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-> '''TRUTH. PRIDE. GARME JURNALIZM!'''

A WebOriginal show hosted on TheEscapist by Jim Sterling, a Destructoid reviewer infamous for his tendency to provoke outrage and with a sizable {{Hatedom}}. [[AlterEgoActing He assumes the persona of a caricature of himself]] to make broader points about video games and the video game industry. Episodes can be found [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition here]].
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!!Tropes featured include:
* AGodAmI:
** Taken to its absolute extreme at the end of the Ubisoft review:
--->WORSHIP ME, is what I'm saying! Worship me! And [[CatchPhrase Thank God for Me]]! Which I know doesn't make sense because [[CallBack I said earlier about Gods not being able to be interacted with]], but if you worship me, then you-- I can be the God, and you can say [[ShapedLikeItself "Thank Jim for Jim"]], thank God-- God...(points to self) [[SanitySlippage God...]] [[SlasherSmile I am God...]]
** Again in "Only the Lonely," where he takes a bit of time to answer people who got offended at his CatchPhrase, accusing him of being anti-Christian... by saying he has a great respect for God and Jesus, as evidenced by the fact that he [[CrossesTheLineTwice deigns to recognize them]] [[BlasphemousBoast as being below him]], an honor previously only given to WillemDafoe.
** He responds to accusations of being "Christ-o-phobic" by saying [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu it's probably the other way around.]] His proof?
--->''I mean, [[GeekPhysiques look at me!]] I should have been dead of a fucking heart attack by now, so [[{{God}} somebody]] doesn't want me [[{{Heaven}} up there]] just yet. [[{{Pride}} I wonder why.]] Probably because '''somebody''' has been reading my little notebook about the [[LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair changes I'm gonna be making.]]''
* AccentuateTheNegative: Although he's willing to expound on it if he feels it's truly negative.
* AuthorFilibuster: The entire series is just one Author Filibuster after another, though it's tongue-in-cheek.
* BerserkButton:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQ1qXJD76wg&feature=BFa&list=PL4C68FCCCD3E13304&index=1 The "you didn't play the game correctly" argument as a response to not liking a game.]] Also see ClusterFBomb and EveryoneHasStandards.
** Now added to the list: ''[[VideoGame/AliensColonialMarines Aliens: Colonial Marines.]]''
** Homophobia in general is a dealbreaker.
* CanonWelding: Virgillio Armarndio is a carryover from his Destructoid show "The Videogame Show What I've Done."
* CatchPhrase:
** "And thank ''God'' for me!"
** "Wrong!" (Said in a manner of increasingly silly ways)
** Blending this with a variety of OverlyLongGag, he also has a tendency to at least once in a video (usually during the closing) draw out a word. Particularly [[PrecisionFStrike Fffffffffffucking]]
* TheCameo: His "Photorealistic Sociopathy" video has a clip from [[LetsPlay/HATFilms Hatventures]] in it.
* CountryMatters: Comes with being a MeanBrit.
* ClusterFBomb: Jim hardly backs down from obscenities, but it was ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'''s [[BerserkButton crappy multiplayer and online pass system]] that drove him to [[UpToEleven previously unseen levels of profanity]].
* CommanderContrarian: Jim will occasionally take up controversial point of views specifically for the point of antagonizing people into rethinking their positions... or at least getting pissed off about it.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: According to Jim, SquareEnix needs to stop announcing games all the time or Yoishi Ada needs to get kicked in the ass with steel toed boots.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: In [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/5946-Why-Do-People-Hate-EA Why Do People Hate EA?]]
-->[Poor excuses were given] because IGN asked Electronic Arts why people hate Electronic Arts; asking Electronic Arts why people hate Electronic Arts is not going to give you an answer to your question because you asked Electronic Arts why people hate Electronic Arts. Which is just like, well, ''[[OverlyLongGag asking Electronic Arts why people hate Electronic Arts.]]''
* {{Dissimile}}: In the [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/5684-Dont-Charge-Retail-Prices-For-Digital-Games "digital games" episode]]:
-->You know, some weeks I finish a video, and I think "That was righteous! That was glorious! That was the truth! You sir, Jim Sterling, ''are Hitler!''" [[ButNotTooEvil But a good one, obviously.]] I'm a good Hitler. The good Hitler of videogames.
* EnforcedPlug: Parodied. Jim himself tries to market Mountain Dew, taking a sip... [[SideEffectsInclude which makes him go blind.]]
--> ''"It tastes like sugar and hedgehog piss!"''
* EveryoneHasStandards: Despite saying sexist terms, he doesn't seem to mean it in a misogynistic way. And any game that treats rape and misogyny lightly will get heaps of scorn (why he listed ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'' as the worse game of its year). After "Mass Effect 3: A Gay Erotic Love Story," he did a [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/5433-Mass-Effect-3-And-The-Case-For-A-Gay-Shepard 'normal' video]] tackling the subject for everyone who found the previous one too subtle, during which he goes [[BerserkButton increasingly berserk]] as he addresses each point brought up in the arguments people make against MassEffect3's GayOption.
* EvilLaugh: At the end of "Review Scores Are Not Evil."
** This was after saying he bought his new black gloves because they went with his tie, and not because [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial he wanted to look like some kind of dictator]] [[ThoseWackyNazis or Nazi]] who [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity lords his power over others.]]
* GodwinsLaw: Jim considers himself "The good Hitler of videogames," being one of the few cases of a Hitler comparison not being used to condemn the person compared.
* HypocriticalHumor: When clarifying his views on Chik-fil-a, he said he believed that no religious statements should be made outside of a church or religious discussion, right before saying his CatchPhrase.
* InsultBackfire: In "Objectification And... Men?", Jim takes up accusations that he's too [[SmugSmiler smug and smarmy]] by making a wordless noise, combined with a series of facial expressions, that can only be described as [[UpToEleven smugness personified.]]
** In TheStinger, it's revealed that the noise is him [[spoiler: stretching out the word "me" as long as possible.]]
* LargeHam: As a persona.
** He went VisualPun by depicting Reggie Fils-Aime with an ''actual'' large ham in "Nintendo of America."
* MeanBrit: Jim's persona has strong elements of this. Especially when talking about something that upsets him.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Despite everything, Jim Sterling seems to be a relatively nice and reasonable guy (at least, compared to his Jimquisition persona).
* {{Mockumentary}}: "Thank God For Me: The Jimquisition Story."
* OhCrap: When he thought he didn't have to discuss something controversial, and then was told the week's subject was art games.
* OneOfUs: May seem redundant for a video game reviewer, but his nerddom extends beyond the realm of video games. Some examples include:
** He'll show off various pieces of swag publishers send him, purely for kicks. Items include a [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Imperial Guard chainsword]], [[SaintsRowTheThird The Penetrator]], and a {{Kirby}} beanie. Speaking of...
** He wrapped up an episode on {{Kirby}} by doing the Kirby dance.
** He has admitted to frequently reading TVTropes on Podtoid, [[https://twitter.com/#!/JimSterling/status/138718553300938752 and is even aware of this very page]]. On the episode discussing the positives of the ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' ending controversy, he starts the episode InMediasRes while looking up ''this very page'' on a smartphone.
* PoesLaw: Apparently, some people didn't get that Jim Sterling's persona on the show is intentionally as abrasive and narcissistic as possible. So he decided to point it out as blatantly as possible [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall without breaking character.]]
--> ''Instead it should be more [[{{Irony}} ironic]]... I don't know, just pulling this at random, some [[TakeThatMe fat blogger with a whiny English accent,]] [[ConspicuousTrenchcoat dressed up in a trenchcoat with glasses]] [[SmallNameBigEgo like he's some sort of rock star,]] with a background that makes it look like he's in a bad production of ''ComicBook/VForVendetta''. You know, something so [[CaptainObvious blindingly, obviously ironic]] that [[WhatAnIdiot only a fucking idiot]] would take it as a genuine persona.''
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: His closing words for the [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/4568-Online-Passes-Are-Bad-For-Everybody "Online Passes Are Bad For Everyone"]] episode: "How. [[PrecisionFStrike fffffffffFUCKING]]. Dare. You."
* PuttingOnTheReich: In "Review Scores Are Not Evil" Jim contemplates his new black leather gloves, and he comments that they make him look like a fascist dictator, and that he doesn't enjoy this fact (although the tone of his voice and his EvilLaugh indicate otherwise).
* RapidFireNo: When he was told that week's subject was the controversy of [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/5993-The-Definition-of-Art-Games "The Definition of Art Games"]].
* SelfDeprecation: Whenever he wants to highlight the absurdity of his persona, he engages in a little self-deprecating humor, though without [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall completely breaking character]].
* SeriousBusiness: For Jim, all of video games counts, but rental games and the problems surrounding them seem to be his biggest pet peeve.
* ShowWithinAShow: "Virgillio Armarndio's Art Hole," which is also another case of StylisticSuck.
* SincerityMode: In his 100th episode, his satirical "[[AGodAmI thank God for me]]" running gag is changed to the completely sincere "[[GodIsGood I would like to thank God for me]]".
* SlashFic: Jim wrote, and did a dramatic reading of, a story about a gamer turning gay because of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' to make fun of the controversy (and often latent homophobia) surrounding the game's GayOption.
* SmallNameBigEgo: The entire point of the Jimquisition character.
* StepfordSmiler: In the opening of Crying Through the Laughs.
* StockFootage: Jim tends to use a lot of clips from the games he's talking about, voicing over the footage to fill up time.
* StylisticSuck: All original artwork for the show is done by Jim himself in MSPaint. He admitted on DesertBusForHope that the MSPaint artstyle amuses him, and that he'd never hire an actually good artist to do intentionally bad artwork.
* StrawmanPolitical: Jim doesn't exactly go out of his way to use fair representations of the people he's arguing against.
** He also sets his persona up as one, to an extent but of course with the intent that StrawmanHasAPoint.
* TakeThat:
** His videos about Nintendo of America, Duke Nukem Forever ("Too Cool to Be Cool"), and the pointlessness of trying to be mature when arguing with immature people ("Fight in the Name of Childishness"), to name a few.
** His "Thank God For Me: The Jimquisition Story" video was making fun of an [[http://www.theverge.com/gaming/2012/8/21/3245100/polygon-press-reset-teaser-trailer online gaming magazine]] that had made a multi-part documentary about itself.
* TastesLikePurple: He eats a Chik-fil-a sandwich before spitting it out and yelling "It tastes like hating gay people!"
* TechnologyPorn: Combined with a bit of HypocriticalHumor; in "The Irony of PC Gaming," Jim spends a great deal of time talking about all the good games you can play without needing a $2000 state-of-the-art computer. However, he notes that he still has a pimped-out rig to play the latest games because "[[JustifiedTrope I'm a video game reviewer]] and we ''need'' that shit."
* TemptingFate:
** At the conclusion of [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/4966-Hate-Out-Of-Ten "Hate Out Of Ten"]], he nervously asks "At least we're not criticizing 9's, at least now. Right? Yeah?" Cue a blog criticizing Games Radar for giving ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' a 9.
** In another episode, "Previewed, Preordered, Prescrewed", he worries that publishers will attempt to sell the right to preorder a game, a "preordering the preorders" if you will. Cut to a developer that's trying to collect preorders on a game that hasn't even been announced yet.
* {{Troll}}: Jim loves to provoke people into overreaction, especially so he can mock them later for it.
* UpToEleven: Jim stated during a panel that "Mass Effect 3: A Gay Erotic Love Story" forced TheEscapist to '''create an age gate just for him''', which has since been used for other videos.
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!!Tropes discussed in his reviews and videos include:
* EightPointEight:
** One of the topics in "Metacritic Isn't the Problem." [[invoked]]
** The ''entire'' topic in "Hate out of Ten."
** One early episode ("YOUR REVIEWS ARE TEH BIAS") discusses this by showing how often people complaining about his reviews [[YouKeepUsingThatWord keep misusing the word "bias"]] to describe any reviewer they vehemently disagree with. Jim's solution? "Create your own Tumblr blog and have bananas play ''{{Singularity}}'' all [[PrecisionFStrike FUCKING]] DAY!"
* AesopAmnesia: In "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7340-Guns-Blazing Guns Blazing]]", he talks about how Namco Bandai hasn't learned a thing from Dark Souls successes by focusing the game at a certain audience (much like the Follow the Leader entry further down), and is now dumping a AAA budget on the sequel and "hop[ing] to God that it works" in reeling in Skyrims audience as well.
* AppealToNovelty: In "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7005-Innovation-Gamings-Snake-Oil Innovation: Gaming's Snake Oil]]", he doesn't criticize innovation, but he does criticize when change is made for no good reason other than to change something. Jim reiterates this in his FollowTheLeader rant when he points out innovation is good when differentiating products from competitors, or exploring new markets.
* CashCowFranchise: Made fun of in "In The Hall of the Mountain Dew," specifically mocking Halo 4's tie-in promotions with Mountain Dew, Doritos and 7-11.
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: [[invoked]] Discussed in his "Crying Through the Laughs" video, where Jim says that a story's sad moments have more meaning, and are therefore more memorable, if things were happy first.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: Jim loves [[EYEDivineCybermancy E.Y.E]] for this reason.
--> ''You can hack doors, turrets, guns... but if you fail, '''the doors can hack you back.''' It's a game where you can get too scared to shoot... there's 32 player co-op, which is broken as fuck, but have it, just fucking have it!''
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: He maintains that pirates need to stop dressing up their activity as anything other than stealing. However, in 2012, he put up a video saying his views had changed a bit: He still thinks it's a crime, but the more he examines copyright laws, the more he realizes (in his words) it's less about protecting the rights of artists and more about protecting the executives who ''bought'' the rights from the artists and are making money off them. So getting upset at pirates is like getting upset at a thief stealing something that was stolen in the first place. (He puts in a caveat that this does not apply to self-published creators, in which case he still gets on people's cases to actually buy the product and give them the money they deserve.) He also tends to play middle-man too, also saying that there are no real good guys or bad guys in the piracy issue after 4.5 million copies of ''TheWitcher2'' and a 90% piracy rate for ''VideoGame/WorldOfGoo''.
* DiscountLesbians: Bordering on BerserkButton. While defending the availability of [[GayOption gay and lesbian romance]] in "VideoGame/MassEffect3 and the Case for a Gay Shepard," he mentions how certain fans make the argument that since [[BiTheWay Liara]] is [[OneGenderRace an asari]], she doesn't "count" as a legitimate GayOption. He absolutely ''eviscerates'' this idea, saying that Liara may be "genderless," but given her feminine appearance, if [=FemShep=] is attracted to an alien who happens to resemble a human woman, then she just might be attracted to women to begin with.
-->'''Jim:''' ''Grow. Up. It is a ludicrous argument to fuckin' say that Liara "doesn't count" because she's an alien without a gender. She looks like a woman. If another woman is attracted to her, she'' might ''have some gay tendencies. It's that simple.''
* DontLikeDontRead: He says that if people were really going to hate the Water Temple changes in the ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' remake, or if they somehow ''knew'' a game that wasn't even out yet would suck, ''to just not buy it''.
* DoubleStandard:
** Jim points out a pretty arrant DoubleStandard surrounding a lot of retro games and Dynasty Warriors. Dynasty Warriors is constantly criticised (Especially by {{IGN}}) as being too "button mashery" and "simplistic", whereas people talk about games like ''GoldenAxe'' and ''FinalFight'' and hold them in high regard...when DynastyWarriors is more or less ''a spiritual successor''. He also points out another DoubleStandard when Hardcore Gamers criticise games as being too simplistic, when of course, games that are often ''still'' held in high regards ''were no more complex than the games they hate on''.
** Also a more traditional double standard in "The Creepy Cull of Female Protagonists," where Jim notes that women in games seem to not be allowed to be protagonists while expressing any desire for physical intimacy or impetus towards a personal goal. One of the only times it gets close is in ''IndigoProphecy,'' but even then the sex is initiated by the male protagonist.
** From the same episode, Jim cites [[http://penny-arcade.com/report/article/remember-mes-surprising-connection-to-facebook-and-why-its-protagonist-had an interview by the Penny Arcade Report]] where the creators had to fight with their publisher to have a female protagonist, because female protagonists don't sell. Except it turns out that publishers [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/report/article/games-with-female-heroes-dont-sell-because-publishers-dont-support-them tend to give games with female protagonists less funding and marketing]], and ''even refuse to put them on their own box covers.''
** The gender divide is called out again in ''[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7290-Objectification-And-Men Objectification and... Men?]]'', where Jim dismantles the claim that video games objectify men as much as women. Jim counters by saying that males are ''idealized'', not objectified, and are put in so that male gamers can take on the role of these characters to play out their power fantasies, instead of a [[MrFanservice piece of beefcake]] for women gamers to drool over.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In his video asking [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/5946-Why-Do-People-Hate-EA why people hate EA]], Jim referred to Activision as [[{{Satan}} satanic]], and follows it up by giving them the tag line "Hey, at least we're not EA!"
* FanDumb: [[invoked]] Jim frequently mocks the overreactions of angry fanboys, but especially takes them on in the "BOYCOTT!" episode.
** UnpleasableFanbase: He has called the Zelda fanbase the "Spoiled brats" of video game fandom, since they had Nintendo putting out new ones every couple years that were always well-done.
* FocusGroupEnding: In "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7405-Damn-Fine-Coffee Damn Fine Coffee]]", Jim criticizes the use of focus groups and how they are driving game development; while focus groups are a useful tool, they have problems and can be abused. Some focus groups submit to peer pressure and say what they think people want to hear rather than their true opinion, which does come out when you study their buying habits. Other times, the researchers are creating focus groups with a built in ConfirmationBias who only tell them to stay the course instead of pointing out problems that proper research would reveal. And there's the FollowTheLeader issue, where companies competing against an established game will create a focus group of fans of that game, who tell them what they liked about the game and they copy it; but the game fails to sell because the fans of the first game already have the game in question and don't care about a knock-off.
* FollowTheLeader: In "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7161-Perfect-Pasta-Sauce Perfect Pasta Sauce]]", he chides the industry for its attitude of copying the most successful formulas instead of trying new or different ideas to seek a broader audience. He compares it to Prego pasta sauce who beat rival Ragu, not by making a better pasta sauce, but by making several varieties of sauces that could reach different markets.
* GameOfTheYearEdition: Blames them, multiple store-exclusive PreOrderBonus, the LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition, and constantly discounting games soon after they come out for the reasons publishers have trouble selling games new. The die-hard fans feel cheated for buying the game when it came out rather than wait until the "complete" games comes out, and other consumers don't know which version to buy or just wait until the price drops.
* IAmTheTrope: He doesn't say that ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'' is ''about'' SurvivalHorror. He says that it ''is'' Survival Horror. That is, Capcom is terrified of losing money so they made the game a hodgepodge of so many different types of games that it resembles a soupy sludge. They will do anything to survive!
* IronicEcho: At the end of "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7100-Why-An-Always-On-DRM-Console-Would-Be-Dumb-Dumb-Dumb Why An Always-On DRM Console Would Be Dumb Dumb Dumb]]", Jim chastises the industry for not trusting gamers and sticking all sorts of anti-consumer behavior on them, telling them to "deal with it"; Jim believes that soon the gamers will get tired of this and abandon the big publishers, and when they wonder what happened, the gamers will tell them to "deal with it".
* ItsPopularNowItSucks: [[invoked]] He calls it "CallOfDuty Syndrome".
* JumpScare: "Scare Tactics" was dedicated to defending this Trope from the criticism that's usually thrown toward it, namely that it's "cheap".
* LonersAreFreaks: Discussed in "Only the Lonely", about the gradual increase in both forced multiplayer aspects and social networking of games impacting on the experience of those who play games to ''get away'' from other people for a short while.
* MurderSimulators: The episode "Desensitized to Violence", obviously, was about this. To prove his point about how people aren't stupid enough to not tell the difference between real violence and video game violence, he showed graphic video of Budd Dwyer's public suicide in order to demonstrate that realistic violence, while more understated than video game violence, is often too gruesome to be entertaining. By contrast, violence in games, movies, etc. is far less desensitizing precisely ''because'' it's so over-the-top.
* NeverMyFault: Jim says if there was anything good about the Xbox One, it's that if it succeeds in killing used gaming, then the industry will have run out of excuses for their own failure, and will have to face the fact that industry decline is their own fault.
* NoExceptYes: Calls out publishers for adding DRM to their games and trying to hide it as a feature. When EA said that SimCity didn't have DRM and that it was an MMO, Jim said that the whole point of making it an "MMO" was to use the always online aspect as DRM.
* NoExportForYou: The source of rage against Nintendo of America and its refusal to export a number of cult hits from Japan.
* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: [[invoked]] He feels that the vitriolic (and often sexually-charged) backlash against [[FeministFrequency Anita Sarkeesian]] has not only given her views more publicity than she could've dreamed of beforehand, but has inadvertently proven her point about sexism in gaming.
* {{Railroading}}: He mentions that if you want to tell a story, you more or less ''have'' to do this, or else people will just ignore it.
* RapeAsDrama[=/=]RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: {{Discussed|Trope}} in the episode [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/5972-Rape-vs-Murder "Rape vs. Murder"]]. He concludes that the reason why rape is treated as more evil than, say, murder is because the latter action has societal justifications for it ({{revenge}}, [[PayEvilUntoEvil paying evil unto evil]], [[WarIsGlorious the glory of war and the military]], etc.), while rape, which involves dehumanizing an (often) defenseless victim, almost never does. In addition, while all of us [[WeAllDieSomeday are eventually going to die]], and very few of us face the threat of getting brutally murdered, rape is a very real fear for a full half of the population.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: He points out that real-life violence is downright disturbing due to how quick it's over.
* TheScrappy[=/=]RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: [[invoked]] Jim discusses how VideoGame/DukeNukem would probably be far more likable as a character if they stopped trying to play him so straight.
* SoBadItsGood: [[invoked]] The voice acting from the Dynasty Warriors games, especially the earlier ones.
* TheStarscream: Jim compares the game industry to the infamous Decepticon in ''[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7370-When-The-Starscreams-Kill-Used-Games When the Starscreams Kill Used Games]]''. The game industry panders to used game shops like [=GameStop=] for exclusive promotions, while blaming the used game market for their own decline. If the used game market was hurting the industry so much, then why would the industry even [[{{Hypocrite}} work with GameStop]]?
* StopHavingFunGuys: [[invoked]] Discussed in the "Dumbing Down for the Filthy Casuals" episode.
* StrawmanNewsMedia: His [[TruthInTelevision not inaccurate]] depiction of the news media as completely uninformed about video games, who react hysterically to any violence or sexuality in a game. Usually, they operate under the assumption that [[UndeadHorseTrope video games are for kids,]] and therefore anyone who puts violence or sex in a game [[InsaneTrollLogic is trying to market sex and violence to kids.]] The way to fight back? [[StartXToStopX Be as childish and relentless as they are.]]
* TheyJustDidntCare: [[invoked]] In the episode simply titled "Konami", Jim talks about the rather abysmal job {{Konami}} is doing as a publisher. Failures include releasing ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid HD Collection'' in one of the busiest holiday release seasons in history (and on the same day as gaming juggernaut ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 3'' to boot), not promoting ''Blades of Time'' at all and even getting the release date wrong, releasing ''three'' SilentHill games in a month, and the [[PortingDisaster atrocious handling]] of ''Silent Hill HD Collection''.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: [[invoked]] Discussed in "Boring, Lazy Art Games". He feels that the term "art game" is starting to become a euphemism for "boring, pretentious pile of shit", citing examples such as ''DearEsther'' and ''ThePath'' which [[{{Railroading}} force the player through]] [[SceneryPorn an interesting setting]], but give them absolutely nothing to do.
* UncannyValley: [[invoked]] Called out Team Ninja, makers of the ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' games, for making (and then defending) "sexy" characters that he finds to be [[FetishRetardant downright hideous]] due to this trope, particularly with their ludicrous JigglePhysics.
* ValuesDissonance: [[invoked]] In response to criticism over the UncannyValley use of JigglePhysics in ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'', the developers defended themselves by saying that it was popular in Japan and that complainers from the West should just deal with it. Jim said it would be acceptable if the games was intended for [[NoExportForYou Japan only]], but since the game was made for an international audience, they have to conform to the social norms in foreign markets as well.
* WidgetSeries: Jim's "Nintendo of America" episode is about how the titular company refuses to import niche Japanese games, [[FridgeLogic despite the fact that said games usually sell more units in America than in Japan.]]
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: "Bias" (See EightPointEight)
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-> '''TRUTH. PRIDE. GARME JURNALIZM!'''

A WebOriginal show hosted on TheEscapist by Jim Sterling, a Destructoid reviewer infamous for his tendency to provoke outrage and with a sizable {{Hatedom}}. [[AlterEgoActing He assumes the persona of a caricature of himself]] to make broader points about video games and the video game industry. Episodes can be found [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition here]].
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!!Tropes featured include:
* AGodAmI:
** Taken to its absolute extreme at the end of the Ubisoft review:
--->WORSHIP ME, is what I'm saying! Worship me! And [[CatchPhrase Thank God for Me]]! Which I know doesn't make sense because [[CallBack I said earlier about Gods not being able to be interacted with]], but if you worship me, then you-- I can be the God, and you can say [[ShapedLikeItself "Thank Jim for Jim"]], thank God-- God...(points to self) [[SanitySlippage God...]] [[SlasherSmile I am God...]]
** Again in "Only the Lonely," where he takes a bit of time to answer people who got offended at his CatchPhrase, accusing him of being anti-Christian... by saying he has a great respect for God and Jesus, as evidenced by the fact that he [[CrossesTheLineTwice deigns to recognize them]] [[BlasphemousBoast as being below him]], an honor previously only given to WillemDafoe.
** He responds to accusations of being "Christ-o-phobic" by saying [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu it's probably the other way around.]] His proof?
--->''I mean, [[GeekPhysiques look at me!]] I should have been dead of a fucking heart attack by now, so [[{{God}} somebody]] doesn't want me [[{{Heaven}} up there]] just yet. [[{{Pride}} I wonder why.]] Probably because '''somebody''' has been reading my little notebook about the [[LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair changes I'm gonna be making.]]''
* AccentuateTheNegative: Although he's willing to expound on it if he feels it's truly negative.
* AuthorFilibuster: The entire series is just one Author Filibuster after another, though it's tongue-in-cheek.
* BerserkButton:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQ1qXJD76wg&feature=BFa&list=PL4C68FCCCD3E13304&index=1 The "you didn't play the game correctly" argument as a response to not liking a game.]] Also see ClusterFBomb and EveryoneHasStandards.
** Now added to the list: ''[[VideoGame/AliensColonialMarines Aliens: Colonial Marines.]]''
** Homophobia in general is a dealbreaker.
* CanonWelding: Virgillio Armarndio is a carryover from his Destructoid show "The Videogame Show What I've Done."
* CatchPhrase:
** "And thank ''God'' for me!"
** "Wrong!" (Said in a manner of increasingly silly ways)
** Blending this with a variety of OverlyLongGag, he also has a tendency to at least once in a video (usually during the closing) draw out a word. Particularly [[PrecisionFStrike Fffffffffffucking]]
* TheCameo: His "Photorealistic Sociopathy" video has a clip from [[LetsPlay/HATFilms Hatventures]] in it.
* CountryMatters: Comes with being a MeanBrit.
* ClusterFBomb: Jim hardly backs down from obscenities, but it was ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'''s [[BerserkButton crappy multiplayer and online pass system]] that drove him to [[UpToEleven previously unseen levels of profanity]].
* CommanderContrarian: Jim will occasionally take up controversial point of views specifically for the point of antagonizing people into rethinking their positions... or at least getting pissed off about it.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: According to Jim, SquareEnix needs to stop announcing games all the time or Yoishi Ada needs to get kicked in the ass with steel toed boots.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment: In [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/5946-Why-Do-People-Hate-EA Why Do People Hate EA?]]
-->[Poor excuses were given] because IGN asked Electronic Arts why people hate Electronic Arts; asking Electronic Arts why people hate Electronic Arts is not going to give you an answer to your question because you asked Electronic Arts why people hate Electronic Arts. Which is just like, well, ''[[OverlyLongGag asking Electronic Arts why people hate Electronic Arts.]]''
* {{Dissimile}}: In the [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/5684-Dont-Charge-Retail-Prices-For-Digital-Games "digital games" episode]]:
-->You know, some weeks I finish a video, and I think "That was righteous! That was glorious! That was the truth! You sir, Jim Sterling, ''are Hitler!''" [[ButNotTooEvil But a good one, obviously.]] I'm a good Hitler. The good Hitler of videogames.
* EnforcedPlug: Parodied. Jim himself tries to market Mountain Dew, taking a sip... [[SideEffectsInclude which makes him go blind.]]
--> ''"It tastes like sugar and hedgehog piss!"''
* EveryoneHasStandards: Despite saying sexist terms, he doesn't seem to mean it in a misogynistic way. And any game that treats rape and misogyny lightly will get heaps of scorn (why he listed ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'' as the worse game of its year). After "Mass Effect 3: A Gay Erotic Love Story," he did a [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/5433-Mass-Effect-3-And-The-Case-For-A-Gay-Shepard 'normal' video]] tackling the subject for everyone who found the previous one too subtle, during which he goes [[BerserkButton increasingly berserk]] as he addresses each point brought up in the arguments people make against MassEffect3's GayOption.
* EvilLaugh: At the end of "Review Scores Are Not Evil."
** This was after saying he bought his new black gloves because they went with his tie, and not because [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial he wanted to look like some kind of dictator]] [[ThoseWackyNazis or Nazi]] who [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity lords his power over others.]]
* GodwinsLaw: Jim considers himself "The good Hitler of videogames," being one of the few cases of a Hitler comparison not being used to condemn the person compared.
* HypocriticalHumor: When clarifying his views on Chik-fil-a, he said he believed that no religious statements should be made outside of a church or religious discussion, right before saying his CatchPhrase.
* InsultBackfire: In "Objectification And... Men?", Jim takes up accusations that he's too [[SmugSmiler smug and smarmy]] by making a wordless noise, combined with a series of facial expressions, that can only be described as [[UpToEleven smugness personified.]]
** In TheStinger, it's revealed that the noise is him [[spoiler: stretching out the word "me" as long as possible.]]
* LargeHam: As a persona.
** He went VisualPun by depicting Reggie Fils-Aime with an ''actual'' large ham in "Nintendo of America."
* MeanBrit: Jim's persona has strong elements of this. Especially when talking about something that upsets him.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Despite everything, Jim Sterling seems to be a relatively nice and reasonable guy (at least, compared to his Jimquisition persona).
* {{Mockumentary}}: "Thank God For Me: The Jimquisition Story."
* OhCrap: When he thought he didn't have to discuss something controversial, and then was told the week's subject was art games.
* OneOfUs: May seem redundant for a video game reviewer, but his nerddom extends beyond the realm of video games. Some examples include:
** He'll show off various pieces of swag publishers send him, purely for kicks. Items include a [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} Imperial Guard chainsword]], [[SaintsRowTheThird The Penetrator]], and a {{Kirby}} beanie. Speaking of...
** He wrapped up an episode on {{Kirby}} by doing the Kirby dance.
** He has admitted to frequently reading TVTropes on Podtoid, [[https://twitter.com/#!/JimSterling/status/138718553300938752 and is even aware of this very page]]. On the episode discussing the positives of the ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' ending controversy, he starts the episode InMediasRes while looking up ''this very page'' on a smartphone.
* PoesLaw: Apparently, some people didn't get that Jim Sterling's persona on the show is intentionally as abrasive and narcissistic as possible. So he decided to point it out as blatantly as possible [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall without breaking character.]]
--> ''Instead it should be more [[{{Irony}} ironic]]... I don't know, just pulling this at random, some [[TakeThatMe fat blogger with a whiny English accent,]] [[ConspicuousTrenchcoat dressed up in a trenchcoat with glasses]] [[SmallNameBigEgo like he's some sort of rock star,]] with a background that makes it look like he's in a bad production of ''ComicBook/VForVendetta''. You know, something so [[CaptainObvious blindingly, obviously ironic]] that [[WhatAnIdiot only a fucking idiot]] would take it as a genuine persona.''
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: His closing words for the [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/4568-Online-Passes-Are-Bad-For-Everybody "Online Passes Are Bad For Everyone"]] episode: "How. [[PrecisionFStrike fffffffffFUCKING]]. Dare. You."
* PuttingOnTheReich: In "Review Scores Are Not Evil" Jim contemplates his new black leather gloves, and he comments that they make him look like a fascist dictator, and that he doesn't enjoy this fact (although the tone of his voice and his EvilLaugh indicate otherwise).
* RapidFireNo: When he was told that week's subject was the controversy of [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/5993-The-Definition-of-Art-Games "The Definition of Art Games"]].
* SelfDeprecation: Whenever he wants to highlight the absurdity of his persona, he engages in a little self-deprecating humor, though without [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall completely breaking character]].
* SeriousBusiness: For Jim, all of video games counts, but rental games and the problems surrounding them seem to be his biggest pet peeve.
* ShowWithinAShow: "Virgillio Armarndio's Art Hole," which is also another case of StylisticSuck.
* SincerityMode: In his 100th episode, his satirical "[[AGodAmI thank God for me]]" running gag is changed to the completely sincere "[[GodIsGood I would like to thank God for me]]".
* SlashFic: Jim wrote, and did a dramatic reading of, a story about a gamer turning gay because of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' to make fun of the controversy (and often latent homophobia) surrounding the game's GayOption.
* SmallNameBigEgo: The entire point of the Jimquisition character.
* StepfordSmiler: In the opening of Crying Through the Laughs.
* StockFootage: Jim tends to use a lot of clips from the games he's talking about, voicing over the footage to fill up time.
* StylisticSuck: All original artwork for the show is done by Jim himself in MSPaint. He admitted on DesertBusForHope that the MSPaint artstyle amuses him, and that he'd never hire an actually good artist to do intentionally bad artwork.
* StrawmanPolitical: Jim doesn't exactly go out of his way to use fair representations of the people he's arguing against.
** He also sets his persona up as one, to an extent but of course with the intent that StrawmanHasAPoint.
* TakeThat:
** His videos about Nintendo of America, Duke Nukem Forever ("Too Cool to Be Cool"), and the pointlessness of trying to be mature when arguing with immature people ("Fight in the Name of Childishness"), to name a few.
** His "Thank God For Me: The Jimquisition Story" video was making fun of an [[http://www.theverge.com/gaming/2012/8/21/3245100/polygon-press-reset-teaser-trailer online gaming magazine]] that had made a multi-part documentary about itself.
* TastesLikePurple: He eats a Chik-fil-a sandwich before spitting it out and yelling "It tastes like hating gay people!"
* TechnologyPorn: Combined with a bit of HypocriticalHumor; in "The Irony of PC Gaming," Jim spends a great deal of time talking about all the good games you can play without needing a $2000 state-of-the-art computer. However, he notes that he still has a pimped-out rig to play the latest games because "[[JustifiedTrope I'm a video game reviewer]] and we ''need'' that shit."
* TemptingFate:
** At the conclusion of [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/4966-Hate-Out-Of-Ten "Hate Out Of Ten"]], he nervously asks "At least we're not criticizing 9's, at least now. Right? Yeah?" Cue a blog criticizing Games Radar for giving ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' a 9.
** In another episode, "Previewed, Preordered, Prescrewed", he worries that publishers will attempt to sell the right to preorder a game, a "preordering the preorders" if you will. Cut to a developer that's trying to collect preorders on a game that hasn't even been announced yet.
* {{Troll}}: Jim loves to provoke people into overreaction, especially so he can mock them later for it.
* UpToEleven: Jim stated during a panel that "Mass Effect 3: A Gay Erotic Love Story" forced TheEscapist to '''create an age gate just for him''', which has since been used for other videos.
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!!Tropes discussed in his reviews and videos include:
* EightPointEight:
** One of the topics in "Metacritic Isn't the Problem." [[invoked]]
** The ''entire'' topic in "Hate out of Ten."
** One early episode ("YOUR REVIEWS ARE TEH BIAS") discusses this by showing how often people complaining about his reviews [[YouKeepUsingThatWord keep misusing the word "bias"]] to describe any reviewer they vehemently disagree with. Jim's solution? "Create your own Tumblr blog and have bananas play ''{{Singularity}}'' all [[PrecisionFStrike FUCKING]] DAY!"
* AesopAmnesia: In "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7340-Guns-Blazing Guns Blazing]]", he talks about how Namco Bandai hasn't learned a thing from Dark Souls successes by focusing the game at a certain audience (much like the Follow the Leader entry further down), and is now dumping a AAA budget on the sequel and "hop[ing] to God that it works" in reeling in Skyrims audience as well.
* AppealToNovelty: In "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7005-Innovation-Gamings-Snake-Oil Innovation: Gaming's Snake Oil]]", he doesn't criticize innovation, but he does criticize when change is made for no good reason other than to change something. Jim reiterates this in his FollowTheLeader rant when he points out innovation is good when differentiating products from competitors, or exploring new markets.
* CashCowFranchise: Made fun of in "In The Hall of the Mountain Dew," specifically mocking Halo 4's tie-in promotions with Mountain Dew, Doritos and 7-11.
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: [[invoked]] Discussed in his "Crying Through the Laughs" video, where Jim says that a story's sad moments have more meaning, and are therefore more memorable, if things were happy first.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: Jim loves [[EYEDivineCybermancy E.Y.E]] for this reason.
--> ''You can hack doors, turrets, guns... but if you fail, '''the doors can hack you back.''' It's a game where you can get too scared to shoot... there's 32 player co-op, which is broken as fuck, but have it, just fucking have it!''
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: He maintains that pirates need to stop dressing up their activity as anything other than stealing. However, in 2012, he put up a video saying his views had changed a bit: He still thinks it's a crime, but the more he examines copyright laws, the more he realizes (in his words) it's less about protecting the rights of artists and more about protecting the executives who ''bought'' the rights from the artists and are making money off them. So getting upset at pirates is like getting upset at a thief stealing something that was stolen in the first place. (He puts in a caveat that this does not apply to self-published creators, in which case he still gets on people's cases to actually buy the product and give them the money they deserve.) He also tends to play middle-man too, also saying that there are no real good guys or bad guys in the piracy issue after 4.5 million copies of ''TheWitcher2'' and a 90% piracy rate for ''VideoGame/WorldOfGoo''.
* DiscountLesbians: Bordering on BerserkButton. While defending the availability of [[GayOption gay and lesbian romance]] in "VideoGame/MassEffect3 and the Case for a Gay Shepard," he mentions how certain fans make the argument that since [[BiTheWay Liara]] is [[OneGenderRace an asari]], she doesn't "count" as a legitimate GayOption. He absolutely ''eviscerates'' this idea, saying that Liara may be "genderless," but given her feminine appearance, if [=FemShep=] is attracted to an alien who happens to resemble a human woman, then she just might be attracted to women to begin with.
-->'''Jim:''' ''Grow. Up. It is a ludicrous argument to fuckin' say that Liara "doesn't count" because she's an alien without a gender. She looks like a woman. If another woman is attracted to her, she'' might ''have some gay tendencies. It's that simple.''
* DontLikeDontRead: He says that if people were really going to hate the Water Temple changes in the ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' remake, or if they somehow ''knew'' a game that wasn't even out yet would suck, ''to just not buy it''.
* DoubleStandard:
** Jim points out a pretty arrant DoubleStandard surrounding a lot of retro games and Dynasty Warriors. Dynasty Warriors is constantly criticised (Especially by {{IGN}}) as being too "button mashery" and "simplistic", whereas people talk about games like ''GoldenAxe'' and ''FinalFight'' and hold them in high regard...when DynastyWarriors is more or less ''a spiritual successor''. He also points out another DoubleStandard when Hardcore Gamers criticise games as being too simplistic, when of course, games that are often ''still'' held in high regards ''were no more complex than the games they hate on''.
** Also a more traditional double standard in "The Creepy Cull of Female Protagonists," where Jim notes that women in games seem to not be allowed to be protagonists while expressing any desire for physical intimacy or impetus towards a personal goal. One of the only times it gets close is in ''IndigoProphecy,'' but even then the sex is initiated by the male protagonist.
** From the same episode, Jim cites [[http://penny-arcade.com/report/article/remember-mes-surprising-connection-to-facebook-and-why-its-protagonist-had an interview by the Penny Arcade Report]] where the creators had to fight with their publisher to have a female protagonist, because female protagonists don't sell. Except it turns out that publishers [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/report/article/games-with-female-heroes-dont-sell-because-publishers-dont-support-them tend to give games with female protagonists less funding and marketing]], and ''even refuse to put them on their own box covers.''
** The gender divide is called out again in ''[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7290-Objectification-And-Men Objectification and... Men?]]'', where Jim dismantles the claim that video games objectify men as much as women. Jim counters by saying that males are ''idealized'', not objectified, and are put in so that male gamers can take on the role of these characters to play out their power fantasies, instead of a [[MrFanservice piece of beefcake]] for women gamers to drool over.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In his video asking [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/5946-Why-Do-People-Hate-EA why people hate EA]], Jim referred to Activision as [[{{Satan}} satanic]], and follows it up by giving them the tag line "Hey, at least we're not EA!"
* FanDumb: [[invoked]] Jim frequently mocks the overreactions of angry fanboys, but especially takes them on in the "BOYCOTT!" episode.
** UnpleasableFanbase: He has called the Zelda fanbase the "Spoiled brats" of video game fandom, since they had Nintendo putting out new ones every couple years that were always well-done.
* FocusGroupEnding: In "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7405-Damn-Fine-Coffee Damn Fine Coffee]]", Jim criticizes the use of focus groups and how they are driving game development; while focus groups are a useful tool, they have problems and can be abused. Some focus groups submit to peer pressure and say what they think people want to hear rather than their true opinion, which does come out when you study their buying habits. Other times, the researchers are creating focus groups with a built in ConfirmationBias who only tell them to stay the course instead of pointing out problems that proper research would reveal. And there's the FollowTheLeader issue, where companies competing against an established game will create a focus group of fans of that game, who tell them what they liked about the game and they copy it; but the game fails to sell because the fans of the first game already have the game in question and don't care about a knock-off.
* FollowTheLeader: In "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7161-Perfect-Pasta-Sauce Perfect Pasta Sauce]]", he chides the industry for its attitude of copying the most successful formulas instead of trying new or different ideas to seek a broader audience. He compares it to Prego pasta sauce who beat rival Ragu, not by making a better pasta sauce, but by making several varieties of sauces that could reach different markets.
* GameOfTheYearEdition: Blames them, multiple store-exclusive PreOrderBonus, the LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition, and constantly discounting games soon after they come out for the reasons publishers have trouble selling games new. The die-hard fans feel cheated for buying the game when it came out rather than wait until the "complete" games comes out, and other consumers don't know which version to buy or just wait until the price drops.
* IAmTheTrope: He doesn't say that ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'' is ''about'' SurvivalHorror. He says that it ''is'' Survival Horror. That is, Capcom is terrified of losing money so they made the game a hodgepodge of so many different types of games that it resembles a soupy sludge. They will do anything to survive!
* IronicEcho: At the end of "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7100-Why-An-Always-On-DRM-Console-Would-Be-Dumb-Dumb-Dumb Why An Always-On DRM Console Would Be Dumb Dumb Dumb]]", Jim chastises the industry for not trusting gamers and sticking all sorts of anti-consumer behavior on them, telling them to "deal with it"; Jim believes that soon the gamers will get tired of this and abandon the big publishers, and when they wonder what happened, the gamers will tell them to "deal with it".
* ItsPopularNowItSucks: [[invoked]] He calls it "CallOfDuty Syndrome".
* JumpScare: "Scare Tactics" was dedicated to defending this Trope from the criticism that's usually thrown toward it, namely that it's "cheap".
* LonersAreFreaks: Discussed in "Only the Lonely", about the gradual increase in both forced multiplayer aspects and social networking of games impacting on the experience of those who play games to ''get away'' from other people for a short while.
* MurderSimulators: The episode "Desensitized to Violence", obviously, was about this. To prove his point about how people aren't stupid enough to not tell the difference between real violence and video game violence, he showed graphic video of Budd Dwyer's public suicide in order to demonstrate that realistic violence, while more understated than video game violence, is often too gruesome to be entertaining. By contrast, violence in games, movies, etc. is far less desensitizing precisely ''because'' it's so over-the-top.
* NeverMyFault: Jim says if there was anything good about the Xbox One, it's that if it succeeds in killing used gaming, then the industry will have run out of excuses for their own failure, and will have to face the fact that industry decline is their own fault.
* NoExceptYes: Calls out publishers for adding DRM to their games and trying to hide it as a feature. When EA said that SimCity didn't have DRM and that it was an MMO, Jim said that the whole point of making it an "MMO" was to use the always online aspect as DRM.
* NoExportForYou: The source of rage against Nintendo of America and its refusal to export a number of cult hits from Japan.
* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity: [[invoked]] He feels that the vitriolic (and often sexually-charged) backlash against [[FeministFrequency Anita Sarkeesian]] has not only given her views more publicity than she could've dreamed of beforehand, but has inadvertently proven her point about sexism in gaming.
* {{Railroading}}: He mentions that if you want to tell a story, you more or less ''have'' to do this, or else people will just ignore it.
* RapeAsDrama[=/=]RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: {{Discussed|Trope}} in the episode [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/5972-Rape-vs-Murder "Rape vs. Murder"]]. He concludes that the reason why rape is treated as more evil than, say, murder is because the latter action has societal justifications for it ({{revenge}}, [[PayEvilUntoEvil paying evil unto evil]], [[WarIsGlorious the glory of war and the military]], etc.), while rape, which involves dehumanizing an (often) defenseless victim, almost never does. In addition, while all of us [[WeAllDieSomeday are eventually going to die]], and very few of us face the threat of getting brutally murdered, rape is a very real fear for a full half of the population.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: He points out that real-life violence is downright disturbing due to how quick it's over.
* TheScrappy[=/=]RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap: [[invoked]] Jim discusses how VideoGame/DukeNukem would probably be far more likable as a character if they stopped trying to play him so straight.
* SoBadItsGood: [[invoked]] The voice acting from the Dynasty Warriors games, especially the earlier ones.
* TheStarscream: Jim compares the game industry to the infamous Decepticon in ''[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7370-When-The-Starscreams-Kill-Used-Games When the Starscreams Kill Used Games]]''. The game industry panders to used game shops like [=GameStop=] for exclusive promotions, while blaming the used game market for their own decline. If the used game market was hurting the industry so much, then why would the industry even [[{{Hypocrite}} work with GameStop]]?
* StopHavingFunGuys: [[invoked]] Discussed in the "Dumbing Down for the Filthy Casuals" episode.
* StrawmanNewsMedia: His [[TruthInTelevision not inaccurate]] depiction of the news media as completely uninformed about video games, who react hysterically to any violence or sexuality in a game. Usually, they operate under the assumption that [[UndeadHorseTrope video games are for kids,]] and therefore anyone who puts violence or sex in a game [[InsaneTrollLogic is trying to market sex and violence to kids.]] The way to fight back? [[StartXToStopX Be as childish and relentless as they are.]]
* TheyJustDidntCare: [[invoked]] In the episode simply titled "Konami", Jim talks about the rather abysmal job {{Konami}} is doing as a publisher. Failures include releasing ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid HD Collection'' in one of the busiest holiday release seasons in history (and on the same day as gaming juggernaut ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 3'' to boot), not promoting ''Blades of Time'' at all and even getting the release date wrong, releasing ''three'' SilentHill games in a month, and the [[PortingDisaster atrocious handling]] of ''Silent Hill HD Collection''.
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: [[invoked]] Discussed in "Boring, Lazy Art Games". He feels that the term "art game" is starting to become a euphemism for "boring, pretentious pile of shit", citing examples such as ''DearEsther'' and ''ThePath'' which [[{{Railroading}} force the player through]] [[SceneryPorn an interesting setting]], but give them absolutely nothing to do.
* UncannyValley: [[invoked]] Called out Team Ninja, makers of the ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' games, for making (and then defending) "sexy" characters that he finds to be [[FetishRetardant downright hideous]] due to this trope, particularly with their ludicrous JigglePhysics.
* ValuesDissonance: [[invoked]] In response to criticism over the UncannyValley use of JigglePhysics in ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'', the developers defended themselves by saying that it was popular in Japan and that complainers from the West should just deal with it. Jim said it would be acceptable if the games was intended for [[NoExportForYou Japan only]], but since the game was made for an international audience, they have to conform to the social norms in foreign markets as well.
* WidgetSeries: Jim's "Nintendo of America" episode is about how the titular company refuses to import niche Japanese games, [[FridgeLogic despite the fact that said games usually sell more units in America than in Japan.]]
* YouKeepUsingThatWord: "Bias" (See EightPointEight)
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* FocusGroupEnding: In "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7405-Damn-Fine-Coffee Damn Fine Coffee]]", Jim criticizes the use of focus groups and how they are driving game development; while focus groups are a useful tool, they have problems and can be abused. Some focus groups submit to peer pressure and say what they think people want to hear rather than their true opinion, which does come out when you study their buying habits. Other times, the researchers are creating focus groups with a built in ConfirmationBias who only tell them to stay the course instead of pointing out problems that proper research would reveal. And there's the FollowTheLeader issue, where companies competing against an established game will create a focus group of fans of that game, who tell them what they liked about the game and they copy it; but the game fails to sell because the fans of the first game already have the game in question and don't care about a knock-off.
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* TheStarscream: Jim compares the game industry to the infamous Decepticon in ''[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7370-When-The-Starscreams-Kill-Used-Games When the Starscreams Kill Used Games]]''. The game industry panders to used game shops like Game Stop for exclusive promotions, while blaming the used game market for their own decline. If the used game market was hurting the industry so much, then why would the industry even [[{{Hypocrite}} work with Game Stop]]?

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* TheStarscream: Jim compares the game industry to the infamous Decepticon in ''[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7370-When-The-Starscreams-Kill-Used-Games When the Starscreams Kill Used Games]]''. The game industry panders to used game shops like Game Stop [=GameStop=] for exclusive promotions, while blaming the used game market for their own decline. If the used game market was hurting the industry so much, then why would the industry even [[{{Hypocrite}} work with Game Stop]]?GameStop]]?
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* NeverMyFault: Jim says if there was anything good about the Xbox One, it's that if it succeeds in killing used gaming, then the industry will have run out of excuses for their own failure, and will have to face the fact that industry decline is their own fault.


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* TheStarscream: Jim compares the game industry to the infamous Decepticon in ''[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7370-When-The-Starscreams-Kill-Used-Games When the Starscreams Kill Used Games]]''. The game industry panders to used game shops like Game Stop for exclusive promotions, while blaming the used game market for their own decline. If the used game market was hurting the industry so much, then why would the industry even [[{{Hypocrite}} work with Game Stop]]?
22nd May '13 6:34:57 AM HanJuri
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** The gender divide is called out again in ''[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7290-Objectification-And-Men Objectification and... Men?]]'', where Jim dismantles the claim that video games objectify men as much as women. Jim counters by saying that males are ''idealized'', not objectified, and are put in so that male gamers can take on the role of these characters to play out their power fantasies, instead of a [[MrFanservice piece of beefcake]] for women gamers to drool over.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In his video asking [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/5946-Why-Do-People-Hate-EA why people hate EA]], Jim referred to Activision as [[{{Satan}} satanic]], and follows it up by giving them the tag line "Hey, at least we're not EA!"
21st May '13 4:06:23 AM Mangod
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* AesopAmnesia: In "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7340-Guns-Blazing Guns Blazing]]", he talks about how Namco Bandai hasn't learned a thing from Dark Souls successes by focusing the game at a certain audience (much like the Prego/Ragu analogy further down), and is now dumping a AAA budget on the sequel and "hop[ing] to god it works" in reeling in Skyrims audience as well.

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* AesopAmnesia: In "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7340-Guns-Blazing Guns Blazing]]", he talks about how Namco Bandai hasn't learned a thing from Dark Souls successes by focusing the game at a certain audience (much like the Prego/Ragu analogy Follow the Leader entry further down), and is now dumping a AAA budget on the sequel and "hop[ing] to god God that it works" in reeling in Skyrims audience as well.
21st May '13 4:04:58 AM Mangod
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* AesopAmnesia: In "http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7340-Guns-Blazing Guns Blazing]]", he talks about how Namco Bandai hasn't learned a thing from Dark Souls successes by focusing the game at a certain audience (much like the Prego/Ragu analogy further down), and is now dumping a AAA budget on the sequel and "hop[ing] to god it works" in reeling in Skyrims audience as well.

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* AesopAmnesia: In "http://www."[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7340-Guns-Blazing Guns Blazing]]", he talks about how Namco Bandai hasn't learned a thing from Dark Souls successes by focusing the game at a certain audience (much like the Prego/Ragu analogy further down), and is now dumping a AAA budget on the sequel and "hop[ing] to god it works" in reeling in Skyrims audience as well.
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