Web Video / Jimquisition

And Thank God For Me!

— The current motto

A webshow formerly hosted on The Escapist by Jim Sterling, an independent (formerly of Destructoid and Escapist) reviewer known for his tendency to stoke controversy.

He assumes the persona of a caricature of gaming journalists (which resembles a Gene Hunt cosplayer, because who else, right?) to make broader points about video games and the video game industry. Episodes can be found here and here and new content can be found on his website. Just make sure to include the "the" as Jimquisition.com, for unknown reasons, 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.
  • 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, Sturgeon's Law is fully in effect here. "Early Jimpressions" are for titles in early-access. (Formerly known as "Squirty Plays")
  • 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.
  • 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, who is totally not Jim, attempts to review games while clearly having no idea what's going on.
  • 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 hypocrisy. Donate to him yourself if you like.
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    Tropes Used in The Jimquisition 

Tropes featured include:

  • Accentuate the Negative: Although he's willing to expound on it if he feels it's truly negative.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: 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."
  • And That's Terrible: During the Squirty Play of Playing History: Slave Trade, an incredibly ill-conceived Edutainment Game about exactly what you think, the game's mascot (an incongruously cheery Off Model cartoon mouse) finishes a description of the horrific treatment of slaves with "this was certainly not nice". Jim references the Trope Namer in response.
  • Appropriated Appellation: After the "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 Catch Phrase.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • Ubisoft has become this, with eight episodes about them in 2014. Jim frequently 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 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 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.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: 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 Jeff Dunham shows.
  • At Least I Admit It: 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 Assassin's Creed Unity and The Legend Of Zelda series respectively.
  • Author Filibuster: The entire series is just one Author Filibuster after another, though it's tongue-in-cheek.
  • Backhanded Apology: After Jim's call for calm discussion in "Dragon's Frown" backfired spectacularly, Jim decides to "apologize" for the Internet Backdraft 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 brilliant game-talky man, that I will never, never be reasonable again. Thank you.
  • Badass Boast:
    • 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 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.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Jim's assistant Chip (SHUT UP CHIP!), who has only ever been seen in some context where he is being tormented by Jim.
  • Berserk Button:
    • The "you didn't play the game correctly" argument as a response to not liking a game. Also see Cluster F-Bomb and Everyone Has Standards.
    • Now added to the list: 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 Saints Row: The Third.
    • 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 Stealth Insult saturated video.
    • He spits the words "Appeal to a wider audience" with dripping disdain. The Golden Mean Fallacy 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 free to play model to create games that players pay up front for, and then try their hardest to 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 Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided out of contention for Game of the Year in 2015 and 2016 respectively despite their 9/10 scores. Jim was 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 Atlus and 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 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.
    • Customers who believe that since appealing to a wider audience via social issues makes them uncomfortable, developers should restrict their artistic pallet to cater exclusively to them, and then claim they're being "reasonable."
    • Disregarding one's own legacy and history, 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 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 YouTube who rely on living off their channels doing videos that they enjoy making aren't working "real jobs".
  • Bi the Way: 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 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.
  • Blessed with Suck: "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.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Happens to Jim in "Content Divided: Death To Pre-Order Culture" after he sees the trailer to pre-order Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.
  • Bookends: Jim notes that his first episode about Square Enix was before his back injury and when he just found out about his problem with Square Enix. His (hopefully) last one has it after he found out just how bad the situation with the company was, and after his back operation.
  • Bring It: Jim normally doesn't taunt people to try and attack him, but after many of his videos were Content ID'd by Nintendo, he posts video from 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 averted. Jim found that in his usage of Chains of Love prior to 20 February 2017, that it no longer triggered the Copyright Deadlock. Interestingly, he did find that a clip of North American Nintendo footage, and a clip of Japanese Nintendo footage do cancel each other out...
  • Broken Pedestal: 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 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 PAYDAY 2, when they had previously said the game 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.
  • Butt Monkey: Chip, the new head of research, who only exists to be yelled at and to be blamed for mistakes.
    'SHUT UP, CHIP'!
  • Call Back:
    • 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.
  • The Cameo:
    • Jim appears in a secret area in The Angry Video Game Nerd Adventures.
    • His "Photorealistic Sociopathy" video has a clip from Hatventures in it.
    • His JimSAW Halloween 2016 Jimquisition special has a surprise cameo from Albert Wesker at the end, which wouldn't be notable enough on its own, if it weren't for the fact that D.C. Douglas reprises that very role in said video.
  • Canon Welding: Virgillio Armarndio is a carryover from his Destructoid show "The Videogame Show What I've Done."
  • Catch Phrase:
    • "And thank God for me!"
    • "Wrong!" (Said in a manner of increasingly silly ways)
    • Blending this with a variety of Overly Long Gag, he also has a tendency to at least once in a video (usually during the closing) draw out a word. Particularly "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 The Raccoons, Claudaine or his pet kitty Fat Cat from Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, for example. Also there is usually at least one picture of a shrimp per episode.
    • "I'm Jim Fucking Sterling, Son." See Appropriated Appelation.
    • "Fuck Konami!", done in various ways, after the cancellation of Silent Hills 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, The Stinger for "The Asset Flip" is simply the words FUCK KONAMI in giant Courier font.
    • "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 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 The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker.
    • "Is this memes?" Said for games where the developers seem to have focused on 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... POUNDING IT..." in some way, with 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.
  • Category Traitor: 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.
  • Celebrity Resemblance: His appearance and even his voice are quite similar to that of Garth Marenghi, which he even lampshaded on a podcast.
  • Chewbacca Defense: 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 benote .
  • Country Matters: 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").
    • More recently, he's taken to interrupting the C word with the opening theme to Skeleton Warriors.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Jim hardly backs down from obscenities, but it was Dead Space 2's crappy multiplayer and online pass system that drove him to 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!
  • Companion Cube: Miniature Fantasy Willem Defoe
  • Commander Contrarian: 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.
  • Constructive Criticism: 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 Brutal Honesty 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 Disproportionate Retribution since the majority of them Can't Take Criticism. Jim will drift into Caustic Critic territory if the game is really bad.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: According to Jim, Square Enix needs to stop announcing games all the time or Yoishi Ada needs to get kicked in the ass with steel toed boots.
  • Corpsing:
    • In "Game Over, Randy", Jim inadvertently knocks the Xenomorph figurine off the podium with his Dildo Bat. He begins laughing and loses his train of thought.
    • In "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.
  • Critical Research Failure:invoked Played for Laughs in "I'm Not Saying Emulators Are Cool, BUT...". He says that Emulation is a taboo subject among AAA companies, "like Voldemort from that movie Game of Thrones", while showing a picture of Sauron.
  • Damned by Faint Praise: 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.
  • Department of Redundancy Department:
    • When Jim became independent, the intro was changed to "Jim Sterling presents Jimquisition with Jim Sterling".
    • In Why Do People Hate EA?
    [Poor excuses were given] because IGN asked Electronic Arts why people hate Electronic Arts; asking Electronic Arts why people hate Electronic Arts is not going to give you an answer to your question because you asked Electronic Arts why people hate Electronic Arts. Which is just like, well, asking Electronic Arts why people hate Electronic Arts. NYAG!
  • Disapproving Look: According to Visceral's John Calhoun, people expect mobile games to have Freemium content in it, so a console horror game 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 "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!"— (pregnant pause) But a good one, obviously. I'm a good Hitler. The good Hitler of videogames.
  • Divide and Conquer: In "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.
  • Don't Try This at Home: 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.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: 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.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The earliest episodes (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 Small Name, Big Ego persona yet, and was more of a (moderately) angry ranter. Instead of self-congratulatory quips, episodes ended with Jim 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 harsh, snarky reviews, though this was in part due to the growing number of poor games coming to his attention, mostly via fans who loved watching him tear them to shreds.
  • Enemy Mine: Jim has backed some Kickstarter projects purely out of spite. He backed Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night as a Spiritual Successor to Castlevania, which Konami had screwed over, and Yooka-Laylee as a spiritual successor to Banjo-Kazooie, which Microsoft Studios had screwed over.
  • Enforced Plug: Parodied. Jim himself tries to market Mountain Dew, taking a sip... which makes him go blind.
    "It tastes like sugar and hedgehog piss!"
  • Epic Fail:
    • 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 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.
  • Everyone Has Standards:
    • 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 Duke Nukem Forever as the worst game of its year). After "Mass Effect 3: A Gay Erotic Love Story," he did a 'normal' video tackling the subject for everyone who found the previous one too subtle, during which he goes increasingly berserk as he addresses each point brought up in the arguments people make against Mass Effect 3's Gay Option.
    • Also, on an episode of Podquisition, he immediately told Gavin to shut up when Gav made a joke based around hatred towards Millennials.
    • He's against the antics of corporate executives, but he admitted to respecting Satoru Iwata (understandable, because Iwata-san was willing to cut his own salary in half instead of firing his employees, in order to keep company morale up).
  • Every Episode Ending: Jim telling the public to thank God for him.
  • Evil Laugh:
  • Exact Words: Jim says that he had several good opportunities to take a shot at David Cage in his "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.
  • A God Am I:
  • Godwin's Law: 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.
  • Gushing About Shows You Like: Jim loves the Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare games, and sighs resignedly when both games instituted microtransactions a month after release, when normally he'd rage about it with other games.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: 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.
  • Hurricane of Euphemisms: In "Genitalia" when talking about the fully-rendered vagina that had slipped into Watch_Dogs 2 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.
  • Hypocritical Humor: 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 Catch Phrase.
    • 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 On the Next teaser.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: At the start of his video on Gearbox Software developer Randy Pitchford, who still defends the awful Aliens: Colonial Marines. 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.
  • I Meant to Do That: 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.
  • I Told You So: 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..
  • Insult Backfire: In "Objectification And... Men?", Jim takes up accusations that he's too smug and smarmy by making a wordless noise, combined with a series of facial expressions, that can only be described as smugness personified. The Stinger revealed that the noise is him 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 Catch Phrase.
    • Similarly, in "So Let's Talk about Mods Being Sold On Steam", Digital Homicide saw fit to take yet another 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 quite amusing, and declared that whatever profit that Digital Homicide made on the card would be thanks to Jim Fucking Sterling, Son.
  • Jade-Colored Glasses: Noticed just how cynical he had become while watching the latest Star Wars: Battlefront 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.)
  • Large Ham: As a persona.
    • He went Visual Pun by depicting Reggie Fils-Aime with an actual large ham in "Nintendo of America."
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: 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:
  • Lets See You Do Better: 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.
  • Laughing Mad:
    • 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.
  • Loony Fan: 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. 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. Later gifts have included a dragon-tongue sex toy, and gay furry porn.
      • All of these gifts have been featured on Jimquisition episodes.
  • Loophole Abuse: 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.
  • Madness Mantra: 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 
  • Mad Libs Catch Phrase:
    • "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.
  • Manipulative Editing:
    • In "Nintendo's Virtual Console Is Trash Garbage", Jim cuts an episode of Best of the Worst so that it seems like Rich Evans is saying "Thank God for Jim".
  • Mean Brit: Jim's persona has strong elements of this. Especially when talking about something that upsets him.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Really, there's two Jim Sterlings in the Jimquisition. First up is the Jim character who appears on camera, the man who defines Refuge in Audacity, the man who sets some sort of new record for the Small Name, Big Ego 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 "Go Fish"; it's an unscripted episode released off schedule, and simply contains Jim ad-libbing a response to the cancelling of Fez 2, and is notably very calm, friendly and sans his Large Ham persona.
  • Mic Drop: 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.
  • Mockumentary: "Thank God For Me: The Jimquisition Story."
  • Motor Mouth: Some of more long-winded rants might make you stop for breath in sympathy, because he doesn't appear to.
  • Never My Fault: Jim's old response to small factual mistakes in videos was to say he did them on purpose. His new response is either to blame Chip or to claim that it was a result of him breathing through his skin.
  • Nightmare Fuel: In-universe. During "The Survival of Horror" special, Scarescrow unleashes some of his fear toxin on Jim and we see what Jim is most fearful of: Making out with a copy of Aliens: Colonial Marines.
    • On the Podquisition, Jim's story about the "Black Widow Motel" (from the episode of the same) is nothing short of terrifying.note 
  • No Pronunciation Guide: "EARLY AAACCESS."note  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.
  • Oh, Crap!: When he thought he didn't have to discuss something controversial, and then was told the week's subject was art games.
  • Once an Episode:
    • 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, 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."
  • The One Thing I Don't Hate About You: 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.
  • Overly Long Gag: At the end of the Amiibo episode, Jim repeats the infamous 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.
  • Perfectly Cromulent Word: In Babysitting the Survivor, Jim starts referring to games that were "launched" on Early Access as "blaunched".
  • Phrase Catcher: "SHUT UP, CHIP!"
  • Poe's Law: Apparently, some people didn't get that Jim Sterling's persona on the show is intentionally abrasive and narcissistic. So he decided to point it out as blatantly as possible without breaking character.
    Instead it should be more ironic... I don't know, just pulling this at random, some fat blogger with a whiny English accent, dressed up in a trenchcoat with glasses like he's some sort of rock star, with a background that makes it look like he's in a bad production of V for Vendetta. You know, something so blindingly, obviously ironic that 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; he comes up with Vertigo from Primal Rage. 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 giant, blue, snake-headed, poison-spitting dinosaur was the best he could find.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: invokedA frequently Discussed Trope. Ultimately, he's of the opinion that people who claim this is the case in Real Life are almost always blowing things out of proportion.
  • Promoted to Scapegoat: After getting the wrong price on a game in a previous episode, 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.
  • Properly Paranoid: 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.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: His closing words for the "Online Passes Are Bad For Everyone" episode: "How. 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.
  • Putting on the Reich: 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 Evil Laugh indicate otherwise).
  • Rant-Inducing Slight: 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.
  • Rapid-Fire "No!": When he was told that week's subject was the controversy of "The Definition of Art Games".
  • Refuge in Audacity: 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.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: The main gimmick behind Jim's Itch.io Tasty series is seeing what strange games he can find on the titular website by putting in a search term related to a recent news story or video game release. Past search terms have included Hello, Superhero, Star Wars, Trump, Warfare and Pig.
  • Running Gag:
    • 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 Konami is Konami," to explain whenever 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 "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.
    • 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."
    • "Pounding it"
    • After the 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
    • Cutting off an utterance of the word "cunt" with part of the opening to "Skeleton Warriors"
    • The Kellogg's Cornflake Homunculus, a faux corporate Mascot originally introduced as a Take That! regarding the repeated appearances of the Schick Hydro Man during the 2016 Video Game Awards show.
  • Sanity Slippage: 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 crying pathetically, followed by maniacal laughter and ending with him chugging a bottle of pills.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: Jim's response to the Xbox One 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.
  • Schmuck Bait: 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 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.
  • Self-Deprecation: Whenever he wants to highlight the absurdity of his persona, he engages in a little self-deprecating humor, though without 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 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.)
    • Invoked when Jim compared himself to Boglins in that they're both Ugly Cute and didn't make as much money as they'd intended to.
  • Serial Escalation: 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 "A review of my review of their review of my review".
  • Serious Business: For Jim, all of video games counts, but rental games and the problems surrounding them seem to be his biggest pet peeve.
  • Shaming the Mob: 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.
  • Shaped Like Itself: His "100% Objective Review" of Final Fantasy XIII, 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".
  • Shoot the Messenger: "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 Final Fantasy XV was delayed by two months and subsequently got accusations of a conspiracy, questions to his integrity, and even death threats from more rabid "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.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Show Within a Show: "Virgillio Armarndio's Art Hole," which is also another case of Stylistic Suck.
  • Sidekick: Jim has one in the form of Miniature Fantasy Willem Dafoe, who usually yells outrageous things at the top of his voice.
  • Sincerity Mode: In his 100th episode, his satirical "thank God for me" running gag is changed to the completely sincere "I would like to thank God for me".
  • Signing-Off Catch Phrase: "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 In Memoriam episode for a person he respected.
  • Slash Fic: Jim wrote, and did a dramatic reading of, a story about a gamer turning gay because of Mass Effect 3 to make fun of the controversy (and often latent homophobia) surrounding the game's Gay Option.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: 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.
  • Smug Smiler: Jim was criticized for attacking Microsoft over the DRM in the Xbox One, and accused of 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.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": He makes it very clear that the Jimquisition website's URL is thejimquisition.com. He has uncharacteristically humble reasons for this.
  • Spit Take: When asked to do an episode about Microsoft offering $100 for PS3 trade-ins on an Xbox One Jim said he wouldn't because the video would consist of nothing but him drinking coffee and doing this.
  • Springtime for Hitler: In an interview with Colin Moriarty of The Kinda Funny Gamescast, Jim says that the Jimquisition only started being popular after 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 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 Dynasty Warriors/The Legend of Zelda mashup, he excitedly describes it as "game of the year game of the year." The complete lack of punctuation is audible.
  • Start X to Stop X: 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.
  • Stepford Smiler: In the opening of Crying Through the Laughs.
  • Stock Footage: Jim tends to use a lot of clips from the games he's talking about, voicing over the footage to fill up time.
  • Stopped Caring:
    • 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 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.
  • Straw Character:
    • 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 Strawman Has a Point.
    • invoked Strawman Has a Point 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.
  • Stunned Silence: Jim's reaction to Digpex Games' broken english-riddled response to Kotaku wanting their side of the story regarding the conflict with Jim.
  • Stylistic Suck: All original artwork for the show is done by Jim himself in MS Paint. He admitted on Desert Bus For Hope that the MS Paint 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 forgot his Catch Phrase.
    • 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 Record Needle Scratch, Jim runs in with the lights off, and at the end of the video, he runs through his Catch Phrase 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.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    • 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. That's a very specific, and steeeeeupid, allegation!". Jim then immediately puts on a ritual mask and begins having sex with his collection of Pogs.
    • Or, from 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.
  • Take That!:
    • His videos about Nintendo of America, Duke Nukem Forever ("Too Cool to Be Cool"), and the pointlessness of trying to be mature when arguing with immature people ("Fight in the Name of Childishness"), to name a few.
    • His "Thank God For Me: The Jimquisition Story" video was making fun of an online gaming magazine that had made a multi-part documentary about itself.
    • Jim's takes potshots at Konami, mainly due to the company blacklisting him after he criticized their business practices. He ramped up the insults after Silent Hills was canceled by them and said insults range from being subtle to just being plain obvious.
    • In a Squirty Play of "WICK", Jim's states that he would be very happy if he could just stop thinking.... but on the downside, he'd probably end up at a Trump Rally.
  • Take That, Audience!: One instance of this is combined with Self-Deprecation. When criticizing 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 Angry Joe because they're fans of Angry Joe, they subscribe to Boogie because they're fans of Boogie, they subscribe to me because they don't have better things to do.
  • Take That, Critics!: 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 spirited. "Who is this fat douche?" "Is he on drugs?" "How can we get rid of him?" "He's like Movie Bob, but shit." "I can't believe the Escapist got rid of Lisa Foiles for this guy." "I do hope they cancel him soon."
    *Evil Laugh, with dramatic turn around*
    Here we are, 100 Mondays in, and it looks like the Jimquisition is here to stay... you lucky, lucky people.
  • Tastes Like Purple: He eats a Chik-fil-a sandwich before spitting it out and yelling "It tastes like hating gay people!"
  • Technically a Smile: Jim forces himself to maintain a smile in the intro of "Crying Through the Laughs".
    I'm SMILING!
  • Technology Porn: Combined with a bit of Hypocritical Humor; 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 "I'm a video game reviewer and we need that shit."
  • Tempting Fate:
    • At the conclusion of "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 The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword a 9, and a poem by him on Jim And Yahtzees Rhymedown Spectacular 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.
  • That Poor Cat: 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.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: During Jim's "The Reason You Suck" Speech at the end of the episode about Skate Man Intense Rescue, the usual background music is replaced with the theme song.
  • Theme Song: "Born Depressed" by Drill Queens. The songs accompanying his rants vary by time period. Early Jimquisition videos use "Jesters of the Moon" from Final Fantasy IX, then for the Majority of the time Jim is working for "The Escapist", he moves onto using a specially-written tune made by Danny Barronowsky for the show. The third tune was made by Carl Catron, and was titled "March of The Sterling Jester", which he started using from July 2016 onwards. Carl also has the honour of having his Jazzy Rendition of "Born Depressed" being used as the "Bonus Episode" theme tune.
  • Trrrilling Rrrs: Jim is fond of this as a Played for Laughs Verbal Tic, 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.
  • Uncanny Valley: invokedJim brings it up during his look at the trailer for Chipper & Sons Lumber Co., noting how all the animals had dead and fixated eyes that seemed to stare at you no matter where you looked. 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.
  • Up to Eleven: Jim stated during a panel that "Mass Effect 3: A Gay Erotic Love Story" forced The Escapist to create an age gate just for him, which has since been used for other videos.
  • You Need to Get Laid: Thinks the playable character in Hatred needs to have a good wanking session to get rid of his anger instead of killing people.

    Tropes Discussed in The Jimquisition Episodes 

Tropes discussed in his reviews and videos include:

  • 8.8:
    • 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 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 The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 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.
  • Aesop Amnesia: Some game developers just never learn.
    • In "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 "The Molyneux Cycle". Peter Molyneux 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 Final Fantasy series away from the traditional turn-based gameplay it was famous for, only to be surprised by the success of Bravely Default, a traditional turn-based JRPG, and to acknowledge their mistake. "Active-Time Prattle" revisits the issue by highlighting Final Fantasy VII Remake would do away with the classic Active-Time Battle system with a more action-based battle system.
    • In "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.
  • Allegedly Free Game: 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.
  • And You Thought It Would Fail: invoked According to 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.
  • Appeal to Novelty: In "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 Follow the Leader 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.
  • Asshole Victim: 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 we need to feel sorry for them. It certainly doesn't mean they've become the good guys.
  • At Least I Admit It:
    • In "A Quiet Conversation", he criticizes Quiet's Stripperiffic design in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain because he felt the game's explanation for why she dresses like that was a Hand Wave. 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 just trying to get some more money out of their consumers, instead of their usual practice of weaselly trying to pretend that they were using them for the consumer's benefit.
  • Auteur License: In "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 Puppeteer and Grand Theft Auto V 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 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.
  • Breakable Weapons: 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. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild 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 Survival Horror, 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 Too Awesome to Use and therefore neither a satisfying reward nor a good investment.
  • By "No", I Mean "Yes": 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.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: 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
  • Complexity Addiction: 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 Tetrisnote  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 this statue of 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.
  • Conflicting Loyalty: Jim points out that he has donated to several 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.
  • Darker and Edgier: In the episode "Overwatch Porn," he refers to an industry practice that he calls "fusing," so named after the game 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 more bright and colorful, as DOOM and Battleborn did.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: 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 Final Fantasy IX as an example, saying his late-game Heroic B.S.O.D. had more weight because of his earlier characterization as a Chivalrous Pervert.
  • Developers' Foresight: Jim loves 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!
  • Digital Piracy Is Evil: 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 The Witcher 2 and a 90% piracy rate for World of Goo.
  • Discount Lesbians: Bordering on Berserk Button. While defending the availability of gay and lesbian romance in "Mass Effect 3 and the Case for a Gay Shepard," he mentions how certain fans make the argument that since Liara is an asari, she doesn't "count" as a legitimate Gay Option. 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.
  • Distinction Without a Difference: Calls out publishers for adding DRM to their games and trying to hide it as a feature. When EA said that SimCity didn't have DRM and that it was an MMO, Jim said that the whole point of making it an "MMO" was to use the always online aspect as DRM.
  • Don't Like, Don't Read: He says that if people were really going to hate the Water Temple changes in the The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time remake, or if they somehow knew a game that wasn't even out yet would suck, to just not buy it.
  • Double Standard:
    • Jim points out a pretty arrant Double Standard 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 Golden Axe and Final Fight and hold them in high regard...when Dynasty Warriors is more or less a spiritual successor. He also points out another Double Standard 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 Fahrenheit, but even then the sex is initiated by the male protagonist.
    • From the same episode, Jim cites 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 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 "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 piece of beefcake for women gamers to drool over.
  • Easier Than Easy: Discusses the use of this in his "Zero Difficulty" episode where he feels games that include an easy or God Mode 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.
  • Environmental Narrative Game: He examined the genre in detail 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 Dear Esther being seven years old at this point and The Stanley Parable, in his opinion, setting the gold standard in 2011).
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In his video asking why people hate EA, Jim referred to Activision as satanic, and follows it up by giving them the tag line "Hey, at least we're not EA!"
    • Also, in his video When the Starscreams killed used games he referred to big companies as 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!"
  • Fan Dumb: invoked Jim frequently mocks the overreactions of angry fanboys, but especially takes them on in the "BOYCOTT!" episode.
  • Fan Hater: invoked Jim condemns this type of mindset as being the lowest form of selfish. He specifically cites that he has received criticism for not bashing Dynasty Warriors or Dm C Devil May Cry.
  • Faux Horrific: Jim refers to the 2010 Konami E3 Press Conference as "One of the most perverse displays of human indignity known to man".
  • Focus Group Ending: In "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 Confirmation Bias who only tell them to stay the course instead of pointing out problems that proper research would reveal. And there's the Follow the Leader 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.
  • Follow the Leader: invoked In "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.
  • Game of the Year Edition: Blames them, multiple store-exclusive Pre-Order Bonus, the Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition, 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.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: The episode "Lugoscababib Discobiscuits" is mostly about people who don't know what "ludonarrative dissonance" actually is, but it does point out a straight example. As a show of solidarity that he isn't trying to outright shill Bioshock Infinite, he complains that the game abuses the Take Your Time 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.
  • Girl Show Ghetto: In-Universe. The Creepy Cull of Female Protagonists is all about this trope on the industry.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: 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 Dark Energy Digital and Wild Games Studios for their bullying tactics and constant abuse of YouTube's flawed copyright system in Corrupt, Censoring, Suicidal Indie Devs.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: In "Children of the Resolution", Game companies that once pushed the graphical envelope ahead of gameplay, like Square Enix, 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 Minecraft.
  • Hypocrite: Called out Ubisoft for the graphics in Watch_Dogs, 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.
  • I Am the Noun: He doesn't say that Resident Evil 6 is about Survival Horror. 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!
  • Iconic Item: Jim tore a strip off Ubisoft in "Ubiconic" for constantly trying to market accessories owned by their characters as "iconic" in order to offer them as preorder bribes when there was nothing iconic about them, such as 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 The Division.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: Showed a picture of Tetsuya Nomura's take on Batman as a sign of everything that is wrong with Square Enix. 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: Final Fantasy IV may have been trite and silly, but it was memorable for sticking to its plot, while Final Fantasy XIII is a mess of plot details that just confuses people rather than crafting a world that people can get into.
  • Inherently Funny Words: "Chungus." Originally comes from Jim's Destructoid podcast and YouTube channel.
  • Insane Troll Logic: 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, then video games is emotions.
  • Ironic Echo: At the end of "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".
  • I Take Offense to That Last One: 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.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks: invoked He calls it "Call of Duty Syndrome".
  • It's Short, so It Sucks: invokedJim 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 The Order: 1886 vs. a weeks-long epic like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. 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.
  • Jump Scare: "Scare Tactics" was dedicated to defending this Trope from the criticism that's usually thrown toward it, namely that it's "cheap".
  • Loners Are Freaks: 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.
  • Meaningless Meaningful Words: David Cage and "emotion," as discussed in "Emotions, Polygons and Ellen Cage." As far as Jim can tell, David Cage doesn't even know what emotions are.
  • Mis-blamed: Discussed in-universe in "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 Executive Meddling, 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.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: The shortage of amiibos is hyped up to lead to an Amiibogeddon that leads to an eternal and deadly Black Friday.
  • Murder Simulators: 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.
  • Never My Fault: Jim says if there was anything good about the Xbox One, it's that if it succeeds in killing used gaming, then the industry will have run out of excuses for their own failure, and will have to face the fact that industry decline is their own fault.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: Another thing which is pissing Jim off, especially since he was a victim of it.
    • Aliens: Colonial Marines: 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 was or wasn't in the game, followed by one talking about people who watch phony pre-views and buy pre-orders are getting "pre-screwed".
    • Watch_Dogs: 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 considered crap by comparison to the initial videos.
    • E3 2014: As far as 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 "The Mic Trick", where game footage is accompanied by voice chat that's way too civil and organized to be realistic.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Brings this up with Ubisoft and Sega's usage of post-release review embargoes to try and delay criticism of Assassin's Creed: Unity and Sonic Boom. 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.
  • No Export for You: The source of rage against Nintendo of America and its refusal to export a number of cult hits from Japan.invoked
  • Nonhumans Lack Attributes: When talking about Quiet's Stripperific outfit and the justification for it, Jim says that if they made her slightly inhuman like Mystique from the X-Men movies, she could parade around completely nude and no one would bat an eye.
  • Non-Indicative Name: Jim points out in his shittiest games of 2015 that because Alone in the Dark: Illumination is a co-operative game where you use light to fight your enemies, you are neither alone nor in the dark.
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity:
    • invoked He feels that the vitriolic (and often sexually-charged) backlash against Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency 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 "The Rise of YouTube Fodder". Jim points out that developers who intentionally make bad games, in the hopes that 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).
  • No True Scotsman: In "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 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.
  • Not So Different: 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.
  • Obvious Beta: Discussed in the "Early Access" episode; this being the Jimquisition, the entire video is 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.
  • The Other Darrin: invoked Discussed in "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.
  • Public Medium Ignorance: 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 Clash of Clans, Candy Crush, or Call of Duty, 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.
  • Rape as Drama: Discussed in the episode "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, paying evil unto evil, 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 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.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: He points out that real-life violence is downright disturbing due to how quick it's over.
  • Refuge in Audacity: The reason why his episode on abusive behavior in the gaming community is called "I'm Going to Murder Your Children."
  • Rewarding Inactivity: In "PS4 - Doing Nothing, Meaning Everything", he is mildly disappointed that everyone treats Sony like Messianic Archetype 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.
  • Romance Sidequest: Jim savagely goes after the entire concept (and its sister trope, the Optional Sexual Encounter) with a knife between the teeth in "Sexual Failing." He even goes so far as to argue that the Dead Or Alive Beach Volleyball games are more respectable, since, as he puts it, they are at least open and honest about their nature as wish-fulfillment.
  • The Scrappy: invoked Jim discusses how Duke Nukem would probably be far more likable as a character if they stopped trying to play him so straight.
  • Screw This, I'm Out of Here!: 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.
  • Shame If Something Happened: At the end of "Homocide", used in describing the Microtransactions in Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain 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."
  • So Bad, It's Good: invoked The voice acting from the Dynasty Warriors games, especially the earlier ones.
  • Something Completely Different: 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 "gender issues and industry bullshit."
    But we do have one new thing for you, just to keep things fresh: my new eyyyeeeess.
  • The Starscream: Jim compares the game industry to the infamous Decepticon in "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 work with GameStop?
  • Sturgeon's Law: 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.
  • "Stop Having Fun" Guys: invoked Discussed in the "Dumbing Down for the Filthy Casuals" episode.
  • Strawman News Media: 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 video games are for kids, and therefore anyone who puts violence or sex in a game is trying to market sex and violence to kids.
  • Streisand Effect:
    • Discussed in "Corrupt, Censoring, Suicidal Indie Devs", where Jim brings up the attempted removal of reviews and commentaries done by him and 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.
  • Serial Numbers Filed Off: 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.
  • Theme Music Powerup: Happens at the end of 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 devsnote  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.
  • This Means War!: At the end of "PS4 - Doing Nothing, Meaning Everything", he says that Microsoft has declared war not on Nintendo or Sony but on the consumer for its used games policies.
  • The Problem with Licensed Gamesinvoked: 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.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: With the success of Bravely Default, Square Enix admitted it made a mistake in trying to reinvent Final Fantasy instead of sticking with the traditional JRPG stylings that made it famous in the first place. In "An Industry Of Pitiful Cowards", Jim chastises the big publishers who try to remake classic game series in an effort to chase popular trends, with no real evidence that there's anything broken.invoked
  • Tropes Are Tools: For Halloween 2015, Jim criticizes several recurring and badly used Horror Tropes, such as Blackout Basement, Ten-Second Flashlight, Jitter Cam, and Implacable Man.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: 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 Dear Esther and The Path which force the player through an interesting setting, but give them absolutely nothing to do.
  • The Unapologetic: In "Tomopolgy Life", Jim brings up Nintendo's apology for not considering gay players when they put a marriage event in Tomodachi Life, and then apologized himself because the deadline for his videos meant he didn't have time to include it in the first video, and his rushing also misrepresented an aspect of the debate, painting Nintendo to be 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.
  • Uncanny Valley: invoked Called out Team Ninja, makers of the Dead or Alive games, for making (and then defending) "sexy" characters that he finds to be downright hideous due to this trope, particularly with their ludicrous Jiggle Physics.
  • Unpleasable Fanbase: 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 Final Fantasy XV, 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."
  • Values Dissonance: invoked In response to criticism over the Uncanny Valley use of Jiggle Physics in Dead or Alive 5, 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 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.
  • Villain Protagonist: 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 villains are more interesting. In "To Play the Villain", he points out games like Kane and Lynch and Saints Row 2 for putting players in the shoes of truly horrible people, while criticizing Overlord and later Saints Row games which pit the protagonist against people who are far worse, and come out looking like Anti-Villains or Anti-Heroes by comparison, thus losing the nastiness of proper villainous characters.
  • Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: Jim was pissed off by gamers and journalists actually giving praise to game studios who decide to be less of a Jerk Ass than usual. In "The Trap of Gamer Gratitude", he points to EA adding microtransactions to Plants vs. Zombies: 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 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."
  • Why the Fandom Can't Have Nice Things: While Jim describes himself as a defender of gamers, he is disgusted by the personal threats towards game developers like Jennifer Helper and David Vonderhaar. The hateful response towards developers will only overshadow legitimate criticism and discourage the industry from being creative.
  • Widget Series: Jim's "Nintendo of America" episode is about how the titular company refuses to import niche Japanese games, despite the fact that said games usually sell more units in America than in Japan.
  • Wizard Needs Food Badly: His main criticism towards We Happy Few 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.
  • Word Salad Title: Calls Square Enix out for their insistence on giving their games these in "Square Enix Has Stupid Game Names", in particular focusing on the handheld Kingdom Hearts games.
  • You Keep Using That Word:
    • In "Lugoscababib Discobiscuits", Jim is annoyed by everyone using "Ludonarrative Dissonance" 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 Tomb Raider (2013), 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 Bioshock Infinite, 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 INNOVATION- GAMING'S SNAKE OIL video, Jim stated that he feels that critics put higher stock into "innovation" over actual quality.
    • "Censorship" for whenever a content creator cuts or changes anything, with the Fan Dumb 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.
  • 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.

    The Podquisition 

Tropes featured on the Podquisition:

  • And Now For Something Completely Different: One episode is an interview between Jim and the infamous Digital Homicide.
  • Butt Monkey: 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.
  • Couch Gag: Beginning with episode 19, each episode starts 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.
  • Running Gag:
    • As always, the utter disdain for Ubisoft. Invoked though, considering that Ubisoft keeps giving them reasons to talk about them.
    • Around the time of Bloodborne's release and after, it keeps getting brought up, even when they're trying to dodge the topic.
    • The supposed Unresolved Sexual Tension between Jim and Laura.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: 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.
  • Seinfeldian Conversation: Their topics often spin off into bizarre tangents, such as Kirby amiibos devouring other amiibos to explain amiibo shortages.
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: They speculate that Reggie fils-Amie is out to get Laura after several odd problems involving Nintendo games.
  • ˇThree Amigos!: Jim, Gavin and Laura.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Referenced by Jim and jokingly invoked with him and Laura.

Fuck Konami.

Alternative Title(s): Jim Sterling