A Statement Regarding Romine v. Stanton

As some of you know, the lawsuit against me is continuing. James Romine amended his complaint to comply with the judge’s request that he either seek a lawyer to pursue a suit against me on behalf of Digital Homicide, or amend the lawsuit so it is not about the LLC he tanked by attempting to sue hundreds of anonymous people on the Internet.

Romine has taken the latter option, and continues to not only accuse me of libel, but of directing criminal harassment against him. Such evidence of this “direction” includes Operation Cleanlight, a program I instated to highlight good games on Steam Greenlight and talk about why I find them appealing. It also includes The Steam Cleaner, a comedic vigilante alter-ego in a leather plague doctor mask that I introduced while talking about underhanded cottage markets in Steam’s Greenlight community.

It is my personal opinion that – of those portions of the amended lawsuit we may deem comprehensible – the charges are convoluted and possess such an intense degree of flimsiness, no word currently exists to convey quite how flimsy they are.

According to what one can yank from the tangled mess of words and poorly scanned images, James Romine wants $15,326,000. All I’ll say to that is this:

When this is all over, I’ll consider reimbursing you the $1.00 a month you claim to give me on Patreon in order to “prove” I do business in Arizona.

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Aaron Bird
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i don’t think we have a word for how deluded he is

Christopher Allen
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So, given a choice to make it about Jim hurting the company, or Jim hurting the Romines personally…they decide to make it personal.

There is a silver lining to this. Yeah, the lawsuit sucks, but at least we won’t have to worry about DH making crap games anymore.

LF Antrider
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I hope this all is resolved soon for you, even though listening to James try and chastise you is some of the funniest shit the world will ever know.

Sir Faulty
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Those idiots can fuck right off. We should be suing them for the “damage” they did to gaming by just attempting to be in it. These guys are chancers out for the take. They are also incredibly stupid if they think any judge can’t see that from a few country miles of (the mere fact the subpoenaed Valve for private information of 100 users because of the unfair reviews in order to gain restitution) then they they are as brain-dead as the moronic “games” they flouted on Steam. I am so glad Steam crushed them. I see even the trading… Read more »
Sean Wisowaty
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I would love Romine’s personal information.

Brotown
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I’ll give it to you for $1. Gotta pay me through Arizona means first. …dont ask why.

*shifty eyes*

anomalous material
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After this undying zombie of a lawsuit ends, I really hope it gets buried with extreme prejudice at a cross-roads at midnight under a new moon.

Brotown
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Dean and Sam will handle that. No worries.

nige22
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And salt the earth so it can’t come back again

anomalous material
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You know, I just had a mental image of dozens of Digital Homicide skeletons climbing out of the ground in Ray Harryhausen-like stop motion to do battle with Jim a la Jason and the Argonauts!

Jim, clad in classical Greek armor (i.e. nearly none), short sword and heater shield, cutting down all the skellingtons! What a film that would make.

ImaLemming
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I’m sure there’s a Unity asset pack for that.

nige22
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You hear that, Jim? Halloween special 2017

Jonathan Cochren
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A countersuit for defamation on your behalf would make just about as much sense as his libel suit.

The difference being, his temper tantrum is only furthering your career as a voice for the people. Not destroying it.

Maybe we should throw him a bone. A hug even.

Best of luck, Jim. Thank God for you.

Kevin Wilson
Member

Hehe Temper Tantrum

Martina Veselá
Member

I can’t wait for Romine to lose his case so that we can get more info on this. Fingers crossed for an entire episode of Jimquisition dedicated to this mess. Anything to do with DH and the Romines is guaranteed to be comedy gold.

Good luck, Jim! (not that you’re gonna need it, but still…)

Corac42
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After he read this statement on the show, he showed an image of the Wikipedia page for hors d’oeuvres. There’s plenty yet to come.

Riley Holt
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It’d be a feature-length movie at this point.

Martina Veselá
Member

Hell, I wouldn’t say no to that. The longer it is, the more jokes Jim can fit in it. 🙂

BiG_bEn523
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Moral of the story, kids? Learn the difference between harassment and criticism. Hang in there Jim. We’re all rooting for you.

ENAY
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I watched Leonard French on youtube about this case. And laughed.

Stormbringer
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But I don’t claim to give you $1/mo. I DO give you $1/mo. After fees.

The Magic Lemur
Member

Well, it’s already gone past threats, but yeah.

Banana
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two questions about this: 1. has this lawsuit effectively dropped Jims docs by revealing his actual name to the world or was that known already? 2. On the assumption that it is entirely impossible for Jim to pay anywhere near 15 million dollars, how would Romine expect to get that money? You can’t pay millions of dollars you don’t have.

Forrest Kayssen
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Romine actually went to the effort to ‘expose’ Jim’s original surname during that trainwreck ‘debate’ they had back in 2015. Listening back to that while knowing everything that would transpire feels strange, like it’s the first face-off scene between nemeses.

Damn, Jim deserves a better Nemesis. When are one of these shady Steam groups that upvote Greenlight games that join them going to go full evil and kidnap a princess or something?

Corac42
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DigiHom think they’re his Joker, but they’re totally his Riddler.

THT
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Don’t insult the Riddler by comparing him to these numbskulls.

They’re more like his Condiment King.

Brotown
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“Thank you Jim but our Princess is in another Bundle”

typographie
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I don’t think Jim’s real surname is a particular secret. I actually heard it for the first time from Jim himself on one of the Podquisition episodes (though for the life of me I can’t remember when that was).

xxlordxx686
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It was the episode of Resident Evil Apocalypse where he accidentally said his real name.

Philip Elthorpe
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It’s pretty much well known. He’d legally scrap his original name if it wasn’t for some unknown legal issues. Hell, The fact that Romine wants to sue ‘James Stanton’ is a insult to Jim since he, personally, would rather that name burn in Hell.

drownedsummer
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Surely by using such points as evidence this also means Romine is admitting his games are crap?

Anthony Pace
Member

Hell the Steam Cleaner’s the only one to acknowledge DH exists and even then it’s implied rather than specifically stated.

THT
Member

Can we all just take a moment to appreciate how DigiHom would probably still be fine making shovelware if they had just resisted the urge to crown our saviour ‘Jim Fucking Sterling Son’ and not posted the ‘Review the Reviewers’ video? I feel bad for Jim having to pay all the legal fees for such a ludicrous case, but it’s really hilarious how much they escalated the whole situation.

eggabooha
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already posted about this haha, yeah I completely agree

eggabooha
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Another thing I find terribly ironic is: I watched that entire debate between DH and jim, and DH keep comparing jim to them as “they are both small content creators” and how jim should know how little they make. SO WHY ON EARTH DO THEY THINK HE CAN PAY 15 MILLION DOLLARS?

ImaLemming
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Based on some stuff in the 100 Steam Users lawsuit, I’m sure he never expected to get $10/15 million out of this and just wanted to hit Jim with “ten million dollars” in an attempt to scare him into settling. Then upped it to fifteen million when the first number didn’t intimidate him.

eggabooha
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that sounds to be a pretty sound theory.

Daniel Jensen
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I got a comment from Romine himself saying that he’s obligated by the legal system to try to ramp up the costs as much as possible, since even people who win their cases tend to only get a fraction of what they asked for.

Or something along those lines, probably with references to actual technical reasons as to why this happens. Believe that if you want, and don’t take this as some sort of defense of the wankers 🙂

eggabooha
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I don’t know, I don’t know a thing about law but I doubt it would be required that you sue for MORE money.

eggabooha
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really quick: there is a HUGE difference between a Youtubers and game devs. I looked it up according to business insider the avg youtuber makes about 8 dollars, per THOUSAND views. Also we the consumer doesn’t have to pay to get access to the video which we do for a game, youtubers get paid via ad revue which of course ads are bought by big companies, and I am sure a big company (even though it doesn’t come straight threw the companies I’m sure you get my point) can afford to toss a youtuber about .18 cents (just wait and… Read more »
Nighter3D
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All this to try and convince that “Jim was mean to me on the internet”… Yet wasn’t it this guy that started to actively Impersonate the Sterling persona and did everything he could do to make him look like a “f*cking idiot”?? Jim criticised him and many other shovelware creators, yet he thinks he is entitled to millions (obviously a ploy as even a marginal victory/settlement would equal tens of thousands which is why many in these kinds of cases exagerate their losses massively). Yeah… the guy ain’t no victim and it is kind of obvious this is a frivolous… Read more »
MJC
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His plan is to sue the judge after he loses in court.

drownedsummer
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He did the one video as far as I’m aware when he reviewed Jim’s review of The Slaughtering Grounds and referred to himself as Jim Fucking Sterling Son. Which worked about as well as Gerald Ratner jokingly stating all his merchandise was crap.

Sidrat Flush
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Mr Ratner wasn’t actually joking as the customers agreed with him and rarely set foot in their stores again.

Richard Fleming
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The problem here is that common sense and legal definitions seldom match up. This is further compounded by the fact that each state can define what ‘doing business’ means.

Now I’m not a lawyer, but as far as I can tell from a quick scan of brochure 623, simply having a t-shirt delivered by a third-party isn’t enough, but I could be talking outa my bum as well, so take that statement for what it’s worth.

Brotown
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Are you talking out your bum Ace Ventura style?

…cuz if not, then youre just half assing it.

eggabooha
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No one cost DH sales but themselves. If when Jim did the impressions, they saw how terrible the game and heck, didn’t even do anything but said “thank you for the criticism we will take that into account when in our next game” they would probably be, well they’d not be as hated. their games would still probably be complete trash that hasn’t been taking out since summer, but you know. instead they were jerks and made THEMSELVES unlikable idiots. let’s be honest people who have (and some still do) would protect DH because everyone loves a indie underdog. but… Read more »
drownedsummer
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What’s worse is the other developers who believe this is something to emulate.

Daniel Jensen
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“Believe”? The number of developers and whatnot who have already accused Jim of slander and harassment since the lawsuit started is insane. They probably think his past experience makes him more likely to back down.

It’s like setting off fire crackers next to a sleeping shell-shocked war veteran expecting him to cower and cry, only to have him on top of you with a knife to your throat in less then two seconds.

eggabooha
Guest

No kidding. A lot of these Devs act like Jim took footage for the slaughtering grounds and said it was dying light. the problem is that in their own heads they don’t see any problems in return. (even though if they looked up at all they’d notice, being a scumbag makes people not want to buy from you)

Daniel Jensen
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Seeing as the only thing I know about Dying Light is that it got polarized reviews (and, well, parkour zombie fighting), I’m not sure what you’re trying to say 🙂

eggabooha
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What I am trying to say is: slaughtering ground looks like something spewed up by a garbage can, but IMO dying light looks really nice. (and it is the only zombie game that i actually play so… you know i can’t really compare to anything else) 🙂

drownedsummer
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Although one of those cases realised they were incorrect, took on Jim’s points and actually wants to try and make something decent. I doubt they’ll be the next Scott Cawthon but they might at least put some effort in.

eggabooha
Guest

Yeah, and it’s become way to common to do. as if stupid asset flips wasn’t bad enough.

Richard Fleming
Member

OK, lemme try this again with the link (sorry Jim, forgot that we’re not supposed to put youtube links in here).

There’s an actual copyright lawyer who’s been reviewing this case on YouTube. His name is Leonard French. It is quite amusing to watch his face as he reads over the latest amendments.

Chris
Guest

He popped up on my recommended. Didn’t watch his first video as it was several months out of date but watched the latest one. It was pretty amusing

Appretaur
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“…no word currently exists to convey quite how flimsy they are.”

Well, I’m pretty sure such a hypothetical word could only be pronounced by letting a faberge egg fall onto a packet of old cookies wrapped in a script for a Michael Bay Transformers sequel.

Sidrat Flush
Guest

That would be a waste of faberge eggs. Also a Michael Bay script can still be used as an insect wacker/transporter so yes unlike badly done asset flips even a MB Script has more value.

Not as much as the vandalism you’re willing to put on to a pretty damn close to priceless Faberge Egg.

Appretaur
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Well, I could just assert that I have *always* meant the flimsy *handling* of a priceless egg and not necessarily the construction of the egg itself (and this would allow for me to subsequently assert that the shattering of such would purely be accidental). And if I’d emulate the logic patterns of the addressee of Jim’s statement, now everyone should ideally regard this as the truth of my case and retroactively give me due respect for that for both the past and the indefinite future, even though I could technically admit right now that this handling-as-opposed-to-construction angle had not occurred… Read more »
gasmaskangel
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Even in the worst of all possible worlds, where there is no Jim Sterling or any other voice out there decrying Steam shovelware I find it hard to imagine that Digital Homicide would make one million in sales, let alone fifteen.

Forrest Kayssen
Guest

Yeah, I think that perfectly demonstrates how delusional the poor guy is. He must have looked at how Ubisoft and Activision were doing in their early days and thought “I make video games, so that’s what kind of money I deserve!”.

Thanatos
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Don’t forget to ask the court to have the loser pay the legal fees for both parties.

Landy Alexander
Guest

How? Romine is a deranged manchild who used to own a video game company, and now thanks to his own insane actions is entirely unemployable. No matter how much jim pays his lawyers the Romines aren’t going to be able to afford it.

Chris Wallace
Member

If I ever decide to pursue post-graduate work in Anthropology, I’m writing my thesis on DigiHom and those like them

Junker
Guest

Donate that $1.00 a month to an anti-scam organization on his name.

Tyler Banukevich
Guest

I’ve been reading through Romine’s complaint (making sure to take frequent breaks as to not cause myself any mental and/or physical harm) and…*sigh* Digihom, if you happen to be reading this, please understand that negative opinions of you are not defamatory statements, Jim doesn’t “attack” you more than Triple A game companies (not by a long shot), and you really shouldn’t use the word plaintiff three times in the same sentence. For fuck’s sake.

MrInsecure
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And if Jim does “attack” DigiHom with a significantly higher frequency than major publishers, that is only in keeping with DigiHom’s own output, both in terms of games and in terms of their anti-consumer policies.

Jellybean
Guest

I can’t wait for when this is over, mostly because Jim will do something to celebrate on Jimquisition and I have no idea what he has in store.

Fallen Prime
Member

Well, at that point he’ll be able to speak candidly about everything he had to keep mum about when there was more of an actual problem. The bare minimum I expect from him is a post-mortem of Romine v Stanton.

Chris
Guest

It has something to do with the boglins! He’s mentioned it a few times on podquisition back when this shit started. Hints at it rather. And he dropped a hint at some point on ask fm about it too. I asked why did I get the feeling when the lawsuit is done, you’re going to do a 30 minute jimquisition possibly involving boglins. He responded “I have no idea what you’re talking about”
…okay, maybe he was sincere but I read it as “yes, definitely”

Oliver Mendes
Member

I mean, as far as Jim’s content goes that sounds par for the course anyhow 😛

Eon264
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My guess is it will involve Boglins, pogs and dildos or some combination thereof.

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