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.

Craig the War Boy
Guest
Years ago I frequented the Escapist and saw Jim’s videos being advertised. I never thought much of it; the internet is saturated with chubby white angry people like myself, what made Jim so special? What ego, I thought, what arrogance! But then I watched a few, out of sheer boredom. And I started to realize that under the smugness was a cheerful sense of self-depreciation, a passion for his work, and more than a few truly insightful jabs at the games industry. I began to see the anti-consumer ridiculousness of its corporate dealings and adapted my game buying habits to… Read more »
Kevin Wilson
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Kevin Wilson

That brought a tear to my eye….beautiful

Raaaaawr
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Raaaaawr

Jim, it’s been a long time. Can’t believe how much you have grown over the years. Been watching your stuff since the beginning, and have seen how much you have improved with each passing year. I’m really happy that you were able to do this, and make it work for you.

Keep up the good work, keep growing. We’ll always be there to support you.

Stephen
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Stephen

Damn dude. That’s some pretty heavy emotions to lay on us.
Congrats. You definitely deserve it. You keep things interesting.

whiskytangofoxtrot
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whiskytangofoxtrot

Just imagine the number of polygons that must’ve gone into that post.

Stephen
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Stephen

/emotions/ XD

Nightwill
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Nightwill
I was a heavy critic of you in the beginning. I had to skip some of the stuff you said cause even as an attempted parody it was too aggrivating. But you were listening and growing and refining. Ive come to feel like I know you Jim and Ive never regretted watching you. Even when I was mad. I worry about you too with some of the assholes on the net. I wish I could do more, help more, cause you are something special. May all the Gods and Goddesses that have been or will be bless you sir.
Liam
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Liam

Congrats on your first successful year, Jim. May God bless you and grant you many more.

Kayode
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Kayode

Happy Anniversary, Jim.

Nicholas Baltazar
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Nicholas Baltazar

Why did your gamble pay off? Because you put in the work and gave your audience quality content on a reliable schedule, Let it be known that 11/14 shall henceforth be celebrated as Jimdependence Day!

Ciaran O'Brien
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Ciaran O'Brien

Happy anniversary. Keep doing what you’re doing, it’s honest and refreshing, occasionally downright bizarre, but never not entertaining.

Jesper Timmerman
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Jesper Timmerman

Happy Jimdependence day! Thank god for you!

Marcus Dranz
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Marcus Dranz

You’re a bastard, Jim, straight-up. I like that.
Today, I drink to you.

SilentPony
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SilentPony

Congrats Jim!

Now let’s talk about which is better, Fallout 4 or Mass Effect 3.

Trafalgar
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Trafalgar

It was a good Year, but not enough Masks – 6/10

Sanji Himura
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Sanji Himura

A critic who actually interacts with their fans is a breath of fresh air. Happy Jimdependence day.

mrhair
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mrhair

To many more.

trn
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trn

Jimbo, your work and attitude is a breath of fresh air. I am not in the least bit surprised at the support you engender. Congratulations! I am seriously looking forward to year 2.

MeatyMe
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MeatyMe
Jim, thank you for the kind words of appreciation. I realise I’m only one small contributor among thousands, but this makes for gratifying reading none the less. In honesty, I regard my tiny contribution to your project as an investment in the future of gaming, as much as an act of support for an entertainer whose work I love. The industry needs independent voices such as yours. It needs your tireless commitment to consumer rights. It needs your relentless and optimistic exhortation for improvement. It needs your honesty. It needs you to be your demanding, tenacious, hilarious, shameless, outrageous, righteous… Read more »
Mr. Q
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Mr. Q

Congratulations on your first year as an independent reviewer. May the Jimquisition never stop.

Champagne for you and your loved ones and real pain for your enemies (you know who you are).

SirRichard
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SirRichard
Really, I think what makes this all work is that independence and that it didn’t go to your head. You can nail anyone’s ass to a wall for their horrific behaviour, you can say what you want and bring bad behaviour into the spotlight, but you admit mistakes, openly so, you apologise for your past behaviour, you listen and learn and adjust. It’s just really nice to see in a year where the biggest outlets have started to just openly act as PR broadcasts for publishers, and the smaller ones have started to openly regard their readers with disdain and… Read more »
Lord Otter-Blotter
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Lord Otter-Blotter

Very happy for your success, Jim! You’re one of the greats in games media. Looking forward to seeing what Mr. McDaniel’s got in store for you.

Norman Osborn
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Norman Osborn

A great big bloody ruddy congratulations, old boy!

You are what we, and the games industry, so badly need. Thank you so much for all you do, my only regret in this is not having more groats which to give to your Patreon.

Here’s to many more Jimdependence Days

Michael Treiger
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Michael Treiger

That old interview in http://www.gamingaswomen.com was delightful, As someone who’s been following from early 2014 I never knew how far your opinions have evolved from 2011 until now. Favorite quote: “Who is the real Jim Sterling? He’s an idiot who tries to be less of an idiot every day.”

Erich Fromm Hell
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You’ve certainly enriched my interest in all this videogame malarkey. And a lot of the folks who comment here have done the same. Congratulations, sir.

Kevin Wilson
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Kevin Wilson

I only found you a few months ago Jim but I thank god I did! I enjoy all your content and there is plenty of it! Your Jimquisition’s are a guaranteed laugh and highly entertaining. Your written reviews are great, always witty and always honest.

The best part has been following your quarrels with various, anonymous indie devs 🙂 all the best for the future!

SneakaFreaka
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SneakaFreaka

Congrats Jim!
I thank god, you, for you, everyday.
Here’s to another year thanking god, you, for you.

donkeybutt
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donkeybutt

So glad to hear you’re going strong! It’s been an amazing year. Really looking forward to what’s to come! Keep doing what you do, Jim. :}