The Jimquisition: Review Events And Boot Camps

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With the recent kerfuffle over Metal Gear Solid V being reviewed at “boot camps,” it’s a good opportunity to talk about review events overall, and why they’re total bollocks.

General rule of thumb should be – if a publisher is making you go out of your way to review their game, they should eff off. They dictate enough of the terms as it is.

Rikeus
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Rikeus

WITNESS

Daryl Corey
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Daryl Corey

I swear another day another reason to just say FucKonami

Ruben Plooster
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Ruben Plooster

Does the fact that Konami claimed the video twice mean that Jim is getting their goat?

Manen
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Manen

#HITTHELEVER

#FUCKONAMI

Appretaur
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Appretaur

The past four months have certainly been history in the making. I think Jim’s literally made five episodes about Konami over the span of four months (Konami is Konami, RIP PT, The Silent Hell That Is Konami, Fee 2 Pay, and this vid about Review Events And Boot Camps), and there could be even more later this year. There might as well be a playlist made with these vids and the first Konami episode he did years ago because that’s literally over an hour of total runtime at this point – and every minute is so very delicious. 😉

Thanatos2k
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Thanatos2k

Oh look, Jim actually does believe in ethics in game journalism.

Honestly though, this will probably be the last time Konami gets to do this. They’ll never make another AAA console game with enough clout to get reviewers to come to them.

BornFlunky
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BornFlunky

I honestly hadn’t known the boot camps were that fuckawful. Wow.

-Wow.-

Anton
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Anton

While I would agree that impressions from a GOOD review event would be positively biased, I’m pretty sure that any review done in Konami’s hell hole would be affected with a negative bias. So, if anything, it just makes those 10/10’s that much more impressive.

Shui Gor
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Shui Gor

Honestly: who DIDN’T see this coming from Konami? They already did the same thing when they launched Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, and after having heard about the draconian practices in their offices and how they treat their own employees, why WOULDN’T they treat the press the same way? Just another piece of irrefutable evidence Konami has such astronomical disdain for this medium and its participants.

#FucKonami

Tropxe
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Tropxe

I raised the point of the PC disc version of MGSV earlier on another site. I was told that this is now normal for PC games. Can anyone confirm or deny this? I haven’t bought a physical PC game since The Witcher 2.

Edwin Jackson
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Edwin Jackson

Well you’re not going to get a Mediocre from Immortan Joe, a Quad strike is bloody impressive Jim.

Jack Philipson
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Jack Philipson

Jim, have you seen Deus Ex: Mankind Divided’s pre-order policy? My God, it’s glorious:

http://uk.ign.com/articles/2015/08/31/deus-ex-mankind-divided-release-date-revealed?%20hub%20page%20(front%20page)&utm_content=7

SilentPony
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SilentPony

Is it even fair to trust review camp reviews? I mean imagine giving your boss or teacher a review while they’re looking over your shoulder, silently taking notes on you.

I can totally imagine Konami black listing anyone who wasn’t smart enough to give MGSV the industry standard 10/10.

canneddirt
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canneddirt

“Secret garden”. Definitely going to slip that into conversation with the SO later.

Oren
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Oren

Huh. Something that actually is about ethics in games journalism. Who’d have thought?

Milestone_RP
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Milestone_RP

And this is why I watch Jim Sterling. Because he fucking GETS IT. He’s a pioneer, with the whole “funded by Patreon” thing. I do not give ONE SINGLE FUCK what publishers think of reviews, or what corporate sponsors think of them. I care about what PEOPLE think of them. People complain “look at how much money Jim makes in a year now off these videos!” They complain because they are idiots. They don’t get this is now private funding, and this just means that the Jim Sterling stock is going freaking GANGBUSTERS. And for good reason. Oh, and once… Read more »

BAH!
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BAH!

The Mad Max jokes are great, Jim, but I’m just wondering how long before you cosplay as The People Eater. I thought of you the instant he came on screen for the first time, and not because he’s fat.

You know why.

Enuo
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Enuo

Any chance you could dial back on the Mad Max jokes? Yes it was a great movie, but after a while it just gets tedious.

Fallen Prime
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Fallen Prime

This is why I come to you for my games news rather than any of the other major outlets. You’re far enough above all these practices to be able to shine a light on them, and removed enough from the practitioners to not have to watch your step as you do so. Their dickish monetization of your content aside.

Ciaran O'Brien
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Ciaran O'Brien

I was really torn about watching. If I did, I’d risk giving Konami et al. some revenue via contentID shenanigans. But if I didn’t, I would not get to listen to Jim’s soothing mouthwords.
In the end I think I made the right choice. Konami might get a fraction of a cent due to me watching this video, but I got to see a grown man in a dressing gown spray his face orange while wearing a squid hat. Whereas Konami are still arseholes that nobody likes.

Drkarate
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Drkarate

God damnit, Im gunna have that fucking David the Gnome theme song stuck in my head for a week now.

Dave Dogge
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Dave Dogge

It’s a tricky one when a games reviewer gets invited to a “time limited” sitting where a pre-release game review event is being held-you half expect to be handed a bottle of lube and towel at the entrance to it all. I agree it can create an uneasy / uncomfortable environment for both parties and induce guilt into any reviewer who is pampered by the company that has created the new video game. Maybe the lube, the towel and the pampering should be reserved only for game previews and announcements and non-review promotions but still .. that uneasy relationship can… Read more »

Boss
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Boss

I wonder if there will ever be action against publishers who flag videos with copyright strikes without there actually being any violation in the video. I can see harassment being an actual legal issue, with actual monetary damages, and could lead to a lawsuit (probably rolled into class action because some publishers just love this practice). Maybe once they see that they’ll lose money, they might stop being asshats…

Unless they are Konami, because fuck Konami…

Edwin Jackson
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Edwin Jackson

Hopefully this will be the last time we see a Konami badge on a game, at least a game we want to play.

NeilS52
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NeilS52

You nailed it, Jim. Review events are the worst and it gives publishers more power that they shouldn’t have.

In terms of the PC physical release are they the only ones to pull that shit? I would have to look, but I bought a physical copy of Spec Ops: The Line that had something similar. Made me download Steam and have a Steam account to play it. I could be wrong though, but I’m to lazy to check.