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.

John
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John

Literal actual crazy person James Romine: “He said people shouldn’t buy games from me because I make bad
games.”

Jim Fucking Sterling Son: “Your Honour, I present a laptop containing the Slaughtering Grounds.”

Rabid baboon man James Romine: “As you can see, there are a variety of maps, guns and enemies I bought from an asset store with my own money.”

If you want a taste of Romine’s genius intellect go here and listen for a couple of minutes: youtu (dot) be/zhjXfAikKaY?t=48m11s

Sam
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Sam

There are a lot of strange people in the world.
I’m genuinely fascinated if there is something diagnosably wrong with his noggin, or if it’s just major personality issues. And if the latter, what happens in one’s development to result in that.
It could be that now that his publisher has crumbled around him, he’s just clinging to Jim Sterling as the most visible aspect of his crooked business’ obstacles, and now feels that the only way to take control of his life back is to defeat Jim in some way.

George
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George

Good luck Jim! I hope for your success.

And I want you to know that the content that you (and staff) produce gives me a great deal of joy, happiness and thought provoking enrichment. Especially if I’m starting to fall into an episode of depression. Your show gives me a way to stop ruminating and break out of it.
I don’t always agree with everything you say but I have great deal of respect for you as an artist and writer. Thank you.

Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex

Is this guy representing himself or does he have a lawyer? I can’t see any lawyer that wouldn’t put a hand on his shoulder and sternly say ” stop now, think, there is nothing for you at the end of this road. As your lawyer and begrudging acquaintance, it is in everyone’s best interest if you could please just
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Wolfie
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Wolfie

I can only imagine what this feels like for you Jim. And to that end, I think I figured out the perfect analogy.

Welcome to Mr. Bone’s Wild Ride! THE RIDE NEVER ENDS.

Becky Hopkins
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Christ, he just doesn’t know when to cut his losses and give up, does he?

Benj
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Benj

James Romine is probably the only person in the world with a poorer understanding of the American legal system than Donald Trump.

TJ Barke
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TJ Barke

Leonard French on youtube has some good rundowns on this stuff.

Talib Zeine
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Talib Zeine

To quote Denzel Washington in his statement on fake media, “We live in a society now where it’s just first, who cares, get it out there. We don’t care who it hurts. We don’t care who we destroy. We don’t care if it’s true. Just say it, sell it.” The Romines accused Jim of doing this exact thing to their person, when in ironic reality, they did it to Jim for reporting the truth. Romines are basically that kid in 3rd grade, who steals the lunch money out of your coat, announces he did it to everyone, laughs and smirks… Read more »

Film Runner
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Does the central thrust of his argument still rely on appealing to state laws in a federal court?

marvelator
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marvelator

Honestly I’m surprised that Digihom had the nerve/testes to bring this whole thing this far. ‘Someone said something I didn’t like so I’ll sue them’ sounds like the kind of thing someone says while monumentally drunk, but apparently the Romines decided to keep the charade going even after they sobered up.

Gendreavus
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Gendreavus

And here I thought the circus act was over! I know you’ve been advised to be a bit tight-lipped on this whole business Jim; is there anywhere we can go to follow the proceedings ourselves, or is this still the best place?

Molly
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Molly

I knew he was going to refile and not let it go, but… he’s not amending anything else? Really? I’m starting to feel bad for laughing at his stuff at this point; clearly he must have some sort of mental issues if he’s not only opting to continue, but to continue with the “no legal representation” route. I mean, come on, at this point I’m sure Jim has enough “enemies” that would love to see Jim lose this case to the point that they would want to fund the lawyer… does he not know how to find the right people?… Read more »

Mark Davenport
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Best of luck to you Jim!

I just hope giving a statement won’t be used against you in court.

Muddy Scarecrow
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Muddy Scarecrow

The scariest thing about this clown and his brother is that they believe they are completely in the right. Remember that kickstarter they tried to get legal fee money with? People were like “how could these asshats actually think that would work?” Because they think that anyone who disagrees with their practices is one of Jim’s fans coming to attack them. In the insane world they’ve constructed in their minds the entire world agrees with them. I swear to god that coupled with the fact that they have no fucking idea how the legal system works leads me to believe… Read more »

The Outsider
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The Outsider

Don’t take this the wrong way, but I’m kind of glad he continued this instead of stopping it. We all know how this is going to end: With one very embarrassed broke d-d-d-developer.

Thom
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Thom

Just think how much time and money Romine could’ve saved if he had taken a few more game development courses. Opportunity costs, people.

Yaster Goodman
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Yaster Goodman

Through all of this, I can’t help but think of that time one of these guys said he has a kid.

There is no justice.

no name
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no name

He even knows the Steam Cleaner? Must be a huge fan.

Alex Wheatley
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Alex Wheatley

I really want to know how – how on earth – he’s detached himself from Digital Homicide LLC (which he must have done to have refiled without legal representation), but he’s *still* trying to claim $15m all on his own – indicating that James Romine has personally suffered every penny of loss himself, and neither his company nor his brother actually got harmed.

Yeah…this will probably take Jim’s legal team an afternoon to tear apart.

Deena
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Deena
Just Some Guy
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Just Some Guy

Haven’t you retained a lawyer to deal with all this from the start? In which case, why not counter-sue to get reimbursed the costs associated with this frivolous lawsuit?

RuRiK_87
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RuRiK_87

15 mil? you can tell just by the amount he is asking that this dude doesnt have an ounce of common sense.

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

Jesus, why is anyone taking those guys seriously? They are nobodies and are in the wrong. Case closed.

Andrzej Sugier
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Andrzej Sugier

Is this 15 mil supposed to be lost sales and personal harm? Boy, the Romino Bros think highly of themself, if it wasn’t already obvious

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