The Jimquisition: Steam Needs To Axe Shithead Developers

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Let’s not beat about the bush. Valve can fix Steam’s nastiest problem, but it involves showing some authority.

Valve may hate to put the boot down, but if you want to stop having Digital Homicides, Dentolas, or Fun Creators, you need to look at their behavior, not the games they’re making.

Bonus Content: Life Haxz with Jim Sterling

R.M.Renfield
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R.M.Renfield

Wouldn’t it be nice if McDonalds gave me a free burger when I got a Big Mac. It would, but what the fuck is in it for them?

What the fuck is in it for Steam in terms of money, because this just sounds like another cost with no financial gain for the company and a hell of a lot of hassle.

Saygah
Member

Suing your customers; that’s a paddlin’.

Sparrow
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Sparrow

But what about unpleasant developers who create good games *coughPhilFishcough*?

Ben
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Ben

I wonder how much of this reluctance for Value is do to potential legal liability, as well as the cost and hassle of internal QA. I have been watching a fair bit of Lawful Masses with Leonard French and SidAlpha, both of whom cover the idea that YouTube does not get involved in DCMA stuff because if they do, then they could get sued all the time (that is oversimplifying it, but it you want to know more, both have excellent videos on the topic). I am slightly curious if Valve might be in a similar mindset: If they start… Read more »

Christopher Allen
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Christopher Allen

I’ve been wondering about this for a while now. In not just the video game industry, there is the ongoing problem of what determines success vs. failure. Jim Sterling makes a great point that the single biggest deciding factor isn’t money or tools–it’s having the right people in place. And the WRONG people ruin it for everyone.

El Chica Incognitus
Member

Valve will never really have a REASON to care. Why? We all know in our hearts that Steam is too big to fail now. PC gamers have basically their entire library on Steam and if Steam goes down so goes hundreds or thousands of dollars worth of legally purchased goods.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

Can we accept the WWE’s dickishness as a precursor to less wrestling in your content? It’s all just noise and unhappy memories for me. Keep doing it if you feel you want to, your content and all. Lord knows I won’t stop watching and participating.

SmaMan
Member

Dear Jim Sterling,

How do you type with lobster claws on?

Crapfully yours,
SmaMan

Appretaur
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Appretaur

Seems strange that you had a bad-games-are-the-problem mentality to start with, since they obviously couldn’t appear by themselves without not-on-the-level developers behind them.

Austin_SJ
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Austin_SJ

I guess Valve just can’t be bothered. Until another marketplace gains traction and isn’t loaded with waste then Valve won’t change

Monojellyfish
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Monojellyfish

This wins Jimquisition of the year for the use of Eric Bishoff’s theme at the beginning alone.

Gennadios
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Gennadios

Jim, Upload a remastered/director’s cut of Peaches to Steam. We need you to set an example to said shithead devs.

MuddyScarecrow
Member

That Applebee’s metaphor is now my favorite analogy you’ve done for Steam’s relationship with shithouse developers. =3 When I heard about the argument that Steam doesn’t need to regulate its wares because it’s a “store front” the retort I came up with was “If that were fucking true then every shelf in Walgreens or CVS would just be stuffed with Meth and Molly. On the same shelves you’d get Alka Seltzer and Robitussin. Blocking them from view so you don’t even know they’re there.”

daasbuffy
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daasbuffy

It is nice to see you up and about after surgery thank God for you Jim Sterling my favourite “ambulance chasing Youtube pundit” ever.

drownedsummer
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drownedsummer

Jim ‘Half a Prayer’ Sterling. Although that was a praying mantis so that reference doesn’t really work. I’ve interacted with the creator of the Caligula game as I asked if you would be able to marry your horse in the game.

meszu9e_sofe
Member

i think you should see a marine biologist, mr STERLING.
& on a completely serious note –
get well soon.
cheerio!

machine_dirty
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machine_dirty

I thought this weeks JQ would be on Dunkey’s video on game critics.

Benj
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Benj

As a customer you can banned from a game for harassing people.

The standards for a developer expecting to make a profit should be higher not lower!