The Jimquisition: The Funny Brilliance Of Resident Evil 4

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The Jimquisition comes early and you didn’t need to pre-order it!

Let’s look at why Resident Evil 4 was a classic, why its writing stood the test of time, and what it can tell us about REVII.

… all with a little help from Dr. Crane.

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Kyle Pierce
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Kyle Pierce

I always liked Leon’s trolling comments.

Sharadufobash
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Sharadufobash

Nothing is more troll than his bloody haircut. Jesus, even the clips from the video annoyed me.

Halloumi-cutlet
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Halloumi-cutlet

I wonder how much more $ later iterations spent to get ever worsening results.

Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex
Ok, watched now on phone. One thing I’d like to ask; what are your opinions of Dust:An Elysian Tail? I recently heard it was by one guy…ONE Guy?? WHAT? That nod toward the resi4 dealer dude is so nicely done. Rumours are he is working on a sequel, but that game was so brilliant, who knows how long it may take. But I don’t mind, never rush these things. Such beauty takes work, and nothing ever goes precisely to plan. The creative process, I find, is mostly a lot of fortunate accidents melded together in uniquely creative ways. Always mashing… Read more »
Gareth
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Gareth

Jim’s mentioned Dust: An Elysian Tale for years. He frequently mentions it in reference to games on Greenlight as an example of what a single developer can achieve if they put the time and effort into it rather than it being a cashgrab.

Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex

Ah righty ho, fair enough, not sure how I missed them mentions, haven’t seen much content yet though, to be honest. 🙂 Oops, I may have been a little tipsy and over-excited with those current posticles. :/

Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex

Will watch this when home. But…JIM? Do you take questions from here or is it twitter or is it some seedy fansite I have yet to discover?
Anyhow…
Question 1: How do you poo?
Tell. Me. EVERYTHING!!!

Question 2: Do you secretly despise turtles?
Tell.
Me.

EVERYTHING!!

Question 3: Is there any question that would make you suddenly realise your only life’s goal was to murder the one responsible?

Tell.

ME EVERYTHING YOU BASTARD!!!

Ahem. Much love, loverbear!

David Feichtner
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David Feichtner

I was hoping for the Chip-sawkiller this year but then again, its good to see a nice retrospect on the times when Capcom could be trusted to do well.

Nitrium
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Nitrium

Tomorrow’s Jimquisition is still coming…

Jpkurihara
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Jpkurihara

I wonder what Jim sees under the effect of the Fear Gas.

Mike Wallace
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Mike Wallace

Himself making sweaty love to a copy of Aliens: Colonial Marines. Haven’t you seen the tape?

George
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George

While Randy Pitchford watches and all of this is happening in one of Konami’s unscrubed bathrooms.

Gareth
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Gareth

Surely it would actually be while Kojima is cleaning it. Muttering to himself about ‘how he breathes through his skin’

aimei66
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aimei66

Constantly being outbid on ebay for boglins!

Nitrium
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Nitrium

Skeletor with an army of angry pogs.

Nitrium
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Nitrium

Feeling helplessly compelled to spend money on microtransactions in AAA games.

Gareth
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Gareth

Fairly sure that was a gag in an earlier episode the punchline being Colonial Marines.

Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000
RE4 will forever be my favorite in the series, and possibly on the podium for favorite game period, for exactly the reasons stated. Sure, it wasn’t that scary (dog maze excluded), and gameplay was nothing like the first few games, but man was that gameplay good. The dev team put their heart and soul into the game, scrapping and rebuilding several times (fun fact: first build of the game was too fast paced and became Devil May Cry). Leon is my favorite zombie boy, and I absolutely hated how Capcom drained all his (and the series) personality when they made… Read more »
diamond
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diamond

Interesting, I never had an issue with co-op A.I. Sheva and all the AI partners in 6 were always really helpful for me.

RE4 was actually the first game in the franchise I ever played, so in a way that’s what made me more open-minded towards 5 and 6 then other people were, I was already conditioned for the action-oriented direction the series was going in(and I honestly feel like the PS1 RE games have not aged well at all) so I didn’t consider it blasphemous.

Polishfury5000
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Polishfury5000
Sheva couldn’t be trusted with any health items as they would be used up on the smallest of wounds. She would waste ammo with horrid aim, so could only be trusted with the plentiful pistol ammo and the shock batton for a back up. She eventually became just a mule to hold the weapons that I wasn’t using. I quit playing solo at the halfway point of the game after the tedium of the awful inventory/trading system took it’s toll on my fun. RE4’s attaché system was such a better design, I don’t know why they had to get rid… Read more »
diamond
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diamond

Guess I got pretty lucky then.

EiM
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EiM
Whereas I was unlucky. My AI partner in RE5 was so stupid I couldn’t defeat Wesker on the aircraft launchpad on normal difficulty. The AI either didn’t know what to do or reacted slower than a lobotomized chimp. I almost gave-up on that game because my voice was hurting from repeatedly shouting “you had one job” at the screen. I had to play co-op with a friend who hadn’t played the game in years. (yeah, I hadn’t gotten to RE5 sooner, just as well tho) And that wasn’t easy to arrange because of my crappy ISP. He was way more… Read more »
Kyle Pierce
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Kyle Pierce

They purposely programmed her with shit AI so you’d buy an extra copy for Online Co-Op. Without an online partner it effectively turns it into “Escort Mission: The Game”

Tank Dsouls Ordialot
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Tank Dsouls Ordialot
Call me a whiney, irelivent old coot, but RE4 marked the end of my interest in the series. I loved the sense of progression in the original’s, which had you discovering myterious doors and puzzles you would have to backtrack to later after finding the relivent keys or objects. The fixed camera positions also created a sense of dread, as you entered a room and could hear creepy shuffling noises from a blindspot forcing you to creep slowly forward praying the camera would switch angle to reveal what terrors lay ahead. I don’t expect modern audiences to put up with… Read more »
Mike Wallace
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Mike Wallace
Don’t get me wrong, the first Resident Evil games are what solidified my love of the survival horror genre. But Jim hit the point on the nose for me; the series was in danger of stagnating at Capcom somehow pulled it off by refreshing everything about RE4. That said, RE5 was my end point. Not only were the monsters no longer terrifying, but the main protagonists were boring as plywood and the backstory on a certain brainwashed character was a cheap between-games means of adding some kind of tension to the story. Worse, they took Albert Wesker–the sinister intellect behind… Read more »
diamond
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diamond

I actually liked Sheva, it was refreshing to see a non-stereotypical black female character in a video game for once.

I loved Wesker in that game.

I loved all the Dead Space games.

EiM
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EiM

I’ll back you up on Sheva, but not Wesker. It’s just too bad Sheva’s AI so was painfully dumb as to render the game unbeatable in single-player for me.

It’s also a shame other parts of the game got into heavy racial stereotypes. (including one of Sheva’s alt costumes)

diamond
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diamond

Wesker didn’t seem too out of character to me, he was always somewhat insane in previous games, so his whole “cleanse the world” crap just seems like a further progression of his degenerating sanity.

That whole bit with the savages in the mud huts was kinda cringeworthy, but like Yahtzee said, I don’t think that was Capcom being intentionally malicious, that was just them being stupid, Japan doesn’t usually have a great track record when it comes to depicting black people in media created there(which is why Sheva’s character not being a stereotype was so surprising).

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

Wesker went from precisely calculating, overly planning, ultra careful, highly intelligent, megalomaniac mastermind with a hand in the events of the entire series (including spinoffs) to… super angry super-villian who had all of his best traits retconned as both a fluke and impermanent. And that was before they killed him off.

I fail to see how it is an improvement.

diamond
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diamond

I thought he got more interesting as the series went on, plus it’s something we’ve before in movies and TV shows were a villain is cold and calculating until the heroes mess up his/her plans, then they start getting angry and obsessive, that was done really well with Handsome Jack in Borderlands 2

Gareth
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Gareth

Yeah but that’s within a contained narrative where it starts to shift as things progress. A complete polar shift in his characterization without any real explanation of that shift isn’t the same thing.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS
Wesker was never crazy or unhinged though. There was no evidence of him ever needing serum, there was no previous behavior that suggested this kind of breakdown, and the “evil plan” he came up with for 5 was just nonsensical compared to his past work. Wesker took failure like a champ because it was never about winning, it was about collecting research specimens and data on BOW effectiveness to sell later. Pre-5 he had a distinct vision and goals, which despite being entirely selfish still made him an interesting villain. We’re talking about a man who single-handedly engineered the fall… Read more »
Gareth
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Gareth

That doesn’t actually make it any better just bad in an entirely different way.

diamond
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diamond

I don’t think it makes it bad at all, I thought Wesker was really entertaining.

Gareth
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Gareth

Wrong choice of word on my part. I didn’t mean the game but the unfortunate implications of the savages in mud huts. Even if they weren’t being malicious that doesn’t make it any better as it carries with it an entirely different message.

diamond
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diamond

Yeah I know, that was dumb on Capcom’s part(RE4 wasn’t exactly a flattering portrayal of Spanish people, not to mention the geography looked nothing like Spain), but at least they seem to have realized that and haven’t made the same mistakes since.

diamond
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diamond
I feel like the PS1 games have aged horribly myself(As did pretty much any game in that era which had human characters in it). I liked the Resident Evil 1 remake well enough, the combat I was fine with, what I didn’t like it was the annoying inventory management you had to do with constantly picking up and dropping items(having played 5 and 6 before it, I was used to key items you needed to progress not taking up any space in your inventory) that’s one thing I really wish the HD version had fixed. I’m also glad they got… Read more »
Фролов Денис
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Фролов Денис

Hey, that reminds me of some other Capcom game, that went from complete and charming insanity to some teenage “rebel against system” nonsense…

BAH!
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BAH!

You mean Mega Man?

Gareth
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Gareth

Rival Schools? Actually that would suggest Capcom even remembers that series.

Kev' Bryant
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Kev' Bryant

That’s not fair. I’m sad now you’ve reminded me of it!

Just Some Guy
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Just Some Guy

Heh. Also, no “thank God for me” at the end?

Martijn Fiering
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Martijn Fiering
One of my favorite TPS games ever made. Even with all its rough edges. Very challenging, especially on your first playthrough, while not being ridiculously difficult. The shop system with the optional treasures hidden around the map, made it a joy to explore every nook and cranny, even though you *knew* that could end badly for you… There are even optional unlockable missions as Ada… Yeah, it was great. And uh, not to give Capcom any ideas (their stance against Microtransactions officially promoted them back to Capcom from Crapcom in my eyes), but Resident Evil would be *perfect* for MT’s.… Read more »
diamond
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diamond

Dosen’t Street Fighter V have microtransactions in it?

Martijn Fiering
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Martijn Fiering

It does. Their announcement of no MT’s in RE6 came later than that though. See above. Again, I’m probably too positive.

BAH!
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BAH!

Wait, since when are Capcom against MT’s? Did I miss something?

Martijn Fiering
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Martijn Fiering

I probably spoke too soon. They announced no Microtransactions will be featured in the newest Resident Evil when the pre-order bonuses were announced. Which a company, usually, doesn’t do without good reason. After all, they could add them in later, but they went out of their way to announce it long before release.

So maybe Capcom will feature it in future games, but for me the glass is half full, not empty. 😛

I’m not allowed to post links, but it’s easy to find: “Twitter microtransactions resident evil 6” in Google, first result.

Gareth
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Gareth

It would be nice to think they might not feature because there isn’t a logical basis for them being in a single player narrative but that hasn’t really stopped other companies.

Anton
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Anton

Some pure uncut truth right here. It’s amazing how much worse resi 5 and 6 are for not having a sense of humor. It’s MORE amazing that resi 5 and 6 are the exact kinds of games that resi 4 is a parody of.

Also, Jim, are you implying that Solid Snake is not a complete tryhard?

diamond
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diamond

I never felt like RE4 was trying to parody anything.

Anton
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Anton

Congrats?

diamond
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diamond

And you ridicule me for making short posts, how ironic.

Anton
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Anton

I ridicule you for a lot of things.

diamond
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diamond

Which makes you kind of a troll.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

It isn’t trolling if the person you respond to doesn’t share the same reality you do. Where many things were just outright “better” for nebulous reasons we are not given and cannot understand, since it has always been that way for you and you balk at the idea of explaining yourself.

diamond
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diamond

I’ve explained myself plenty you dumbass

Gareth
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Gareth

Have you? When? As this ‘I never felt like RE4 was trying to parody anything’ is just a statement without any explanation of the point behind it like most of your posts..

diamond
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diamond

dumbfuck

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

When?

Gareth
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Gareth

It isn’t as there’s a difference between rebelling in being over the top and camp and parodying something.

Chris
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Chris

I felt it was a Paul Verhoeven level of satirizing the series where they draw a particularly fine line between respecting the tropes and archetypes of the series while at the same time presenting the eccentricities to stylistically stand-out in stark contrast to the ‘drama’ of the story.

Unnoticing Senpai
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Unnoticing Senpai

Wasn’t Resident Evil 4 the game that those games it’s trying to parody actually used as inspiration in the first place?

Stormbringer
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Probably 5 and 6 were the first games that were either developed in the U.S. based headquarters of Capcom for a “U.S. audience” (much larger consumer base) or where at least heavily focus tested in the U.S. (It’s hard to imagine some things like 5’s setting in Africa (instead of Haiti?) could’ve came out of anything but a cloistered Japanese operation, but those two have a very U.S. smell; whereas 4 is pure uncut Japanese with a traditional English language port.) I’m not interested in 7 now (speaking of 5/6.) It never looked interesting. But nods to Jim for sharing… Read more »
Kotaro
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Kotaro

This is unrelated to the episode, but fuck it, it’s horror game-related.
I played The Charnel House Trilogy yesterday and fuck, Jim, your voice performance in it was just fucking CHILLING. Bravo.

Jim Sterling
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Thank you! 🙂

George
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George

I feel so spoiled! Thank for all of your hard work! And Happy Halloween!!

Also, did anyone else start to feel nauseated while watching the video of “Resident Evil 7?” This happened to me while I watched the jimmpression of, “Here they Lie,” as well.

EDIT: …and no it wasn’t the content of the videos…

Fyou
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Fyou

That’s odd. I’m generally very susceptible to nausea, but RE7 footage and the demo were smooth sailing for me. Doom on the other hand…

George
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George

yeah it’s weird. I was not expecting this reaction at all. I actually had to look away. The reaction was much stronger and more sudden than the “here they lie” video.

Jim’s other VR footages didn’t seem to have that affect. I’m almost tempted to watch this episode again to see if I can replicate the effect.

George
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George

yup it happened again…It wan’t quite as bad but yeah…not a good time.

Za_Docta
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Za_Docta

Do we see parallels between RE4 and Army of Darkness?
I could definitely see Leon seeing a monster show up and responding “Groovy…”

Reclusiarch Reclu
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Reclusiarch Reclu

I made almost the same comment on YT, but referencing Evil Dead 2… so yeah, totally!

09philj
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09philj

Jim, you missed an opportunity to indulge your love of masks when you did the goof by not just nonchalantly pulling a gas mask from under your lectern.

Artemiy
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Artemiy

A Disney-themed gas mask. Or does Jim not indulge in silly creepypastas?

SilentPony
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SilentPony

No mention of Luis Sera or Miss Ballistics? Come on!

Gavin Kirwan
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Gavin Kirwan
I agree wholeheartedly with eveything you said -especially that Leon is a cringier Solid Snake- but for me, the real merit of this game is its singular focus in design and atmosphere. RE5 is a dreadful bore to play because Capcom made the decision to make it a co-op shooter, which really messed up the rhythm of the game. The locations weren’t half as scary as those of RE4 and you could almost feel the hands of management hovering over every little detail so they could have it both ways. I understand the financial incentive to make a AAA game… Read more »
diamond
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diamond

I never really found RE4 scary myself, and that was primarily because of all the humor, I was laughing far too much to ever really get scared(not that i’ve ever been scared by a video game anyways).

I thought RE5 was really fun myself, I hear people get annoyed with Sheva’s AI, but I never had any problems with her myself, I played through that game twice and both times she was actually really helpful to me.

SilentPony
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SilentPony

Aww, I liked Resident Evil Degeneration. I mean fuck, why bother making another brunette badass agent who totally I promise doesn’t want Leon’s nuts in Helena Harper, when Angela Miller is a brunette badass agent who totally doesn’t like Leon…bakka.

And that running scene with Leon when does doing all those flips and roles and just fucking nailing the QTEs while the inexplicably underground massive bio laboratory is falling apart was totes badass.

I mean I would have preferred if they didn’t cut out all the gameplay, but as a story it would have made a find Resident Evil game.

Mike Wallace
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Mike Wallace

Three Jimquisitions this week, plus your usual Monday morning episode. Damn, but you must be tired.

Jim Sterling
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You wait until you see what we did for tomorrow. Tired doesn’t begin to describe it. 😀

SilentPony
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SilentPony

That actually brings up a question: when you take days off, which you should more often with how hard you work, what do you do? Play video games? I feel like that’s not great escapism from reviewing video games.

You used to do DnD no? But you haven’t talked about it, and I was totally interested in your gladiator dude leading a rebellion against the government or whatever. I think that’s where you left it…

diamond
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diamond

I think it’s good escapism, Caddicarus actually said this was his main reason why he preferred playing games on consoles over PC-because sometimes he spends over 12 hours a day editing videos on his computer, so when he leaves his PC to play games on his TV, it actually feels like he’s taking a break, whereas playing games on PC would feel like more work to him.

SilentPony
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SilentPony
But how do you turn your brain off enough to just enjoy? Like it I reviewed games, then to take a break from that started playing some games, my brain would just be reviewing as a I played. It wouldn’t stop, I’d be critiquing, composing a review, like “how would I phrase my feelings on X, and Y” and “Well that’s minus 1 point for poor voice acting” etc etc. Its like a movie critic relaxing by watching movies, or a dude who works at Games Workshop relaxing by building models. Once you bridge the gap between work and hobby,… Read more »
diamond
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diamond

If it’s a job you like, it shouldn’t be much of an issue. I’m not a very critical person myself, I like way more movies and games then I hate.

diamond
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diamond

Hey Jim, did you know that Silent Hill Downpour is now backwards compatible with Xbox One? So if you ever want to do that JQ on Downpour that you mentioned, you won’t have to bust out your 360 again.

Fyou
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Fyou

Moistening intensifies.

Leah
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Leah
cowboyjimmy
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cowboyjimmy

apparently blizzard has done a similar thing in crimea

cowboyjimmy
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cowboyjimmy
Jim Sterling
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“I HEAR THE ACID’S LOVELY!”

diamond
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diamond

Hey Jim, what did you think of Ashley in RE4? Personally she got on my fucking nerves REAL fast.

Carl
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Carl

Agreed, Ashley did get annoying, but i do love how the game came up with any number of reasons to split her up from Leon.

RuRiK_87
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RuRiK_87

to be honest I enjoyed the CG films quite a bit, there are not as bad as many people seem to make them out to be

diamond
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diamond

I enjoy both them and the live-action films, and I like RE 5, and RE6, Revelations 2 and Operation Racoon City.

RuRiK_87
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RuRiK_87

Never played Operation Raccoon City since it’s not my kind of game but I did like RE5 as it’s own thing, never finished RE6 but I might get it on PS4 since I did like what I played and haven’t gotten to Revelations 2 yet, and heck am I looking forward to RE7.

As far as the live action films go I really like the first one, hate Apocalypse, found Extinction and Afterlife to be OK and I thought that Retribution was a plain atrocity.

diamond
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diamond

Retribution and Apocalypse are my two favorite films in the series.

RuRiK_87
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RuRiK_87

Awesome how two people can have two complete opposite opinions xD

Also I am re-watching the CGI films and in Damnation Leon does seem to throw around some jokes, in the first 5 minutes he already said three of them. I do admit that in Degeneration he did like a personality that would make him stand out.

Gareth
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Gareth

They pretty much stopped being Resident Evil films after the second and became The Alice Adventures: Chronicle of a Director’s Wife.

goodbyejojo
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goodbyejojo
thegreatpumpkinking
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thegreatpumpkinking

sir you spoil us, thank you. I think we don’t deserve you lol

but question dose scarecrow take over you show every Halloween or on dose every halloween dose Jim Chungas Sterling turn to scarejim.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

It was a running gag on The Escapist for Dr. Crane to appear on Halloween and do something horrific to Jim before stealing the show.

He was replaced by Jimsaw once Jim went indie, but I suppose if this is the new normal (2 themed episodes) I appreciate the return to form for more content-focused fans who are here for the commentary and not the antics.