The Jimquisition: Zombies, Spider Heads, Hammers, And Menus

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The Jimquisition takes time out from personal, embittered, GAF thread-locking drama topics and reheats a favorite kitchen dish – let’s slow roast some asset flips for maximum flavor!

From familiar zombies to a tragic arachnid with a great past and no future, we look at the most overused assets money can buy, and warn Steam Direct to look for the telltale signs of a bad, bad developer.

Bonus Segment: Oh Ubisoft

(“March of the Sterling Jester” cover by Nathan Hanover: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gd8nE8TN5xQ

UnitZ reactions compiled by Ruslidmit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3PpXsax-sQ)

Otaku World Order
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Otaku World Order

I think Miniature William Dafoe is going to try to murder Jim in his sleep for knocking him off the podium.

Bedinsis
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Bedinsis

How does asset flippers even make money?

I mean, I will admit I’m probably not representative of the majority of the game purchasing public at Steam, but I thought most people pay little attention to games they have not heard of earlier, and if they shall be enticed they first need to have something to entice them. From the trailers shown, people should not be enticed by these games.

Yet the asset flippers keep coming; how much money can they even earn at each title?

darksteel6
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darksteel6

trading cards.

Landy Alexander
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Landy Alexander

I don’t really get that though. People have to want to buy the trading cards, right? Like, how is a slaughtering grounds card worth even 1 cent?

darksteel6
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darksteel6

slightly more then that.

prh99
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prh99

You can release just about any cobbled together mess, and as long as it drops trading cards and actually runs so it can it will sell.

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown
Basically it has to do with the whole market that exists for the trading cards. As long as you have those the bots that seem to auto buy and sell those for pennies at a time will trade them back and forth, with both the dev and steam getting a small cut. Any one individual game won’t generate much revenue, which is why folks like digital homicide have to spam dozens of these games at a time. Combined with a dollar or whatever per sale apparently you can eek out a small living doing this. It’s like YouTube channels that… Read more »
Daniel Jensen
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Daniel Jensen

As has been said, many of these games are basically Trading Card Mills: as long as people are buying them or even getting free copies, you’ll get a penny or two from each Market transaction, which apparently adds up fast.

It also helps that these games are probably made in barely any time at all. Anything you can get from that much effort is practically pure profit.

Muddy Scarecrow
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Muddy Scarecrow

I am actually curious to see a game that uses these assets the correct way. i.e. using them as a base and editing their appearance rather than just shoving them in as is. Also love how you use your mask as a little claw hand, Jim. It makes you look like a dapper Space Pirate from Metroid =3

Captain Pipsqueak
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Captain Pipsqueak

We need Space Pirates in tuxedos and top hats.

Just because.

Muddy Scarecrow
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Muddy Scarecrow

Agreed. Because it would be cute

Bilateralrope
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Bilateralrope

I just want to hear about decent games that make use of store bought assets. I don’t care if they are using assets the ‘correct’ way or not.

Jochem Sev
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Jochem Sev

In unrelated news, Youtube videogame commentator SidAlpha, and also supporter of Jim as they seem to have some communication between them, has opened up his review stream for suggestions. His first episode is up where he was made to review a visual novel by his Patreon supporters, with hilarious results. Soooo… I suggested Spud! for him to review.
People that are familiar with Loading Ready Run and in particular their Watch+Play series will know this infamous game and also know why I would suggest it.
Here is the link to that review of the Visual Novel: wwwDOTyoutubeDOTcom/watch?v=y-FCjwm3trQ

MJC
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MJC

And that’s exactly why I hope Sid closes that series sooner rather than later. It’s already being used to torture him with crap we already know is absolutely not worth playing. I’d rather he spent the time looking at a game that might potentially be worth it.

Bashtarle
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Bashtarle
Steam very well could have curated Greenlight, they where just too lazy. All the new system seems to do is put up a sign that essentially says “You must have this much money to ride this marketplace”. So I can’t say I’m all that optimistic about their new system. I mean the only ones who really seem to get their way are the developers who complained that it was “unfair” that other developers where essentially buying their way onto steam by giving out free product…… and only then because the new system essentially has everyone buying their way onto steam… Read more »
Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown
Steam has the problem a lot of big tech and internet companies have, they believe quality control isn’t their job. They talk about empowering the community, buy what they and Facebook and Twitter and Amazon all mean is they can’t be asked to pay salaries for community managers, moderators or basic quality assurance teams. No one is asking them to do full testing on all steam games, but literally booting them up to make sure the executable works and isn’t malware of some kind seems beyond what they’re willing to do. It would take maybe ten people working full time… Read more »
Peter Quint
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Peter Quint

Why should they? They don’t us anything? They don’t have to.

All this indignation comes down to people asking a huge money making company to do something that would cost it money and generate no extra income simply because “it would be nice”.

That’s not how companies work.

If they have changed policy it will be for reasons that can ultimately be justified on an economic basis.

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown
What it comes down to is believing that a company who sells a product ought to be responsible for making sure that that product works. I’m not talking about offering refunds, but about ensuring that their brand and their store aren’t associated with obvious rip offs and con jobs. The fact of the matter is I no longer buy games that Steam puts up on the front page as new releases without first knowing who the developer is. I can’t trust that Steam won’t put up unmitigated garbage, because they have and will continue to do so. I can’t trust… Read more »
Peter Quint
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Peter Quint
As I said, if Greenlight goes it will go not because Steam is an entity with some kind of singular concern over quality per se, it will go because the bad PR is making it non-profitable. People need to understand that if something like micro transactions exist or broken games, or anything else annoying about video games, and companies keep doing it, it’s because enough people are paying for it. The problems of video games are a reflection of the people who buy them and what they are prepared to put up with, the companies are doing what big companies… Read more »
Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown
Right, which is why my point is that Greenlight is bad for Steam’s business in the long run. It is hurting their brand. They don’t care though because they currently have a virtual monopoly on distribution of Triple A games to PC players digitally, but that’s not a market that’s going to grow continually. And if they want to keep up the ability to also be a place for indie devs to publish and distribute their games they need to clean their shit up. Because I’ve heard more than one indie dev say that they are wary about using Steam,… Read more »
William Jones
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William Jones

Alternatively, it’s clearly telling their competitors exactly how they can purloin customers.

Bashtarle
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Bashtarle
So ensuring that the games that get onto their storefront are games people will want to play and by proxy BUY. Doesn’t make them money? As apposed to just charging developers a set fee and hoping everything sorts itself out….. much like they thought crowd sourcing the process would sort itself out. Doing next to nothing will lead to a glut of shovelware flooding their marketplace…… which in turn makes their competitors marketplace look that much more attractive. Which ultimately LOSES them money. So it’s in their best interest (read: for teh moneys) to more actively curate their shit. Lest… Read more »
MJC
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MJC
“All this indignation comes down to people asking a huge money making company to do something that would cost it money and generate no extra income simply because “it would be nice”.” Generate no extra income? Nah, it wouldn’t generate any extra income from people actually BUYING good games now that they can find them because they aren’t buried under a sea of trash. There’s just no way increasing the visibility of quality products so more people can BUY more games would ever generate income. Also, while Steam goes to shit, other storefronts that do curate reap the benefits as… Read more »
Wolfie
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Wolfie

All the more reason they should be forced kicking and screaming. Fuck this “self-regulation” bullshit. All that means is letting them do exactly jack shit and get away with it.

Will113
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Will113

A few years ago in my Software Design and Development class, we were introduced to Unity and told how to make our own game worlds. We also downloaded some free assets. Now when it came time to develop my game world I changed some of the properties of the assets. I freely admit the result was kind of shit, but at least I NEVER tried to get some to buy my empty map, filled with barely changed assets.

Lloyd
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Lloyd

Wouldn’t get those bags packed for retirement just yet. I have a feeling things are only going to get worse on Steam and we will need Jim Fucking Sterling Son even more than ever.

Tommy
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Tommy

Loving the karaoke versions of classic hits in the background there.

Maybe Not a Robot
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Maybe Not a Robot

Lol, I love the passive aggressive ME:A clips between commentary.

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown

Well, people want his review of it, and what more does he need to say?

Christian Pohl
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Christian Pohl
Maybe that the game doesn’t warrant the kind of mass hysteria it’s getting? I’m a bit irritated to be honest. Skyrim Remastered was a much bigger disaster, with new and game-breaking bugs introduced into a five year old game, and no one batted an eye at Bethesda, yet EA get crucified over a solid game with a few wonky animations? At least Andromeda isn’t hard crashing every few minutes like the Skyrim Remaster did on PS4 even weeks after launch. Oh, and Bioware are intent on fixing their shit, not like Bethesda who can’t be asked to fix well known… Read more »
Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown

Or you could try understanding how jokes work and not acting like a bratty, entitled child because some people don’t enjoy the same toys as you.

But I know that’s asking a lot from most self described ‘gamers’ like you.

Christian Pohl
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Christian Pohl

At which point did I pour sand in your vagina? I merely pointed out that people are making mountains out of molehills for one company while happily ignoring worse shit from other companies. It would be nice if Jim could be a voice of reason instead of fanning the flames even further. What exactly is entitled about that?

Daniel Jensen
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Daniel Jensen

“At what point did I pour sand in your vagina?”

Probably around the point where you used the word “bigot” to refer to anyone not flipping their shit over the video games you want them to flip their shit over.

But speaking about Skyrim Remastered, did ANYONE really care about that game one way or another? I know my interest in it evaporated when I realized it wouldn’t support the vast majority of mods.

Max Lion Rechenmacher
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Max Lion Rechenmacher

Who TF is talking about companies?

This isn’t on EA to be honest, they gave us a 10h trial period after all.
This is on BioWare and all their shitstain employees.

Max Lion Rechenmacher
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Max Lion Rechenmacher

The main difference: When my game crashes every now an then, it sucks but it can be fixed.

The problem with ME:A is that it’s crap even tho it runs stable. No patch in the world is gonna fix that.

MJC
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MJC

Okay, you were making good points until you randomly slapped “Fucking bigots” on the end of that for no reason. That and a lot of people actually did shit on Bethesda for Skyrim Remastered being a 5 year old game with 5 year old bugs, but mostly the “fucking bigots” thing.

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

Hey Jim, are you planning to do a video or an article about a bunch of Yooka-Laylee backers demanding refunds over the Jon Tron thing?

I mean, it’s not like his inclusion in the game was part of the kickstarter, I got it open her and his name is nowhere to be found. Plus Playtonic is completely in its right to stop working with a guy who said a bunch of stuff they don’t want to be associated with so, what gives?

darksteel6
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darksteel6

They sound like a bunch of entitled little shits.

iThinkMyCatIsAFlea
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iThinkMyCatIsAFlea

Yeah I agree. Playtonic was left with no choice but to cut him out of their game. Couldn’t support Playtonic if they hadn’t. Just like I can’t support Oculus after learning that the company founder, Palmer Luckey, supports and financed an alt-right pro-Trump group.

http
://www
.wired.co.uk/article/oculus-palmer-luckey-deletes-reddit-account-trump-shitposting-links

RedWolf
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RedWolf

Personally, I’ve thought nothing of it. It’s just another flavour of the month nontroversy acting as a scrap of rancid meat for the Social Justice Warriors and the Status Quo Berserkers to tear each other apart over.
On the other hand, Playtonic have apparently been deleting discussion threads on their Steam message boards regarding the subject. I reckon that’s what people should be upset about.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS
They are a (relatively) kid-friendly company chasing the dream of a new IP which is a spiritual successor selling exclusively on nostalgia and an almost empty market for that genre. in their shoes, I’d attempt to derail arguments before they began too. The blowback from that is a lot smaller than letting racism and extremist activism go at each other unchecked on their official forums, which is both a tacit admission they don’t care enough to moderate and also that they refuse to pick a side (which will piss off both sides even more than deleting their posts). If we… Read more »
RedWolf
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RedWolf

I have to commend you on what is the most level-headed and sensible reaction to the matter I’ve seen so far. I watched SidAlpha’s video on it, and while I disagree with his statement that Playtonic’s decision to remove JonTron from the game was “cowardly”, I do think the company could have handled the forum posts better than they did.
In this age of polarisation, it seems that not picking a side tends to make people hate you more than going one way or the other.

MJC
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MJC

People are still within their right to ask for a refund if the product changes. It may have been a rather unimportant change to most people, but if it bothers some, they should be able to get a refund if they want.

And what they definitely should not get is banned from forums and mocked on social media. Sorry Playtonic, I was cool with Jon’s voice being removed but I can’t abide by this Steam Greenlight asset flipper level of behavior.

HelixShade
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HelixShade

In fairness, that UbiSoft Executive has a point. For Honor having Microtransactions now does make it more like WoW. Slightly. Barely.

…He’s still a dick.

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown

I think it’s hilarious that they describe For Honor like a fighting game, which is how it plays best honestly, then refuse to allow offline or local play. This is a game that would thrive in tournaments and in competitive play, but then they couldn’t make sure that those people were seeing all those awesome special costumes and emotes if they are allowed to play without Uplay watching them at all times.

HelixShade
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HelixShade

By this point, I agree. It is indeed beyond a joke with everything going on with For Honor. I found a Reddit Post on the Pricing for Steel, and taking into account what Jim said about the Emotes costs, well…

https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/eb1a985c2422ccb21d5a5a555ddb4751a79f017d4bfa0d0797768eb71bceff21.png

I believe the Prices are in USD.

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown
Yeah, I played quite a bit of the beta, and server issues aside at the time I thought they had a really solid 1v1 fighter there, or 2v2 tag team kind of thing. But the 4v4 stuff didn’t interest me at all. But if course that’s where the majority of the pay to win crap starts to show up it turns out, and it’s super obvious that that’s the mice they’re going to support and push as a result. And it’s sad, because if they could stop being Ubisoft for a little while they could see that they could sell… Read more »
RedWolf
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RedWolf

The dirty, dirty bastards. This is why I never buy Ubisoft games anymore.

HelixShade
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HelixShade

Join the club. I haven’t bought a Ubisoft Game since Might and Magic VI.

MJC
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MJC

“and warn Steam Direct to look for the telltale signs of a bad, bad developer”

If Steam Direct (Valve) actually pays attention, I’ll shit a brick.

HelixShade
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HelixShade

We should send them this video. It couldn’t hurt, could it?

Pocket
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Pocket

We should SPAM them this video. And if it does hurt someone, good fucking riddance.

Perry Martin
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Okay, I’m just gonna be honest…that Sonic reference in the middle of the video was pretty funny. That said. Jimothy, you need to work on your Sonic voice.

Like, a lot.

MJC
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MJC

Didn’t have time to work on his Sonic voice… He had to go fast!

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

OOOOOOOOOOOOOH!

thegreatpumpkinking
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thegreatpumpkinking

so you can call them cut and paste super stars or #cutandpastsuperstarforwankers

Terriosaurus Hex
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Terriosaurus Hex

Ubisoft was probably looking at Overwatch’s success with their business model and was all like “yo, bobo dakes, we totally gettin on that shit, bro!” Except they forgot to keep their mouth shut when questioned about it.

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown

They also forgot to make fun or interesting characters people might get attached to or care about customizing.

Hell, there’s probably barely any For Honor porn or there! How can you copy Overwatch without making anyone want to jack off to it?

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

For Honor has no named characters, just generic classes based on actual historical soldier ranks or names. I just want this on the record, even though you personally probably already know that.

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown
Right…that was my point. That they would have done better to have made named characters, since all Berserkers or Templars are clearly the same model anyway, or at least one of two models if the class can be male or female. If they want to be Overwatch they should learn from Overwatch and actually make characters people might get hooked on and want to customize and buy things for. The weird thing is they did do that with Siege from what I’ve seen, the individual operators or whatever they call them do each have names and some degree of personalities.… Read more »
Jiryn
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Jiryn

I have an odd, off topic question.
Recently I learned Sony, EA, and other devs/publishers has a “CANNOT BE SUED” clause in their TOS and EULA. That by agreeing to their terms and conditions, you waive the right to sue or bring legal action against them for any reason….

Isn’t this against our rights in some countries? Like I know in the US you have a right to an impartial trial before your peers (6th Amendment), I know this is primarily for criminal cases, but doesn’t it also fall into private cases like this as well?

galactix100
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galactix100

I highly doubt those terms are enforceable.

Jiryn
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Jiryn
I added the TOS/EULA to the original post. Oh I agree, but you’ll need large pockets and a damn good lawyer to fight their legal team. Kind of like the shit Nintendo does to strong arm people… Never forget, EA strong armed a competitor company with “Frivilous” lawsuits repeatedly so they wouldn’t have enough money to develop and publish games, just so EA could swoop in and buy them out. When asked WHY they did this, the president of EA said “It’s just business.” It didn’t matter if they won or lost, the legal battles drained the other companies’ resources..… Read more »
galactix100
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galactix100

I’m not so sure about deep pockets or good lawyers when it comes to EULAs since most courts would take one look before throwing it out.

CaitSeith
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CaitSeith

Whatever the TOS/EULA, you would still need a damn good lawyer anyways. If that clause were any effective legally, everyone would have it.

Jiryn
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Jiryn

I never really thought of that, that is a damn good point!

MJC
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MJC

“Oh I agree, but you’ll need large pockets and a damn good lawyer to fight their legal team.”

You’d need that even if they didn’t have that completely unenforceable clause in their EULA/TOS.

Jiryn
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Jiryn

That’s pretty much what I meant…
The clause may be unenforceable.. but they will still push it and attack on every angle. That’s why they have a literal team of lawyers.

Tobasco da Gama
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I don’t think there’s a court in the world that wouldn’t laugh at that clause. It’s like “NO COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT INTENDED”: EULA Edition.

Pocket
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Pocket

The fact that it’s part of the EULA means that if someone did sue them, the worst that could happen is getting their PSN/Origin accounts banned, which legally they already can do for literally any or no reason at all. (And in Origin’s case, at least, it’s been well documented that they already ban people for stupid bullshit reasons, including but not limited to ever saying anything negative about their games anywhere on the interwebs.) I certainly wouldn’t expect a judge to throw out the suit, if that’s what you’re worried about.

Jiryn
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Jiryn

No, I just think it’s a ridiculous clause and seems like it would be ineffective since it tries to supersede federal rights and laws.

Also, it feels like a child screaming “I have an a now lawsuit shield! You can’t sue me” on the playground.

Daniel Jensen
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Daniel Jensen

First rule of Customer Service: Most dissatisfied customers will lose interest if you lie to their face about their rights.

Appretaur
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Appretaur

Why does it seem that there’s only ever Ubisoft outros – and Ubisoft occurrences that would warrant those outros – and not EA outros when Jim famously presents the two as equally massive sleaze-buckets in the industry? Because right now this makes Ubisoft seem like it should be regarded as the worse of the two…

Jiryn
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Jiryn

All are sleazy..
I just wish he’s get high quality ones like his FKN Reports.
We need an outtro for Nintendo (Finally admitting there was a problem with the Switch communication and dock), EA, Activision, and UBISOFT among other.

galactix100
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galactix100

They’re all shit, it’s just that Ubisoft are currently more overtly shit than others right now.

MJC
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MJC

“Why does it seem that there’s only ever Ubisoft outros”

Because you’re not watching enough Jimquisition! There’s Fuck Konami News (all the news that’s fit to make you say “Fuck Konami”) and Life Hacks. Used to be Boglin Watch as well, but that was spun off into its own series.

Appretaur
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Appretaur

Hence why another component of my sentence was ” – and not EA outros”, which was intended to prevent any assumption that I was asking why Ubisoft was the only subject to have a titled outro segment of the Jimquisiton *in general.* Because he obviously has other regular outro segments… That there isn’t an EA-specific segment among them even though there’s a Ubisoft segment is what I’m bringing up. 🙂

Chris
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Chris

I thinkk when EA fucks up, its to such a huge degree that he has to do an entire episode while ubisoft just has a bunch of smaller fuck ups.
I mean there’s an episode called “EA is the the unicron of game companies” or something like that.

Tobasco da Gama
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EA is sleazy, but they don’t seem to straight up lie to the degree that Ubi or Konami do. *shrug*

Jiryn
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Jiryn

Nah, they are more devious and underhanded.
They make their developers lie and claim it was all them, that EA had nothing to do with it.

Jiryn
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Jiryn
It’s because of how disingenuous Ubisoft is with For Honor that I finally became fed up with them in general. It’s complete bullshit how they are treating the community and their fans trying to keep the game playable and viable for new comers. I was on the fence about For Honor during the beta, I like the gameplay but I saw the MTs and thought it would be bogged down by such an economy. The game was release, and my group of friends talked me into getting the game, I played about 6-10 hrs and haven’t touched it since. Then,… Read more »
Allan Weallans
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Allan Weallans
A long time ago I read an article against NDAs in the games industry, which kind of hinged on the argument “no-one is going to steal your idea”. I mean, whether or not that’s the case, I think NDAs are a good idea to prevent Molyneuxing it, if nothing else. But I’m not sure it is the case. I think one thing that ironically does protect your ideas from being stolen is that implementing stolen ideas is still actual work, and why bother with that when you can just upload an off-the-shelf package? But the argument that nobody will steal… Read more »
galactix100
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galactix100

How can anyone say that no-one will steal your idea? This industry’s built on taking ideas from each other.

Allan Weallans
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Allan Weallans

I think the point was that people have more ideas of their own than they know what to do with, so they wouldn’t want someone else’s ideas.

I don’t know. Back when the industry was less democratised, that might have been true. But there’s been a goldrush that started with mobile games and has been compounded by the accessibility of development. I don’t think those are bad things in themselves, but they have attracted a lazier and less scrupulous brand of “developer”.

Benj
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Benj

I think it’s more that an “idea” is really worthless on its own when it comes to games, more so than most other media.

Pocket
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Pocket

I remember that article. On the Escapist, wasn’t it? For some reason I remember it being from Shamus Young’s column, but that might just be because he’s the only former Escapist columnist I know. Either way, I tried searching for it recently and couldn’t find it.

Allan Weallans
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Allan Weallans

Might have been a different article. The one I read was on Gamasutra.

Benj
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Benj

I’m kind of glad that greenlight is dying.

The glitchy asset flip games are gradually harder to enjoy Jim playing them because there just doesn’t feel like there’s enough to say about them anymore… although I feel like they shouldn’t be getting off the hook.

… one I can think of is to have a Vlog with these games acting as moving wallpaper.

Pocket
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Pocket
It’s a shame people who run these asset stores didn’t foresee people copypasting them wholesale into their games and reselling them. In hindsight it should have been built into the standard licensing agreement that you can’t do that, or else your license will be revoked and continuing to sell the “game” you made is grounds for a lawsuit from the asset store’s owners (Unity Corporation etc). Although I imagine it would be tricky to word such an agreement in terms that would cover every kind of thing people could possibly post to an asset store without, say, just banning any… Read more »
Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown
The problem is that they are meant to be bought by small scale, amateur devs to be reused, so it would be hard to define what amount of ‘work’ allows it to be resold or rereleased. The idea is for devs who lack art skills for example to be able to slot models into a game they are making and maybe tweak them through a simple editor. The person who does the modeling gets paid for their work, and the dev has an easier time making their game. It would be very difficult I imagine to make an agreement that… Read more »
Pocket
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Pocket

Which is why I’d put the responsibility on the asset store rather than the creators. I mean, personally I’d love to create a bunch of art assets to post on the Unity store along with a fully functional demo game, and bury some rule against republishing any part of the demo game in the fine print specifically as an excuse to catch and sue these clowns. But that’s just me, and I realize I’m more of an asshole than most people.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

I have no comment. Just H*R love.

SilentPony
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SilentPony

Hey Jim, I know you don’t do requests and all, but you got all these reoccurring memes you use; the tv that looks like an apple, zooming in on a shrimp, the banana costume that makes it look like a huge dick, etc…

Could you add one for me? The Starship Trooper’s “Would you like to know more?” Its cute, and a good transition piece and come on. Starship Troopers. A legit movie with legit aliens and legit toys. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a1ee65c722a0aced551b085f995515f92fc90303a1bcfce3ae8cd85f458928b8.jpg

Anton
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Anton

This is one of the best satires ever made.

SilentPony
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SilentPony

Psychic Gestapo Neil Patrick Harris is amazing!

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

The whole movie is amazing. It’s a shame the sequels are just nonsense and the animated series was buried at the 5AM time-slot in my area and seemingly no longer exists. Also I’d probably hate it thanks to roses and whatnot.

SilentPony
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SilentPony

It’s a good day to die is a pretty good song.

darksteel6
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darksteel6

There’s an animated series? I must see it, the sequels were pretty average.

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown

I watched that movie for the first time since basically it had come out a couple years ago when the Rifftrax guys did it, and I had completely forgotten he was in it and that he shows up at the end in what looks like an SS uniform. And one should never forget Psychic Nazi Neil Patrick Harris, that would be a tradgedy.

SilentPony
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SilentPony

Also its a little scary these days. A planet where all democracies failed because people elected corrupt officials, so the military took over, took away everyone’s freedom, then instituted a fascist government.

So…some of that satire isn’t as unrealistic as it was in the 90s.

Anton
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Anton

The funny/terrifying thing is, in the source material (Heinlein’s book), this was a good thing.

Chris
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Chris

There is one thing I don’t mind actually.
The concept of having to have to earn your citizenship even if you were born in the country. In the film it was forced military service which I don’t think is necessarily a good thing but the idea of everyone earning a citizenship via public service has SOME merit.
Am I crazy for thinking that? I am, aren’t I?

Anton
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Anton

The idea is like socialism. Great in theory, but oh-so-easily exploitable by the ruling elite.

Chris
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Chris

Woo! I’m glad you’re the one that said it! Yes, the theory is sound but the execution would almost certainly be corrupted.
And then there is the issue of if someone is disabled (such as a quadraplegic person). Does that mean they can never be a citizen? Ah well… it’s not likely to ever happen but it’s fun to think about. hmmm… I think someone could easily write a great story about such a society.

Anton
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Anton

As flawed as the idea is, I do sometimes wish that rights were a privilege rather than a given, like you suggested.

For example: before being allowed unchecked free speech, people need to pass a basic literacy, logic, and sanity test. Would eliminate 97% of the shitposters on metacritic and other gaming forums.

Bilateralrope
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Bilateralrope

Anton: Do you trust anyone in power to write that test ?

Anton
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Anton

ME

SilentPony
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SilentPony

That’s only because you don’t know the difference between a Citizen and a civilian.

TheDeadFellow
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TheDeadFellow
Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

Could someone explain to me what’s the point of store bought assets anyway?

In any case, cool video brah. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/7a8359fa5314b64f692d2ba8a5cf0d2f5a0e2a6a8ce49fe22aa9f3dff1265d3d.gif

Anton
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Anton

In theory, those assets are supposed to be for indie developers who don’t have time to model every last single detail and object. The assets are intended to supplement and detail the original material made by the dev.

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

Yeah, but now every time someone sees the horrid spider in a game it’s gonna make them think “Oh this is an asset flip, *returned*.”

Anton
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Anton

Well, the zombie spider is a pretty unique asset; however, simple generic objects like a fire hydrant or a shovel can be bought as premade assets with no one being the wiser.

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

Can’t you edit them to make them look more unique?

Anton
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Anton

Of course; you’re meant to.

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

WELL THEN WHY DON’T PEOPLE DO THAT

Anton
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Anton

Laziness & scumbaggery

Chris Schwartz-Brown
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Chris Schwartz-Brown

But…but….how could they turn a profit by quickly pumping out dozens of games a year to sell purely to sleazy steam trading card collectors if they put even small amounts of work in?

Someone just doesn’t understand game development.

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

Yes clearly I’m an asshole. I’m truly ashamed of my words and deeds.

Lloyd
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Lloyd

Shameless hackery and cynical desire for easy money.

Chris
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Chris

I’d also argue they would be an excellent tool for students and amateurs to learn how to craft a game. They wouldn’t waste time creating awesome unique models and animations and can instead focus on putting together a good map or something like that.

Sperium3000
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Sperium3000

That’s what I figured.

Bilateralrope
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Bilateralrope

>I’d also argue they would be an excellent tool for students and amateurs to learn how to craft a game.

Except for the part where they cost money.

Bilateralrope
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Bilateralrope

That’s the theory.

Have store bought assets ever led to a decent game being created ?

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

It has been bothering me since the original ME:A compilation, but what the hell is that track from. I know it. Like, on the tip of my tongue.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

Still on the tip of my tongue 25 minutes later, after being on the tip of my tongue for like a week.

I hate you, Jim. I hate you so much.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

I’m just gonna keep talking to myself until someone notices. I know it’s an indie game. I know I played it, and really liked it. I’m pretty sure it had puzzles?

Help. Please send help.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

The next day. Still stranded in the sea of confusion and false memory.

Why does nobody send the Coast Guard!?

Wolfie
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Wolfie

Sorry man, I’d help, but I have no idea what it is myself.

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

THE CURSE IS REAL

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

Someone told me in the Persona article it was Castle Crashers. Someone else said the track was called Jumper.

Wolfie
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Wolfie

Well, it’s a start?

InfamousDS
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InfamousDS

All I needed actually. Fired up the game, heard the song, and immediately stopped caring.

Wolfie
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Wolfie

The curse is broken!

Anton
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Anton

I am losing my shit laughing at those Doom monster sounds. Well done Jimmy.