Special: E3 2016 Jimpressions

Your ol’ pal Jim Sterling got together with fellow movie boy Conrad Zimmerman to discuss each E3 press conference of 2016.

Original a five-part video series on YouTube, we’ve compiled our recordings as one full podcast for your listening delight.

Hear our thoughts on Electronic Arts, Bethesda, Microsoft, Ubisoft, and Sony!

The Jimquisition: The Blacklist

The hot topic of the past week has been blacklisting, and it should come as no shock that your ol’ pal Jim Sterling has more than a few words to say on the matter.

Can companies be justified when they refuse to talk to a press outlet? Are press outlets justified to go public with these refusals? What gives blacklists power, and how to do we limit that power? Let’s find some quasi-adequate answers to these questions!

Metabombed: Fallout 4 Is “Vomit Trash”

I still remember the fury that scorched the Internet when Bethesda first showed us Fallout 3. While perhaps not the worst of game-specific fandoms out there (certainly nowhere near Sonic levels), the more zealous aspects of the Fallout audience is nonetheless vicious in its anger. At least, I think they’re fans. Some of them aren’t. Some of them just hate Bethesda. Or Fallout. Or something. It’s a cocking mess.

Even yesterday, before the game was available, some commenters were outraged that Fallout 4 was getting positive reviews like this one I wrote. While I adore the game, I knew for a fact this would be the next METABOMB victim, as a mass of virulence was coming this game’s way no matter what.

So, let’s look at the Metacritic user reviews and see just how bad Bethesda’s latest offering got it, shall we?

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Let’s Look At The Smooth Fallout 4 Ass

As Ron Perlman is quick to remind us, war never changes. That may be true, but if there’s one thing that does change in a post-apocalyptic world, it’s arses. Just take a look at that Vault Dweller bloke in the screenshot above, as capped from the Fallout 4 trailer that went live today.

That’s barely an arse at all. It’s perfectly smooth and lacking in definition, like a sheet of clingfilm over a deflated balloon.
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