Damn Fine Coffee (The Jimquisition Remastered)

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Because of The Plague, your regularly scheduled Jimquisition is running late. However, we try to never miss a Monday, so enjoy a remaster!

Games get focus tested out the arse, and it can dramatically impact how they’re made or sold. The problem is, most focus tests are total bollocks.

Amy
Member

If I was focus tested I would say I don’t even like coffee, but then I have never been one for following the herd. Thank god for indies and niche japanese developers giving players something other than a ‘rich dark roast’.

I do get the feeling the industry is hitting a wall right now. The community is really lashing back at the AAA industry, and it’s only a matter of time before that actually leads to people not buying what they are peddling.

Allan Weallans
Member

I don’t know. I think focus testing can work if you have that passion to begin with. Because if you do, your focus group shifts from telling you whether they like what you’re doing to telling you whether what you’re doing is accomplishing what you set out to do. If what you set out to do is make money then the questions are identical, but if you have any creative integrity whatsoever, then the questions start to diverge.

James Glass
Member

So real talk. is there anyone else who actually does love a “Rich Dark Roast” but then fills it with lots of creme and sugar? I love the flavor of coffee and the right amount of creme and sugar almost makes it like a liquid pastry.

Aotrs Commander
Member
Aotrs Commander

I think it says something about your work ethic Jim, in that when your channel didn’t get a new video since Thursday, my first thought on Friday was “oh, that’s unusual; whatever” through Saturday “well, yes, it might be uncharacteristic, but of course he’s allowed a day off or whatever when he wants” and on Sunday to “I hope he’s alright, he must be nearly dying to not post up anything for this long!”

Sarklor
Member

The video looked really dark today for some reason. Side effect of remastering an episode?
Not that it matters really. The important thing is that there is Imminent Spandex and I am so ready.

MuddyScarecrow
Guest
MuddyScarecrow

Yay now that this is being shown to a more updated audience I get to point this out where someone can see it! It wasn’t that New Coke was bad that led to its failure. As the legends go people genuinely loved the taste of New Coke. In fact many preferred it to Old Coke. The problem came with the fact that Old Coke was now completely replaced by the new formula and was never (at that time anyway) coming back. Just imagine that. Coke is your favorite soda because of its very particular taste and you’re told “ok this… Read more »

SmaMan
Member

Here’s my remastered comment which is also still very much relevant still to this conversation.

If Call of Duty and games like it are all rated M, (or whatever the 16+ rating is in your neck of the woods) then how are they getting away with openly admitting they’re focus testing on 12-year-old boys?

Terry-Osaurusus Hex XI
Member

Hello Justin! I see the transfer of power plan is working just as, err…planned. Soon we shall take the throne in passionate glory! Was that just digital de-aging there or a true wild spotted Jim Sterling in mating season? The lines and creases on one’s face do grow clearer each day… *Hums Dream On chorus to self*

MeleeCyrus
Member
MeleeCyrus

Get well soon, Jim. Thanks for the (sadly, still relevant) episode and for everything else you do <3

Sperium3000
Member

I find it hard to believe focus tested games even reliably work. Maybe they did a couple of times and that’s why execs think that’s the safest way to go, but even if they do sell, they invariably get blasted critically, making a sequel inviable, and there’s nothing the big publishers love more than pushing unnecessary sequels!

BAH!
Member
BAH!

@ Youtube’s Asshattery: They’re trying to stop people from advertising their Patreon at all, but the particular link option they’re blocked is, I have read, the most effective one in creating traffic to one’s Patreon page.

So they’re essentially holding more efficient tools to ransom in exchange for the ability to make money off content creators. At this point, would it not be better to simply force a 5-10 second commercial onto every video and be done with it? At least then there’d be a sense of consistency and fairness.