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?

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

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

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 »

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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

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 »

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 »

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

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

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.

Anton
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Anton

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