The Jimquisition: I Want To Review The Switch But A Dickhead Dev Accused Me Of Violating Trademarks

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A flashier title for this episode would’ve been “Bait & Switch” but I had to dispense with style for something that lays it all out there.

While people are having fun licking Switch cards and Breathing the Wild, your pal Jim Sterling is dealing with another – yes ANOTHER – utter chancer.

Let’s see what the fun folks at STICLI Games did when they tried to accuse a critical video of trademark violation.

  • Jochem Sev

    Yeah, those ‘trademarks’, they aren’t registered in the EU or US. So they are enforcing non-existent trademarks.

    • Dragongelf

      I’ll have you know that I have a trademark on the letter U(tm).

      You are going to have to take down this comment and request my approval before reuploading it or I will be forced to take legal action!

      That’s how this works right?

      • Wolfie

        Excuse me, but I have trademarked the trademark ™(tm).

        I request you make the appropriate changes to your comment or I will pursue solutions through the court.

  • Bilateralrope

    I wonder what the first thoughts of Jim’s lawyer were. Easy money or a simple WTF ?

  • Jamesworkshop

    They won’t consider licking the carts if you don’t tell them that they taste bad.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/62830f70325513d2cda2543e45917bde037373c69e7863560032e60c4264d7d8.jpg

    • Kyle Pierce

      I read that as “licking the farts” at first.

  • Rachel McVeigh

    Indie dev tries to enforce a non existent trademarks – that is a new low.

    also thanks for the tip about soap, I’ve been using it for the past 3 minutes and would recommend it to anyone. It’s the best life hack I’ve ever heard.

  • galactix100

    Jim, we need a show that’s just life hacxs. That air guitar alone was enough, reminded me of Bill and Ted.

  • SilentPony
    • Anton

      *Purging intensifies*

    • Polishfury5000

      The fallen shall forever be remembered as the Jimperor’s finest.

    • Bilateralrope

      They think they come to cause Jim problems.

      Instead they bring gifts.

    • HelixShade

      I just found my new Desktop Wallpaper. Thanks mate.

  • Alex Wheatley

    Oh no! Jim, it sounds like you’re well on-track to giving Breath of the Wild a 9 or 9.5! How will you survive the fury of the Nintendo fanboys?!

    • diamond

      Sounds more like he’ll give it an 8, which as we know will cause Zelda fanboys to throw a tantrum.

      • Alex Wheatley

        No no no. A 9.5 would make them throw a tantrum: an 8 would cause them to literally explode in a mess of gore at the unconstrainable rage.

        • 8.5, literally the same game as Quantum Break and Uncharted 4.

          • galactix100

            I would laugh my arse off if that happened but from what Jim said I’m guessing it’ll be around a 9 maybe 9.5.

      • InfamousDS

        I hope Jim gives it and the Switch a high score just to piss you off.

        • diamond

          Oh I won’t be mad about it at all, but i’m sure the Zelda fanboys will find something to complain about(for them a 9 is too low), they always do.

          • InfamousDS

            See, you say that now but you’ve been bitching about Nintendo since November and proclaiming everything they do to be shit. Jim’s few episodes activated your overwhelming confirmation bias, and if he doesn’t tow the line (like the open worlds episode), you lose your mind.

          • diamond

            You’re not psychic, so you don’t know for a fact what i’ll think about Jim’s review. I couldn’t care less if Jim loves the game, I won’t get upset(and like I said you have no way of proving that I will) but i’m sure the fanboys will find something to complain about, they always do.

            I do not “lose my mind” at all towards Jim himself, just the idiots that blindly defend Nintendo’s bullshit Youtube policies.

            I never said “everything” they did was shit, that shows you have not been paying attention. I quite enjoyed some games on the Wii and Wii U and I liked the Gamecube, Nintendo just made many dumb decisions with the Switch which i’m far from the only person to criticize, I just think Nintendo would be better as a third-party developer at this point.

          • InfamousDS

            I don’t have to be psychic to know how you have behaved in the past, and will likely behave in the future. People have the potential for change, but not drastically and not quickly.

            You also have shown a staggering lack of self-awareness, often denying you’ve done and said something or looking at the event through lenses which depict you as the victim and justifying your gross over-reactions to others.

            Tell me:
            Is it not “losing your mind” to systematically refute or argue with almost every single point made in a podcast where you are a third party to the conversation, and thus not involved with or likely to change the minds of the people talking?
            Was it not “losing your mind” to, in many cases, resort immediately to personal attacks and slurs the first time that an opinion or world-view is challenged by a complete stranger?
            Was it not “losing your mind” when you spent the better part of several days defending Resident Evil 6, Ubisoft-style theme parks, and any game anyone has ever said was not the best game ever that you happened to like; Instead of bowing out of the conversation or making well-reasoned arguments?
            Is it not “losing your mind” to attempt to deflect the arguments you do decide to participate in away from yourself by citing YouTube videos instead of structuring an argument?

            You have a history of poor reactions to almost everything. So it stands to reason you’d have poor reactions to future things which don’t meet your current opinion. Especially when the first time you’ve ever said something positive about the company was never expressed alongside the negativity in recent memory and is still hinged on a nonsense argument that they are failures and should stop doing something that is clearly successful.

          • diamond

            Not really no, you are taking nonsense, i’ll bet you’ll feel pretty silly when that Zelda review comes and I act completely calm about it, forcing you to eat crow.

            Wasn’t losing my mind at all, i’m just passionate when it comes to debating about certain things and i’m far from the only one to do that. There were days on Reddit where TotalBiscuit would spend the better part of a day going back and forth with some users.

            Why would I ever “bow out” of a conversation just for stating my opinion? Never gonna happen.

            I don’t have a history of “poor reactions” just cause you say, i’d say my reactions to Nintendo fanboys are very much justified.

            I never made any “nonsense argument” that Nintendo were failures, I was talking about the numerous stupid mistakes they’ve made(which Jim has also criticized them for in case you haven’t noticed).

            Seems like you’re the only one here who has a “staggering lack of self-awareness”

            Many of the things Nintendo are doing are things which have not been succesful though, the Wii U certainly was not yet Nintendo is still trying to push gimmicks(which is problem when one of the Joy-cons has connectivity issues that for many people the day one patch has not yet fixed)

            I feel like i’ve made plenty of well-reasoned arguments in the past, you just choose to ignore them because they don’t fit your convenient little narrative about me always being wrong about everything and you always being right.

            I’ve never “denied
            “anything” , that’s nonsense.

          • InfamousDS

            I’m not even going to read this, as I can only assume it is more “I didn’t do the things you said I did, here’s some examples of me not doing them right now as we speak.”

            Instead, I’ll just leave. Like I said you should do more often.

          • diamond

            That’s where you’d be wrong actually.

            Not gonna happen, i’m not going anywhere, I can only assume you’re not reading it because deep down you’re afraid that I might be right and you might be wrong.

          • InfamousDS

            No, I’m not reading it (I did read this though) because you have no credibility and you bore me now. I deal with enough stubborn people who sincerely believe they are always right and in the right in real life. Be damned if I’ll do it on a place I go to escape that bullshit.

          • diamond

            You have no credibility yourself, talk about the pot calling the kettle black, you’re boring me.

            You started all this, too bad you don’t have the stones to finish it.

          • InfamousDS

            I’ve had the exact same complaints and arguments for more than 6 months about your behavior. You’ve acted almost exactly the same way for well over a year, before I ever complained.

            There’s nothing to finish, because you refuse to change or accept criticism. Attempting to finish is an idiotic task and a fool’s errand I have no more patience for.

          • diamond

            You started this fight yourself and you’re too lazy to read one post I made, so I think it’s clear who’s in the right and who’s in the wrong here.

            I have changed and accepted criticism(I no longer make multiple posts in Podquisition threads) but of course I would expect you to notice considering you’re so lazy you can’t even read one post.

            Going after me for my comment the way you did was the really “idiotic task” and “fool’s errand”

            I have no more patience for fools like you who think they are always right and everyone else is always wrong.

            You’ve acted the same way since i’ve met you-refusing to ever admitting to being wrong about anything.

          • Chris Schwartz-Brown

            I love the complete lack of self awareness, “I only insult people who deserve it for attacking Jim.” When within the last 48 hours or so he’s called me an idiot, a cock sucker, and an asshole for disagreeing with him politely on the issue of Bolivia and Ubisoft, something that Jim hadn’t spoken on at all so I couldn’t be attacking him.

            But then what do we expect from the kind of fragile, typical ‘gamer’ who doesn’t understand it’s homophobic to call guys cocksuckers and to put them down by telling them to go back to sucking cock. And who does so as his opening salvo without even trying actual, reasoned debate first.

          • drownedsummer

            There’s passionate and then there’s insulting someone for little obvious reason beyond them just disagreeing with something you’ve stated.

          • diamond

            I tend to only insult those that insult Jim for no reason(I.E. the guy accusing Jim of violating copyright).

          • drownedsummer

            And what of the other occasions where that has not been the subject matter and you started insulting the other person involved for little more than disagreeing with your viewpoint.

          • diamond

            Never done that.

          • Chris Schwartz-Brown

            You’ve literally done that to me multiple times in the last week. You called me a dumb ass and a cock sucker for disagreeing with you on Bolivia’s complaints to Ubisoft. You, as always, threw the first punch when the rest of us were talking about an issue. Because you don’t argue, you call everyone else gay and smugly declare victory.

          • drownedsummer

            I can point you in the direction of discussions where you have done that.

          • diamond

            LOL

    • galactix100

      Doesn’t he know it’s confirmed as the most perfectest game evar. I hear it even got a 12/10 from one place.

    • Benj

      I can’t take praise of a Legend of Zelda game seriously. I feel like every Zelda game is just grandfathered into a 10/10 but most outlets at this point.

  • Anton

    LYF HAXXX

  • Jochem Sev

    “Imagery Content” is trademarked?
    That whole game looks like it’s made from bought assets. And as you can’t trademark another person’s intellectual property, they can’t trademark the Imagery Content. So, how they ever think that they can uphold that trademark is beyond me.
    Of course, if they made all that assets themselves, please do prove me wrong, but by the looks of those menus, I cannot imagine the UI and airplane models being made by the same people.

  • Muddy Scarecrow

    Ok when the hell did this Switch Cart licking thing even become a thing!? Who the hell is going around licking their video game cartridges to find out how bad they taste!? I just now licked a DS cart for the first time and that’s ONLY because of all this madness. And for the record it didn’t taste like anything. It’s just plastic. Seriously everyone’s complaining about how bad the Switch ones taste like that’s a real criticism of the Switch when you’re not supposed to think about having those things anywhere near your mouth.

    • SaburoDaimando

      You can thank the news over how bad the carts taste.

    • Jochem Sev

      Nintendo put something on the Switch carts, something that is similar to insecticide, something that tastes extremely bitter. This is mainly to prevent toddlers from trying to eat them.
      Guess some people found out about it and became a ‘thing’ for some idiotic reason.

      • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

        Someone should put it in a glass of gin to see if it adds flavour.

    • MrInsecure

      It became publicly known that Nintendo put a bitterant in its cartridges to keep kids from swallowing them. In the grand tradition of Fear Factor and Your Friends From College, that meant that every game journalist now had to personally confirm this by shoving Switch cartridges in their mouths.

      • Muddy Scarecrow

        So not only is the horrible taste intentional, but people are now doing the very thing Nintendo was trying to prevent. …This fucking species I swear to god.

        • George

          I’m not gonna lie…I’m tempted.

          • Muddy Scarecrow

            So am I. I mean I actually licked a DS cart just now. But then we’re just proving ourselves worthy of the next extinction if we do!

          • DJ OakeyDoakey

            HEY GUYS COME HERE!

            They put this new guard rail on this bridge, lets test it out!

          • amb

            I tasted my breath of the wild cartridge already. I only licked a corner, but I didn’t want to risk ruining the $60 cartridge I’ve waited over five years to buy, but it was very gross. Even the little section I tried was very, very strong.

        • Chris

          Isn’t it a well documented psychological thing? You see a wet paint sign and immediately want to put your hand on it? Someone farts and announces they farted, so you take a whiff and gag to confirm it? It’s nothing new to be honest. Let’s call it human stupidity factor.

    • Uldi

      Because a lot of ‘internet personalities’ are like lemmings, chasing the latest trend to get views or likes or whatever the fuck it is they’re after.

    • drownedsummer

      Laura has stated they taste horrible and let’s not ignore Laura made herself vomit on a podcast. The thing with it is while I see the logic behind I would have thought there is the risk of someone have an allergic reaction to it which is possible problem for Nintendo surely.

      • Chris

        I’m not sure… The bittering agent is very widely used in other products so I imagine it’s safe.

  • Terriosaurus Hex

    Erm…
    STI
    CLI…?
    Sexually transmitted infections? Wut? What’s the CLI part then? Condom’s Lost Integrity?

    So the Nintendo Switch conheld is rated a trademark violation out of ten…huh? I don’t understand this new system, Jim! Is it better than uncharted 4??

    • Jochem Sev

      Command Line Interface.
      So, Sexually Transmitted Infection Command Line Interface.
      Installing it gives your computer herpes.

    • From their IndieDB page: “The name STICLI originates from two Intel processor x86 instructions: STI (Set Interrupt Flag) and CLI (Clear Interrupt Flag).”

      That said, the page does make them sound a bit pretentious.

  • Appretaur

    Most probably wouldn’t get what I’m referring to when I say that it feels like Jim has had to deal with all three of the Balam Alliance in a matter of weeks…

  • Shui Gor

    Please make a T-shirt that says “Learn some discipline…or be disciplined”, Jim. You could make a merchandise killing with your Jim-isms.

    • George

      They’re words to live by.

      • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

        And in.

    • Mauricio

      Jim Sterling bdsm gear!

      😛

    • Artemiy

      I said it on Reddit before and I say it again.
      We need to collect all the “Jim-isms” and put them into some Gospel of sorts.

  • Nobody’s Fanboy

    One thing I noticed in that e-mail…the thread included that even if you did play ball with them, they were going to apply a copyright strike.

  • George

    Thanks for the switch info though.

    And that fucking dev can fuck off…

  • Jiryn

    As Leonard French put it, it’s a “Contract of Adhesion” which heavily favors one side, while offering little to nothing for the other. While not illegal, these contracts are usually laughed or thrown out of court. These contracts also cannot supersede federal law, no matter how much they try.

    This was actually discussed a couple weeks ago involving Nintendo and their original EULA/TOS which supposedly said you cannot publically display their games, you were merely licensing the game on the cartridge/disc from Nintendo.. etc etc. Though I could not find any proof of this EULA while reading through every Mario booklet from NES through Wii. The most they said was you do not need to, nor are you authorized to make game backups (which is actually something protected under copyright law).

    Finally, I am curious how Cross Days got away with their anti-piracy. DRM/EULA/TOS. I do not condone piracy, but what Cross Days did went a bit to far. For those who do not know, if you pirated “Cross Days” (a Japanese porn game), the game will have a survey pop-up before you start the game, and will not let you skip forward until you fill out the survey. While you’re filling out the survey, the system takes a screen cap of your desktop at that moment. When you finish the survey, a worm/trojan in the program auto submits/sends to the developers of the game, and would then be displayed on their website along with the screenshot of your desktop displaying all the windows and items you had open. Effectively, this put all of a person’s publicly identifiable information on display for all to see. This is incredibly invasive and illegal.but was considered legal at the time due to it being fully mentioned and spelled out in the EULA/TOS.

    Also, fun fact, Jim at the time of learning of this anti-piracy measure, actually gave it his approval and wrote an article about how much he admires what they did. This is one of the few times I feel he was in the wrong. I like the more subtle anti-piracy measures like Batman Arkham Asylum (He can’t glide), Alan Wake (Pirate-Eye patch), Game Dev Tycoon (6th/7th gen games get pirated, putting you out of business), and Mother2/EarthBound (So many ways they screwed the player).

  • TGG put yo-yo on butt and go!

    Jim should declare Inter arma enim silent legēs and go full Dirty Harry on these devs.

  • Dave Dogge

    Lick my airport simulator !

    • Jiryn

      Suck my cock….pit?

  • KevinR1990

    I always thought someone should wash Jim’s dirty mouth out with soap. Guess he agreed! LIFE HACXZ!!!

  • Benj

    I don’t fully understand the difference between Trademark and Copyright in this context…

  • TGG put yo-yo on butt and go!

    Just wondered, why would other critic criticize and mock other critics who care about framerates and FOVs? I can see why that critic wouldn’t care If that’s not the areas they care about, but mock others?

    • TGG put yo-yo on butt and go!

      “why would other critic criticize and mock other critics who care about framerates and FOVs?” I meant to say, really screwed up that sentence.

      I’ve edited to actually make sense.

    • galactix100

      I think a big issue with games is that many want them to be treated, like films for example, as an art form rather than just a product. The problem is that the elements of a game’s quality as a product such as framerates are more intrinsically linked with the quality of a game as a piece of art than, say, films.

      • Anton

        Yeah, but plenty of film snobs care about technical aspects too. The digital vs film debate is a never-ending cesspool of snobbery and self-righteousness.

        • galactix100

          I’m not going to pretend I know anything about that debate but that sounds to me like a personal preference thing that is perhaps not easily understandable where as low or unstable frame rate is easier to notice (at least I think it is and I’m not big into the technical side of gaming) and objectively bad so can impact upon the game as an art.
          For example, many people will view the combat design in a good fighting game or Souls-like as a form of artistry (I certainly do even though I’m not really a fan of either genre). A low or dodgy frame rate will have a negative impact upon the functionality of the combat therefor an issue with the game as a product will have an impact on the game as an art.

          • Anton

            True, but plenty of people really don’t care. There are plenty of gamers that view anything over 30fps as a completely optional and stupid to ask for. This crowd also tends not to care about ANY technical aspects of a game, and will laugh at anyone who does, regardless of counter arguments; UNLESS, of course, a console that they don’t care for has marginally worse specifications. In that case, they are ALL OVER that shit.

          • drownedsummer

            To an extent that reminds me of some of Microsoft’s statements once the specs of the PS4 has been revealed. Suddenly the specs are not important but you know fully well if their machine was more powerful they would have been saying the exact opposite.

          • galactix100

            Look at what MS have been saying about the PS4 Pro. All of a sudden it’s ‘Scorpio is far more powerful, it’ll kick the shit out of any of Sony’s products’.

          • diamond

            It does have more power, that’s just a fact.

          • galactix100

            The point was that MS were making out that the console’s technical specs didn’t matter until they had the most powerful machine at which point it suddenly did matter.

          • diamond

            And now Sony will probably be singing the same tune.

          • Anton

            2013 was the fucking worst. Nothing besides pissing contests over CONSOLE graphical power. And it looks like with scorpio Vs pro, we have Round 2 about to kick off.

          • diamond

            2013 was a great year for games.

          • diamond

            Well see if Sony says the same thing once the Scorpio comes out, wouldn’t be surprised if they did.

          • galactix100

            Absolutely correct. Although lets face it gamers as a whole seem more concerned with how many of dem sweet grafix a game has and how soon they can pre-order than anything else. A game only becomes art to them if it lets them lord it over others.
            What I’m thinking about though is when it comes to critique. I’m thinking about whether a game’s quality as a piece of art can be separate from it’s quality as a product or whether the two are too closely linked, rather than people’s personal feelings towards the importance of the technical side. I’m considering whether a game’s failings as a product should impact upon it’s standing as a piece of art.

            Sorry if what I’m saying sounds like gibberish or is hard to follow. I’ve never really considered this question with any real depth so a lot of this is me airing thoughts and ideas for the first time without any real nuance.

          • Anton

            No, no, I get what you’re asking. And my answer would be that there is no one answer; it varies from person to person, product to product. Looking for a unifying answer here is doomed to be a fruitless endeavor, IMO. Art in general is complex and subjective, and art in games is no different.

          • galactix100

            Yeah but video games should be what I want them to be and cater to what I want and expect from them.

          • Anton

            Exactly

          • diamond

            I personally don’t think 30 FPS, i’m not like Total Biscuit in that 30 FPS is not a dealbreaker for me, i’m more then happy to play a game at that frame-rate even though I know 60 is better.

          • diamond

            i’ve had no real problems playing 30 FPS games, I don’t feel like they really negatively affected the combat.

    • Anton

      It is a well known fact that anyone with a gaming device that is graphically superior to yours is a basement nerd graphics whore; meanwhile, anyone with a worse device is casual noob scum that doesn’t even play REAL video games. Criticizing people who care about framerates and fov sliders is mostly the former.

  • Benj

    BARTLEBY!!!!

  • The Outsider

    Wait, Jim Sterling made the Nintendo Switch Dildo?! Holy shit Nintendo!

  • HelixShade

    To answer a question you asked on your Youtube Page –

    Yes Jim, you should reupload the video. Probably best to show them you’re not afraid, especially since if they are DigiHom levels of stupid, it’ll get laughed out of court.

  • Appretaur

    “Look at this arrogantly worded bollocks. Fucking smarmy chumps…!”

    Yet… to my untrained eye, the actual wording of all that text looks legitimately indistinguishable from that of any other game’s EULA that I’ve bothered to casually parse, such as World of Warcraft and the like. It’d only look to me like it’s the attempt to post self-serving stipulations that ignore the master rules of the law elsewhere that’s the arrogant part about it. Now, it better turn out that I’m missing something here…

    • drownedsummer

      Well Jim even skipped over an error that he could have mentioned. The EULA clearly 3D party videos not 3rd party and due to be something intended as being legally binding that wording is rather important.

  • Jochem Sev

    It’s just amazing how many ‘companies’ try to beach themselves on Jim’s glorious body.
    Can someone please explain this trend to me? Because it looks fun and I want some of that too!

  • Xell

    What in the world were they thinking? Like, seriously. You’d have to be blind, deaf, and dumb to come up with that bullshit. That’s like if I were to hop onto YouTube and start accusing Jim of copying my style of video for his “jimquisition” videos verbatum, despite never uploading a single video in that style. How dumb do you have to be to come up with ANY of what they say or claim?

  • BAH!

    So the question is this: If Youtube doesn’t have any proper process for handling this mess (as Leonard French seems to believe), how will it end? Can you simply wait it out, or is there actual legal shit you’ll have to wade through in order to resolve it?

    • George

      I watched that video too. I also appreciated his observation that this whole mess may be a lot deeper than what google thought it was at first.

  • Darkzentai

    How do you find these people I swear your luring them in ?
    You just finished one argument and now you got another how do you do it ?

    • George

      At the risk of sounding like a fan boy…(sorry)

      I honestly think that it is the fact that these people are are knowingly and deliberately marketing shit products to rip people off and make a quick buck. Jim doesn’t let shit like that slide either at the AAA or Indi level. And when you call out shady people doing shady shit, those same people get really offended and cunty just by the nature of who they are.

      Jim has arguably made his carrier out of identifying shit like this and telling the world so that these fuckers are at the very least shamed and prevented from ripping people off.

      • Joshua Chap

        well that sucks for them, because anyone he asks for a refund they have to personally return. Steam offers the refund but it’s the developers or company that has to pay the refund in the end not Steam. So if that was the case they likely fucked themsleves.

      • Darkzentai

        Good points and well made but I put it to you does chasing these shit stains of developers really help us or the games industry?
        Hands up children who would purchased any of these assets flips if Jim had not stop you ?

        In fact I say Jim is hurting the industry by covering them because jim has limited time which I think would be better served covering good games for example invisigun heros a good game TB has been desperate to promote.

        But Jim was more interested in having a fight with crappy asset flippers than helping a good game that Needed his help .

        The only person that covering shit indie games helps as entertaining as it was .
        Is Jim Sterling as he get money from those videos as their not ad free plus .

        It’s a shame as when Jim is not swimming with shit indie devs he does really good work .

        • Miliardo

          “[D]oes chasing these shit stains of developers really help us or the games industry?”
          Yes. It doesn’t help overmuch as a means of depriving the poor users on Steam from buying absolute tripe, but it does help. Moreover, it teaches new developers what is and isn’t passable. You have to remember that what is common sense for you or me isn’t for other people, whether by ignorance of content expectations or by a narrow focus defeating one’s natural self-criticism. Further, it helps consumers understand that they should expect better than what he highlights as being unworthy of the dollars that are asked for, and it defines reasons for why. Lastly, his coverage of independent developers has expanded the consumer base for such companies’ work, and that is significant.

          “In fact I say Jim is hurting the industry […] helping a good game that Needed his help .”
          I hope this doesn’t come across as insulting, because that isn’t my intention, but he isn’t a superhero. He doesn’t exist to swoop in with his cape billowing in the wind and direct our purses away from the newest Luthor Industries release. He is a critic who has chosen to play in both fields and treat independent and large, corporate developers as largely equal.
          It is of the utmost importance to highlight that this “crappy asset flipper” started this “fight” with its trademark complaint. A critic’s greatest strength is his voice.

          “The only person that covering shit indie […] indie devs he does really good work .”
          The fact is that latching oneself to only one section of the market,
          however productive it is, is restrictive and constraining. Covering both sides of the market, if we’re truly defining the market as possessing only two sides, establishes credibility and impartiality. It’s important to treat all comers as equal, even when one (or a thousand) is seemingly not worthy of it. Effort deserves proportionate criticism, no matter how much or how little effort is used.

          • Darkzentai

            Your saying instead of being saviour to the weak he chosen to be sheriff to the wicked so to speak .
            The problem is by steams own figures it’s only gotten worse by that stead he has failed but yet the one year of steam green light good stuff Jim has done has done more to help the industry than his years of chasing shit sellers.

          • George

            Here’s my response to your response of my response. 😛

            I think that the criticisms you mention were one of the reasons why “green light good stuff” became a thing in the first place. He did say that he wanted to expand into building people up.

            But overall it’s hard to measure the impact that his critical work on these shit developers has had. I don’t think sales are the best measure, rather it’s changes in Valve’s policies regarding green light or people’s overall attitudes. He has to claimed to have coined the term “asset flip.”

            There is also the moral argument. What these shit dev’s are doing is wrong. And because it is wrong and negatively affects the legitimate indi developers, someone needs to call them out. Maybe the shaming of these assholes is good in and of itself?

            As for being “interested in having a fight…” I don’t think Jim is interested in fighting so much as it’s the shady fuckers that he calls out that are interested. The main difference is that instead of backing off like most and burying the issue, Jim bites back.

            He has made a carrier of that…now is that carrier foundation in and of itself with merit? I would still say yes, but would understand why others may say no. I disagree and think it’s fine but I do acknowledge that there may be issues.

    • La Chica Incognita

      Despite Jim’s viewer base being moderately sized his influence on PC gaming in general makes him a target. Nobody cares what Pewdiepie, Jacksepticeye or the likes of Markiplier have to say about games or gaming in general but when Jim speaks people (including games media outlets) listen and repeat.

      • Darkzentai

        I find these shit indie devs target Jim as they know he will cover them .
        As the only way people will see their game is from people like Jim covering them .
        It’s was proved by TB they don’t show up on steam unless you go looking for them .
        If you look for them then steam thinks you like this stuff .

    • Фролов Денис

      Because Jim is one of few reviewers who dives into shit games on daily basis. Also, maybe some of those idiots consider it to be some sort of advertisement for them. Too bad they don’t know when to stop.

  • drownedsummer

    The hilarity continues on the Airport Master steam forums. Any topics posted before Jim’s vid went up have been moved to their own seperate section regarding Youtube.

    They’re also very clearly trying to spin the interactions between them with how they are referencing them.

    • Jochem Sev

      Oh, this could get much worse. So much worse.
      You see, when you buy a game and ask for a refund, you get all your money back. However Valve keeps their cut of the money from the sale it seems, that deficit will logically need to come out of the publisher’s pocket.
      So, some enterprising Steam users are now advocating on buying the game, leaving a negative review and then asking for a refund. Tanking that whole Review score even further and costing the dev money due to Steam’s cut from the sale.

      • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

        That is fantastic if true!

        • Andrzej Sugier

          That’s horrible if its true. It would be harrasment, many people doing that could ruin people’s life, and being an asshole is not enough to justify being ruined financialy. Especially if they have significant others and/or children.

  • Polishfury5000

    Life Hacxz is quickly becoming one of my favorite bits.

    Here’s hoping Jim’s got plenty of hackx’z in his pocket for whenever Ubisoft and Konami aren’t actively fucking up.

    • Artemiy

      Really? I thought the jokes were quite forced, more annoying than funny.

      • Polishfury5000

        I think that’s the point. Kind of parodying the whole life hack culture that you’ll see on buzzfeed or shared on Facebook.

    • Miliardo

      I disagree, but I think there’s room for improvement. I called both Life Hack segments’ gags so far, and I find that to generally be a poor decision in comedy. I am also a person who finds comedy structured around generating embarrassment for oneself to be a similarly poor comedic decision, and willful embarrassment is all I see here. The segment needs to find its voice, and perhaps be separated from the largely critique-focused Jimquisition. This style of comedy also works better in a group, rather than as a solo project. Possible Podquisition material, maybe.

      • Polishfury5000

        Each they’re own, but I’d rather see these bits kept bite sized when there isn’t anything else available to report on.

        As someone who used to spend time perusing Cracked and BuzzFeed, (where this whole life hack culture stuff seemed to come from), I’m finding joy out of these parody bits.

        • Miliardo

          I agree that they should be kept bite-sized. The gag works better in a small format, and you never want a joke to overstay its welcome. But, I claim no readership of Buzzfeed, and I haven’t cracked open a Cracked article in quite possibly a year. It’s a great site, I just don’t think of it anymore when I want some quick entertainment.
          I think I’ll go check in with Seanbaby.

          • Polishfury5000

            Ha ha, I do the same thing.

            If I ever go to Cracked anymore, it’s because I clicked a link from Seanbaby’s website.

            In truth, I’ve never been much of a buzzfeed guy, but sometimes those get shared on Facebook by friends, and for a while I found it impossible to escape.

  • DreamingTheseDays

    Fantastic Jimquisition as always, shame about these developers time and time again but I love when Jim says “learn some discipline or be disciplined”. Brilliant stuff. Here’s a lifehackz for those developers who don’t quite understand: if your game is criticised, learn from it and make a better game next time.

  • UncleBartek

    Someone finally talking about the fucked docked mode and the durability system in BotW. I still think its the most enjoyable open world ive played since the Witcher 3 but fuck, the tone of the coverage makes it aound like it’s a perfect game. Thanks Jim!

    P.S. : I totally disagree about the stamina thing tho. It’s one of the best things about how exploration is structured in that game 😛

    • diamond

      all those perfect review scores have me very wary, I remember something similar happened with Bioshock Infinite, at first everyone was orgasming all over it, then a number of people realized that the game actually had quite a few problems, so I can see that happening with BOTW as well.

      • UncleBartek

        It’s exactly the same situation. Both games are really great but have some significant problems. The problem with modern scoring systems is that they don’t really reflect how unique the game is.To me both BotW and watch dogs 2 are strong 8s but while WD2 gets it for being a game that delivers good quality on everything, BotW gets it for being an incredible game with some significant annoying problems.

        When reviewers want to convey that the game is a really unique experience they elevate the score like this. Because if truly unique experiences like BotW or Infinite get just another 8 they are afraid the game will be equated to really good games that don’t deliver anything unique (like WD2 or BF1). that’s why you get these crazy scores and that’s why numerical review scores are BS and I kinda wish everyone used a Eurogamer system (or, preferably, a system with even more descriptives and categories of grading) .

        Ofc that will never happen 😛

        • diamond

          That’s why I would prefer scores in game reviews go the way of the Dodo, Metacritic has far too much influence.

        • Andrzej Sugier

          I find the “seal” score additions some reviewers use to be really helpful. Like, 8 and 8 with “seal of incredible originality” are different scores, and convey both general quality of a product and any standalone qualities. Of course ut only work if you use them sparingly.

  • Chris

    I think it’s worth mentioning: I don’t watch jim’s Jimpression videos for the most part. I imagine a huge chunk of his fans are the same given average views for those videos vs Jimquisition episodes. Which mean, regardless of how shit a game is, I’d argue the majority of Jims fans and the community at large doesn’t notice when he critiques a game unfavourably. BUT every time they do DMCAs, or this new shit, a Jimquisition happens, and suddenly A LOT more people know. I don’t understand how these people can completely miss this fact time and again!

    • Weasel Biggs

      Not every indie dev follows Sterling, and some are adorably convinced things will be different for them.

  • Jecht342 .

    The thing I’d love to see Jim comment on is some of the big issues we’re hearing. The JoyCons desync issue, the possibility that the dock scratches the thing, etc. It’s hard to know how widespread these issues are.

    • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

      There’s a compilation video on YouTube (Nintendo Switch painful launch) showing a lot of the problems users are having with the Switch.

    • galactix100

      The title does say he wants to talk about the Switch so I’d imagine it’s coming. Maybe in a JQ, maybe in something on the site.

      • Jack Chameleo

        He was being facetious.

  • Jack Chameleo

    I havent commented here on this subject in years, but your obsession with small-potatoes asset flippers from the stix is nauseating and a distraction from more important issues with big-name developers. Get over yourself, Jim! Fuck these hacks making bad games out of their garages! YOU are the one bringing these lazy, covetous indie devs consumer traffic with your rambling videos. Focus on targets that will actually help consumers instead of your own ego!

    • Didi Polenta

      I second this comment

    • Harzzach SeniorGamer

      I dont know … focusing on pointing out bad, shady developers seems like a good thing for sonsumers.

    • Simon

      I have to agree. I’d much rather Jim focus on worthy titles that actually deserve recognition rather than wasting time, effort and energy on this constant stream of trash highlighting how pathetic they are. I like it when Jim calls out the big studios for crap like micro transactions but reviewing so much crap like Fur Fun and this crappy AirPort sim make it seem as though he just likes having something to whinge and rant about.

      Obviously garbage titles clogging up Steam is a problem which is all the more reason we need someone like Jim to help us find those diamonds in the rough.

      • Jack Chameleo

        I could not have said it better myself.

    • Rachel McVeigh

      I think the highlighting spurious taken down notices (in any form) or theft of revenue is important regardless of the dev that is doing it. I go so far as to say it’s even more important when it’s an Indie Dev.

      Nothing Jim says is going to get Nintendo to change their ways and stop stealing YouTubers ad-revenue, but he can impact the business of smaller Indie Devs out to steal consumers money. Case in point, Digital Homicide.

      And he did just make 3 or 4 episodes almost in a row about Nintendo and their shitty business practices and he has a special segments dedicated to Ubisoft and Konmani so it’s not like he ignores big name developers. He goes after both big named devs & Indie devs on a regular bases.

    • Miliardo

      The size of the dragon is by no means a direct measure of its insidiousness. Further, Jim establishes, inadvertently or purposefully, information for up-and-coming developers on what to and what not to do. That’s invaluable for someone who’s starting out and willing to learn and listen. When they don’t, we get a great video. When they do, we get a game that’s maybe worth playing.
      That’s being helpful.

      • Kev’ Bryant

        I’m confused! So, what’s the size of Jim’s “dragon” got to do with this….

    • Miles Saintborough

      Uh, no he isn’t. Jim trashing these bad games doesn’t give said games any more revenue than they were already. As TB mentioned in a recent video, not all publicity is good. Sounds like you’re getting personally offended by Jim showcasing how bad indie devs can get towards content creators. Hitting too close to home?

    • George

      The only problem with that though is that the vast majority of “players of video games” dive into the indi and PC/MAC/Smartphone scene. The big name devs are not where the vast majority of modern gaming is happening.

      It’s now more important that ever to call out these small potato assholes.

    • I AM A TENT

      Are you not entertained?

      • Jack Chameleo

        Honestly? NO, I AM NOT. That’s why I refuse to subscribe to his channel. He’d rather jerk himself off, acting like a child, picking fights with asset-flipping bums and making fun of indie hackjob videogames NOBODY PLAYS, than consistently chip away at companies whose tactics are sullying the industry for consumers. I like Jim. He’s clever and he’s done good things. But shooting fish in a barrel all the time, dumping on shitty games made by nobodies, isn’t furthering the cause for a better games industry.

    • drownedsummer

      Whether a developer is large or small still makes it an important issue. Sticli games antics effects consumers as they are blatantly trying to go against Valve’s refund policy. Plus on many occasions Jim’s covered how things such as this can effect people using certain platforms and exposes that behavior. His video might not be about EA, Nintendo, Ubisoft or Konami but the subject matter is still important.

    • galactix100

      As we all know the more someone tells you a game’s shit and the devs are arseholes, the more people buy their products and support them as we’ve seen with DH, Kobra Studio and Digpex becoming the industry titans they are now.

      • InfamousDS

        It may be more complicated than that. They could be getting buys with no playtime or less than a minute, if Trading Cards are just given outright for buying or starting the executable. Then the usual tracking software may not be able to track it due to lack of data, unless they just spider the public libraries of all of Steam’s users. I don’t know how it works due to lack of research.

        I also don’t know if STICLI uses this model of money hoarding (it is far from being a business), but coverage may be having the inverse effect of what we expect (making it worse for them) and want (making them to go away).

  • Joshua Chap

    This is laughable in a court of law. They would be laughed out of the court and likely even forced to pay everyone’s legal fee just for wasting everyones time for not even understanding the basics of how Trademarks work.

  • Simon

    So the problem is Google allowing these sorts of spurious takedown requests because that’s just easier than exercising any kind or judgement or assessment on their validity? Or because their dispute resolution is overly biased towards the takedown requester for the same reason?

    In that case and if you aren’t overly interested in ad revenue (as Jim isn’t) might I suggest switching to another service that isn’t as hostile towards video publishers?

    I see this particular video is still up so I can’t see the problem in this instance other than the threatening emails which are actually just funny and can be safety ignored. Or just just block his email address if he gets spammy. The guy as you said is a baby.

    If however Google does become a problem it’s not like they’re the only service out there. I hope these videos don’t descent into whinging about Google because that will become tiresome.

    I know Vimeo for instance has far more relaxed (i.e. normal) views towards the depiction of nudity in a non sexual manner and I strongly suspect they’re far more friendly towards creator publishers. I doubt they’re worse anyway. They don’t appear to be an ad and tracking focussed site so for someone like Jim who has his own website I’d say Vimeo is ideal.

    • Miles Saintborough

      But would most of Jim’s followers switch over when he does? While YouTube is bad with this stuff, most of Jim’s audience is on there.

      • Simon

        Jim has his own website and a good chunk of his viewers and supporters go to TheJimquisition and Patreon already. I suggested on Patreon recently (but Jim doesn’t read comments there i don’t think) that he could maintain a minimum presence on YouTube to let people know he’s still around and so new people can still discover him (which I’m ever so glad I did).

        Succumbing to the “YouTube is the only way” mantra is exactly what YouTube and Google want. You can’t endlessly whinge about Google while deciding to stick with them and continue to use their services. If you’re not happy you have to show that you’re prepared to go elsewhere. Show them who’s boss.

        At the very least how hard is it to upload the videos he publishes on this here site to Vimeo or elsewhere (perhaps even his own purchased web storage) and stop feeding Google that tracking information which Jim says he’s. It interested in gaining the revenue for anyway because that’s why Patreon exists.

      • George

        Well… that what people thought when he left the escapist as well.
        Although a jump from youtube as a platform would be much bigger.

    • drownedsummer

      The only video series Jim doesn’t monetise is the Jimquistion. Everything else however is. One of the Jimquisition vids on the Escapist was all about AD block. i don’t know how much gets from them but does monetise a far amount of his content.

  • jedimastercosmin

    At least DH had some mindless and idiotic determination with their claims. These guys are just pathetic.

  • Artemiy

    Here’s something I wonder.
    Can we report these wankers to Valve? I reckon the “non-refund” EULA part isn’t compatible with Steam’s own TOS.

    • UncleBartek

      There’s nothing to report, if they were trying to collect the refunds directly from customers, then maybe. But as it is now it’s just a moronic non-enforcable statement that show how dumb they are 😛 By posting a game on Steam you agree with Steam’s TnC that specifies that your game is subject to refunds. You can’t just opt out of it ffs… 😛

      • drownedsummer

        Yeah there is part four of their EULA violates fair use laws. Part nine of their EULA violates Steam’s refund policy.

    • Jochem Sev

      There is a flag on the store page that you can click to report games to Steam that break it in some way. If Steam even does anything with it is the question…

  • Alex Wheatley

    Something struck me: *even if* the EULA is somehow a magical legal document which actually stands up (and it’s a big if!), you still only violated the EULA, you didn’t violate any trademarks. If this does ever end up in court, it should be a pretty easy summary judgement.

    • Landy Alexander

      The problem is that there is no such thing as easy summary judgement. The digital homicide case was super clear cut, and it still took a year in court to resolve.

      • Alex Wheatley

        That was more due to court delays than difficulty over the case. It took a year because things in that district take that long. I hold that a summary judgement can still be easy, that just doesn’t necessarily make it quick or cheap.

  • Maniate

    Maybe stop infringing on copyrights, Jim. Do you have copyright permission to show He-Man? What about Coca-Cola, Tom Hanks and Phoenix Wright? There is no good guy in this fight. Stop shitting over copyrights.

    • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

      Not sure if cereals?

      • Maniate

        What’s difficult for you? Did you think Jim was the creator of He Man or has permission to use Hanks’ likeness?

        • iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

          Google Fair Use “Examples of fair use in United States copyright law include commentary, search engines, criticism, parody, news reporting, research, and scholarship.”

          • Maniate

            I know what fair use is. Jim isn’t reviewing He-Man. He’s not providing commentary on Phoenix Wright. You are allowed to use copyrighted materials for parody, commentary or critique of THEM. I can’t broadcast clips of Hidden Figures in my video about 18th century enlightenment art. I can broadcast clips of Hidden Figures if I’m talking about Hidden Figures. Fair use gives you the permission to use copyrighted stuff for those things because it is necessary to use them to make a critique or provide commentary about the work from which they came. It isn’t necessary to use Tom Hanks’ likeness when you say the word big in your video. Jim is violating copyrights, trademarks and likenesses in a video about the same and it’s ridiculous.

          • Mitchell

            The problem is that you think that he needs to be reviewing/critiquing Phoenix Wright (for example) in order to use that imagery. Phoenix Wright need not be the primary subject of his work in order for his use of that material to still be protected.

          • Maniate

            Absolutely wrong. Fair use exists to allow critics and writers to cover something. You can’t really review a game or write about one too well if you can’t show it. Therefore, the courts allow you to use the material which you need to use to get the job done. You don’t need phoenix wright if you’re not focused on that work.

          • Fair use also makes provision for transformative works. Using a clip from something unrelated to the original material for the purposes of parody is well within the purview of fair use.

            For example – if I’m reviewing a game where a character constantly uses the word ‘surely’, and I splice in a clip from Airplane! with Leslie Nielson replying “I do. And stop calling me Shirley” – that is covered under fair use.

            (Fun semi-related fact: The context in which materials themselves are viewed can also count as transformative – I remember a case in Georgia where a judge ruled that distributing digital copies of a novel in its entirety in a class was being used as an educational, rather than entertainment, fashion and therefore counted as a transformative work enough to dismiss the publisher’s case of infringement)

          • Lloyd

            And unless I’m mistaken the Jimquisition episodes are not monetized unless someone like Nintendo or Konami tries to claim the video, which is why he came up with the copyright deadlock as a work around.

          • drownedsummer

            Yeah except he’s using it in a transformative context as he’s using said imagery to illustrate point he is making. Like he does in almost all of his videos.

          • Maniate

            That’s not how it works. I can’t set up a channel, monetize it and then upload all of Jim’s videos while talking a little bit about the newest vacuum cleaner I bought and like. Fair use allows for the material that is needed for the task of reviewing, commenting or parodying at hand. It does not elevate the acts of giving critique, providing comment or performing parody as sacred things which allow the use of anything out there while you’re doing it.

          • Linkfan112

            look up his “copyright deadlock” video if you missed it. explains why he does this.

          • drownedsummer

            That isn’t why hes doing it though. Jim has always used imagery to underscore points he’s making since the very start of the Jimquisition or at least from the point of the vids on the Escapist.

          • Maniate

            That’s right. You can use copyrighted images while commenting, criticizing, reporting or parodying the work in question. Copyright laws exist to protect the rights of creators of works to control distribution of them. Fair use was established by the courts to allow critics and others to use bits of the works that they need to do their jobs. You’re not allowed to use any copyrighted material out there just because you’re providing comment on something. You’re allowed to use it if you’re providing commentary on it. I can’t show the entirety of Moonlight on my youtube channel if I’m providing commentary on the newest Snickers bar in at the bottom.

        • diamond

          wow you’re so fucking stupid it’s hilarious

          • Maniate

            Then it’ll be simple to point out where I’m wrong. You are aware that copyrights exist, yes? You are aware that Tom Hanks has the ability to control the use of his likeness,and Coca Cola their trademarks, yeah? Jim is not reviewing, critiquing or parodying these copyrighted or trademarked materials I mentioned in this video, yet he still used them.

          • diamond

            Yes i’m aware, but you don’t seem to know what copyright actually means.

            Get real, Coca Cola and Hanks have better things to do then waste their time with Jim, you are a fucking idiot.

          • Maniate

            If I didn’t know what copyright meant then you’d easily be able to explain where I’m wrong, instead of attempting to insult me. As far as I know, it is the right to control reproduction, broadcast and publishing of your work.

          • diamond

            Well you clearly know nothing at all dumbass

      • Super cereals. Last time I saw this fellow was in the Wild Card comments, where he suggested that maybe the real reason Jim doesn’t get sent review copies is because he lets filthy identity politics colour his opinions.

    • Wolfie

      He uses them because Youtube’s system is such cocking shit that it’s actually a way around it.

      He violates a system to break the shitty system that defaults to a “guilty until proven innocent” attitude. If it was to actually be fixed and not be shit, then he’d stop using them.

    • Artemiy

      Oh God.
      Are you serious.
      Are you for fucking serious.
      One. You’re mixing up A LOT of things here. There’s copyright (okay, we can say He-Man is technically a jaywalking-level copyright infringement), there’s trademark (Coca-Cola) and there’s likeness (Tom Hanks). And they’re governed with quite different laws.
      Two. Are you seriously equating showing a few frames of a TV show, which in no way possible can provide an experience anywhere similar to said TV show (ergo, Jim isn’t competing with the creators) and a person sending a FRAUDULENT request to remove one’s video and potentially destroy their channel?

  • Just Some Guy

    Please stop doing “Life Hacxz” bits.

    • George

      What!! I think they’re funny in a weird sort of random way. lol

      • Landy Alexander

        The main problem i have with Jim’s life hacks is that they aren’t stupid enough. Mr gear (the 1000 degree knife guy) has dozens of videos, each with ideas a thousand times stupider than jims. And those each have a million views.

    • Dallium

      I strenuously disagree.

    • makiHyunda

      It wasn’t great but I liked the switch Lickey joke…

    • Jochem Sev

      Just because you don’t enjoy them doesn’t mean that others don’t.
      The previous one was kinda meh in my opinion but I found this one to be quite funny.

  • mrhair

    When your video went up, the game had “mixed” reviews on Steam as I recall (albeit, with even the “positive” reviews saying things like “Yes it is basically a tech demo and it is very buggy at EA Launch.. but I
    think the ideas and direction this game is going is worth
    supporting…..”)

    Looking at the store page now … oh hey, it looks like the thing that every single person on the planet except the developer knew would happen, has happened. Fancy that.

    • Landy Alexander

      I watched like 5 minutes of the Airport Master vid. Got bored, closed it. STICLI shat the bed, and now the jimquisition video has 420k views. Let’s just say they made a mistake.

      • drownedsummer

        They’ve become very silent on their forums now as well.

        • Jochem Sev

          Oh, it seems that they are still active and mindbogglingly stupid on their facebook page.

  • BombsOverBagram

    I found Digital Homicide’s case funny since it had nothing to do with any actual legal issues and more to do with the Romine idiot having sand in his vagina (was laughing for a good five minutes when he threw your tweet about the popcorn in his case TWICE). I don’t find these “developers” funny at all, I just find them utterly retarded, especially since they believe the EULA puts them above everyone and demands “negotiations” for people to cover their shit game.

  • Nevac

    Just read the article on World Trademark Review regarding this topic. You can find it on Jim’s Twitter. Nice to see some wider discussion. Gotta chuckle at the well spoken, polite manner in which they describe Jim’s thoughts on the game,

    ‘he was critical of a number of perceived design flaws and pointed out a number of missing and unfinished game elements’.

    I’m sure he did! Haha