The Jimquisition: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds: The Call Of Looty

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is the latest Early Access darling, but like Ark and Darkest Dungeon, it’s learning that such a status comes with caveats.

Hot off the heels of its “Stream Sniping” ban wave, Battlegrounds‘ recent microtransaction indulgence raised eyebrows and pitchforks both.

Also, loot boxes really are the worst.

Bonus Content: Oh, Ubisoft!

The Jimquisition: Exposure

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Every game blog wants to make a name for itself, but that desire can sometimes be fulfilled in a most undesirable way. I mean, look what happened to Brash Games!

It doesn’t pay its writers, it revokes author credits when people leave, and its owner has over a decade of duplicitous, shady shit to answer for.

A number of us pooled our resources and drew on many anonymous sources to blow this publication wide open and oh dear is there some grimy shit pooling in its guts.

Bonus Content: Fuck Konami News

(Special Thanks:

Kirioth, whose communication and help has been invaluable. Check out his own video on Brash: https://youtu.be/SU0YuEoNG7U

Nathan Hanover for writing this lovely tune: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wbdo2ZvWVJA

Open Critic, showcasing integrity and a sense of standards: http://c.opencritic.com/releases/BrashGames.pdf

The many, MANY former associates and employees of Paul Ryan (not that one) who provided me more dirt than I could handle!)

Why Brash Games Should Apologize

[Note from Jim: Ben McCurry made headlines last week for his amazing review of Pac-Man 256, in which he detailed the shoddy business practices of his own publication knowing full well they wouldn’t check it before it went up.

Brash Games, his previous employer (read: exploiter) has become notorious for not paying staff, altering writers’ review scores, and removing credit for work if somebody quits. Since Brash doesn’t pay its writers, I decided to pay a former Brash writer to talk about his experience. Because I can. 

There will also be more on Brash this Monday. You know what that means.

I now hand you over to Ben McCurry himself!]

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The Jimquisition: Why Horizon: Zero Dawn‘s Success Is Good No Matter Who You Are

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I realize this will reinforce the “Sony Shill” thing (which is ironic if you’ve known me long enough to remember when I was the “anti-Sony bias Nintendo shill”), but Horizon: Zero Dawn‘s success is worth talking about.

The game’s doing well, and while those who loyally defend plastic machinery might think otherwise, that’s a good thing for everybody. Yes, even if you’re putting all your stock in the Switch.

The Jimquisition: Circle Of Strife

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GameStop, it’s time to sit before The Jimquisition and listen to the charges brought before you. Lament, ye sinner, and may God have mercy ‘pon your rotten soul.

Also, your Circle of Life thing is broken bullshit, as is your whole working relationship with the game industry. Shove THAT in your circle.

(Kotaku’s coverage can be found here)