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-> ''"POWER. GLORY. FRAMERATES."''
-->-- The current motto

A [[WebOriginal webshow]] formerly hosted on ''Website/TheEscapist'' by Jim Sterling, an independent (formerly of ''Destructoid'' and ''Escapist'') reviewer known for his tendency to stoke controversy.

He assumes the persona of [[AlterEgoActing a caricature of gaming journalists]] (which resembles a [[Series/AshesToAshes Gene Hunt]] cosplayer, because who else, right?) to make broader points about video games and the video game industry. Episodes can be found [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition here]] and [[https://www.youtube.com/user/JimSterling/videos here]] and new content can be found on [[http://www.thejimquisition.com/ his website]]. Just make sure to include the "the" as Jimquisition.com, for unknown reasons, [[{{Hentai}} is something rather different.]]

Jim's show comes in the following major formats:

* The Jimquisition: His main show, where Jim discusses current events in the gaming industry and his own opinions on the matter. Features two sub-shows that usually come at the end of the main segment whenever they appear.
** "Oh Ubisoft!" - Discusses Ubisoft's most recent action that has managed to piss everyone off or royally fuck up.
** "[=FucKonami=] News" - The same, but for Konami, though they mostly just piss everyone off.
* Jimpressions: Here, Jim takes a game and does a blind, 10-40 minute playthrough on it, commenting on its gameplay, graphics and such and at the end decides if he recommends it or not. Needless to say, SturgeonsLaw is ''fully'' in effect here. "Early Jimpressions" are for titles in early-access. (Formerly known as "Squirty Plays")
* Commentocracy with Duke Amiel du [[PunctuationShaker H'ardcore]]: A spin-off show where Duke Amiel, the painted-up aristocrat, reads [=YouTube=] comments portraying "Elite Gaming Wisdom" after popular demand and positive reception from [[https://youtu.be/5DoNJ_oecLw?t=11m3s his first appearance in May 2017.]]
* Best Of Steam Greenlight Trailers: Here, Jim takes a look at terrible, provocative or otherwise absurd (or a combination of either) Steam Greenlight trailers while offering constructive criticism and advice to the developer as to how they can improve it. Has been cancelled due to the discontinuation of Steam Greenlight.
* Nitpick Theater: Here, Jim does a short, angry rant about some small gripe with a game or game company in which he blows the problem ridiculously out of proportion. This can range from a small plothole or a company's obsession with an annoying (but not necessarily harmful) practice.
* Itch.io Tasty: Here, Jim inputs a certain keyword into the search bar of the games website itch.io and handpicks the most interesting games that come as a result of this and gives his thoughts on them.
* OH MAH GAWD HYPE!: Jim takes footage of video game trailers designed to hype people up and completely snarks at them, which is doing the complete opposite of other YouTube celebrities where they hype the hell out of a game based on the trailer alone.
* Video Game Show What I've Done: Rory Fingers, a young and mostly-ignorant child, attempts to review games while clearly having no idea what's going on, usually commenting on the way a game is perceived in the process.
* Greenlight Good Stuff: A spin-off of Best of Steam Greenlight Trailers, which features positive coverage alongside the ones of which he was critical. Here, Jim looks at the genuinely good games and explains why those games look appealing. He may even play them for a Jimpression segment when the game is approved for Greenlight.

Jim Sterling announced on November 14, 2014 that he would go crowd-funded via Patreon, so none of his anti-corporate videos would be powered by corporate-sponsored ads, thus he will be free of editorial oversight as well as any [[TheManIsStickingItToTheMan hypocrisy]]. Donate to him yourself [[http://www.patreon.com/jimquisition if you like]].
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[[folder:Tropes Used in ''The Jimquisition'']]
!!Tropes featured include:

* AccentuateTheNegative: Although he's willing to expound on it if he feels it's truly negative.
* ActuallyPrettyFunny: In his episode on the disastrous ''Tales of Symphonia'' PC port he gives a shout-out to someone who called him "the most obnoxious fat lesbian I've ever seen."
* AffectionateParody: The ''Jimsaw'' episodes parody the ''Franchise/{{Jigsaw}}'' movies, both with the titular would-be {{Chessmaster}} DeathTrap enthusiast who is in fact neither very good at chessmastering or designing death traps and with the fact that his would-be victims spend more time querulously complaining and challenging his 'games' instead of playing along like the victims in the movies do.
* AndAnotherThing: "Oh and fuck Konami."
* AndThatsTerrible: During the Squirty Play of ''Playing History: Slave Trade'', an incredibly ill-conceived EdutainmentGame about exactly what you think, the game's mascot (an incongruously cheery OffModel cartoon mouse) finishes a description of the horrific treatment of slaves with "this was certainly not nice". Jim references the TropeNamer in response.
* AppropriatedAppellation: After the [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/9884-The-Slaughtering-Grounds-Developer-Meltdown "epic meltdown of the Slaughtering Grounds developer"]], Jim started calling himself Jim Fucking Sterling, Son, which was an insult thrown at him in the developer's review of his review. ("I don't need to fix that because I'm Jim fucking Sterling, son!") He's since made it into a CatchPhrase.
* ArchEnemy:
** Creator/{{Ubisoft}} has become this, with '''eight''' episodes about them in 2014. Jim frequently [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this. Like Konami, Ubisoft has earned the 'honor' of also getting special post-episode segments dedicated to especially notable blunders by the company every now and again, called "Oh, ''Ubisoft''".
** He was blacklisted by {{Creator/Konami}} for his video on them back in 2012, and his relationship with them has only gone downhill since then. It reached new heights when Jim's anger towards Konami explodes in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uphcEJW-MDA The Silent Hell that is Konami]], telling the company how much he hates them while also telling them to fuck off multiple times. This utter contempt has only worsened in light of the shadier revelations about Konami. It seems ''any'' mention of them is enough to prompt Jim to proudly say "Fuck Konami." In fact, his hatred of them exceeds his persona's own narcissism, as he ends his "Fee 2 Pay" video with "Fuck Konami. And thank God for me. And hit the lever. But most importantly, '''Fuck Konami'''." To put things in perspective, Jim no longer has full episodes about the screw-ups Konami makes. He dedicates entire post-episode segments to a feature called "Fuck Konami News" whenever there's any negative buzz about them.
** Digital Homicide has been getting on Jim's case ever since the fiasco the two sides had during ''The Slaughtering Grounds'' meltdown. Things have only escalated ever since, to the point of [=DigiHom=] attempting to sue Jim for ''$11 million''. However, Jim doesn't seem to view them as arch-enemies, stating that a lot of things involving Digital Homicide were brought to his attention by other people.
*** The two have talked over the phone before. If you think flying accusations, taking Jim's LargeHam persona seriously, and reductive logic bombs make for humorous conversation, it's available in the Podquisition catalogue.
*** As of 21/02/17 the lawsuit has been "dismissed with prejudice" or, in non-legal terms, the judge said they were stopping the process and Digital Homicide can't start a new lawsuit about the same thing.
** {{Creator/WarnerBros}} is starting to look like one as well. He considers them one of the trinity of dickish publishers (along with Ubisoft and EA), and is particularly exasperated that they get away with much worse behavior because people don't consider them a game publisher (since they're primarily thought of for movies and TV.)
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: At the end of "Piracy - Trying To Kill It Makes It Stronger":
-->Nobody's ever going to beat piracy. You can't stop people from wanting stuff for free, just like you can't stop people murdering, taking drugs, robbing houses, or watching Creator/JeffDunham shows.
* AuthorFilibuster: The entire series is just one Author Filibuster after another, though it's tongue-in-cheek.
* BackhandedApology: After Jim's call for calm discussion in "Dragon's Frown" backfired spectacularly, Jim decides to "apologize" for the InternetBackdraft he incidentally caused.
-->''It is entirely my fault that the tumult was as tumultuous as it was, because I, in my blind foolishness, appealed for calm. I appealed for reason, and for that, I am truly, utterly, deeply sorry. And for that, you have my word, on my honor, as a [[BuffySpeak brilliant game-talky man,]] that I will never, '''never''' be reasonable again. Thank you.''
-->({{beat}})
-->*[[BlowingARaspberry pbbbbbbbbbbbt]]*
** In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHWXpGM7dqQ Paul Ryan (not that one)]]", Paul Ryan ([[RunningGag not that one]]) attempted this with an apology letter that Jim mercilessly tore apart.
* BadassBoast:
** At the end of his "Skate Man Intense Rescue: A Steam Spite Story" video, he tells Digpex Games that he now owns them (in a metaphorical sense) because whenever people think of their shitty game, they'll only think about how Jim tore them down after the studio tried to [[CantTakeCriticism silence his criticism]] and are now just another example of other indie developers who tried to pull the same stunt before.
** At the end of "When Jim Sterling Was Sued For $10 Million By Digital Homicide", his overview of his legal dealings with Digital Homicide, he notes that he's received messages from {{Trolls}} threatening to try hitting him with spurious lawsuits ''en mass'' in an attempt to silence him or even destroy his health... and promises that if they try, he'll ''really'' take the gloves off, since despite how some may spin it he was actually remarkably lenient in allowing the Digital Homicide matter to be settled as it was.
* BaitAndSwitchComment: Jim's "apology" for the Nigel Farage comment in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUwzpEE9KsI Exposure]].
* TheBarnum: Jim's latest opening after switching intro music shows him as the owner of a more than questionable fair featuring characters and running gags from previous episodes.
* BeleagueredAssistant: Jim's assistant Chip (SHUT UP CHIP!), who has only ever been seen in some context where he is being tormented by Jim.
* 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]]'', or more accurately, developers bold facedly lying about their games in order to grab money from unsuspecting gamers and run before the bad press hits. When he addressed this in a video, said video opened to him battering a copy of the game with The Penetrator from ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird''.
** Discrimination is a frequent topic, specifically homophobia and sexism (in both gaming and in general).
** The belief that "real gamers" are invariably cisgender (non-trans) heterosexual white males, as shown in this StealthInsult saturated [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGeXzM13TY0 video]].
** He spits the words "Appeal to a ''wider'' audience" with dripping disdain. The GoldenMeanFallacy drives him up the wall.
** He also rails against the anti-consumer practices of the industry, with the most recent fixation being on "Fee to Pay" gaming. Full priced video games adopting the [[{{Freemium}} free to play model]] to create games that players pay up front for, and then try their hardest to [[RevenueEnhancingDevices make players pay for more stuff afterwards]]. To this end, he gave ''Final Fantasy: All the Bravest'' and ''Dungeon Keeper Mobile'' his "Worst Game of the Year" awards for 2013 and 2014, respectively, because of their overuse of microtransactions.
*** Conversely, any AAA game which uses microtransactions is automatically disqualified from his "Best Game of the Year" awards on principle, which kept both ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' and ''VideoGame/DeusExMankindDivided'' out of contention for Game of the Year in 2015 and 2016 respectively despite their 9/10 scores. Jim was [[http://www.thejimquisition.com/mankind-divideds-breach-mode-is-designed-to-divide-you-from-your-money/ particularly torn up]] about the latter, since he absolutely loved the game otherwise, and was later made aware that the team had been forced to include them at the publisher's insistance late in development.
** The concept of pre-orders. While he makes an exception for games that would go out of stock easily by studios such as Creator/{{Atlus}} and [[Creator/NipponIchi NISAmerica]], he's against developers making certain parts of the game pre-order only, saying that: 1. It's almost impossible for the game to go out of stock, 2. The [[{{Hypocrite}} hypocrisy]] of AAA publishers decrying the used games industry, yet willing to work with Gamestop to make exclusive material, a chain that encourages said used games market. and 3. Cutting out parts that should be on the games proper or as [=DLC=].
** [[EntitledBastard Customers]] who believe that since appealing to a wider audience via social issues makes them uncomfortable, developers should restrict their artistic pallet to cater [[ItsAllAboutMe exclusively to them]], and then claim they're being "reasonable."
** Disregarding one's own legacy and history, [[InNameOnly especially with their intellectual properties]], angers Jim to no end due to how utterly fucked a franchise and/or game company can become with such an attitude and having little hope of recovery.
** Unaltered storebought Unity assets. To clarify, he's completely fine with developers using storebought assets as a basis for their own original work, but he has spent a good bit of time railing against developers whose games consist largely of storebought materials that were left unchanged, the reasons being that [[NonstandardCharacterDesign the assets tend to look terrible next to each other]] and that it showcases a general lack of effort. It gets even worse when the game is ''entirely'' something the developer bought and resold. He's gone so far as to say that the people who do ''that'' shouldn't even be considered game developers.
*** The Minecraft-inspired Unit Z asset pack in particular deserves special mention. Jim was utterly ''flabbergasted'' at the sheer volume of Steam users who were just buying the pack and trying to resell it with no changes at all.
** The idea of a "crunch period", when stressed developers spend insane hours working to finish a game before its release, possibly even staying overnight and sleeping at their computers. He made a whole episode on the subject, in which he lambasted it for benefiting only the people on top, who only care about the finished product and not how it's made.
** The thought that entertainers on ''Website/YouTube'' who rely on living off their channels doing videos that they enjoy making aren't working "real jobs".
* BiTheWay: He's dropped numerous hints and a few maybe-maybe-not jokes about the fact that he's seemingly bisexual; including a man of "his preferences" moving to somewhere in the US South, aside phrase like "and people like me who'll bang anyone", wondering how people could "think he would like/think certain things" while doing a BLATANTLY homoerotic act with a prop, etc. When viewers sent him first a latex fist sex toy and then a ''dragon tongue'' sex toy, he incorporated them into the show in various ways, usually while poking fun at himself or someone else. The gay furry porn comic [[BrainBleach seemed to have gone a bit too far]], though, and it's hard to tell where the jokes begin or end.
** He's referred to himself as pansexual on the Podquisition.
** In an emotional tribute to the victims of the Orlando massacre he referred to himself as Queer.
* BlatantLies: PlayedForLaughs
-->'''Randy Pitchford''' (in a past interview): That british guy's got a hard-on for me.
-->'''Jim Sterling''' ([[VideoGame/SaintsRow2 holding a dildo bat]]): I have no idea what would give you that impression.
* BlessedWithSuck: "The Episode About Unity Engine Being Good" discusses how Unity is a free, powerful game engine that can easily be used to make games. The problem is, this is why so many people will try to use it to make asset flips.
* BloodFromTheMouth: Happens to Jim in "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7EI9YCsuBQ Content Divided: Death To Pre-Order Culture]]" after he sees the trailer to pre-order ''VideoGame/DeusExMankindDivided''.
* BreakoutCharacter: Duke Amiel du H'Ardcore, who appeared to read Youtube comments as an 18th century aristocrat, and was so popular, he spawned an entire sideshow reading "[[SarcasmMode gaming wisdom]]" on a regular weekday.
* BookEnds: Jim notes that [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VysWXsuGPHQ&index=41&list=PLlRceUcRZcK0E1Id3NHchFaxikvCvAVQe his first episode about Square Enix]] was before his back injury and when he just found out about his problem with Square Enix. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oVbj4GuuZTA His (hopefully) last]] one has it after he found out just how bad the situation with the company was, and after his back operation.
* BringIt: Jim normally doesn't taunt people to try and attack him, but after many of his videos were Content [=ID'd=] by Nintendo, [[https://youtu.be/vOysuMAJaD8?list=PLlRceUcRZcK0E1Id3NHchFaxikvCvAVQe&t=248 he posts video]] from ''[[VideoGame/HyruleWarriors Hyrule Warriors Legends]]'' with a {{Pixellation}} filter on it, taunting them to try and Content ID that.
** As of "Copyright Deadlock", he's extended this along with a massive middle finger to anybody who tries to wrongfully content ID him. When Jim knows that a company is going to try and profit off his videos, he puts in multiple sources of content ID-alarming content so the multiple copyright claims cancel each other out and none of the companies get any money and no ads can be put on his videos. Just to be safe, any video using Nintendo footage includes the Erasure song "Chains of Love".
** For the Chains of Love usage, it's now [[AvertedTrope averted]]. Jim found that in his usage of Chains of Love prior to 20 February 2017, that it no longer triggered the Copyright Deadlock. [[NiceJobFixingItVillain Interestingly]], he did find that a clip of North American Nintendo footage, and a clip of Japanese Nintendo footage ''do'' cancel each other out...
** After Randy Pitchford tried to pin the blame on Sterling for ''Alien Colonial Marines''' failure and critical reception, Jim was rather forward about how he is ready to go if Randy were to continue with the slander. Special mention goes to Jim replaying Pitchford's interview, where Pitchford says "That british guy has a hard-on for me," and then cutting to Jim holding the dildo bat, and replying "[[BlatantLies I really don't know what would give you that idea.]]"
* BrokenPedestal:
** The whole gaming industry to Jim, he used to admire it, but the repeated transgressions have left him jaded and cynical.
** Jim says he used to like EA, but now he thinks they're one of the worst companies in the industry.
** While he liked {{Toys/amiibo}} initially, Nintendo's repeated failures to produce enough to go around, led to him throwing all his amiibo off his lectern, saying he was done with them.
** Spelled out when Overkill Software added paid {{Microtransactions}} to ''VideoGame/PAYDAY2'', when they had previously said the game [[{{Hypocrite}} would never have it.]] Jim felt ashamed that he previously used Overkill as an example of a company that didn't rip off its fans; and summed it up thus:
---> Never make me regret loving you.
** His view on Konami can be summed up as massive contempt. He loved the company back when they were actually making good games, but then swore off Konami due to their complete disregard to their IP's histories and how shady their business and ethical practices had become over time.
* ButtMonkey: Chip, the new head of research, who only exists to be yelled at and [[TheScapegoat to be blamed for mistakes]]. This even extends to the new (as of mid-2017) intro sequence, in which the attraction named after him is the "Chip Memorial Porta-Potty."
--> 'SHUT UP, CHIP'!
* CallBack:
** In "Why Square Enix Is Carving Its Games To Bits", Jim showed that he had predicted a video game publisher dividing their game up back in mid-2013 by showing a clip from his earlier episode "Fee 2 Pay".
** In "Where's the Fair Use", Jim points out that Nintendo's habit of content ID-ing his videos that don't actually break copyright laws removes any incentive to respect the copyright laws, because it wouldn't make a difference. In "Newtendo" Jim puts in footage from several different games that don't belong to Nintendo in an attempt to make Nintendo fight with other corporations, since multiple corporations could exploit the copyright system.
* TheCameo:
** Jim appears in a secret area in ''VideoGame/TheAngryVideoGameNerdAdventures''.
** His "Photorealistic Sociopathy" video has a clip from [[LetsPlay/HATFilms Hatventures]] in it.
** His ''[=JimSAW=]'' Halloween 2016 Jimquisition special has a surprise cameo from [[spoiler:[[Franchise/ResidentEvil Albert Wesker]]]] at the end, which wouldn't be notable enough on its own, [[spoiler:if it weren't for the fact that Creator/DCDouglas reprises that very role in said video.]]
** His video on [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvJPsALe3kU E3 2017's Winners & Losers]] has a brief cameo from WebVideo/ProJared.
* CanonWelding: Virgillio Armarndio is a carryover from his Destructoid show "The Videogame Show What I've Done."
* CaptainObvious: Everything in his "100% objective" review of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII''. "Final Fantasy XIII is a video game. It has graphics, and sound. When you turn on the game, the graphics and the sound start at almost exactly the same time, and that is the signal that the game has begun."
* CassandraTruth: In his [[https://youtu.be/TQsc14gDPbk?t=19m13s "Turning Players into Payers"]] segment, he calls himself TheCassandra of Video Games and shows off several predictions he made in the past that came true years later when no one would listen to him back then. He goes on to say how he was always told to be quiet or how he was just overreacting, then watching the same people going on to reiterate his points once the predictions came true as if it was the popular thing to do.
* 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."]]
** He sort of has visual catch phrases too; whenever he talks about certain things, he usually shows stills or clips from certain sources, again and again. Greedy capitalists get one or a slideshow of Cyril Sneer from ''TheRaccoons,'' Claudaine or his pet kitty Fat Cat from ''ChipAndDaleRescueRangers'', for example. Also there is usually at least one picture of a shrimp per episode.
*** Any time he comes close to saying the word "[[CountryMatters cunt]]", it gets interrupted by a tidbit of the ''WesternAnimation/SkeletonWarriors'' title sequence.
** "I'm Jim Fucking Sterling, Son." See AppropriatedAppelation.
** "[[TakeThat Fuck]] Creator/{{Konami}}!", done in various ways, after the cancellation of ''VideoGame/SilentHills'' and the removal of ''P.T'' from the Playstation Store was the last straw for him with them. He's even started randomly saying it at the end of episodes that don't have anything to do with Konami at all! For example, TheStinger for "The Asset Flip" is simply the words '''FUCK KONAMI''' in giant Courier font.
*** Also "...because [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Konami is Konami]] and [[TakeThat Konami is the worst" or "and Konami does not know how to business properly]]" whenever he explains why Konami is doing something stupid or malevolent again (and also why he backed ''VideoGame/BloodstainedRitualOfTheNight'' on Kickstarter).
*** Fuck Konami News: "All the news that's fit to make you say "Fuck Konami"."
** "Helps to have a map!" Said for any game with said map as a jab towards ''Guise of the Wolf'', which had a rather not so helpful map and guards who [[WelcomeToCorneria said little else other than it helps to have a map]].
** "Hoy there, small fry.", said as an opener to any episode of Itch.io Tasty. Lifted directly from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker''.
** "Is this memes?" Said for games where the developers seem to have focused on [[ReferenceOverdosed cramming in as many memes as possible]] rather than making a good game.
** "Cheesed my onions" is Jim's favorite go to phrase when something really bothered/angered him.
** When the subject turns to matters of an X-rated nature, Jim will often end up inviting the audience to imagine him in some kind of graphically-detailed debauchery involving someone "POUNDING IT... POUNDING IT... [[OverlyLongGag POUNDING IT]]..." in some way, with [[ADateWithRosiePalms a suspicious smacking noise in the background]].
** ''[Condescending chuckle]'' "Oh, ''Ubisoft''."
** "just look at it!", to underscore the fact that a game is not only bad, but ''obviously'' bad.
** "Video games!", either muttered darkly or loudly shouted, to express dismay at the course of the genre as a whole, and how a particular game reflects it.
** *snide, pinched nose voice* "Triiiple-AAAAAA", normally used whenever a game starts indulging in hated developer behavior for no apparent reason other than every other big-name game is doing it, such as season passes, microtransactions, or a game's price going up to $60 for no real reason.
* CategoryTraitor: Jim is especially disgusted with the use of DMCA takedowns to try and silence critics of the game ''Fur Fun'', since the developer is a [=YouTuber=] himself and would know firsthand how annoying and harmful false copyright claims are to [=YouTube=] content creators.
* CelebrityResemblance: His appearance and even his voice are quite similar to that of [[Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace Garth Marenghi]], which he even lampshaded on a podcast.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Shortly after the show began, Jim settled into a dictator-like persona, complete with black gloves and banner, as a way of comedically "owning" criticisms that he came across as a [[SmallNameBigEgo self-important]] [[OpinionMyopia opinionated]] KnowNothingKnowItAll. As time went on, he added more wacky {{Running Gag}}s to the schtick, which took it in an ever more bizarre and flamboyant direction. In 2017 he finally dropped the dictator routine and shifted into more of TheBarnum, as a proprietor of a [[TheFreakShow carnival of the strange]], which by that point was not much of a stretch from the earlier persona. Jim thought that the original gag had gotten a little old, and that given the state of world politics at the time, even [[ThoseWackyNazis comedic faux-fascism]] felt [[HarsherInHindsight a little too uncomfortably close to real]].
* ChewbaccaDefense: Near the end of "A Quiet Conversation", he jokes that saying "I breathe through my skin" can be used to justify anything, no matter how heinous or ridiculous it may be[[note]]This is a TakeThat at Creator/HideoKojima's rather flimsy justification for the VideoGame/MetalGearSolidV character Quiet's {{Stripperific}} 'uniform'[[/note]].
* CouchGag: Since the updated intro animation debuted in May 2017, a wall on the background always contains a different message displayed in graffiti each episode.
* CountryMatters: Initially, but Jim has since made it a point not to use gender-specific slurs (though he's still happy to use "cocking", "cunting", and "clitting" as stand-ins for "fucking"). Eventually he got into the habit of cutting of the C word with the opening theme to ''WesternAnimation/SkeletonWarriors''.
* 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]].
--> As a new, paying customer, I hate, hate, HATE that barrier being put in front of me, where I can't just hop into an online game on a whim, instead of having to redeem a fucking 21-digit redemption code on a fucking controller using the Xbox 360's fucking laggy input just to play Dead fucking Space fucking 2's fucking multi-player that wasn't even fucking any fucking good in the fucking first fucking fucking place, ''fuck!''
* CompanionCube: Miniature Fantasy Willem Defoe
* 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.
* ConstructiveCriticism: Jim uses this in his Squirty Plays/Jimpressions of early access games by pointing out the things he likes, what he doesn't like, and what he thinks can be improved upon. He uses BrutalHonesty a lot (although he has made an attempt to be less brutal), which has caused many indie developers (including the infamous Digital Homicide) to lash out against Jim with DisproportionateRetribution since the majority of them CantTakeCriticism. Jim will drift into CausticCritic territory if the game is ''really'' bad.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: According to Jim, Creator/SquareEnix needs to stop announcing games all the time or Yoishi Ada needs to get kicked in the ass with steel toed boots.
* {{Corpsing}}:
** In [[https://youtu.be/eG1q3X3HxeA?t=705 "Game Over, Randy"]], Jim inadvertently knocks the [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorph]] figurine off the podium with his [[VideoGame/SaintsRow Dildo Bat]]. He begins laughing and loses his train of thought.
** In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VR5TP129_pI The Mighty Has Fallen]]", Jim calls those who watch the show for free (that is, non-Patreon supporters) "fucking parasites" as a joke. He immediately laughs at that comment, claiming he was "goof-bushed" by himself.
* CriticBreakdown: While he is generally less prone to giving this sort of reaction, he has had more than one such outburst over the years.
** Had a screaming fit over ''[[https://youtu.be/MoNj7Or7SOU Pixel Rising]]'' on finding that it is ''yet one more [=UnitZ=] asset flip''; he had reviewed '''seven''' versions of the same game with different names uploaded by different 'developers' by this time, so a degree of outrage was called for.
** Was sent into a state of [[HeroicBSOD existential despair]] by [[SmallNameBigEgo Digital Homicide]]'s ''[[https://youtu.be/LV2krWfHC6E E.L.T.: The Extra-Large Testicle]]''.
* CriticalResearchFailure:[[invoked]] PlayedForLaughs in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85fILN_m5pg "I'm Not Saying Emulators Are Cool, BUT..."]]. He says that {{UsefulNotes/Emulation}} is [[TheScottishTrope a taboo subject among AAA companies]], "like [[Franchise/HarryPotter Voldemort]] from that movie ''Series/GameOfThrones''", while showing a picture of [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings Sauron]].
* CrocodileTears: At the end of ''Goodbye Greenlight'', he invites the viewer to cry with him over the death of Steam Greenlight. Said crying is obviously insincere and devolves into [[LaughingMad insane cackling]] after a few seconds.
--> [[SigningOffCatchPhrase Thank God for me]].
--> ''{{Beat}}''
--> Oh, hold on, I'm gonna cum as well! [[TheGruntingOrgasm UURGH--]]
* CurseCutShort: while he normally has no issues whatsoever swearing without filters, he cuts off a certain [[CountryMatters c-nuke]] with the intro to ''WesternAnimation/SkeletonWarriors''. He extended the joke to his blog in the new comments system where anyone who posts the "c" word gets replaced with [♪SKELETON WARRIORS♫]
* DamnedByFaintPraise: Jim's second look at Digital Homicide's ''Deadly Profits'' has him pointing out the one or two extremely minor details that were changed for the better (such a boss fight having its exploitation fixed) and that the game itself was worth buying due to the $1 sale the developers were promoting.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
** When Jim became independent, the intro was changed to "Jim Sterling presents Jimquisition with Jim Sterling".
** 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 [[BrokenRecord you asked Electronic Arts why people hate Electronic Arts.]] Which is just like, well, ''[[OverlyLongGag asking Electronic Arts why people hate Electronic Arts.]]'' '''''[[YourHeadAsplode NYAG!]]'''''
* DidntThinkThisThrough: In "[[https://youtu.be/-z4_bjyJ4EM Unity Has An Image Problem]]" Jim says this about the Unity Engine's policy of forcing developers using the basic editions of Unity to display the engine's logo at their games' start up while those who pay for more premium versions don't have to. This results in Unity becoming associated with low-quality and low-budget amateur {{Shovelware}}, and not the numerous high quality and professionally-made games which have in fact used Unity.
* DifferentInEveryEpisode: Starting from ''A Bitter Post-Mortem Of Modern Warfare Remastercarded'', the intro has a unique message written on the wall every episode, usually commenting on the episode's topic.
* DisapprovingLook: [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7811-Fee-to-Pay According to Visceral's John Calhoun]], people expect mobile games to have {{Freemium}} content in it, so a [[VideoGame/DeadSpace3 console horror game]] [[InsaneTrollLogic must include it as well]]. Jim tips down his glasses and sighs.
** In general, this is his reaction when words fail him.
* {{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!''"-- [[{{Beat}} (pregnant pause)]] [[ButNotTooEvil But a good one, obviously.]] I'm a good Hitler. The good Hitler of videogames.
* DivideAndConquer: In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9w2RMBrmTsk Newtendo]]", Jim puts videos from several other games studios because they (including Nintendo) abuse YouTube's copyright system and try to claim ad revenue on any video containing their content. By putting several different games on one video, he finds the copyright holders get stalemated as trying to put ads on the video draws the attention of the others and leads to conflicting copyright claims.
* DontTryThisAtHome: During Jim's play through of ''Radiator 2'', he warns viewers to not try what he was about to do to a male character in game and proceeds to spank said man's ass over and over again until the guy ''passes out''.
* DudeNotFunny: Jim has expressed disgust in some Greenlight trailers showing offensive content that no one would find funny, such as slurs and hate towards specific groups of people.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: The earliest episodes ([[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4C68FCCCD3E13304 available on Destructoid's Youtube channel]]) did have their fair share of differences from the usual format:
** The opening sequence changed more often, lacked the "Truth, Pride, Garme Jurnalizm" motto and usually lasted longer.
** The episodes mostly showed Jim talking, with video game footage being played in a corner of the screen, as opposed to current episodes, which show either Jim or video game footage in full screen, but never both at the same time. They also weren't structured with an introduction or a conclusion, Jim would just get to the main point the moment the episode started, and the episode would end as soon as he was done.
** Jim didn't have a podium and a backdrop, and simply stood in front of a white wall with a microphone in his hand. The miniature fantasy Willem Dafoe didn't exist neither.
** Jim didn't have his SmallNameBigEgo persona yet, and was more of a (moderately) angry ranter. Instead of self-congratulatory quips, [[EveryEpisodeEnding episodes ended]] with Jim [[MicDrop dropping his microphone]] in annoyance and walking away.
** Jim's "Best of Steam Greenlight Trailers" was mostly just him giving his reactions and impressions of bad or potentially bad games on Greenlight while having a good snark. He later adopted a critique style where he gives his criticism of the trailer and reads the game's description on its home page. Ironically, this effort to be more constructively critical coincided with a decided ''increase'' in [[CausticCritic harsh, snarky reviews]], though this was in part due to the growing number of poor games coming to his attention, mostly via fans who [[SadistShow loved watching him tear them to shreds]].
* EnemyMine: Jim has backed some {{Website/Kickstarter}} projects purely out of spite. He backed ''VideoGame/BloodstainedRitualOfTheNight'' as a SpiritualSuccessor to ''{{Franchise/Castlevania}}'', which {{Creator/Konami}} had [[ScrewedByTheNetwork screwed over]], and ''VideoGame/YookaLaylee'' as a spiritual successor to ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'', which Creator/MicrosoftStudios had screwed over.
* 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!"''
* EpicFail:
** In the episode "How Do You Fuck Up Tetris?", he is so flabbergasted at how Ubisoft and EA managed to fuck up making a simple game like Tetris. In Ubisoft's case, the game is riddled with bugs, frame rate drops, and forcing users to use Ubisoft's intrusive [=uPlay=] application. For EA, they filled the game with microtransactions, DLC, and a subscription service.
** In Jim's Halloween specials, Jimsaw's plans always culminate in the trap failing.
** Jim admitted on Facebook and Twitter that playing against [[ArtificialStupidity bots]] in a game of ''Paladins'' and not realizing it was one of the stupidest things he has done.
--> '''Jim''': I've done some stupid things in my job, but playing against bots and not realizing it and thinking I'm great? I out-DSP'd DSP on that one.
* EveryoneHasStandards:
** He may be a monstrous ball of rage with a god complex, but woe betide those who spout sexist or otherwise discriminatory bullshit. And any game that treats rape and misogyny lightly will get heaps of scorn (why he listed ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'' as the worst 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 ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'''s GayOption.
** He's against the antics of corporate executives, but he admitted to respecting ''Creator/SatoruIwata'' (understandable, because Iwata-san was willing to [[BenevolentBoss cut his own salary in half instead of firing his employees, in order to keep company morale up]]).
* EveryEpisodeEnding: Jim telling the public to thank God for him.
* 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]].
** He does another one in the "Xbox One No DRM Emergency Special" whilst accompanied by a clip of [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Megatron]] laughing.
* ExactWords: Jim says that he had several good opportunities to take a shot at [[Creator/QuanticDream David Cage]] in his "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/8816-Irrational-Decisions-Or-Freedom-In-Chains Irrational Decisions (or Freedom in Chains)]]" video, but wasn't going for the easy shot because he's mature. In the video, he doesn't mention Cage once; instead he waits until the closer and hammers him there.
* FrivolousLawsuit: Was nonchalantly threatened by Digital Homicide to be sued for slander[[note]]Since slander usually means spreading lies and misinformation about a person and Jim technically isn't lying when he says Digital Homicide produces shovelware, a judge would likely laugh Digital Homicide out of court.[[/note]] and tried to force him into signing an agreement with their lawyer saying that he would stop dragging their name through the mud. Jim casually mentioned that he would need to talk to his own lawyer before signing anything, which made Digital Homicide extremely upset.
** As of the fourth of March, 2016, they've ''actually [[https://www.docdroid.net/k5yw9tP/1-main.pdf.html followed]] [[https://www.docdroid.net/lQKJ45a/1-1.pdf.html through]]'', believe it or not.
** As of July 2nd and 13th, 2016, [[http://mmofallout.com/ipe-update-judge-strikes-down-digital-homicide/ it looks like the case will be dismissed]] and [[http://mmofallout.com/ipe-update-digital-homicide-needs-a-lawyer/ Rommie, who does not have a lawyer in the case has no clue what he is doing.]]
** And in February of 2017, the case has been dismissed with prejudice, which means that the case is closed and cannot be reopened.
* TheGhost: For all the... "trouble" that James Romine has caused, Jim has never so much as spoken to him, let alone ''met'' the man; The "interview" was with Robert, James' brother, and James himself only communicated with Jim through legal documents and other written correspondence.
* 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 Willem Dafoe.
** 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.]]''
* 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.
* GushingAboutShowsYouLike: Jim loves the ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombiesGardenWarfare'' games, and sighs resignedly when both games instituted microtransactions a month after release, when normally he'd rage about it with other games.
* HeelFaceDoorSlam: On Konami after the company announced it wanted to win back the trust it lost with its fans. Jim rejects the notion, saying that Konami is only crawling back to the gaming public because its grand gambit of refocusing on glitzy pachinko machines and mobile titles has been an unmitigated disaster, and that talk is cheap and they'll need to take action. He also claims he'll never forgive them for the personal and professional mistreatment he's experienced at their hands.
* HurricaneOfEuphemisms: In "Genitalia" when talking about the fully-rendered vagina that had slipped into ''VideoGame/WatchDogs2'' on one of the female [=NPCs=], Jim used every single slang term for female genitalia he could possibly come up with, such as snatch, clamshell, muff, twadge, sugar-notch, flap-dragon, quim and bookbinder's wife. Apparently he googled them. In the same video he also used a variety of terms for penises, although not to the same extent.
* HypocriticalHumor: Quite often.
** When clarifying his views on Chick-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.
** Whenever he corrects a previous error, it's presented as "Only a complete idiot would have done this very specific thing by accident, and I never make mistakes! I did it on purpose, obviously!"
** After chewing out publishers for exploiting business models he used to like, he'll pretend to use the same business model himself.
*** His video about "early access" is unfinished
*** In his video about ''Evolve'' and its saturated pre-order bonuses Jim advertises that next week's video has pre-order bonuses.
*** His video where he opposes whole games being arbitrarily split up into episodes abruptly switches over to a Rednex music video three times and ends with a sudden cut to black followed by a fake OnTheNext teaser.
** In "A Tale of Casinos and SEO Juice", Jim's criticism of critics who take payments from representatives of online casinos to mention and link to them in reviews in order to increase the casino's search engine optimisation is interrupted every so often by gushing plugs for Juicy Slots, a parody of online casinos. [[LampshadeHanging He admits that he was tempted to go even further and sign up with one such service in order to expose and slam them while at the same time getting paid by them]], but decided against it on the grounds that (a) after researching it he was so disgusted by the practice it was beneath his dignity and conscience to do so even for the purposes of irony, and (b) they were only offering him $100 anyway.
* HypocrisyNod: At the start of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG1q3X3HxeA his video]] on Creator/GearboxSoftware developer Randy Pitchford, who still defends the awful ''VideoGame/AliensColonialMarines''. Jim wants him to just give up and admit the game sucked, and then points out the irony that he is still hung up on how terrible the game is.
* IMeantToDoThat: Jim took some cell phone video at SGC 2015, but held the phone upright instead of sideways, so the video was tall and narrow instead of in widescreen. Jim says he doesn't make mistakes, and he was doing it deliberately.
* IToldYouSo: In 2014, he was attacked for saying Valve's policies were too loose, allowing too much shovelware into the online store. In 2016, he noted that 40% of Steam's ''entire library'' was released within that year, and that those critics are silent now..
* InsaneTrollLogic:
** In a conversation with the founder of Digital Homicide, Jim was accused of rallying his audience to attack his games. The 'evidence' of this: a video clip where Jim talks about growing a genetically engineered army with mad science.
** [=DigiHom=] also attempted to paint Sterling as someone who exploits his fans by quoting a completely unrelated joke from a video about a terrible game when he was mocking "game jurnalizm" and its tendency to say things that get a buzz out of fans, without even accounting for the obvious sarcasm in his tone.
** He likens Nintendo's given explanations on why they can't have Zelda as a playable character to him claiming that he wears a red tie because a blue tie would make his opinions less valid.
* 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]]. TheStinger revealed that the noise is him [[spoiler: stretching out the word "me" as long as possible.]]
** When the Slaughtering Grounds' developer used the phrase "I'm Jim fucking Sterling, son" as an insult against him, Jim declared it one of the best things he'd heard in a long time and adopted it as a regular CatchPhrase.
** Similarly, in "So Let's Talk about Mods Being Sold On Steam", Digital Homicide saw fit to take yet ''another'' [[TakeThat shot at Jim]] with a "Zombie Troll" card, featuring a fat zombie performing the Russian Roulette pose that Jim does in his Youtube profile picture. He found the card [[ActuallyPrettyFunny quite amusing]], and declared that whatever profit that Digital Homicide made on the card would be thanks to Jim Fucking Sterling, Son.
* InternalHomage: Jim's new circus intro is a nonstop ContinuityNod to the show's running gags, including the Skeleton Warriors riding a roller coaster, the Pogchinko machines with Pog-Fucker's mask on them, a poster of the Steam Cleaner, Pyramid Head from "Fuck Konami News", the Age of Barbarian guy running a dart game played by Skeletor (with apple-shaped [=TVs=] and ninja blocks as prizes), Jimsaw and the Scarecrow in the House of Horrors, the Cornflakes Homunculus as a sideshow, the Chip Memorial Port-A-Potty, and a trash can featuring games he loves to hate.
* JadeColoredGlasses: Noticed just how cynical he had become while watching the latest ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront'' trailer, and kept thinking how much EA was going to screw it up. He used to be much more positive over the game industry, but the years of crap that the industry pushed out has worn him down to this. (Ironically, he wears ''red'' - that is to say, ''rose'' - colored glasses on the show.)
* LargeHam: As a persona.
** He went VisualPun by depicting Reggie Fils-Aime with an ''actual'' large ham in "Nintendo of America."
* TheLastOfTheseIsNotLikeTheOthers: In every yearly "sh*ttiest games" list, Jim usually explains in detail why every game on the list is bad... nine times out of ten. There is always one game on the list (never the number 1, but almost always in the top 5) on which Jim does not elaborate. Here are his comments on these games in their entirety:
** 2010: ''VideoGame/AlphaProtocol'':
---> '''Jim''': "..." (pretends to vomit)
** 2011: ''VideoGame/KnightsContract'':
---> '''Jim''': "Fuck. No."
** 2012: ''VideoGame/SpiritCameraTheCursedMemoir'':
---> '''Jim''': "Load of cuntin' wank."
** 2013: ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDeadSurvivalInstinct'':
---> '''Michael Rooker''' (from the trailer): "Merle and Daryl in a game. What can be better than that?"
---> '''Jim''': "Apparently, most things, Mr Rooker."
** 2014: ''The Forgotten Ones'':
---> '''Jim''' (after showing an in-game ShoutOut to LetsPlay/PewDiePie[[note]]a Pokémon Trading Card with [=PewDiePie=]'s face on it, accompanied by a StupidStatementDanceMix of one of his quotes, along with a picture of the "True Story" meme[[/note]]): "I think that says everything that needs to be said about ''The Forgotten Ones''."
** 2015: ''[[VideoGame/TonyHawksProSkater Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5]]''
---> (Nothing but video clips of the player taking multiple spills to the theme of ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983''.)
** 2016: ''Zenith'' (an action RPG on Steam)
---> '''Jim''': "A completely unfunny, broken bucket-load of red, raw, milky [[CurseCutShort c-]] '''WesternAnimation/SkeletonWarriors!'''
* LetsSeeYouDoBetter: He's heard this line before, and his response is that he's not a game developer, so he's not going make a crappy game of his own and try to sell it.
* LaughingMad:
** After it was taken off of Steam, Jim decided to do a live-stream of ''Five Nights at Freddy's World'' (since he still had the game loaded on his computer). After a full hour of playing (and dying many, many times), he finally snaps and starts laughing uncontrollably... which turns into ''screams'' as the live-stream ends.
** The unveiling of Konami's ''Silent Hill'' Pachinko machine also provoked a bout of this.
* LoonyFan: In "Guns Blazing", Jim notes that, whilst his fan base is generally friendly and even buys him gifts of his online wishlists, he inevitably attracts the occasional creep. [[spoiler:Cue Jim revealing a fan recently bought him a sex toy -- a rubber replica fist of pornstar Belladonna to be precise -- that he never even asked for.]]
** And it only gets loonier. [[spoiler: Later gifts have included a dragon-tongue sex toy, and ''gay furry porn.'']]
*** All of these gifts have been featured on Jimquisition episodes.
* LoopholeAbuse: He invented the "Copyright Deadlock" technique to avoid copyright claims on his videos. How it works is that you put in a bunch of gratuitous footage from all kinds of different companies, videogame related or not. And because of the amount of Content ID claims, no single company can actually make money via ads on the "offending video", since that would mean they ''all'' own it, and yet only one of them can legally make money off of said video. Meaning, rather hilariously, his work remained ad-free due to no one company getting ad-revenue from Content ID. It's taken to another level with Nintendo where Jim is so fed up with Nintendo's shenanigans on YouTube and in the gaming industry that he inserts video content from Nintendo of America and Nintendo of Japan so that both companies, despite being basically the same company, claim the video and are unable to make money from it.
* MadnessMantra: When Jim did a Squirty Play of ''Air Control'', he already started to see the mess of problems the game had. After playing the "complete" version of the game, he sees a mess of organs strewn all over the place and sees how ''huge'' the brains are and could not have possibly fit in the heads of the character models sitting nearby. The whole sight sent him into a short raving fit as he kept looking between a person's head and the loose brains.
--> '''Jim''': Why are the brains that big!? That's a head! That's a brain! Head! Brain! Head! Brain! Five dollars! Five dollars everyone! Attention all surgeons on deck! This game costs five dollars! Brain! Head! What the fuck!?[[note]]Five dollars being the price of the game at the time it was released. Needless to say, it was deemed to be worth far less.[[/note]]
* MadLibsCatchPhrase:
** "Hello, you (insert bizarre term for the viewers here), Jim Sterling here, and this is (name of the game in question)", whenever a Squirty Play is released.
** "This is a Steam Greenlight trailer for (name of prospective game in question)", whenever he looks at a Steam Greenlight trailer.
* ManipulativeEditing:
** In "Nintendo's Virtual Console Is Trash Garbage", Jim cuts an episode of ''[[WebVideo/RedLetterMedia Best of the Worst]]'' so that it seems like Rich Evans is saying "Thank God for Jim".
* MeanBrit: Jim's persona has strong elements of this. Especially when talking about something that upsets him.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Really, there's two Jim Sterlings in the Jimquisition. First up is the Jim character who appears on camera, the man who ''defines'' RefugeInAudacity, the man who sets some sort of new record for the SmallNameBigEgo trope. Despite all of that, the other Jim Sterling, the one who voices the meat of each episode and writes reviews for Destructoid, seems to be a relatively nice and reasonable guy.
** Also seen in [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7831-Go-Fish "Go Fish"]]; it's an unscripted episode released off schedule, and simply contains Jim [[AdLib ad-libbing]] a response to the cancelling of [[VideoGame/{{Fez}} Fez 2]], and is notably very calm, friendly and ''sans his LargeHam persona.''
* MicDrop: Done twice so far (since it stopped being a regular thing, that is) :
** Played straight in "Free-to-wait".
** Another episode parodied it, with Jim forgetting to unplug he mic or even turn it off, so the mic just swung back and forth making noise each time it hit the podium.
* MilesGloriosus: Jim has noticed this trait among Steam developers. When Jim does a video ''Squirty Play'' or ''Best of Steam Greenlight Trailers'' video, some will use a copyright strike against him over his video of their content. However, when Jim files a counter-claim, no developer actually follows through, as the next step is an actual trial, and they would probably be laughed out of court.
* {{Mockumentary}}: "Thank God For Me: The Jimquisition Story."
* MotorMouth: Some of more long-winded rants might make you stop for breath in sympathy, because he doesn't appear to.
* NamesTheSame: Paul Ryan ([[RunningGag not that one]]) of Brash Games, frequently mentioned during Jim's critique of the site's exploitative practices towards its writers in "Exposure", shares the same name as the US Speaker of the House of Representatives at the time the video was made.
* NeverMyFault: Jim's old response to small factual mistakes in videos was to say [[IMeantToDoThat he did them on purpose]]. His new response is either [[TheScapegoat to blame Chip]] or to claim that it was a result of [[MemeticMutation him breathing through his skin]].
* NightmareFuel: In-universe. During [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/8340-The-Survival-of-Horror "The Survival of Horror"]] special, [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Scarescrow]] unleashes some of his fear toxin on Jim and we see what Jim is most fearful of: [[spoiler:Making out with a copy of ''VideoGame/AliensColonialMarines'']].
** On the Podquisition, Jim's story about the "Black Widow Motel" (from the episode of the same) is nothing short of terrifying.[[note]]The motel wasn't actually called that, but it's how Jim refers to it because ''there were Black Widow spiders there.''[[/note]]
* NoPronunciationGuide: "EARLY AAACCESS."[[note]]Jim's term for triple-A games releasing with missing features that are to be added later on.[[/note]] [[SubvertedTrope Funnily enough, even Jim, the guy that made it, falls victim to this trope.]]
--> '''Jim''': Early triple access... Early ahhh-access... Early triple aches-es?... Ahhhxis?... I think the buzz term I invented works better in text.
* OhCrap: When he thought he didn't have to discuss something controversial, and then was told the week's subject was art games.
* OnceAnEpisode:
** Jim's squirty plays always begin with "Hello you [adjective] [noun]!"
** Nearly every episode of the Podquisition has included them railing against Ubisoft for one reason or another. This wasn't planned, [[TooDumbToLive Ubisoft just seems to screw up that much.]]
** Every Greenlight trailer starts with "This is a Steam Greenlight trailer for [game's name here]!"
** Every Nitpick Theater ends with "That mildly annoys me sometimes."
* TheOneThingIDontHateAboutYou: Jim spared the infamous "Air Control" from being any further than 7th place on his list of the shittiest games of 2014, despite it clearly being the most broken and half-assed game on the entire list, because he admitted it was at least funny in its particular brand of shittiness.
* OverlyLongGag: At the end of the Amiibo episode, Jim repeats the infamous {{VideoGame/Splatoon}} "You're a kid now, you're a squid now" line on a loop for well over two minutes.
** In "A Quiet Conversation", he goes on a tangent to say how much he likes to watch genitals "Pounding it... Pounding it... Pounding it... Pounding it...". Shows up again in "Fallout 4's S.P.E.C.I.A.L Relationships".
*** It first showed up in "On My Inquisitor and Vaginas", in which he described a quite steamy sex scene with Iron Bull in great detail, to show that whether gay or straight, everyone could be Iron Bull-sexual.
* PerfectlyCromulentWord: In ''Babysitting the Survivor'', Jim starts referring to games that were "launched" on Early Access as "blaunched".
* PhraseCatcher: "''SHUT UP'', CHIP!"
* PoesLaw: Apparently, some people didn't get that Jim Sterling's persona on the show is intentionally abrasive and narcissistic. So [[https://youtu.be/sDg4ByQ310k?t=1m57s he decided to point it out as blatantly as possible]] [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall without breaking character.]]
--> ''Instead it should be more {{iron|y}}ic... I don't know, just pulling this at random, some [[SelfDeprecation 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.''
** When Jim searched for a strong female video game protagonist, one that wasn't a player avatar, was of an alignment lower than "mostly unambiguously good", that was unattractive, that had goals other than stereotypically girly things, and didn't depend on men; [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/8177-Vertigo he comes up with]] [[MadGod Vertigo]] from ''VideoGame/PrimalRage''. He adds that he is ''not'' joking, he seriously went looking for a playable female video game character who fit all of the above criteria, and a [[{{Kaiju}} giant, blue, snake-headed, poison-spitting dinosaur]] was the best he could find.
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: [[invoked]]A frequently DiscussedTrope. Ultimately, he's of the opinion that people who claim this is the case in RealLife are almost always blowing things out of proportion.
* PromotedToScapegoat: After getting the wrong price on a game in a previous episode, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1foKt86luM Jim announces that his assistant Chip]] is the new head of research, and while he takes full responsibility for the previous error, it really falls on the research department and the idiot rookie running it.
* ProperlyParanoid: During his interview with ''Kinda Funny Games''[='=] Colin Moriarty, Colin was impressed with Jim's ability to predict the worst abuses of the games industry before anyone else. Jim says that he's a natural worrier, and that when he sees something (like day one DLC, season passes, etc...), his brain jumps to the worst possible conclusion. Eventually, someone takes the idea and proves Jim right.
* 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."
** In ''Mass Effect 3 And The Case For A Gay Shepard'', he was alarmed at how often people thought, "If Bioware should start catering to everyone by catering to homosexuals, they need to represent pedophiles as well". To which Jim replied, "''Pedophiles...FUCK...'''KIDS!'''''". Twice.
* 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).
* RantInducingSlight: Jim dedicates a whole episode to this in regards to the amiibos. Having previously defended the idea behind them, despite Nintendo not producing enough for everyone to buy (and Nintendo promising they would make more in the future), Jim finally snaps in the "The Splatoon Straw That Broke Amiibo's Back" episode. He goes on a huge rant over how Nintendo failed to produce enough amiibos yet again, making features in their games that only a fraction of the fan base can enjoy due to how difficult it is to get an amiibo, and feels like Nintendo is only catering to scalpers who are seeking to buy up entire stocks of amiibos just to sell them back for a big profit. Not only does Jim declare he doesn't give a shit about amiibos anymore, he actually knocks off all the amiibos on his podium to drive the point home.
* 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"]].
* ReadingTheStageDirectionsOutLoud: When Jim joked that EA was responsible for all human deaths past, present and future, he follows it up with a [[OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope statement prepared by his lawyer]] saying that it was a joke and that EA is not responsible for human mortality. [[https://youtu.be/z4OGIhaY1P8?t=654 He continues to read the letter]] through the part where his lawyer asks if he wants do get sued again.
* RefugeInAudacity: [[https://youtu.be/cK8i6aMG9VM In the video, Copyright Deadlock,]] Jim explains a way to counter a Content ID claim, which is to make it so that your video has ''multiple Content ID claims.'' This creates a conglomeration of claims and if one says no monitization, no ads play, thus, no one earns anything. Jim proceeds to mock the claimants and YouTube for the train wreck of the Content ID system.
* {{Retool}}:
** In 2017 he dropped the [[ComicBook/VForVendetta Norsefire]] inspired pseudo-fascist bit in favor of a [[RepulsiveRingmaster carnival showman]] persona. He explains the reasons for it [[http://www.thejimquisition.com/the-jimquisition-reposition/ here.]]
** Later the same year, he announced that [[http://www.thejimquisition.com/changing-criticism-or-fuck-game-reviews/#more-6974 he would forego doing reviews]] in favor of making criticisms and analysis of video games a part of his other videos, citing reasons such as gaming journalism reviews being too ingrained in a FourPointScale and focusing on content that people enjoy more.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: The main gimmick behind Jim's ''[=Itch.io=] Tasty'' series is seeing what strange games he can find on [[https://itch.io/ the titular website]] by putting in a search term related to a recent news story or video game release. Past search terms have included [[VideoGame/NoMansSky Hello]], [[Film/Deadpool2016 Superhero]], [[VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront Star Wars]], [[Creator/DonaldTrump Trump]], [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyInfiniteWarfare Warfare]] and [[UsefulNotes/DavidCameron Pig]].
* RunningGag:
** Jim's obsession with Willem Dafoe, as represented by Miniature Fantasy Willem Dafoe.
** Any one of his many catch phrases.
** The appearance of a shrimp picture in every episode.
** "Because [[ShapedLikeItself Konami is Konami]]," to explain whenever [[TheScrappy Konami]] screws something up. Sometimes extended to "Because Konami is Konami and Konami is the worst."
** When playing a video game that allows Jim to enter a name for the character, his hands-down favorite is "[[UnusualEuphemism Chungus]]". Jim will invariably present this as though he's just thought up the name for the first time.
** Whenever Jim makes a video about {{Amiibo}} (2 so far), he regularly intersperses clips of him holding two amiibo (which he rapidly switches out) and moving them like they're performing sex acts on each other.
** He frequently speaks the phrase "Triple A" in a condescending, faux-whiny way, moreso when one commenter complained that he found said gag "annoying."
** Due to the ubiquity of First Person Horror Games on Steam, whenever he plays one he'll say that he'll play from such genre "to try something a little bit different."
** "[[ADateWithRosiePalms Pounding it]]"
** After the [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/events/cs-go-gambling-scandal CS:GO Gambling Scandal]], Jim began frequently mentioning a website called "Pogs for Boglins" that he definitely does not own.
** As mentioned above, any time Nintendo is mentioned or their footage is used that video will also feature Jim dancing to Erasure's song Chains of Love, just to screw with YouTube's Content ID system.
** The angry facial expression of the barbarian he found absolutely hilarious during his review of Age of Barbarian Extended Cut has repeatedly been used in the thumbnails of his youtube videos and occasionally appears during his reviews as well.
** The Silent Hill Pachinko trailer, especially the "HIT THE LEVER!" audio has been widely used in his show. Especially during Konami related news, along with the "Erotic Violence" scenes from the Castlevania Pachinko trailer
** [[CurseCutShort Cutting off an utterance of the word "cunt"]] with part of the opening to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3ZlpTp_dJA&feature=youtu.be "Skeleton Warriors"]]
** The Kellogg's Cornflake Homunculus, a faux corporate {{Mascot}} originally introduced as a TakeThat regarding the repeated appearances of the Schick Hydro Man during the 2016 Video Game Awards show.
** Paul Ryan, owner and editor of the scandal-plagued website Brash Games, happens to have the same name as U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. Whenever Jim speaks the Brash Games owner Paul Ryan's name, he displays a picture of House Speaker Paul Ryan, and almost immediately adds "not ''that'' one", upon which googly eyes or some other silly modification is added to the Speaker's picture to show he's not talking about ''that'' Paul Ryan.
*** It is then applied to Starr Mazer: DSP in a later video, sharing part of its name with [[TheKingOfHate DarkSydePhil,]] aka DSP. The same silly modification was applied to DSP's face.
* SanitySlippage: In the video that has him watching the trailer for "the new ''Silent Hill'' game", only to show it's a slot machine, Jim starts [[InelegantBlubbering crying pathetically]], followed by [[LaughingMad maniacal laughter]] and ending with him chugging a bottle of pills.
* SarcasticClapping: Jim's response to the UsefulNotes/XboxOne being an overly restrictive gadget aimed at privileged consumers with lots of money, who already have other gadgets that do what the Xbox One can do, only better.
* SchmuckBait: His "Best of Steam Greenlight Trailers" and "Squirty Play" series have become popular enough that some developers are now creating "Sterling Bait" to deliberately antagonize Jim. The first obvious example of this was ''Poxel Z'', a [=UnitZ=] [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute asset flip]] that had Jim's face plastered over the faces of all the zombies. It gotten to the point where Jim hates it when someone puts out absolute trash in the hopes that he will cover it. In the "Call Me Skyfish - On the Subject of Sterling Bait" episode, he tears the author of a poorly-made game apart not just for purposely making something bad as bait material, but for also clogging up Steam with yet another shitty product when a legitimate good game could have been on the front page.
* ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules: Jim reveals in the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bARSNVobUk "A Tale Of Casinos And SEO Juice"]] that one of the online casino web sites that contacted him was willing to offer him money as long as Jim uses his blog to connect it to casinos in some way. Jim thought about taking the deal and using the money to complain about shady casino affiliates as irony, but decided to not go for it since he felt that he could get the point across without taking money from the same people he was complaining about and said people only offered Jim a paltry $100.
* 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]].
-->We all know why ["Gamer Guys" pretend to like videogames], don't we?
-->To get the attention of women and gay men [-and people like me who'll bang anyone-] thinking that they'll impress me.
** It's far from the only time. In his episode about Duke Nukem he not-so-subtly implied he tries to make his persona come across as much as a complete tool as possible so that [[RefugeInAudacity no one will think for a second he takes himself seriously]].
** He also tends to make fun of his own weight (eg. mentioning that he's "too fat to walk over there and show you" when mentioning that something he's holding is too small to be seen from the camera.)
** [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] when Jim compared himself to Boglins in that they're both UglyCute and didn't make as much money as they'd intended to.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] (and then immediately [[SubvertedTrope subverted]]) at the start of "Shadow of Warner Bros":
-->Today's Jimquisition touches on some heavy issues, and I'm not just saying that because I'm ''fucking fat!'' Haha! [[LampshadeHanging Self-deprecating humour.]] [[SubvertedTrope Which is very hard for me to do because I'm so great.]]
* SerialEscalation: [[https://youtu.be/S6s0Wpn1zmU One video]] has Jim explain how, after he uploaded a review of "The Slaughtering Grounds", the angry developer made a review of Jim's review, where he constantly insulted Jim. Jim genuinely thought the result was hilarious, and made a review of their review of his review where he recorded laughing over their video, which was his original video with added text. The developer then made, in Jim's words [[OverlyLongGag "A review of my review of their review of my review"]].
* SeriousBusiness: For Jim, all of video games counts, but rental games and the problems surrounding them seem to be his biggest pet peeve.
* ShamingTheMob: Jim once had to make a video asking his fans to stop attacking developers that make terrible games. He says that while it's fine to call a bad game absolute shit, calling the developers themselves shit or making threats to them is not cool at all.
* ShapedLikeItself: His "100% Objective Review" of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', in avoiding all subjective descriptions of the game, resorts mostly to tautologies, such as "You will like Final Fantasy XIII if you like Final Fantasy XIII".
* ShootTheMessenger: "Delayed Reaction" was all about Jim's incredulity that some gamers have a tendency to do this for any bad news. As an example, Jim brings up a journalist who broke the news that ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' was delayed by two months and subsequently got accusations of a conspiracy, questions to his integrity, and even death threats from more rabid "[[FanDumb fans]]". This is despite the game, in Jim's eyes, having a good reason to be delayed: to put all the features on the disc that Square Enix wanted to avoid a large day-one patch.
* ShoutOut:
** Jim's outfit, background and podium are meant to reference Fascist!Pink from ''Film/PinkFloydTheWall''. Naturally, it's a parody, and not meant to be taken seriously.
** The video, "The Silent Hell That is Konami" starts off with the hate speech from ''IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream'', (coupled with its soundtrack) except "Humans" has been replaced with "Konami".
** In the same episode, he also likened himself to Master of Whispers Varys from ''Series/GameOfThrones''.
** "Walking Simulators" starts with Jim giving a speech while wearing a mask that are both reminiscent of Immortan Joe from ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad''.
** "Enjoy The Silence, Feel The Noise" had Jim insist that he wasn't using the money he received from Patreon to go around [[Franchise/{{Saw}} building ironic deathtraps to teach people lessons]]. The joke returned in his 2015 HalloweenSpecial, which opened with a parody of ''Saw'' where Jim made an ironic deathtrap, presumably using money received from Patreon, involving trapping a AAA publisher in a helmet that would slowly fill with Mountain Dew and making him [[AgonyOfTheFeet walk across a field of Doritos for the key to unlock it]]. [[spoiler: [[EpicFail The helmet blots out sound, making it impossible for the publisher to hear the video, nachos don't hurt feet like broken glass, and, to top it all off, the helmet isn't watertight, succeeding only in drenching his shirt in Mountain Dew]]. And, to add insult to injury, it's implied that the guy isn't even a AAA publisher, but just some random guy.]]
** This quote from "The Slaughtering Grounds: A Steam Meltdown Saga" will sound familiar to late 90's wrestling fans:
-->'''Jim''': Lets make one thing clear, however. I did not screw Imminent Uprising. [[Creator/VinceMcMahon Imminent Uprising screwed Imminent Uprising.]]
** The background music for "Oh, ''Ubisoft!''" mini-episodes is the theme to British sitcom ''Series/AlloAllo''.
** While discussing the ScrewTheMoneyIHaveRules incident mentioned above, Jim mentions that originally he had wanted to [[HoistByHisOwnPetard buy an online casino ad deal and then use his mandated blog posts to expose the SEO exploitation scheme]], specifically name-dropping ''Series/LastWeekTonightWithJohnOliver'' as a point of reference.
* ShowWithinAShow: "Virgillio Armarndio's Art Hole," which is also another case of StylisticSuck.
* {{Sidekick}}: Jim has one in the form of Miniature Fantasy Willem Dafoe, who usually yells outrageous things at the top of his voice.
* 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]]".
* SigningOffCatchPhrase: "and thank God, for me!" If he doesn't say it, it's usually either for a joke or because he's ''really'' angry. Or doing an InMemoriam episode for a person he respected.
* 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: He parodies this trope by comically acting as though he's a gift from God, sent to grace the audience with his presence. Though a couple times he has mocked people who think he actually means it.
* SmugSmiler: Jim was criticized for attacking Microsoft over the DRM in the UsefulNotes/XboxOne, and accused of [[{{Fanboy}} ignoring Sony]] who would almost certainly follow suit; Jim was withholding judgment until Sony clarified its position on the used game market, as only Microsoft had jumped into the phone home DRM market. You couldn't find a more smug dance when Sony announced at E3 that they would ''not'' block used games on the [=PS4=].
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: He makes it [[OverlyLongGag very clear]] that the Jimquisition website's URL is ''the''jimquisition.com. He has [[MistakenIdentity uncharacteristically humble]] [[TheInternetIsForPorn reasons]] for this.
* SpitTake: When asked to do an episode about Microsoft offering $100 for [=PS3=] trade-ins on an UsefulNotes/XboxOne Jim said he wouldn't because the video would consist of nothing but him [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/8753-Steam-Needs-Quality-Control drinking coffee and doing this]].
* SpringtimeForHitler: In an interview with Colin Moriarty of ''The Kinda Funny Gamescast,'' Jim says that the Jimquisition only started being popular after [[GoneHorriblyRight he tried to actively sabotage it.]] People hated his original Escapist videos, and decided that, since he was probably never going to have his contract renewed at that rate, he might as well [[DoNotGoGentle go out gloriously.]] Ironically, the more he tried to get people to hate his character, the more they loved the show, and the rest is history.
* {{Squee}}: Upon learning of (and defending) the upcoming ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors''[=/=]''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' mashup, he excitedly describes it as "game of the year game of the year." The complete lack of punctuation is audible.
* StartXToStopX: Jim tried to abide by the rules of Fair Use on his videos, but he would always get hit with a content ID claim from various corporations, which also places ads on his videos and he was trying to avoid having ads in the first place. What does Jim do to stop the ID claims? Put in more footage in his videos to make even ''more'' ID claims pop up. Since multiple entities can't claim the same video, no one will make money off of Jim's videos and said videos remain free of advertisements.
* 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.
* StoppedCaring:
** Discussed in the "Enjoy The Silence, Feel The Noise" episode where Jim notes how consumers and gaming media becoming more apathetic is the very reason why publishers get away with shenanigans like on disc DLC and microtransactions. Jim believes that publishers bank on people giving up and stop caring about such issues so that the publishers can continue to screw people over and they also rely on people becoming aggressively apathetic where they tell people like Jim that keep complaining to [[ComplainingAboutComplaining stop whining]].
** Jim admits to feeling this way in "Konami is Konami" where he nearly stopped caring about Konami constantly screwing up and killing their franchises because if Konami doesn't care, then he believes he has little reason to care either.
* StrawCharacter:
** Jim doesn't exactly go out of his way to use fair representations of the people he's arguing against. His persona is also set up as one, to an extent, but of course with the intent that StrawmanHasAPoint.
** [[invoked]] StrawmanHasAPoint is the crux of his on-screen persona. In one episode he calls himself a madman, but then points out that the games industry is so messed up that madmen like him are the only ones speaking any sense.
* StunnedSilence: Jim's reaction to [[TooDumbToLive Digpex Games]]' [[RougeAnglesOfSatin broken english-riddled response]] to Kotaku wanting their side of the story regarding the conflict with Jim.
* StylisticSuck: All original artwork for the show is done by Jim himself in UsefulNotes/MSPaint. He admitted on WebVideo/DesertBusForHope that the UsefulNotes/MSPaint artstyle amuses him, and that he'd never hire an actually good artist to do intentionally bad artwork.
** In "Early Access," he decries game developers and publishers that choose to release unfinished, glitchy software to the public while charging for a full price game. So, of course, the episode is full of lazy editing, misstatements, inexplicable blank spots, and Jim even [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness forgot his]] CatchPhrase.
** After Microsoft reversed their always-online [=DRM=] policies with the Xbox One, Jim made an "emergency video" released the same day the announcement was made. The theme song abruptly cuts off with a RecordNeedleScratch, Jim runs in with the lights off, and at the end of the video, he runs through his CatchPhrase [[MotorMouth very quickly]].
** The show within the show ''The Videogame Show What I've Done'' is made to look like someone just got their hands on their very first video editing software.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial:
** Jim makes it clear he is not funneling the money from his Patreon to write a novel, the novel is not about Corey Feldman's bus pass coming to life and falling in love with him, and it is not called "Romancing the Bus Pass". It doesn't even have a publisher. He also does it in another video, this time about an accusation that he's been buying rare exotic black market cheeses (and name drops a french dealer as a hypothetical, allegedly rhetorical example and then adds that said person doesn't work on tuesdays); he's later seen eating cheese.
** In "Konami Takes The PES, Armors The Horse, And Needs To Fuck Off", where he denies the claim that he's been buying Pogs using his Patreon money, and then said that even if he was, he certainly wasn't engaging in "semi-sexual, ritualistic worship of said Pogs. [[LampshadeHanging That's a]] ''[[LampshadeHanging very]]'' [[LampshadeHanging specific, and steeeeeupid, allegation!]]". Jim then ''immediately'' puts on a ritual mask and begins having sex with his collection of Pogs.
** Or, from [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ_I9-CkzDE The Great Atari Ransack]]:
--> '''Jim:''' There's some rumors circulating that I don't know how to film things on a cell phone, because last week I showed a little bit of some stuff that I've been filming at SGC, and it was filmed vertically on my phone. Now, only an ''idiot'' would spend an entire weekend filming vertically without thinking about what he's doing, hoping to use that footage as extra footage when Jimquisition Live is finally uploaded, only to realize his mistake after he looked back at the footage and found out he fucked up, and ended up using a bit of it anyway and just hoping he could get away with it, and then finding out that he couldn't get away with it at all. Only an '''idiot''', okay, would do that, and Jim Sterling isn't an ''idiot'', is he? No, last time I checked, he's a fuckin' genius.
* TakeThat: Jim very commonly takes potshots at all and sundry to the point that a list of all the times he does it would be longer than the rest of the page. Frequent targets include...
** Major developers Konami (''Fuck Konami News'' segments), Ubisoft (''Oh, Ubisoft!'' segments), and Nintendo (Jim has devoted multiple videos to bashing Nintendo's eccentric business decisions).
** SmallNameBigEgo developers in general. Digital Homicide is the most notable, as seen all over this page.
** The more rabid and immature fans of any particular thing, most recently shown in ''Sky Hype'' and ''Weapon Durability, Fanbase Fragility''.
** UK and US political figures including Nigel Farage, David Cameron, Sean Spicer, Steve Bannon, and Donald Trump supporters.
** Snobby and hardore gamers. He uses his Duke Amiel du H'ardcore character to impersonate and mock them.
* TakeThatAudience:
** One instance of this is combined with SelfDeprecation. When criticizing [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_vGe68T6sM&list=PLlRceUcRZcK0E1Id3NHchFaxikvCvAVQe&index=10 Nintendo's plan]] to "share" in [=YouTubers'=] ad revenue when they upload Nintendo related videos, Jim says the audience is there for the [=YouTuber=], not because of Nintendo, so Nintendo deserves nothing. He explains it thus:
--> ''People subscribe to [[WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow Angry Joe]] because they're fans of Angry Joe, they subscribe to Boogie because they're fans of Boogie, they subscribe to me [[SelfDeprecation because they don't have better things to do]].''
** In Jim's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWYOuVoDbXk Shexy Shelob]] video, he has a trigger warning at the start that parodies trigger warnings, telling viewers that the video contains spiders and gender discussions which are two things that certain game playing audiences have a phobia of. Many of the replies in the video's comment section came from people who [[SarcasmBlind didn't get the sarcasm]].
* TakeThatCritics: On the occasion of his 100th episode, "Bullshit in Sheep's Clothing," Jim takes the opportunity to look back at all the criticism he received when he first started, especially calling out those that expected his series to be short-lived.
--> ''When the Jimquisition first debuted on the Escapist, the initial response was [[{{Understatement}} spirited]]. "Who is this [[GeekPhysiques fat douche]]?" "Is he [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs on drugs]]?" "How can we get rid of him?" "He's like [[Creator/BobChipman Moviebob]], but shit." "I can't believe the Escapist got rid of Lisa Foiles for this guy." "I do hope they cancel him soon."''
--> *EvilLaugh, with dramatic turn around*
--> ''Here we are, 100 Mondays in, and it looks like the Jimquisition is here to stay... you lucky, lucky people.''
* TastesLikePurple: He eats a Chik-fil-a sandwich before spitting it out and yelling "It tastes like hating gay people!"
* TechnicallyASmile: Jim forces himself to maintain a smile in the intro of "Crying Through the Laughs".
-->I'm '''SMILING'''!
* 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, and a poem by him on ''WebVideo/JimAndYahtzeesRhymedownSpectacular'' called "Whine out of Ten".
** 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.
* ThatPoorCat: When throwing the chalice that he's holding in "When Publishers Kick, Developers Start", a yowling cat can be heard as it hits the floor.
* ThemeMusicPowerUp: During Jim's TheReasonYouSuckSpeech at the end of the episode about ''Skate Man Intense Rescue'', the usual background music is replaced with the theme song.
* ThemeSong: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpG4t54g2fk "Born Depressed"]] by Drill Queen until the end of May 2017, at which point it was succeeded by [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGQmmDEDYiI "Stress"]] by Jim's Big Ego ([[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer yes, that's the actual band name]]).
** The songs accompanying his rants vary by time period. Early Jimquisition videos use [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUCeXApQxNw "Jesters of the Moon"]] from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', then for the Majority of the time Jim is working for "The Escapist", he moves onto using a specially-written tune made by [[VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac Danny Barronowsky]] for the show. The third tune was made by Carl Catron, and was titled [[https://carlcatron.bandcamp.com/releases "March of The Sterling Jester"]], which he started using from July 2016 - May 2017. Carl also has the honour of having his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VYX4jDH63c Jazzy Rendition of "Born Depressed"]] being used as the "Bonus Episode" theme tune.
* TrrrillingRrrs: Jim is fond of this as a PlayedForLaughs VerbalTic, especially when he wants to emphasize the pompous and vaguely posh persona he uses on the show.
* {{Troll}}: Jim loves to provoke people into overreaction, especially so he can mock them later for it.
* UncannyValley: [[invoked]]Jim brings it up during his look at the trailer for ''VideoGame/ChipperAndSonsLumberCo'', noting how all the animals had dead and fixated eyes that seemed to stare at you no matter where you looked. [[note]]This criticism may have ultimately caused the developer, Scott Cawthon, to create the SleeperHit ''VideoGame/FiveNightsAtFreddys'' series, which is about pushing the uncanny valley to the extreme.[[/note]] Jim brings mention to the uncanny valley again with ''Lucky's Tree of Puzzles'' where he notes how the squirrel looked like an old man with big eyes.
* UpperClassTwit: Duke Amiel du H'ardcore, the gamer aristocrat from ''Commentocracy'' (Jim's take on poking fun at the elitism of hardcore PC gamers in general). The Duke offers his insights of the privileges of the ruling hardcore class over the majority of n00bs, while often voicing his contempt and disgust for the "[[LowerClassLout dirty console peasants]]".
* UpToEleven: Jim stated during a panel that "Mass Effect 3: A Gay Erotic Love Story" forced Website/TheEscapist to '''create an age gate just for him''', which has since been used for other videos.
* YouNeedToGetLaid: Thinks the playable character in ''VideoGame/{{Hatred}}'' needs to have a good wanking session to get rid of his anger instead of killing people.
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[[folder:Tropes Discussed in ''The Jimquisition'' Episodes]]
!!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 FUCKING DAY!"
** Discussed in "Weapon Durability, Fanbase Fragility" after rabid Zelda fans DDOS'ed his site for giving ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' a 7/10, which is a good score on Jim's scale, but which they reacted to as if he had panned it. They were even outraged that his review caused the game's metacritic score to drop a single point.
* AesopAmnesia: Some game developers just never learn.
** 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.
** Jim brings up "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGo63oAEN20 The Molyneux Cycle]]". Creator/PeterMolyneux has a bad habit of overhyping his games way beyond what he is able to deliver, apologizing after the game is released and missed the goal, and then promising the next game will live up to the hype, which it doesn't.
** Jim had previously criticized Square-Enix for changing the ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series away from the traditional turn-based gameplay it was famous for, only to be surprised by the success of ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'', a traditional turn-based JRPG, and to acknowledge their mistake. "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpIlShZ2tEI Active-Time Prattle]]" revisits the issue by highlighting ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIIRemake'' would do away with the classic Active-Time Battle system with a more action-based battle system.
** In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDotmzc5Hhg&t=755s Delayed Reaction]]", a particularly bitter sounding Jim notes that customers have repeatedly been misled and negatively influenced by hype culture, and yet a vocal and damaging portion of gamers are unwilling or unable to learn from history.
* AllegedlyFreeGame: Jim has referenced the psychology of "free to play" games, which are given away for free, but are designed to entice the player into spending money for extras during play, calling it "psychological warfare". While it's bad enough on its own, and Jim thinks it's not too bad since he knows that free games will be trying to make money somehow, Jim rails against the industry playing the same mind games with full priced games. Games that cost full price should not be trying to beat players over the head to pay even more.
* AndYouThoughtItWouldFail: [[invoked]] According to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VysWXsuGPHQ Jim's sources]], the reason why Square Enix and other developers were screwing up their [=PS4=] and [=XBox=] One games, is because they thought console gaming was dying and that mobile and PC were the future.
* 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.
** He also accuses [=SEGA=] of thinking this, due to their insistence on making wide-scale redesigns for each game, rather than sticking to what worked in previous games and building on said games good ideas.
* AssholeVictim: In "EA versus Zynga- The Lesser of Two Evils," Jim reminds us that, just because EA had a legitimate grievance against Zynga doesn't mean [[SympathyForTheDevil we need to feel sorry for them.]] It certainly doesn't mean they've [[HeelFaceTurn become the good guys.]]
* AtLeastIAdmitIt:
** In "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fy-FhExTY9M A Quiet Conversation]]", he criticizes Quiet's {{Stripperiffic}} design in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' because he felt the game's explanation for why she dresses like that was a HandWave. He adds that he doesn't mind {{Stripperiffic}} characters in some games because those games at least admit that they're fanservice, instead of trying to come up with a flimsy justification.
** In the "Oh, ''Ubisoft''!" mini-episode attached to "A Cautionary Post-Mortem Of Evolve", he acknowledges that he'd probably respect companies who use microtransactions just a little bit more if they actually admitted up-front that they were trying to get some more money out of their consumers, instead of their usual practice of weaselly trying to pretend that they were only using them for the consumer's benefit. He has also previously noted that while he'll never be a fan of the practice, he feels that a [[{{Freemium}} free-release game]] that includes microtransactions has at least ''some'' justification since the developers have to make money somehow, but this excuse does not work with a AAA game producer who will already be charging the player an often high fee to purchase the game in the first place.
** He feels that if a game developer is going to exclude female protagonists from their games, that they should at least be straight up with it, like Rockstar and Square Enix were for Grand Theft Auto 5 and Final Fantasy XV, instead of coming up with nonsensical excuses like Ubisoft and Nintendo did for ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedUnity'' and ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series respectively.
* AuteurLicense: In "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/8049-Creative-Freedom-Strings-Attached Creative Freedom, Strings Attached]]", Jim says that developers should be able to make the game they want, and that gamers cannot tell them how to make their video games. In this case, he was defending the makers of ''VideoGame/{{Puppeteer}}'' and ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' because they have male leads, denying fans who were asking for a female option. However, he also pointed out that creative freedom does not mean [[CriticProof freedom from criticism]]; the audience may not be allowed to force the developers to do anything, but it's their choice on whether or not to buy a game, and can withdraw their support when the developer doesn't listen.
* BreakableWeapons: In "Weapon Durability, Fanbase Fragility", Jim declares, "weapon durability systems should fuck off out of video games forever and never come back because they're not fun, they're a pain in the ass, and I personally hate them." He refutes all the arguments for breakable weapons one by one. First of all, it's almost never realistic or immersive because they tend to depict weapons as being far more fragile than they ought to be. ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' has each of your weapons survives only a few blows before falling apart in the middle of combat, and you are constantly having to pause the game to equip yet another disposable weapon from your inventory. To those who say having to collect and manage your weapons adds a challenge, he points out that it's not a fun challenge but an unpleasant chore that takes time away from fun; the only game genre where he thinks it might sometimes be fun is SurvivalHorror, in which part of the fear comes from the player being underpowered. To those who say that weapon durability encourages you to try different types of weapons, he says that then the game isn't giving you the option to use what you like best, but forcing you to switch all the time whether you like it or not. Perhaps the worst part is the perverse incentives it causes. In ''Breath of the Wild'' he eventually started avoiding combat because he knew that enemy drops wouldn't be good enough to justify the effort and damage to his equipment. Whenever he got a weapon he actually did like, it would be TooAwesomeToUse and therefore neither a satisfying reward nor a good investment.
* ByNoIMeanYes: Jim states in his first video about the Xbox One that he was very annoyed by all the tweets asking him to make a video against it. He said he was not the public's "performing chimp", and he wasn't going to "tear it a new one" just because they wanted him to. Then he adds that well, he ''was'' going to tear it a new one, but not just because they wanted him to.
* CantTakeCriticism: Jim will tear people a new one if they try to silence him on his criticisms of their games, since he feels that anyone that lashes out can't own up to their own mistakes or shortcomings when they're pointed out. He has contrasted this attitude with Scott Cawthorne, who took criticism of his early games to heart and has since gone on to massive commercial indie success.
* 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.[[invoked]]
* ComplexityAddiction: His central thesis about the modern AAA gaming industry is that it's essentially suffering from a bad case of this:
** In his "How Do You Fuck Up Tetris?" video, he argues that the modern gaming industry is so bloated and obsessed with forcing the pointless inclusion of extraneous features such as DLC, subscription services and proprietary software that they can't even produce an updated version of Tetris[[note]]which -- as he notes caustically throughout the video -- was first coded in 1984 and is probably one of the most simple, workable games ever[[/note]] without turning it into a broken, buggy and overly convoluted mess.
** In another example, in the "Batman Is Everything Wrong With Square Enix" video, he uses [[http://au.ign.com/articles/2014/07/25/sdcc-2014-final-fantasys-tetsuya-nomura-redesigns-batman this]] statue of Franchise/{{Batman}} as designed by the designer of the ''Final Fantasy'' series to argue how it represents the ridiculous levels of complexity, clutter and over-design prevalent in the series. There's so much unnecessary detailing that it ironically becomes difficult to make out any actual details and, in trying too hard to be badass and loud, just becomes forgettable instead.
** Jim tackles the topic again in "The Joykilling Culture Of 'AAA' Games", wherein he discusses what happened to ''VideoGame/WeHappyFew'' after it went from an indie game to a game with a AAA publisher in Gearbox Software. Namely, it got all of the things Jim doesn't like about modern video game "pre-order culture": a jump from thirty dollars to sixty, DLC, a season pass, a Collector's Edition, and pre-order bonuses. He spends the episode not being angry so much as disappointed, wondering if AAA game publishers simply can't help themselves, as if this is the new normal.
** He argues that the inverse happened with ''VideoGame/HellbladeSenuasSacrifice'' in "Indie AAA", where the developers cut out all of the unnecessary stuff, up to and including the publisher, and just focussed on making a good game, with the result being a deserved success (in spite of the problems he had with the game itself).
* ConflictingLoyalty: Jim points out that he has donated to several {{Website/Kickstarter}} campaigns, and there is debate as to whether or not reviewers are in a conflict of interest if they have backed games they are covering. Jim doesn't believe it's a conflict, because it's not a business or personal relationship, and since it's the reviewer sending money to the developer, it's an affirmation of the reviewer's existing beliefs, as opposed to the developer trying to influence the reviewer.
* DarkerAndEdgier: In the episode "Overwatch Porn," he refers to an industry practice that he calls "fusing," so named after the game ''VideoGame/{{Fuse}}'' went from a bright and colorful team-based shooter to a dark, grim, realistic, military-themed one, a change Jim absolutely felt was for the worse. Conversely, a "reverse fusing" is when a game becomes [[LighterAndSofter more bright and colorful]], as ''VideoGame/Doom2016'' and ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' did.
* 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. He uses Zidane from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' as an example, saying his late-game HeroicBSOD had more weight because of his earlier characterization as a ChivalrousPervert.
* DevelopersForesight: Jim loves [[VideoGame/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 ''VideoGame/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.''
* DistinctionWithoutADifference: Calls out publishers for adding DRM to their games and trying to hide it as a feature. When EA said that ''VideoGame/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.
* 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 ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' and hold them in high regard...when VideoGame/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 ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}},'' 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.
* EasierThanEasy: Discusses the use of this in his "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TanzVLIA8sQ Zero Difficulty]]" episode where he feels games that include an easy or GodMode to appeal to new players doesn't harm the hardcore players since said hardcore players aren't forced to use them. He also picks apart the fallacies that are commonly used to criticize easy difficulty levels, such as the game being made easier as a whole or how people won't get better at the game if they stick to easy mode.
* EnvironmentalNarrativeGame: He examined the genre in detail [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdHWGMkMorg here]], a quote from which video provides the page quote. He's rather ambivalent towards the genre, pointing out how it can be done well and how it can be done badly, and concluding that the standards ''really'' need to be raised for them because at the moment the majority of them are pretty bad and a lot of reviewers are giving them a free pass simply for being "different" (despite ''VideoGame/DearEsther'' being seven years old at this point and ''VideoGame/TheStanleyParable'', in his opinion, setting the gold standard in 2011).
* 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}}ic, and follows it up by giving them the tag line "Hey, at least we're not EA!"
** Also, in his video [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZ7v_8tMcsU When the Starscreams killed used games]] he referred to big companies as [[TheStarscream Starscreams]] pretending to be friends with retail stores until they can cut them out of the loop entirely. Jim then voices ''Starscream himself'' and has him yell "How DARE you!? Starscream may be many things, but he ''never'' put microtransactions in Dead Space 3!"
* FanDumb: {{Invoked|Trope}}. Jim frequently mocks the overreactions of angry fanboys, but especially takes them on in the "BOYCOTT!" episode. "Delayed Reactions" and "Sky Hype" also primarily focus on the reactions of the FanDumb.
* FanHater: {{Invoked|Trope}}. Jim condemns this type of mindset as being the lowest form of selfish. He specifically cites that he has received criticism for ''not'' bashing ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' or ''VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry.''
* FauxHorrific: Jim refers to the 2010 Konami E3 Press Conference as "One of the most perverse displays of human indignity known to man".
* 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: [[invoked]] 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. And in the ''DAMN FINE COFFEE'' episode he eloquently put it thus: "The people who like [Game X] already ''have'' [Game X]. They don't need your shitty version of it!"
* 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.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: The episode "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/8105-Lugoscababib-Discobiscuits Lugoscababib Discobiscuits]]" is mostly about people who [[YouKeepUsingThatWord don't know what "ludonarrative dissonance" actually is]], but it does point out a straight example. As a show of [[HatesEveryoneEqually solidarity]] that he ''isn't'' trying to outright shill ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'', he complains that the game abuses the TakeYourTime trope, that no matter how urgent the story claims to be you always have time to stuff your face with cupcakes you dug out of the trash.
* GirlShowGhetto: InUniverse. [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7044-The-Creepy-Cull-of-Female-Protagonists The Creepy Cull of Female Protagonists]] is all about this trope on the industry.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Between AAA studios and indie devs. Jim points out some big companies like EA, Microsoft and Ubisoft as lying, truly irredeemable companies obsessed with anti-consumer practices, but wind up shooting themselves in the foot. That doesn't mean indie companies get a free pass. While he generally supports indie gaming as an outlet for new and unique ideas, he calls out some companies like [[VideoGame/{{Hydrophobia}} Dark Energy Digital]] and [[VideoGame/DayOneGarrysIncident Wild Games Studios]] for their bullying tactics and constant abuse of [=YouTube=]'s flawed copyright system in ''[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/9597-Corrupt-Censoring-Suicidal-Indie-Devs Corrupt, Censoring, Suicidal Indie Devs.]]''
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/8423-Children-of-the-Resolution Children of the Resolution]]", Game companies that once pushed the graphical envelope ahead of gameplay, like Creator/SquareEnix, are getting what's coming to them as the graphical arms race is running them into bankruptcy, and being overshadowed by games focusing on gameplay first, like ''{{VideoGame/Minecraft}}''.
* {{Hypocrite}}: [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/8876-Watch-Dogs-A-Vertical-Slice-Of-Steaming-Bullshots Called out Ubisoft]] for the graphics in ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'', who previously said it would be pinnacle of next-gen graphics, and then tries to say "graphics don't matter" when they couldn't deliver.
* IAmTheNoun: 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!
* IconicItem: Jim tore a strip off Creator/{{Ubisoft}} in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PN4Umsjp6Cs "Ubiconic"]] for [[YouKeepUsingThatWord constantly trying to market accessories owned by their characters as "iconic"]] in order to offer them as [[PreorderBonus preorder bribes]] when there was ''nothing'' iconic about them, such as [[VideoGame/WatchDogs Aiden Pearce's]] dopey black baseball cap with a barely-visible logo stenciled on it or the generic leather jacket worn by the operatives from ''VideoGame/TheDivision.''
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Showed a picture of Creator/TetsuyaNomura's take on Batman as a sign of everything that is wrong with Creator/SquareEnix. Nomura's designs are a clutter of details with no overall philosophy, and are immemorable due to the confusion, whereas the most iconic characters in video games have simpler, easier to identify designs. He extends this to whole games: ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' may have been trite and silly, but it was memorable for sticking to its plot, while ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' is a mess of plot details that just confuses people rather than crafting a world that people can get into.
* InherentlyFunnyWords: "Chungus." Originally comes from Jim's Destructoid podcast and YouTube channel.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Jim's impression of David Cage in "Emotions, Polygons and Ellen Page," mocking Cage's idea that a game is more capable of expressing emotions when it has a higher polygon count.
--> ''If polygons equal emotions, and video games are made of polygons, [[AssociationFallacy then video games is emotions]].''
* 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".
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: Jim explains that the Steam community forum for ''Predator Simulator'' had a thread were in users were wondering if Jim would by summoned by the game.
-->'''Jim:''' Someone in that Steam thread said: "Why would you want to summon that fat, unfunny, balding, short, British fuck?" or something like that. Now, I take great offence to that, because I'm not short, okay? I'm about 6 foot 1.
* ItsPopularNowItSucks: [[invoked]] He calls it "Videogame/CallOfDuty Syndrome".
* ItsShortSoItSucks: [[invoked]][[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bN7HwemK2yg Jim would rather]] play short excellent games rather than long boring ones, but as a professional video game critic, he plays dozens of games throughout the year, and he gets review codes, so he doesn't pay for all those games. However, he notes that for average gamers who have to buy all their games, there is a value vs. cost judgement to make, so for someone who could only afford one game at a time, it's hard to justify buying a 5-hour shooter like ''VideoGame/TheOrder1886'' vs. a weeks-long epic like ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''. Ultimately, he believes it's about how well the game is paced and the ratio of good content to bad, not just a simple count of hours.
* JumpScare: "Scare Tactics" was dedicated to defending this Trope from the criticism that's usually thrown toward it, namely that it's "cheap".
* LazyArtist: A frequent problem on Steam. He coined the term "asset flip" for when developers take a generic stock asset and throw it into their game, as-is, without any alterations, and then make their game revolve around nothing but that. He also hates it when a developer makes it obvious that they don't care about their quality of work by not only doing the above, but taking other shortcuts to quickly pump out their game. [[note]]Digital Homicide is the biggest offender of this and during their Skype chat with Jim, they had all but admitted to only making games they know that they can churn out quickly since they feel making a bigger and longer game simply takes too much resources and time, which is why they stopped developing an MMO game they were working on. Ironically, the MMO game gotten praise from Jim ''because'' there was effort put into it.[[/note]]
* 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.
* MeaninglessMeaningfulWords: David Cage and "emotion," as discussed in "Emotions, Polygons and Ellen Cage." As far as Jim can tell, David Cage [[YouKeepUsingThatWord doesn't even know what emotions]] ''[[YouKeepUsingThatWord are.]]'' Ubisoft also has one in 'Iconic,' which Jim discusses in "Ubiconic."
* MisBlamed: Discussed in-universe in "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/8253-Toxic Toxic]]". Jim says that getting angry at anti-consumer behavior is justified, and that negative backlash can result in positive change, but it needs to be aimed correctly. Many decisions come from ExecutiveMeddling, while community managers, and specific developers are in the cross-hairs as they are the most visible. Instead of picking on a single individual within a company, gamers should be aiming the blame at the company as a whole.
* MotionBlur: A frequent problem on amateur Steam titles, so much that it often functions as a CameraScrew. Motion blur done poorly or in excess makes Jim feel ill, and bad cameras also gives off the same effect. Needless to say, he doesn't like it when game developers use motion blur for the sake of it, or don't know how to make a proper camera.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The shortage of amiibos is hyped up to lead to an [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Amiibogeddon]] that leads to an eternal and deadly Black Friday.
* 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 points out that the game industry always blames its internal problems on external sources: it's not the fact that their product quality is declining as they try to buy their way out of problems caused by bland, corporate-mandated design without artistic merit, marketing budgets growing out of control, and the management and marketing departments getting too much power at the expense of the actual designers, no, they're not making money because of piracy/other forms of entertainment/used games/not enough {{Revenue Enhancing Device}}s. He also says if there was anything good about the Xbox One, it's that if it had succeeded in killing used gaming, then the industry would have run out of excuses for their own failure, and would have to face the fact that industry decline is their own fault.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Another thing which is pissing Jim off, especially since he was a victim of it.
** ''VideoGame/AliensColonialMarines'': A game with an infamous trailer showing one of the developers playing a heavily scripted version of the game, suggesting it was representative of the real thing. It wasn't. Jim made two videos covering this game: a break down of the phony ''Marines'' trailer, pointing out how much of it [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/6832-A-LIE-ns-Colonial-Marines was or wasn't in the game]], followed by one talking about people who watch phony pre-views and buy pre-orders are getting "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/6863-Previewed-Preordered-Prescrewed pre-screwed]]".
** ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'': Another game that used prerendered graphics in a trailer, only for the real in-game graphics to not be as good. This was exacerbated because ''Watch Dogs'' was promoted as the next evolution of video game graphics, so even though the game still looked good, it was [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/8876-Watch-Dogs-A-Vertical-Slice-Of-Steaming-Bullshots considered crap by comparison to the initial videos]].
** E3 2014: As far as [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/9437-Diversity-LIEversity Jim is concerned]], Nintendo won E3 purely on the basis that they showed more gameplay videos and more live demos than anyone else.
** One form of misleading advertising he's getting sick of is something he dubs "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRHYTzot8Po The Mic Trick]]", where game footage is accompanied by voice chat that's way too civil and organized to be realistic.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Brings this up with Ubisoft and Sega's usage of post-release review embargoes to try and delay criticism of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedUnity'' and ''VideoGame/SonicBoom''. Post release embargoes might result in more sales, but they end up doing very little to silence bad publicity, and do much more in associating the developers and their game with more than just the games problems.
--> ''Thanks to Ubisoft, Unity is now synonymous with bugs and shady review embargos, so good job breaking it, hero.''
* NoExportForYou: The source of rage against Nintendo of America and its refusal to export a number of cult hits from Japan.[[invoked]]
* NonhumansLackAttributes: When talking about [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain Quiet's]] {{Stripperific}} outfit and the [[HandWave justification]] for it, Jim says that if they made her slightly inhuman like ComicBook/{{Mystique}} from the [[{{Film/XMen}} X-Men movies]], she could parade around completely nude and no one would bat an eye.
* NonIndicativeName: Jim points out in his [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nd6I9W_z6Y shittiest games of 2015]] that because ''VideoGame/AloneInTheDarkIllumination'' is a co-operative game where you use light to fight your enemies, you are neither alone nor in the dark.
* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity:
** [[invoked]] He feels that the vitriolic (and often sexually-charged) backlash against Anita Sarkeesian of ''WebVideo/FeministFrequency'' 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.
** [[invoked]] Deconstructed in "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/9340-The-Rise-of-YouTube-Fodder The Rise of YouTube Fodder]]". Jim points out that developers who ''intentionally'' make bad games, in the hopes that Website/YouTube celebrities will give them free publicity, will fail because their audiences are either too young to buy the game (fans of ranting [=YouTubers=]) or too smart to buy it (fans of more analytical [=YouTubers=]).
* NoTrueScotsman: In "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/9765-Its-Not-A-Video-Game It's Not a Video Game!]]", Jim points to two groups who arbitrarily categorize specific video games as not being games. First are people who are trying to dismiss games they don't like, as if changing the label can remove them from discussion. Second are "artists" who view their artwork as something beyond normal video games, and thus [[CriticProof immune to criticism]] from reviewers and critics.
** He has, however, stated that the accusation of a game not being a game ''is'' legitimate when it's aimed at "Free To Wait" exploitative microtransaction games, as they aren't so much entertainment as engines of extortionist psychological abuse.
* NotSoDifferent: AAA studios and indie devs. Both groups have a tendency to lie, make shoddy products for a quick buck, generally treat the customer like crap and threaten to crash the industry as a whole.
** Had this trope leveled at him by Indie Developer Digital Homicide, claiming that he's no different from them. Jim mentions this trope by name.
* ObviousBeta: {{Discussed|Trope}} in the "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/8681-Early-Access Early Access]]" episode; this being the Jimquisition, the entire video is [[{{Anvilicious}} half-assed and clearly not up to scratch]]. It even culminates with Jim revealing he takes serious flak for releasing joke or filler episodes when the show can't meet deadlines, yet people are happily paying full price for widely disappointing and unplayable alphas/betas.
* TheOtherDarrin: {{invoked}} {{Discussed|Trope}} in "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiQ9kdPLXJw Revolving Door Vocal Cords]]". He criticizes video game companies for treating voice actors like they're expendable while neglecting their importance in a character's portrayal.
* ParodyRetcon: [[invoked]]It really "cheeses his onions" when developers make a game terrible on purpose, and then try to claim it was a joke or satire. Jim feels like anyone that makes a shitty game on purpose has still made a garbage game that is taking up space. He also calls out people that push out crappy games out of cynicism and contempt for similar reasons.
* PublicMediumIgnorance: [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/9045-The-Unholy-Trinity-Of-Blind-Greedy-Bastards According]] to some industry insiders, a lot of the executives and marketing heads running the game industry were pulled from "packaged goods" industries, and have no idea how to operate in a content industry like the video game business. One e-mail said of marketers that if it wasn't ''VideoGame/ClashOfClans'', ''[[VideoGame/CandyCrushSaga Candy Crush]]'', or ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'', then they hadn't heard of it.
* {{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: {{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 threat for almost anyone and sexual violation is hardly a guarantee in the same way as death.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: He points out that real-life violence is downright disturbing due to how quick it's over.
* RefugeInAudacity: The reason why his episode on abusive behavior in the gaming community is called "[[CrossesTheLineTwice I'm Going to Murder Your Children.]]" This is because an ''actual threat'' to murder a woman's children was made shortly before the episode came out, ''years'' after the game that so offended the death-threatener came out.
** His [[AGodAmI overtly-egotistical persona]] is also presented as this.
* RewardingInactivity: In "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7533-PS4-Doing-Nothing-Meaning-Everything PS4 - Doing Nothing, Meaning Everything]]", he is mildly disappointed that everyone treats Sony like heroes for not blocking used games on the [=PS4=], when it means that they are essentially doing nothing different than before. However, he goes on to state that with Microsoft and several high profile third parties (EA, Activision, Ubisoft, etc...) going the DRM route, that doing nothing probably did take some fortitude and courage, and that gamers are right to praise a company that ''isn't'' shifting towards anti-consumer behavior, as sad a statement as that is about the state of the industry.
* RomanceSidequest: Jim savagely goes after the entire concept (and its sister trope, the OptionalSexualEncounter) with a knife between the teeth in "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/8300-Sexual-Failing Sexual Failing]]," mocking the way most games choose to handle them as [[WishFulfillment juvenile at best]]. He even goes so far as to argue that [[VideoGame/DeadOrAlive the Dead Or Alive Beach Volleyball games]] are more respectable, since, as he puts it, they are at least [[AtLeastIAdmitIt open and honest]] about their nature as wish-fulfillment.
* TheScrappy: [[invoked]] Jim discusses how VideoGame/DukeNukem would probably be far more likable as a character if they stopped trying to play him so straight.
* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: A lot of this Squirty Play videos end suddenly when he can no longer tolerate how bad the games are and he just stops playing.
* {{Sequelitis}}: [[invoked]] Jim lambasts cowardly publishers like Ubisoft who only want to develop games they know are capable of churning out more sequels, with no compromise for one-off titles. It's gotten to the point where some developers call the first game in a series a ''loss leader'' which the profit from the sequels would cover. Publishers don't get all the blame, however; he criticizes the audience as well for constantly demanding sequels, even if the game ended perfectly as a stand-alone title, which often forces the hands of publishers seeing easy profit.
* ShameIfSomethingHappened: At the end of "[[https://youtu.be/zbqxPgK87dM?t=801 Homocide]]", used in describing the {{Microtransactions}} in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' where Konami is selling insurance on in-game assets, because in the online portion of the game other players are able to invade your base and steal your resources.
--> '''Jim''': (pretending to be Konami) "Hey, that's a really nice forward operating base you got there, shame if anything bad would happen to it."
* SoBadItsGood: [[invoked]] The voice acting from the Dynasty Warriors games, especially the earlier ones.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: In "Vertigo," Jim is inexplicably wearing an eye mask that has a pair of eyes on them... which he points out in an almost operatic soprano. Supposedly, it's to distract from him falling back on his old habits of "[[SlidingScaleOfGenderInequality gender issues]] and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive industry bullshit]]."
--> ''But we do have one new thing for you, just to keep things fresh: '''my new eyyyeeeess.'''''
* SprintMeter: Another frequent offender from the Steam garbage heap. He despises these when not used properly, since most bad games that use a sprint meter usually either throw them in for no reason, or the meter drains insanely fast and recharges incredibly slowly.
* 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]]?
* SturgeonsLaw: When criticizing something on the Jimquisition (like the Unity engine), he sometimes mentions it can actually be really good, but most of the time it's done very badly, to the point where the entire idea starts to look irredeemably bad.
* StopHavingFunGuys: [[invoked]] Discussed in the "Dumbing Down for the Filthy Casuals" episode. He also identifies people who complain about easy modes and functions in games like ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'', ''VideoGame/{{Starfox}}'', and ''VideoGame/MarioKart8Deluxe'' as this, since, in his view, they're essentially raging and whining about purely optional game modes that enable other, less-skilled players to enjoy the same games that they enjoy.
* StrawmanNewsMedia: His depiction of the news media as completely uninformed about video games, who react hysterically to any violence or sexuality in a game. Usually, the media operates 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.]] Jim suggests a way to fight back: [[StartXToStopX Be as childish and relentless as the uninformed critics.]]
* StreisandEffect:
** Discussed in "Corrupt, Censoring, Suicidal Indie Devs", where Jim brings up the attempted removal of reviews and commentaries done by him and [[Creator/TheCynicalBrit Total Biscuit]]. Namely, how attempting to censor negative criticism on the Internet never, ever works, and that any indie publisher who tries it will quickly disappear forever under a counterattack of mass proportions. [[invoked]]
** Discusses this every time a developer tries to silence him for criticizing their work. Every time one of Jim's videos gets removed for "copyright infringement", Jim's popularity just increases while the person behind the strike gets bad publicity.
** In "Oh Atlus, Honey, No," Jim brings up the effect by name when discussing the streaming controversy surrounding ''VideoGame/Persona5''. When Atlus warned players that they were not to livestream anything past 7/7 in the game, Jim decided to give Atlus the benefit of the doubt and say they just wanted to avoid spoilers. However, Jim then points out the {{Irony}} that by saying that, Atlus spoiled that something big would be happening when a player reached 7/7.
* SerialNumbersFiledOff: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]]. What Jim calls "asset flips," where developers make games entirely out of pre-made assets purchased from the Unity store and resold as an original product. The most extreme examples of this involve entire pre-made ''games'' being resold as original products, with the "[=UnitZ=]" asset pack being the most popular target of such reselling.
* TenSecondFlashlight: He really hates it when a game has flashlights that drain the batteries far too quickly for the sake of "difficulty" and/or scares, feeling like it adds nothing to the game. He also doesn't like it when a flashlight barely lights the area in front of the player for the same reason; Jim showcased how a real flashlight looked in a pitch-black room just to point out the absurdity of it. Most of all, he claims these things are done [[FollowTheLeader just because other games are doing them]], meaning, on top of everything else, they're artistically-bankrupt design choices.
* ThemeMusicPowerup: Happens at the end of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dHGVF2syAQ Skate Man Intense Rescue: A Steam Spite Story]]. Jim's theme song, "Born Depressed", starts playing as he viciously and mercilessly hammers in the point that he now metaphorically owns Digpex Games, just like he owns Kobra Studio, The Slaughtering Grounds devs[[note]] Digital Homicide and Imminent Uprising[[/note]] and all other corrupt small-name indie devs who tried to take down his reviews of their shitty games and failed, only boosting Jim's popularity in the process.
* ThisMeansWar: At the end of "[=PS4=] - Doing Nothing, Meaning Everything", he says that Microsoft has declared war not on Creator/{{Nintendo}} or Sony but on the consumer for its used games policies.
* TheProblemWithLicensedGames[[invoked]]: Jim states that ''the'' problem with licensed games, worse even than the fact that the majority of them are phoned-in crap, is that even when they're good, they're never available for long in the modern digital age because licensing issues mean they're eventually pulled from digital download or, for older licensed games, never put up there in the first place.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: With the success of ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'', Creator/SquareEnix admitted it made a mistake in trying to reinvent ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' instead of sticking with the traditional [=JRPG=] stylings that made it famous in the first place. In "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/9010-An-Industry-Of-Pitiful-Cowards An Industry Of Pitiful Cowards]]", Jim chastises the big publishers who try to remake classic game series in an effort to [[FollowTheLeader chase popular trends]], with no real evidence that there's anything broken.[[invoked]]
** The same video also points out the opposite trope, ItsTheSameNowItSucks, and that some publishers endlessly rehash the same idea over and over again until they run it into the ground. Attempting to avert this fate is one reason for running straight into TheyChangedItNowItSucks.[[invoked]]
** The point of "[[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic Gloom]]." Jim posits that Sonic has had a few legitimately good ideas with ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' and ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld'', even saying that ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'' was a good game. However, [=SEGA=] choosing to change Sonic every time a new game comes out stagnates and damages the franchise, even saying that the "Sonic Cycle" -- the self-perpetuating idea that [[ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch a Sonic game is going to suck before it comes out]] -- is the company's own fault.
** Jim overhauled the Jimquisition starting from the ''A Bitter Post-Mortem Of Modern Warfare Remastercarded'' episode in May of 2017, including a new intro & theme song and a revamped outfit, lectern, and background. He [[GenreSavvy anticipated some people would have this kind of reaction]], referencing this trope by name during the intro's first usage.
* TropesAreTools: For [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiV2hrpufLM Halloween 2015]], Jim criticizes several recurring and badly used HorrorTropes, such as BlackoutBasement, TenSecondFlashlight, JitterCam, and ImplacableMan.
* 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 ''VideoGame/DearEsther'' and ''VideoGame/ThePath'' which [[{{Railroading}} force the player through]] [[SceneryPorn an interesting setting]], but give them absolutely nothing to do.
* TheUnapologetic: In "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/9198-Tomopology-Life Tomopolgy Life]]", Jim brings up Nintendo's apology for not considering [[GayOption gay players]] when they put a marriage event in ''VideoGame/TomodachiLife'', and then apologized himself because the deadline for his videos meant he didn't have time to include it in the [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/9181-Tomodachi-Strife first video]], and his rushing also misrepresented an aspect of the debate, painting Nintendo to be [[{{Misblamed}} worse that they actually were]]. The rest of the video talks about this, how some people believe in never apologizing, compromising or admitting you're wrong; as some viewers saw Nintendo's reversal as a sign of weakness.
* 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.
* UnpleasableFanbase: [[InvokedTrope Invoked]].
** 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.
** "Delayed Reaction" is all about Jim's incredulity over fan reaction to a two-month delay of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'', since to Jim, the reasons for the delay sounded rather reasonable. Jim sounds genuinely astonished that people would resort to death threats for a journalist just reporting that the game was delayed, saying "things didn't used to be this bad."
* ValuesDissonance: [[invoked]] In response to criticism over the UncannyValley use of JigglePhysics in ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive5'', 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 game 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.
* VillainProtagonist: Jim likes games where he plays a villain, partially because of how horrific it is to play a character of such opposite morality, and because [[EvilIsCool villains are more interesting]]. In "To Play the Villain", he points out games like ''VideoGame/KaneAndLynch'' and ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' for putting players in the shoes of truly horrible people, while criticizing ''{{VideoGame/Overlord}}'' and later ''Saints Row'' games which pit the protagonist against people who are far worse, and come out looking like [[AntiVillain Anti-Villains]] or [[AntiHero Anti-Heroes]] by comparison, thus losing the nastiness of proper villainous characters.
* {{Waggle}}: He ''despises'' games that shove in motion controls as a gimmick or tech demo, especially when they don't actually serve the game or a more-traditional control scheme would've served the player better. Nintendo in particular is often singled out for this, though the crowning example is ''[[VideoGame/SteelBattalion Steel Battalion: Heavy Armor]]'', which he outright called for a recall of, being almost completely non-functional thanks to its Kinect controls, and named as his worst game of 2012.
* WantsAPrizeForBasicDecency: Jim was pissed off by gamers and journalists actually giving praise to game studios who decide to be less of a JerkAss than usual. In "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/9145-The-Trap-Of-Gamer-Gratitude The Trap of Gamer Gratitude]]", he points to EA adding microtransactions to ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies: Garden Warfare'' because people were having trouble unlocking things, pointing out the game was designed from the start to be tedious to play for free to coerce players into spending money.
** However, he actually does give {{Videogame/Loadout}} praise for decency himself in the "Free to Wait" episode.
-->'''Jim:''' "That this game, a humble little game from a humble little studio can provide a genuinely quality shooter - and it really is a fucking good game - without perverting the free to play model, is worthy of applause. I mean, well, it shouldn't be worthy of applause, but in this world, unfortunately, it is."
* WhyTheFandomCantHaveNiceThings:
** While Jim describes himself as a defender of gamers, he is disgusted by the personal threats towards game developers like [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII Jennifer Helper]] and [[VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps2 David Vonderhaar]]. The hateful response towards developers will only overshadow legitimate criticism and discourage the industry from being creative.
** Jim expresses annoyance and anger towards LetsPlay/PewDiePie and his fallout for his use of [[NWordPrivileges the "N" word]] during a livestream. Jim was angry at Pewd's irresponsibility with racist quips and explained how it could cause advertisers to clamp down and demand regulation on Youtube, which would screw over ''everyone''.
* 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.]]
* WizardNeedsFoodBadly: His main criticism towards ''VideoGame/WeHappyFew'' and other survival horror games is the reliance on this trope. He finds he can't do anything in the game because he is continuously being harassed by his own character's need to eat, drink, and sleep, and that constantly having to keep the rapidly-draining meters full becomes a chore rather than a pleasure if they're too intrusive.
* WordSaladTitle: Calls Creator/SquareEnix out for their insistence on giving their games these in "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jU5GMcJD87M Square Enix Has Stupid Game Names]]", in particular focusing on the handheld ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' games.
* YouKeepUsingThatWord:
** In "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/8105-Lugoscababib-Discobiscuits Lugoscababib Discobiscuits]]", Jim is annoyed by everyone using "[[GameplayAndStorySegregation Ludonarrative Dissonance]]" [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness just because it sounds cool]]. In particular, he says that people are using it to criticize violence in games, when it really means a disconnect between the narrative told in gameplay, versus the narrative told by cutscenes. He looked at ''VideoGame/TombRaider2013'', in which Lara Croft is supposed to be an archaeologist who hates guns, and yet spends the game killing people like a pro; and compared it to ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'', which also has lots of violence, but stars a violent person, being dropped into a city that looks peaceful but is really hiding a violent underbelly. Both have been criticized for ludonarrative dissonance, when only Tomb Raider is a true example.
** He directs this at Ubisoft at the end of Ubisoft - A Sad History of PC Failures. Ubisoft's constant use of "iconic" had gotten on his nerves, applying it to things like Aiden Pearce's attire or an Assassins Creed character's pocket-watch. It got to the point that the episode "Ubiconic" was all about Ubi's misuse of the word.
** In his ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abLspv3bgRo INNOVATION- GAMING'S SNAKE OIL]]'' video, Jim stated that he feels that critics put higher stock into "innovation" over actual quality.
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzPXObE7SUc&index=3&list=PLlRceUcRZcK0E1Id3NHchFaxikvCvAVQe Censorship]]" for whenever a content creator cuts or changes anything, with the FanDumb [[invoked]] automatically believing someone else forced them to. Content creators should be free to ''edit'' their work as they see fit, and cutting things out is as much a part of creative freedom as adding things in.
** One early episode ("YOUR REVIEWS ARE TEH BIAS") discusses this by showing how often people complaining about his reviews keep misusing the word "bias"]] to describe any reviewer they vehemently disagree with.
** People calling any of his opinions they don't like "clickbait". He doesn't even ''have'' ads on his website or videos, so the accusation doesn't make any sense.
* YourApprovalFillsMeWithShame: Jim is quite disgusted with how companies like EA only hand out to review copies to critics who are going to praise their games. He takes pride that they have since labeled him as a "wild card," and notes that he'd be more insulted if EA were actually giving him the games, meaning they saw him as someone who would blindly praise their games.
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[[folder:The Podquisition]]
!!Tropes featured on the Podquisition:
* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: One episode is an interview between Jim and the infamous Digital Homicide.
* ButtMonkey: Gavin, who often gets made fun of by the other co-hosts (mainly for his love of Ubisoft) and gets known as "the slow one" by the audience.
* CouchGag: Beginning with episode 19, each episode started with Jim off-handedly mentioning a new symptom of Gavin's "illness". It began with a real-life incident where Gavin had his foot stood on by a high-heeled shoe, but has since gone on to include rotting flesh, egg-laying insects and crows nesting in it. They eventually stopped. When a listener asked why in one episode, they answered that, essentially, they thought it had run its course.
* EveryoneHasStandards: Jim immediately told Gavin to shut up when Gav made a joke based around hatred towards Millennials.
* RunningGag:
** As always, the utter disdain for Ubisoft. Invoked though, considering that Ubisoft keeps giving them reasons to talk about them.
** Around the time of ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'s'' release and after, it keeps getting brought up, even when they're trying to dodge the topic.
** The supposed UnresolvedSexualTension between Jim and Laura.
** Jim facetiously blaming "liberal arts students" for various things.
* HarsherInHindsight: In-universe; in the early Podquisitions, Jim and Laura are positive about amiibos (with Jim even defending them in a Jimquisition). Later on, they're much more pessimistic about them, mainly due to constant supply problems and influx of rare amiibos.
* SeinfeldianConversation: Their topics often spin off into bizarre tangents, such as Kirby amiibos devouring other amiibos to explain amiibo shortages.
* SitcomArchnemesis: They speculate that Reggie fils-Amie is out to get Laura after several odd problems involving Nintendo games.
* ThreeAmigos: Jim, Gavin and Laura.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Referenced by Jim and jokingly invoked with him and Laura.
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->''[[SigningOffCatchPhrase And thank God... for me.]]''