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!)

Queuethulu
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Queuethulu

After watching this, I actually tendered my resignation at a place that never paid me for my articles. I’m gonna take your advice and put reviews on my YT channel.

jonowee
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jonowee

Quite odd every time I read Paul Ryan in comments about Paul Ryan (not that one), I second guess myself whether is Paul Ryan a game review site editor or was that about Paul Ryan (not that one).

MM
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MM

Adorable.

Max Whiteley
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Max Whiteley

Good work!
Ethics in jurnalism is what #GG was after from the very begging.
So ethics in all of “video games based web media” is something I can totally support.

I am happy my money has gone on to platform an embryonic games reviewer. Patreon is god like in that way.

I don’t want you to apologise for your Nigee statement. I want to too applogise for not condemning Antifa. Which IMO is a movement you helped cause by simply not condemning it from the beginning.

#InputLagIsAMyth

Wolfie
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Wolfie

Soooooooo, are you sarcastic or are you serious? I cannot tell.

Max Whiteley
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Max Whiteley

In what part I said a lot dude?

Max Whiteley
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Max Whiteley

The Internet is a weird place.

Max Whiteley
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Max Whiteley

I’m serious through out.

If u go on to the page where Jim gave the lil due des a voice u can see where I start my drunken ramblings lol!

Wolfie
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Wolfie

I meant specifically about GG and something about antifa which I’m not really sure how they’re relating to any of this…

Max Whiteley
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Max Whiteley

No idea man, alcohol makes you do strange things.

Wolfie
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Wolfie

Remember kids. Don’t drink and post. Or you could go to JAIL. #MADP

Max Whiteley
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Max Whiteley

Yes it was really good work!

I had never heard of brash games in my life, but still know to avoid them because :

A -They don’t pay their employers.
B- They change review scores.

Im not a journalist, but even they deserve respect! Journalists have hurt many peoples life’s, but not vide games journalists!

Giving this kid a platform is the single most respectful thing Jim has ever done in my eyes.

…. I’m still an out voting Tory, even in the snap 😘

Jims a fucking good dude,

Max Whiteley
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Max Whiteley

Employees? Is that Wright? Ian Wright Wright Wright?
I don’t know, u get me though blud?

Nick Young
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Nick Young

Antifa is a very necessary reaction to the nasty altright that has been growing like a cancer in otherwise civilised societies

Kyle Pierce
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Kyle Pierce

Antifa are a bunch of hypocrite lyers, far worse than the alt right boogy men that don’t exist.

Max Whiteley
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Max Whiteley

I dunno Antifa do seem like the bad guys.

MindFever
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MindFever

That’s why all of the working class absolutely despise them. Antifa philosophy is inherently outdated .
And interesting to note most of the antifa members don’t belong to the working class.

It’s bullshit ideology based on some superficially good looking concepts that turned into festering pile of puked out cheese.

09philj
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09philj

Are you smoking pot?

Max Whiteley
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Max Whiteley

I wish I was. I was consuming alcohol.

09philj
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09philj

Don’t drink and post.

EvolutionKills
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EvolutionKills
Watchmedance
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Watchmedance

I just hate how Paul Ryan portrayed himself as a hobbyist game reviewer. He isn’t; people like myself and the folks I follow are, and no creator I follow takes advantage of others to make a quick buck.

thegreatpumpkinking
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thegreatpumpkinking

i wish i could tell this paul ryan off but I can’t becasue i don’t think thats his real name, this is simply a con job. I think we should tell “Paul Ryan” to paul ryan dud some is using name to do stupid illegal stuff

Just Some Guy
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Just Some Guy

Saw this some time ago already, but the one side of the Jimquisition logo backdrop is noticeably higher than the other. If you look at the graphic logo in the video intro, while the one side is a little higher than the other, not sure if that’s intentional either, it’s just more noticeable in the backdrop.

thegreatpumpkinking
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thegreatpumpkinking

you see zelda fans it was jim fault about the score brashgames some how changed jims 15 0ut of 10 to a 7 outnof ten. Damn you Brash games DAMN YOU!!!!!

Peter Quint
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Peter Quint

I don’t get why the hell it’s a big deal if Konami want to make pachinko machines.

Fine, that’s what they do.

Is it really worth being outraged by that?

Wolfie
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Wolfie

It’s more of a piece of a larger puzzle of shit. That shit being Konami as a whole, such as business practices and treatment of employees, as well as what they do with their IPs.

Edit: It’s less outrage and more like spiteful pettiness against a company that deserves the hate for being shit.

Justin Graham
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Justin Graham
As shitty as Konami has been, it does get a little old putting them on blast for putting out yet another pachinko game, franchise anniversary or not. And it’s not like Konami is alone in doing this, either. SNK (then SNK Playmore) exited video games entirely for a few years to focus on pachislot titles before returning to video games with KOFXIV. A couple of new characters in KOFXIV are even pulled from pachinko titles they released during that phase. Does Konami deserve criticism? Absolutely. Does that justify prodding them with a boisterous FucKonami News segment for every news item… Read more »
Kev' Bryant
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Kev' Bryant

Yeah. But fuck Konami.

Siddartha 85
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Siddartha 85

They blacklisted Jim years ago, for very dumb reasons. He made a critical episode after they torpedoed 2 games he was looking forward to. In the intervening years they’ve clearly sabotaged their own AAA and gaming projects, because the shift to gambling machines was long in the making.

Basically, a small thing caused a rift b/w Jim and Konami due to their pettiness. And then Konami was steadily, over time, revealed to be led by abusive crazies. Jim’s been documenting the whole slide into madness. His revenge will end when they stop sucking and shape up.

Exley97
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Exley97

It’s like Brash Games decided to engage in every shitty games journalism practice — not paying staff members, selling aspiring writers on “exposure,” changing copy/bylines, tampering with staff members reviews without their consent, changing review scores to “conform” to other reviews [OH. MY. GAWD] and trying to scrub the web of the evidence of all their collective bullshit.

your mom
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your mom

lol i hope paul ryan enjoys all of this nice exposure. motherfucker has no balls to stand up to the maniacs of the g.o.p.

Claptrap
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Claptrap

The last bit of the video hit home. I wrote for free, I got offers like “one euro for one news published” (while 8 others try to get the same news out at the same time), was offered freelance for money that’s not even close to paying rent. Getting into video game journalism is hard. It feels like you have to be at the right spot at the right time. Even trying to write blogs etc. just sounds easy, because you get lost in the space of the internet so easily. So I decided to stop, it’s not worth it.

Somespaniard
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Somespaniard

I just can’t believe THAT Paul Ryan is behind this whole mess.
Well, nevermid, I actually can.

PIERS
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Now wait a minute. Have we ever seen Paul Ryan and Paul Ryan in the same room together?

Darkzentai
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Darkzentai

It’s nice to know your making friends Jim .

Michael O'Connor
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Michael O'Connor

“Paul Ryan. Not that one.” Every time it makes me laugh.

galactix100
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galactix100

I kinda hope that the David James from Brash is actually the former England goalkeeper. He did appear on that Dara O’Brian games show so you never know.

Thanatos
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Thanatos

How do you know it’s NOT that Paul Ryan?

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000
The concept of “Exposure bucks” has been discussed plenty on both the CoOptional podcast and the Super Best Friend cast, and I agree with what was said there, and here. It’s bullshit. And the worst of all is that small name creators who are just starting are hard pressed to accept it because 1) They want to get their brand out there and 2) The fact that they’re small name makes them think they have no choice. After all, if someone offered exposure bucks to TotalBiscuit to make a promo video he’d tell them to bugger right off. Aside from… Read more »
Kev' Bryant
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Kev' Bryant

I don’t need any exposure. I can expose myself any time I like! What I need is money!

Metrogenic
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Metrogenic

For a second here, I thought we were going to see Jim fully out Niero. I know there would be bridges burned, but like he’s said, he has his brand now.

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

Who’s Niero?

Metrogenic
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Metrogenic

Mr. Dtoid. The guy who gave Jim his start. The guy who gave lots of us our introduction to–and exit from–the industry. There is so much dirt on him that he’d be the perfect target if Jim were interested, but it would involve digging up a lot of trash and upending real-world people’s lives at this point.

sf2000
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I can’t see the mandatory out-of-context comparison of this issue to the Zelda review. Even the game-induced rage turned out to be a 7/10 in the long run.

Bum
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Bum

Just to be clear: is it definitely the case that review scores were being changed in order to bring them more in line with the general consensus/metacritic scores? Was there some other reason? Was it just for shits and giggles?

Muddy Scarecrow
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Muddy Scarecrow

Unless it’s Konami I’m not entirely sure “shits and giggles” is the motivation here. I think the former employees have said that yes that is definitely the reason the scores have changed.

Bum
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Bum

Okay, so…why? What does Brash gain from keeping scores in line with the general consensus? What am I missing here?

Muddy Scarecrow
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Muddy Scarecrow

That’s kinda the thing dude. We don’t actually KNOW why. The thing is you’re asking rational sane questions. But Brash more than likely does not have the rational sane answers to match. More than likely it’s the same reason anybody does it. Because these games are expected to score high so let’s keep ’em high to appease our Publisher overlords.

Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000

Please keep using ‘Greasy Strangler’ clips. It makes me happy anytime I hear “bullshit artist!” yelled, regardless of context.

Hell, any clip of that whole movie would probably make me happy.

Jim Sterling
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Ricky Prickles!

Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000

Sounds like a joke, but I honestly just choked a little on my coffee. People in the breakroom are giving me looks, but I’m in a better mood, thank you!

SmaMan
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SmaMan
It sickens me that this writing “for exposure” is still happening in games journalism. I’ve been a journalist for many years (in areas outside of gaming, for many of the reasons Brash Games exemplifies) and I’ve always been given some kind of payment, even if it was just a monthly stipend from my first videographer job. Thing is, in literally every other area of journalism, and indeed outside of journalism, if you’re doing a non-paid gig, you might as well have not been doing nothing at all. Now I get that games journalism is still very young and going through… Read more »
Uldi
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Uldi

Sadly, it’s seen a resurgence in regular journalism too. Sites like the Huffington Post constantly ask bloggers and free-lancers to write a piece for “exposure”. I get the impression that other news sites try it as well.

SmaMan
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SmaMan

Oh it’s still out there. There’s always gonna be seedy bastards willing to exploit fresh young talent. I’ve just noticed it’s way more prevalent in games journalism, probably because it primarily lives online and all but gone from print.

But good point about HuffPo. I’ll remember that next time they run another think piece on “why is minimum wage not higher.”

Uldi
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Uldi

I go off when they post things like that. Usually start with, “Why does HuffPo ‘pay’ in exposure?”

Pocket
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Pocket

Makes me wonder how paying less than minimum wage magically becomes legal when the amount being paid drops all the way down to 100% less.

guy smiley
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guy smiley

I guess, because legally speaking it becomes volunteer work? Oh wait, it’s illegal to call actual work that should be paid for ‘volunteer work’ to begin with, never mind.

Kev' Bryant
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Kev' Bryant

No one tell my boss!

DJ OakeyDoakey
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DJ OakeyDoakey

So just to clarify, is Jim talking about the Republican US politician Paul Ryan?

Buscava
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Buscava

Not that one