Jimdependence Day

Today marks the first anniversary of my flyin’ solo. On November 14, 2014, I officially left the world of traditional games media to launch The Jimquisition as an independent brand.

Happy Jimdependence Day.

To mark the occasion, you can expect bonus content from your ol’ pal Jim Sterling. An all-new episode of Podquisition will be arriving this morning, followed later in the day by an episode of The Jimquisition. These are bonus episodes, which means you’ll still get your usual fix of video on Monday and audio on Thursday. Hooray!

It’s been an incredible year, and these bonus installments are the very least I could do to show gratitude. If I’d not just come off the back of an explosive Halloween special – a special that was only possible thanks to your patronage and my independence – I’d have had time to do more.

Maybe next year, eh? I’m confident there will be a next year.

This wild ride was the biggest gamble of my career, and I still put myself in panic mode when I imagine how disastrously it could have failed. After hitting “publish” on the Patreon page for the first time and opening it up to the cynicism of the Internet, I had the closest thing to a traditional panic attack I’ve had.

My anxiety wasn’t help by a certain contingent of gatekeepers who were determined to see me fail. Almost immediately, a small part of the indie dev community who saw crowdfunding as “their” territory started digging up my past shit behavior that I’ve earnestly addressed multiple times as if I’d tried to hide it, including people to whom I’d apologized in the past and who had pretended to be over it. Their followers started adding that I was homophobic too, which I guess sounds pretty catchy in a Tweet.

I was called “morally reprehensible” for using Patreon while being a “straight” white male, but the other side of the coin was no better, with people celebrating that I’d been “fired” from The Escapist and assuming this “hipster welfare” plan was the beginning of the end for me.

Well, I’m so very sorry to disappoint those people, be they crowdfunding gatekeepers or plain ol’ pissboys.

Because I’m still here.

It’s important to note that the support far outweighed those who did their best to sabotage my endeavors. Be they indie developers, major publishers, other games media outlets, or the hundreds and thousands of viewers who tune into The Jimquisition, I am overwhelmed and humbled by the sheer volume of it all.

In fact, I expected to have to rebuild a lot more than I did. My predictions included a 50% drop in Jimquisition viewers, but there was literally no drop at all, with my debut indie episode pulling in far more than the 100,000 views I used to get at The Escapist. Soon after, that viewcount doubled.

I also believed my role as a critic would receive far less support than it has, and I was prepared for game publishers to take the opportunity to sever ties with that troublesome Jim Sterling. Again, results are far more generous than I believed.

Ubisoft is a bit weird with me, Microsoft seems careful about what I get and when I get it, and I’m 99% sure Square Enix has blacklisted me and won’t admit it, but aside from that – and the obvious Konami stuff – companies have been treating me as they always have.

Well, aside from Nintendo being confused as to whether I’m a reviewer or a YouTuber. That’s a year-long story in itself!

Anyway, the fact is that independence is working out so much better than I’d planned. Apparently it doesn’t hurt too much to have a reputation for brutal honesty in critique.

This past year, I’ve worked hard to make my content more enjoyable, interesting, and better produced. Your funding went into a new and better camera, improved audio equipment, and sound treatment to at least deal with some of the ridiculous reverb this office of mine gets. Thanks to you, I have more time to work on my show, leading to longer and better episodes, ambitious – albeit stupid – projects like the Jimsaw Halloween saga, and even dumb nonsense like Pog Fucker.

I’ve been able to commission work from musicians like Ben Rama and costume makers like Kerry Dyer. Knowing I have the budget to pay other talented people and have them create things I simply couldn’t do has been a damn revelation.

You’ve allowed me to take care of my family, too. This is so important. The security I have working directly for you feels tighter than it ever has at an established media outlet. I can provide for my family, keep a roof over my head, and lead a comfortable life that I just… I just have never had before.

More is coming soon. I’ve been working with Justin McDaniel, a talented local designer who will soon see this entire site revamped and become less “WordPressy.” He’s also working on new thumbnails for my YouTube channel, and a fresh intro sequence for The Jimquisition. His work is damn good – he produced the last #FucKonami news segment intro we ran.

I aim for this coming year to be even better than the last. I still can’t believe this gamble paid off, and I intend to make sure I don’t squander it. I can’t fathom what I did to deserve having such a dream career and such an amazing audience, but I’ll keep working hard to make sure I’m earning it every day.

You are fantastic, and I cannot be more thankful that you’ve given me what has been an all-new lease of life this past twelve months.

Thank you.

Thank God for me.

And there are no strings on me.

Tyler Boone
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Tyler Boone

Congrats, Jim, and thanks for everything!

squid spitt
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squid spitt

Blah…Blah…blahh..Blah…blahh! Better watch it Jimbo, I think your Narcissistic side is beginning to show!LOL (I’m being Sarccy) OK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

franksands
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franksands

Glad to be part of the Jim Fucking Sterling Son patrons! Keep up the great and stellar work! I also love your podcast with Laura and Gavin.

Murphy's Puppet
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Murphy's Puppet

Happy anniversary Jim, and congratulations on this experiment of free creation.

Keira
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Keira

You said you are certain there will be a next year. How can you be sure? What if Hideo Kojima creates a publisher to surpass Konami, and destroys the world?

Jesse Young
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Jesse Young

Thank God for Jim Fucking Sterling, Son!

IMO, you are one of the game critics that has influenced me the most and I’ve especially loved any Jimquisition based around either Konami or Digital Homicide, and that “interview” with DigiHom was pure giggles of gold.

I look forward to seeing another year of Jimdependence!

WT_Forever
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WT_Forever

Thank god for you Jim, never stop doing what you do

MJC
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MJC
“My anxiety wasn’t help by a certain contingent of gatekeepers who were determined to see me fail. Almost immediately, a small part of the indie dev community who saw crowdfunding as “their” territory” Really? I suppose I’m a year late to this, but fuck those guys. Nobody owns crowdfunding. Everyone is free to put themselves out there and it’s up to the CROWD to decide who gets funding. That’s why it’s crowdfunding and not a committee of people who are already funded deciding who else can be funded. Fuck those guys, #FucKonami, fuck Ubisoft, fuck Square Enix, double fuck Digital… Read more »
Battenberg
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Battenberg

The real irony is that a fair few of the people criticising Jim’s patreon release early access games, rely on steam greenlight votes, or even use kickstarter to get their projects out there.

irfanf (IrfanF)
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irfanf (IrfanF)

Your past doesn’t define you as a person.
It’s who you really are in the present that matters.

Johnomatopoeia
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Johnomatopoeia

Love you, Jim. Keep up the damned fine work. I thank God every day for Jim fucking Steling, son.

powpow
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powpow
Man, to think that when you first popped up on the escapist I HATED your videos. I thought they were crude and unintelligible and your use of expletives really put me off. I watched the first couple videos and then jumped ship, even commented on one stating that I didn’t think you deserved a spot on the escapist (God now look at that awful site…) But here we are. 2015 and I think you’re the best games journalist on the internet by far. I check your website every day, and if I was more secure in terms of money I’d… Read more »
MJC
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MJC
No kidding about The Escapist being an awful site now. Every day I hope I’ll hear the news that Yahtzee has broken free. Maybe he doesn’t want to, I have no idea, but I think it’d be nice to be able to get his content without having to go through The Escapist and their shitty website based around being inconvenient to the user on purpose so they can try and sell their subscriptions. Fuck them putting ads everywhere, forcing everyone to watch tiny videos, and forcing multi-page articles with ridiculously short pages so you have to load more pages to… Read more »
Drunken Soviet
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Drunken Soviet

What do you mean by The Escapist being an ‘Awful site now’?

I ask as I have only started watching Jimquisition in February (Or was it March) this year

powpow
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powpow
They ditched Moviebob right after they alienated Jim into leaving by shifting corporate focus heavily towards ad revenue and serialized content, trying to keep everything safe and bland with all of the content creators basically pumping out the same content regardless of who wrote it. They only have Yahtzee contributing to the site in a meaningful and unique way IMHO. All of the other contributors, aside from maybe Shamus Young and Grey Carter (and Cory…), are just bland and homogeneous. They’re slowly moving away from individual brands and trying to shift towards an “escapist” brand where everything posted on the… Read more »
Mark Davenport
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Escapist has kind of lost its personality.

They still do a bunch of stuff on there, but none of it really clicks.

BAH!
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BAH!

All your complaints are pretty accurate except one: the video player they use is actually larger and higher quality than what they used to use.

Battenberg
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Battenberg
The sheer ridiculousness of the adverts is astonishing at this point, every page (as in each individual link on the site) I visit gets a pop up ad that covers the bottom half of the screen, occasionally one pops up covering the top half too. Other gaming sites manage to make money without such obtrusive advertising, I genuinely don’t understand why it’s so hard for Escapist to do. The sad thing is I still visit The Escapist out of habit (and some small attachment to what used to be a great forum community) and regularly waste time reading news I’ve… Read more »
Xander Panda
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Xander Panda
I thought I was the only one who had a 180 on Jim’s stuff. First video I watched I hated (can’t remember which one it was), would skip his poetry section when he did the poetry with Yahtzee on the escapist (which I loved) but then I tried a video where he covered something (vague again memory like a Sieve) and thought thats not too bad, and then a few videos later I was entranced, re-watched his poetry things which where as good if not better then Yahtzees (key ones I remember where the cheese merchant and the XBone one)… Read more »
paul136
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paul136

Congratulations on all your success! It’s my pleasure to support you, and i’m sure everyone else who supports you feels the same way.

kripto sporidium
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kripto sporidium

May you keep making content for years to come, you prodigious kook. Thank god for independence.

Mason Godbold
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Mason Godbold

Well done Jimothy on your wonderful first year. Long may your reign continue.

Linda Sofia Hartlén
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Linda Sofia Hartlén

So happy for you Jim 🙂 We need more people like you, who can be honest about the shit that goes on in the gaming industry in a way a lot of can’t. So thank the Goddess for you 🙂

Matt Elias
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Matt Elias

Hard to believe it has been an entire year. Congrats on your continued success, Jim. You are one of the most unique, talented, and entertaining voices in the industry. You put yourself out there in a way few others do.

Wynne Knapman
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It makes me incredibly happy to see a talented creator who has thoroughly earned my personal respect do so well. Keep up the good work, Jim. We’re with you.

SpazldRust
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On a day full of shit, this is a good time to be alive!!

carcrash12
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carcrash12

All you have to do now Jim is get your ass over to the UK for that 2nd live Jimquisition or even a live Podquisition and I will love you forever

Battenberg
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Battenberg

Agreed, please return to the mothership Jim (even if only briefly)!

Andrew Davis
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Best $1 month I spend.
A paltry amount, but I’m still proud to support one of the best (if not, the best) game journalists/personalities around. Thank god for you Jim!

BAH!
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BAH!

Thousands of “paltry” amounts make for a pretty nice sum, as it turns out.

Mark Davenport
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Congratulations Jim, it’s fantastic to see that it’s all worked out for you 🙂

Jack
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Jack

Could not be happier for you mate. Thank god for Jim!

EOTD
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EOTD

With you every step of the way Jim.

Gregory McIntyre
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Gregory McIntyre

Keep on dude, you just keep being the awesome dude you are.

Ryuu Makoto
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Ryuu Makoto

Thank god for Jim Fucking Sterling, son!

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