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!)

Appretaur
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Appretaur

Seems like a missed opportunity that Jim didn’t mention the bit in Ben’s article where Paul, in trying to get a writer not to leave, said that the writer’s mental illness would make him unemployable at any other outlet.

Wolfie
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Wolfie

Hold on for a sec… Paul Ryan didn’t pay employees, removed their credentials from their work, had undisclosed advertisements for gambling on his site, and harassed workers.

Paul Ryan is for a system where businesses and corporations don’t have to pay minimum wage, essentially owns their workers and their work regardless of context, medium, or production, is unregulated because “invisible hand of the market,” and as a consequence may revoke worker protections and compensations.

Are we SURE it’s not the same guy?

Gregory McIntyre
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Gregory McIntyre

never work for exposure. people die of exposure.

in regards to Fuckonami I think I’ve come to piece with a franchise I really like just being dead to me. It basically happened when Lords of Shadow came out and I honestly couldn’t even finish it. It was fucking terrible.

I’ll just sit back and hold out hope that Nintendo someday wakes up and gives us the Metroid game fans want.

SilentPony
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SilentPony

I got nothing. That’s some shit and I hope Brash gets its metaphorical teeth kicked in.

Is it just me, but with this and the CS:GO lottery shit, does it feel like there’s a sorta video game media…mob? Like an old school using a laundry mat as a front for illegal gambling type mob, except you know, shitty reviews and youtube channels.

TheGreenGarden is Slipstream
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TheGreenGarden is Slipstream

So this is like what happened at Dreamwave, instead it’s game instead of comics?

Joe Ottoson
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Joe Ottoson

The notion that you need to change review scores to agree with the review aggregator makes absolutely no sense. Does Ryan have no idea how they work? It collects different scores then loosely averages them to arrive at a meta rating. That doesn’t work if you just score a game based on what the average already is. Why does he need reviewers in the first place? Why not just quick-link to the metacritic score? It is a shame you didn’t get into the whole NeoGAF thread on the topic Jim. The Open Critic investigator was calling the reviewer unprofessional and… Read more »

George
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George

The last words in the video are words of wisdom for every young person. Young people please listen to Father Jim because it’s not just games media, it’s everything, every single job.

If a for-profit entity can not or will not pay you for your work. Don’t work for them, Never work for “experience” or “exposure” or “to get a foot in the door.” Never sell yourselves short. Ever. Those companies have no intention of helping you in anyway whatsoever.

Muddy Scarecrow
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Muddy Scarecrow

I’m totally googling “Mazio’s Pizza” now. I smell a tasty failed marketing/business story and I LOVE me some scrumptious failed business stories >=3

Also this is why if I ever do write reviews (mostly for old games and movies probably) I’m NOT going to do it for a big company. I’m writing what I want how I want and with the scores I want to give it. Which will be no scores. I’m gonna make up my own joke score system like Projared because IMO review scores are a headache and a heartache I don’t need or want.

Shui Gor
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Shui Gor

Why do I feel this might turn out to be a Digital Homicide-situation once Paul Ryan (not that one) starts contemplating a lawsuit against Jim?

SpiceMustFlow
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SpiceMustFlow

I don’t know why it still bothers me, but any new Castlevania news out of Konami still makes me depressed, even though I should be numb to it now.

thegreatpumpkinking
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thegreatpumpkinking

I have a feeling that this is far from over, that their is more to unwound and more to dug deeper.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

Where was that bullshit artist clip from?

Nathan H
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Nathan H

Gave me some motivation to start writing those reviews

cowboyjimmy
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cowboyjimmy

David James is probably Matt

Not Lord Atkin
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Not Lord Atkin

I’ve had my lion’s share of experience with a similar outlet actually. Lasted for two years. I was still in high school then, which I suppose was excuse enough for the owner not to pay any of his contributors anything. He just got some high school kids to do all the work for him, with a few more senior (also unpaid) staff thrown in for damage control. In fact one of the very first things I had to do was to teach a 16-year-old kid how to write so he could write the review originally assigned to me because he… Read more »

EvolutionKills
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EvolutionKills

Drinking Game for this Episode

– Every time Jim says “not that one”, take a shot.
– Every time Jim does a silly voice, take a shot.
– Every time Jim cackles with laughter, take 2 shots.
– Whenever Jim uses the word GLORIOUS!, finish your drink.
– When you thank god for Jim, pour yourself another drink.

Jack Trevor
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Jack Trevor

I can say for a fact that the last bit Jim said about game’s media is completely true. The only major games site that I can name that is reasonably popular is Giant Bomb. Aside from Jim, the only other people that I could name that drove traffic to websites were Danny O’Dwyer and Greg Millar. And they left to do their own thing. And that’s what really is infuriating about this situation. The form of media is dying and shit like this makes it the equivalent of a child lighting their hair on fire in protest because their parents… Read more »

Secuda
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Secuda

if they are not getting paid they should atleast acknowledge the writers for future referense. Whats the point in working for Branch games if not even that is respected?
allso thank god for Jim

Dariusz G. Jagielski
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Dariusz G. Jagielski

Am I the only person who finds that most recent review in Jim’s screenshots is for a game called “Mr. Shifty”?

Locuas
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place your bets:
How long before someone complains that writing game reviews isn’t a REEEEEEEEEAL job and they shouldn’t get paid for it? or that they should do it “for the art”?

Anton
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Anton

Did he say “strap in”, or “strap on”?

Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex

Hello darkness, my old friend
I see you’ve changed my score again
Because a [♪SKELETON WARRIORS♫] is softly creeping
Erased my name while i was sleeping.

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09philj
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09philj
TheDeadFellow
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TheDeadFellow

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY THE GREASY STRANGLER!

succ
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succ

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