bad shit that comes with that.

Are people seriously harping on EC for sticking to their "art" standpoint being biased towards the developer's side of things? For most of the people who make these games, they're pretty passionate about what they do. It's not pretentious to want people to take developer's work seriously as art and it's a real douche move to get mad at them for wanting that IMO.

Elmoth:

That's not necessarily good, though.

Andy of Comix Inc:

Jim never did. Quite the opposite. His entire persona is buried under heaping piles of sarcasm.

...and come to think of it, EC never did too. Obviously they think of themselves as educators, but they never take an opinion and pretend like its word of god - they very much do their research and, as often as possible, debate both sides and let the audience draw the conclusion. Jim obviously does less research, but the Jimquisition is very much about one man talking about his own opinions and it comes with the implication that these opinions are his own and nothing more.

Did I mention the sarcasm?

Ah, so you're not discriminatory against Jews or Muslims! :D

@Elmoth: Perhaps, but they do seem appreciate everyone's opinions. Us gamers have our perspective as developers and publishers do - but I do have to hand it to EC for having what I'm guessing is the overview.

@Andy of Comix Inc: I concede that Extra Credits think of themselves as educators. With their positions within gaming and their overview they have every right to be. As such, they gently inform people and make helpful suggestions to reflect this.

But Jim on the other hand has no such overview, makes no helpful suggestions and browbeats his opinion on people. Unfortunately for him, due to his rabid fanbase - he's going to find himself believing in his own immature BS in no time. Today's humble television actor will become the diva of tomorrow. (I think Charlie Brooker did a fantastic deconstruction of this somewhere on Screenwipe illustrating this - if nothing else, it's quite entertaining.)

CodeOrange:
Jim Sterling is a casual, a sellout reviewer and a melagomaniac who's ideas are ALWAYS in the mainstream opinion. They are. They ALWAYS are. A cancer to the industry.

Extra Credits may love video games a bit too much but at least they've got one person on their team that actually knows his shit. Granted, they may like crappy games like Skyrim (it's not like they have the time to play games indepth unlike us unprofessional gamers) but then again, James Portnow. They also tend to go against the mainstream, as exemplified by Portnow's transcript in defense of on-disc DLC.

I'd have to go with the lesser of the two evils, if only because they provide the obvious to aspiring game developers.

Well ECs writer james, has a degree in clasical theatrics........ Let us look at the bias shall we? They claim that people are dumb enough to take everything call of juarez the cartel as fact. that is IMO talking down to the audience on the highest leval. the bias in EC sometimes comes across as a little bit to PC for my tastes sometimes.

there episodes do tend to go on tangents that are obvious to the educated sometimes, Jim at least somewhat respect our intelect by not saying that neo nazi propaganda games are going to be bad. in the propoganda games episode, they could have just said it is a game distributed by neo nazis, no need to reiforce us about the fact that it is racist which anyone with half a brain could have figured out.

jim makes his bias clear from the beginning, he represents the consumers own veiws at some of the crap we have to deal with, then he makes realistic solutions.

Elamdri:

Rednog:

fangface:
Wow, so much hostility towards EC. One day you guys are donating $20,000+ to them and the next day, you're all throwing hot rocks at them. You people are so fickle.

Note: I know not everyone is being hostile towards EC. I was just making a point.

Did you miss all the drama with EC and the Escapist?
EC pulled, what some would consider, sketchy actions with the whole donation drive, and the money contributed. Plenty enough from just that for people to be sour on EC.
Not really being fickle, but people reacting to their action post donation.
Also, it is one thing to donate to a person to save their livelihood, and it is another thing to worship whatever they do or say.

I was under the impression that the bad behavior during that fiasco was on the behalf of the Escapist, not EC.

That's why I threw in "what some would consider". It really boils down to how you interpret the events, for me personally I see it as EC in the wrong (I had a much longer explanation, but I decided its really not something to be brought up again).

Rednog:

Elamdri:

Rednog:

Did you miss all the drama with EC and the Escapist?
EC pulled, what some would consider, sketchy actions with the whole donation drive, and the money contributed. Plenty enough from just that for people to be sour on EC.
Not really being fickle, but people reacting to their action post donation.
Also, it is one thing to donate to a person to save their livelihood, and it is another thing to worship whatever they do or say.

I was under the impression that the bad behavior during that fiasco was on the behalf of the Escapist, not EC.

That's why I threw in "what some would consider". It really boils down to how you interpret the events, for me personally I see it as EC in the wrong (I had a much longer explanation, but I decided its really not something to be brought up again).

Well, we will never know what really happened I suspect, but from what I can remember, I just think that the stuff from the Escapist didn't pass the smell test during the whole deal.

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