Web Video / Jim And Yahtzees Rhymedown Spectacular
What do you get when Yahtzee
of Zero Punctuation
fame and Jim Sterling of Jimquisition
fame come together and start writing games industry-related poetry? Simple, you get Jim and Yahtzee's Rhymedown Spectacular
A series started up in 2013, Jim and Yahtzee both take it in turns to present poetry based on the games industry, usually on the same subject. While Yahtzee's poetry is more detailed and wordy
, Jim's poetry is just about the opposite, generally being more blunt about the subject matter.
Concluded in 2014, albeit it had a Spiritual Successor
, Jim and Yahtzee's Uncivil War
, where they compete at playing games and trash-talking each other.
The main page for the show can be found here
The show itself presents us these Tropes, they're on your screen, so these you cannot grope:
- 8.8: Jim complains about it in Whine Out Of Ten.
- Allegory: Yahtzee likes to do this to show how business practices or other aspects of gaming would make no sense if applied to anything else.
- Anti-Climax: Many of Yahtzee's poems do this, but A Legacy Of Rogues is almost entirely composed of this.
Yahtzee: The first of our line was mighty Sir Clyde/To the castle of darkness did he bravely ride/Flung the doors wide, and proceeded inside/Then tripped and fell on some spikes and died.
- Awful Wedded Life: One with an old, jaded Sonic the Hedgehog in Cyclical.
- Bait and Switch: In Confessions of a game reviewer, Jim admits that there were many games that he gave ratings which he no longer agreed with - but that wasn't the confession he was here to make. The confession was that he had no regrets about a single word he'd said, regardless of whether or not he still had that view.
- Beige Prose: Jim's poetry takes on this style, generally being more blunt. An example of this appears in the "Xbox One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" video.
So sit back, tune in, 'cause my wit's sharp and quick/Mi cro soooooft... suck my dick
- In Whine Out Of Ten, Jim doesn't even bother with being witty, just scolds everyone who complained about GTA V getting nine out of ten.
- Chess with Death: Words With friends in "Friends At The End".
- Cluster F-Bomb: Jim drops one of these in The Cheese Master.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: "A Poem in which Gaming Platforms are Analogised to Cutlery".
- Good is Boring: Used by Yahtzee in "The Noble Hero and The Cynic Hero" - only one of them wound up getting a statue in the town square.
- Mood Whiplash: Yahtzee's Ludonarrative Dissonance, telling what could be the story of a GTA protagonist and occasionally bursting into cheerful singing.
- Musical Episode: Jim's The Ballad of Jack Tretton.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Yahtzee in My Baby Takes the Morning Gateway to The Shadow Realm.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Jim is the Red to Yahtzee's Blue.
- List Song: Castlevania: A Primer.
- Lyrical Dissonance: In Ludonarrative Dissonance, Yahtzee begins depressed, describing a man who attempted to flee his past life of killing, but ends up back where he started after he goes broke. Then Yahtzee describes, in the most jolly voice he can muster, the same man going on a violent killing spree, despite previously seeming to hate that lifestyle.
- Purple Prose: Yahtzee's poetry generally consists of this, with more anecdotes involved with his poems.
- Self-Deprecation: From Jim, at the end of "Cabin Fever":
Jim: And if you haven't been turning these off after Yahtzee's, it's your own fucking fault.
- Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion: In Yahtzee's "Thief 4 Dead" poem when he finds out that Thief (4) it is a reboot of the series.
Yahtzee:: Oh, wait! They are taking off the "four", to call it a reboot/A practice in recent years that I have come to abhor/But I'm willing to ignore/Because they making a new "Thief"...
- Take That!: Jim makes a vicious one (In the form of his entire verse) in one episode to trash talk the infamously bad Let's Player Dark Syde Phil.
- They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Discussed in The Cycle, which reads like a series of internet posts on any Sonic the Hedgehog game from the last ten years.