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.

Miles Saintborough
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Miles Saintborough

I woke up and realized Nintendo will NEVER give fans a Metroid, Star Fox, or F-Zero game that we want.

Landy Alexander
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Landy Alexander

Let’s look at some figures. When was the last good Metroid game? In my opinion it was prime 3. However, Nintendo has shown they don’t consider the prime games to be real Metroid and are not canon. So what is the last ‘real’ metroid game worth a damn? Zero Mission, in 2004. And that’s just a remake. The last original metroid game worth a damn was Fusion in 2002. 15 years ago. Metroid is dead.

Miles Saintborough
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Miles Saintborough

Yet still “made” Metroid Prime Federation Force, which continues the Prime series according to them.

Wolfie
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Wolfie

I may force out a shit, but it’s not a “continuation” of my physical body!

George
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George

You should eat more fruits and veggies, then it will flow out more easily.

😉

Miles Saintborough
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Miles Saintborough

It could be.

Wolfie
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Wolfie

That’s is a horrifying prospect.

Do you know something about Paul Ryan that we don’t?…

Appretaur
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Appretaur

This, incidentally, is exactly why I find it somewhat objectionable that Smash Bros. continues to present these franchises as equally relevant to everyone’s happiness and interests as part of its goal of selling massive amounts of copies. It no longer feels like Nintendo really earns the right to pseudo-exploit some of its characters for the purpose of the Smash-driven commercialism vehicle when it hasn’t backed those particular franchises up with new substance outside of said vehicle, substance that I can really be enthusiastic about.

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.

Anton
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Anton

Nothing so organized and functional as a mob, just a collection of barely-competent crooks.

SilentPony
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SilentPony

But its happening more and more often, yes?

Anton
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Anton

Seems like it, though I haven’t really looked at the data.

At the risk of sounding callous, though, I would take double the scammers and liars that are technically outside of the gaming industry, if only we could cut down on the bullshit that comes from within. People have the capability to wise up at any time and stop wasting money on CS Lotto; what they can’t do is fix a game like Dead Space 3, in which progression and gameplay got fucked over because EA decided they needed to shove in a microtransaction economy.

Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex

I wouldn’t say it’s ‘happening’ more often in this case, as much as it’s ‘being exposed’ more often. Like sexual assualt and child abuse being more exposed due to the tools of communication and education giving people strength, a voice and solidarity with others in similar situations. There are always and have always been people ready and willing to take advantage of others.

SmaMan
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SmaMan

That’s the problem. The Internet has leveled the playing field in such a way that everyone can get in on it. And while I’m normally all for something like that, it also means the more unethical among us can set up shop and seem just as legitimate a business as anyone.

Anton
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Anton

Luckily for someone with half a brain, the external scams can be passed up with zero effort.

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 »
Fyou
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Fyou

At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised to find out that Paul Ryan doesn’t understand how toilet paper works.

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.

Anton
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Anton
Yes and No. I mean, it’s a nice notion that you are always able to make choices like that, but it doesn’t work for people just getting out of college (or otherwise just entering their field of work). I’m an engineer, and I was lucky enough to start my career with a a paid internship; however, those are limited, and I know a few people who had to slog through a few months of unpaid (or practically unpaid) work to get that resume note. And this in a field that’s arguably more lucrative than most, with the obvious exception being… Read more »
George
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George

In my view the only reason that un-paid internships exist is because young people a duped into going into them at all.

This phenomenon is relatively new too. It’s only been in the last 20 years or so that it’s really taken hold.

Essentially young people need to be educated better and told never work for free, because it damages the overall job market and fucks over other people. I would say the student unions in both University, college and trades school should warn students and advocate against such things.

(With the exception being with not for profits.)

Anton
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Anton

Not disagreeing with you that it shouldn’t exist. But if enough companies do it, then suddenly there aren’t enough paid jobs to go around, and there’s nowhere to go.

The Jünger Ludendorf
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The Jünger Ludendorf

True. It’s good to warn people for a problem, but much better if you can offer them viable alternatives.

Perhaps ways to get work in other industries, or work experience in other ways (while reducing the stigma that you always need to get work in your area of eduction, and ONLY in that area, or else you messed up).

molamolacolacake
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molamolacolacake
It’s sort of a never-ending cycle, though. I say this as someone that graduated from law school in 2010 just after the legal market had imploded and did indeed work for free for almost two years before I finally found someone willing to pay me. We were all so desperate and the market so saturated that we were all willing to work for free for the experience and the exposure, which meant in turn no one was hiring for pay because they could just get the work for free. We were devaluing ourselves and our profession as a whole. I’ve… Read more »
George
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George
The vicious cycle is the problem. I saw this when I was working at a paid internship while finishing my degree. We were doing data analysis for public mental health programs, in the province I used to live in. We were not making great money but it was above minimum wage and enough to live for a student. The girl that I was with would always stay late every night to work…but the thing was, our contracts stipulated that you get paid from 8:00-4:00pm thats it. Nothing more. But she would work anyway sometimes until 6:00 or 7:00 for no… Read more »
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.

SmaMan
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SmaMan

Where does Mazio’s Pizza factor into this?

We have a *Mazzio’s* Pizza just up the street from work. They’re pretty good, and have been a long standing chain around the state for years, apparently.

Muddy Scarecrow
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Muddy Scarecrow

Whoopsie doodle. Misspelled that it seems >///>

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?

Sir Alexander XXVII
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Sir Alexander XXVII

The guy seems rather scared of Jim, considering the fact that he deleted evidence when he found out Jim was preparing a video on him. He would also have an even harder time than Romine trying to justify a lawsuit. I don’t know how stupid this guy is, but I doubt he wants to sue him.

BadChessPlayer
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BadChessPlayer

He would have to prove libel and slander, and Jim went out of his way to avoid using terms that are concrete when there isn’t proof.

plebman
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plebman
Reading this comment just made me picture some guy sitting in his office, just a regular, normal day. When suddenly the door is thrown open, in comes David James, sweating and panting “It’s him, Jim is coming!” “Fucking Jim who? Out with it man.” “It’s Jim fucking Sterling, he is coming!” “J-J-Jim Sterling, are you sure? Please tell me it’s a mistake!” “Positive, we need to do something” “Burn it! Burn it all, delete everything! Have you seen what he does to pogs and he fucking loves pogs, imagine what will happen to us! Throw the secretary in the fire… Read more »
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.

SmaMan
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SmaMan

Hearing that sweet VRC6 Castlevania 3 music got my hopes up way more than it should have.

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?

Jaz Martuscello
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Jaz Martuscello

The greasy strangler

Sir Alexander XXVII
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Sir Alexander XXVII

It’s from The Greasy Strangler.
I feel like Jim picked that clip simply for the name of the movie…

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 »
frkmgnt1
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frkmgnt1
Oh noes! The users disagreed with your review! Well, then that obviously means your subjective experience of a game is entirely wrong. Because I’m sure all the users agreed with each other, because comment sections never have any disagreements in them. (obvious sarcasm is obvious, I hope.) The fact that there are so many of these sites that 1. exist only to sell games for their own profit and 2. think ‘exposure’ is in some way a substitute for money is disgusting if unsurprising. I mean, can you pay your rent or your food bill with ‘exposure?’ (That actually sounds… Read more »
Benj
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Benj

You can pay your rent with exposure if you’re a topless model.

Badum tish!

frkmgnt1
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frkmgnt1

LOL Yeah. That’s pretty much the only sort of exposure that might be exchangeable for goods and/or services. That’s why I said that it sounded vaguely dirty and possibly illegal.

I blame Jim for us all having filthy minds.

Or maybe Jim should blame us….

Either way, Thank God for Jim!

Anton
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Anton

Hey, HEY… show some goddamn respect.

They’re “exotic dancers”

Kev' Bryant
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Kev' Bryant

Those were a dark few years and I’d prefer if you didn’t bring it up again.

Benj
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Benj

… more please!

Not Lord Atkin
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Not Lord Atkin

I was thinking I might write up an article on the medium or something. I mean it’s old news but fits really well into the current atmosphere.

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.

Sidrat Flush
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Drinking games for those with insurance or those who want to die in their own vomit; see above game rules.

Paul!
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Paul!

Thanks to Paul Ryan’s (that one) terrible policies, many of us still have insurance.

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 »
Anton
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Anton

On that topic – I am so absolutely elated that Danny made it out and seems to have succeeded with his independent venture. He was one of the very few Gamespot/Giant Bomb Old Guard that were actually worth saving once that ship began to sink.

Shame about Kevin VanOrd, though. He seemingly quit, but I still see his name pop up every once in a while on GS, doing some anonymous work. Hopefully he gets his own independent gig someday.

James
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James

VanOrd’s working at Larian Studio now (he took a similar path to his predecessor, Greg Kasavin).

From his Twitter:
“Game designer and writer: Divinity: Original Sin 2, EarthNight, Duelyst, Atlas Reactor, Devilian. Table-scaping pro | Beefartist | Butts butts, I love butts”

Anton
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Anton

Interesting

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”?

Jim Sterling
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I found it funny when I grabbed the screenshot.

Dariusz G. Jagielski
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Dariusz G. Jagielski

*bows respectfully* Thank god for you!

Also I’m working on a proper, non-fake game. Hopefully you’ll like it when it is out.

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”?

Miles Saintborough
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Miles Saintborough

Already done in the video’s comments. Along with others that insist that Youtube content is fake and how people need a “real job”

observer
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observer

The only requirements for something to be a “real job” are that (a) you’re doing something (b) for which someone pays you. That’s it. I’ve noticed a lot of unstated assumptions behind what people consider a real job to be, and by what I’m sure is pure coincidence (/s) these tend to line up precisely with what the most exploitative employers want us to believe.

Benj
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Benj

1.Game reviewers have no intergrity and are just paid for by publishers to get good scores, they should be independently funded!
(wait scratch that)

2.Game reviews are bad because they are unprofessional click-bait made to get ad revenue, they need to be professional!
(wait scratch that)

3.Game reviews shouldn’t be professional or paid for, they should just be made for fun for no reason other than the game reviewers artistic integrity!
(wait scratch that)
[Got to 1]

frkmgnt1
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frkmgnt1

Is there a Bingo card for this yet?

Muddy Scarecrow
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Muddy Scarecrow

Anyone who says that ANYTHING should be made for art and not money doesn’t seem to realize that some of the world’s most famous artists (Namely Van Gogh) were broke and miserable and probably would have preferred to have money rather than die broke and starving and alone.

Aidan Long
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Aidan Long

Pride and love in your artistry is great, but it’s intangible and therefore it can’t fill your belly when you’re hungry. What I’m trying to get at here is that you shouldn’t tell artists to do it “for the art” and should probably support the one’s that you like.

Muddy Scarecrow
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Muddy Scarecrow
I remember all the shit the Game Grumps got before they started doing paid deals. When they played Trials Evolution Arin’s Steam name was on the screen so Barry had to cover it with something. As fans probably know by now Arin is a huge fan of Wendy’s so he told Barry to just put a Wendy’s ad on there as a joke. People were so fucking furious. Shouting things like “Sell out assholes” and “oh I guess this channel’s shit now cuz they’ve sold out. Hope your integrity was worth the money, fuck faces.” Keep in mind it wasn’t… Read more »
Aidan Long
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Aidan Long

That’s actually kind of ironic given that people seem to really like their actual ads. At least the one they did for Crunchyroll.

Chris
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Chris

Dan: I mean it’s really easy to call someone a sell out when you’re still living with your parents… But what can I say, man? I’ve got medical bills to pay.
Arin: Oh geez.. I’m gonna need some ketchup for all these harsh browns you’re serving.

On that note, anyone who calls an entertainer a sell out for doing any paid advertising work can fuck right off

Muddy Scarecrow
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Muddy Scarecrow

Beautifully said on every single front. It’s also really easy to accuse someone of giving up their “artistic integrity” for money when you’ve never actually tried being an artist and put yourself out there

Anton
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Anton

Did he say “strap in”, or “strap on”?

09philj
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09philj

“In” but I agree it should be “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.

All Paul Ryans suck! Vote Wild Card, J.F.Sterling Son 2018 now!! Get day one bonus of self-entitled fulfillment!

09philj
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09philj
TheDeadFellow
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TheDeadFellow

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY THE GREASY STRANGLER!

Jim Sterling
Guest

HOOTIE TOOTIE DISCO CUTIE!

TheDeadFellow
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TheDeadFellow

HOOTIE TOOTIE DISCO CUTIE! HOOTIE TOOTIE DISCO CUTIE! HOOTIE TOOTIE DISCO CUTIE! HOOTIE TOOTIE DISCO CUTIE!

Please tell me we’l see more clips of that movie in your show. Hell, I think I’d be even up for a crossover between the Cornflakes Homunculus and Big Ronnie. JUST THINK OF THE POSSIBILITIES!

succ
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succ

🅱im 🅱terling

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