The Jimquisition: Why Horizon: Zero Dawn‘s Success Is Good No Matter Who You Are

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I realize this will reinforce the “Sony Shill” thing (which is ironic if you’ve known me long enough to remember when I was the “anti-Sony bias Nintendo shill”), but Horizon: Zero Dawn‘s success is worth talking about.

The game’s doing well, and while those who loyally defend plastic machinery might think otherwise, that’s a good thing for everybody. Yes, even if you’re putting all your stock in the Switch.

TheMagicLemur
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TheMagicLemur

“Jim is a shill for [X company] and wants to destroy [any company that’s not Konami because let’s face it Jim would beat Konami to death with a shovel if he could]”
This is a statement espoused by idiots.

For the record I think Horizon is only a bit above mediocre, 6.5-7 out of 10 in my estimation. Still happy to see it do well.

Malidictus
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Malidictus

Jim, something seems to be wrong with your gamma and colour contrast in the game footage – it looks AWFUL, and I don’t think the game is supposed to look like that. You have almost nothing for dynamic range, with either overbright colours trending to white or exceptionally dark colours blending together into brown. You also don’t have much of a key (i.e. pure black) in the footage, either, which makes a game you claim to be colourful instead look washed-out, dark and hard to see. What’s up with that? As to Horizon, Zero Dawn itself, I have no issues… Read more »

Peter Quint
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Peter Quint

I’m a fan of yours, Jim, big fan, but I disagree with a lot of what goes under the “social justice” banner. I dislike the tribalism, the limits on human sympathy that identity politics as assumes (“as a white man you can NEVER BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND…”), the way it is used as a tool of denunciation and through that a dishonest means to power, it’s distaste for male sexuality. Still, I don’t freak out about it. There are calm people who have points they consider valid to make against how the social justice movement appears in this internet age. I… Read more »

Nuserame
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Nuserame

Hmpf yeah, loads of great games, most of which you can’t have unless you have each and every console out there.

Bleh. Exclusives. That’s one thing that just isn’t good for anyone.

Tanneseph
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Tanneseph

First time the purple dildo really made me laugh, and it was a doozy!

Thanks for taking the time to point out something done this right (HZD, not the dildo ;p ;p). Gotta celebrate those victories, promote those good examples!

Does anyone know if HZD is a timed exclusive? For the games I play, there aren’t enough console exclusives for me to justify buying the hardware. I basically have gone PC Master Race purely due to Steam sales, lol. So I’m realllllly hoping this goes over to my preferred platform, eventually.

BAH!
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BAH!

I just want to point out that calling season passes bad (rather than the way they’re used by publishers) is, itself, kind of stupid. That’s like saying video games are bad because publishers push pre-orders.

A season pass does not disappear once all the content is out. It still hangs around, and will, eventually, go on sale. And considering most SP’s are priced to offer a small discount anyway, the savings can be quite impressive. Making content exclusive to the pass is also dumb, but that still falls under the “how publishers use them” point.

Pre-order = Bad
Saving Money = Good

GreenGarden & 5th DD Clone
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GreenGarden & 5th DD Clone

Hi Jim, I post this before, but I hope this cheers you up, enjoy (: “Will somebody cue that damn troll?!” Samurai Reviewer Boglins. Oh yeah! Who do you call when you want some Journalizm? Samurai Reviewer Boglins Right on! They’re stampin’ out game mechanics and you know that ain’t semantics. There’s Jim Stirling: he wears a suit and tie. A heck of a reviewer, Makes a heck of a bi. And Laura Kate Dale who’s never afraid, Of going into battle when the Metacritic crowd invade. There’s Conrad Zimmerman, a wild card and a hunk. When the video game… Read more »

John
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John

I noticed you zoomed in on Link’s face while saying you hate some games more than others. I love it you cheeky bastard.

LatePocketwatch
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LatePocketwatch

I’m sure this was said on the other video but I’m not digging through to upvote it. This site was the first I heard of HZD and explicitly tying it to Zelda made me realize I hadn’t played an actiony game in a while. So thanks for that fanboys, now I’m going to go back to playing since Aloy hasn’t fallen off the ledge.

Yaro
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Yaro

Just came here to say that comix zone is my jam!!!

Benj
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Benj

I hate that “A new game is really good and sold well, isn’t that nice” is probably going to be seen as a controversial statement by some people.

galactix100
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galactix100

Can’t wait for the sequel that has a season pass, microtransactions and is focused on the main character’s long lost brother, Jack.

Otherhand
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Otherhand

In addition to everything else (and I wish I could play this game but I can’t because no PS4), the art is superb. Here is a too-long dreary post [CONTAINS SKELETONS]. Games models don’t tend to work over distance. They have detail, but often the detail breaks up badly across the model. HZD uses really smart use of detail and colour to focus attention. For example, the robot animals use high contrast schemes so that your eyes figures them out by their light-coloured plates. It’s like someone wearing a Halloween skeleton costume; even in situations where a background might mess… Read more »

Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex

Gingers need more representation. Especially lonely ones. *Sigh* Futurama may be the only thing thing willing to have a male ginge protag though.

Anton
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Anton

Jim, I don’t know if it’s the lighting or the video editing, but you look like a corpse in this episode. That skin shade is fucking creepy.

Oh, and another great Jimquisition.

Tobasco da Gama
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LIFE HACK: Instead of yelling at people over arbitrary numbers on reviews or harassing people out of the industry for mildly janky face animations or whatever, just go play a fucking video game you enjoy. HACKED YOUR LIFE, SON.

Muddy Scarecrow
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Muddy Scarecrow

That bit you said about the side quests in Horizon having an actual conclusion reminds me of what frustrated me so much about Watch_Dogs 1.Some of the collectible activities promised you a “Special Mission” if you found them all. Like finding all the serial killer victims or the human trafficking laptops. And I remember being kinda excited at that idea. Until I found out that the “special missions” were actually just a copy paste of the five or so types of mission the entire game had. Completing Serial Killer just gave you a crime prevention mission, completing human trafficking gave… Read more »

Kimarous
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Kimarous

“Horizon: Zero Dawn” is one of those titles that I’m happy is doing well despite having absolutely zero interest in the game proper. (shrug) Hunting robo-animals just isn’t my cup of tea.

Knight_Blazer
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Knight_Blazer

Judging from the last frame of that video we will be hearing about Jim’s back pain for another year.

Lies That Bind
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Lies That Bind

That IASIP music at the end had me chuckle sensibly “Jim sterling makes fun of the holocaust on the radio”

Wolfie
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Wolfie

Edit: “SJW” ALERT!

So it has a girl on the cover, but the question is: how bangable is she? /s

Dallium
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Dallium

If I can’t have Fuck Konami News or Oh, Ubisoft segments, I’m totally fine getting sweet Life Hacks

Dave Dogge
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Dave Dogge

I dare you, I double dare you Jim to review Mass Effect : Andromeda and give it a 9.5/10.

Zippydsmlee
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Better than Breath of the wild at least. heh

SilentPony
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SilentPony

What’s this?! Jim didn’t praise Breath of the Wild the legally mandated amount again?!
Feel the wrath of my terrifying computer virus that will bring this website down! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0701e5ec59169c6931328231cf125c7e6170cee72a1da19b842e530bd328ec10.gif

Seriously Jim, call Kenny Loggins. Your shilling for Sony has reached a whole new area. An area where there is danger.

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