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

A [[WebOriginal webshow]] formerly hosted on ''Website/TheEscapist'' by Jim Sterling, an independent (formerly of ''Destructoid'' and ''Escapist'') reviewer known for his tendency to stoke controversy. Like ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' (with whom he shares a cross-over audience), Jim has a sizable {{Hatedom}}.

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

Jim's show comes in three major formats:

* The Jimquisition: His main show, where Jim discusses current events in the gaming industry and his own opinions on the matter.
* Squirty Plays: 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.
* Greenlight Trailers: Here, Jim takes a look at terrible Steam Greenlight trailers while offering constructive criticism and advice to the developer as to how they can improve it.

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

* AccentuateTheNegative: Although he's willing to expound on it if he feels it's truly negative.
* AppropriatedAppellation: After the [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/9884-The-Slaughtering-Grounds-Developer-Meltdown "epic meltdown of the Slaughtering Grounds developer"]], Jim started calling himself Jim [[PrecisionFStrike Fucking]] Sterling, Son, which was an insult thrown at him in the developer's review of his review. ("I don't need to fix that because I'm Jim fucking Sterling, son!") He's since made it into a CatchPhrase, and changed his {{Twitter}} name to "[=JimFnSterlingSon=]".
* ArchEnemy:
** Creator/{{Ubisoft}} has become this, with '''eight''' episodes about them in 2014. Jim frequently [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this.
** 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 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uphcEJW-MDA The Silent Hell that is Konami]], telling the company how much he hates them while also telling them to fuck off multiple times. This utter contempt has only worsened in light of the shadier revelations about Konami. It seems ''any'' mention of them is enough to prompt Jim to proudly say "Fuck Konami."
** Digital Homicide has been getting on Jim's case ever since the fiasco the two sides had during ''The Slaughtering Grounds'' meltdown. Things have only escalated ever since.
*** The two have talked over the phone before. If you think flying accuisations, taking Jim's LargeHam persona seriously and reductive logic bombs make for humerous conversation, it's available in the Podquisition catalogue.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: At the end of "Piracy - Trying To Kill It Makes It Stronger":
-->Nobody's ever going to beat piracy. You can't stop people from wanting stuff for free, just like you can't stop people murdering, taking drugs, robbing houses, or watching Creator/JeffDunham shows.
* AuthorFilibuster: The entire series is just one Author Filibuster after another, though it's tongue-in-cheek.
* BackhandedApology: After Jim's call for calm discussion in "Dragon's Frown" [[FanDumb backfired spectacularly,]] Jim decides to "apologize" for the InternetBackdraft he incidentally caused.
-->''It is entirely my fault that the tumult was as tumultuous as it was, because I, in my blind foolishness, appealed for calm. I appealed for reason, and for that, I am truly, utterly, deeply sorry. And for that, you have my word, on my honor, as a [[BuffySpeak brilliant game-talky man,]] that I will never, '''never''' be reasonable again. Thank you.''
-->({{beat}})
-->*[[BlowingARaspberry pbbbbbbbbbbbt]]*
* BadassBoast: At the end of his "Skate Man Intense Rescue: A Steam Spite Story" video, he tells Digpex Games that he now owns them (in a metaphorical sense) because whenever people think of their shitty game, they'll only think about how Jim tore them down after the studio tried to [[CantTakeCriticism silence his criticism]] and are now just another example of other indie developers who tried to pull the same stunt before.
* BerserkButton:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQ1qXJD76wg&feature=BFa&list=PL4C68FCCCD3E13304&index=1 The "you didn't play the game correctly" argument as a response to not liking a game.]] Also see ClusterFBomb and EveryoneHasStandards.
** Now added to the list: ''[[VideoGame/AliensColonialMarines Aliens: Colonial Marines]]'', or more accurately, developers bold facedly lying about their games in order to grab money from unsuspecting gamers and run before the bad press hits. When he addressed this in a video, said video opened to him battering a copy of the game with the "dildo bat" prop from ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird''.
** Discrimination is a frequent topic, specifically homophobia and sexism (in both gaming and in general).
*** On a related note, the belief that "real gamers" are invariably cisgender (non-transsexual) heterosexual white males, as shown in this StealthInsult saturated [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGeXzM13TY0 video]].
** He spits the words "Appeal to a ''wider'' audience" with dripping disdain. The GoldenMeanFallacy drives him up the wall.
** He also rails against the anti-consumer practices of the industry, with the most recent fixation being on "Fee to Pay" gaming. Full priced video games adopting the [[{{Freemium}} free to play model]] to create games that players pay up front for, and then try their hardest to [[RevenueEnhancingDevices make players pay for more stuff afterwards]]. To this end, he gave ''Final Fantasy: All the Bravest'' and ''Dungeon Keeper Mobile'' his "Worst Game of the Year" awards for 2013 and 2014, respectively, because of their overuse of microtransactions.
** The concept of pre-orders. While he makes an exception for games that would go out of stock easily by studios such as Creator/{{Atlus}} and [[Creator/NipponIchi NISAmerica]], he's against developers making certain parts of the game pre-order only, saying that: 1. It's almost impossible for the game to go out of stock, 2. The [[{{Hypocrite}} hypocrisy]] of AAA publishers decrying the used games industry, yet willing to work with Gamestop to make exclusive material, a chain that encourages said used games market. and 3. Cutting out parts that should be on the games proper or as [=DLC=].
** [[EntitledBastard Customers]] who believe that since appealing to a wider audience via social issues makes them uncomfortable, developers should restrict their artistic pallet to cater [[ItsAllAboutMe exclusively to them]], and then claim they're being "reasonable."
** Disregarding one's own legacy and history, 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.
* BiTheWay: He's dropped numerous hints and a few maybe-maybe-not jokes about the fact that he's seemingly bisexual; including a man of "his preferences" moving to somewhere in the US South, aside phrase like "and people like me who'll bang anyone", wondering how people could "think he would like/think certain things" while doing a BLATANTLY homoerotic act with a prop, etc. When viewers sent him first a latex fist sex toy and then a ''dragon tongue'' sex toy, he incorporated them into the show in various ways, usually while poking fun at himself or someone else. The gay furry porn comic [[BrainBleach seemed to have gone a bit too far]], though, and it's hard to tell where the jokes begin or end.
** Though he's been [[FlipFlopOfGod inconsistent]] over whether he's truly bisexual or simply "not straight" (his words), the 'real' Jim does indeed have bi leanings.
* TheCameo: Jim appears in a secret area in ''VideoGame/TheAngryVideoGameNerdAdventures''.
* CanonWelding: Virgillio Armarndio is a carryover from his Destructoid show "The Videogame Show What I've Done."
* CatchPhrase:
** "And thank ''God'' for me!"
** "Wrong!" (Said in a manner of increasingly silly ways)
** Blending this with a variety of OverlyLongGag, he also has a tendency to at least once in a video (usually during the closing) draw out a word. Particularly [[PrecisionFStrike "Fffffffffffucking."]]
** 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 Cyril Sneer from ''TheRaccoons,'' for example. Also there is usually at least one picture of a shrimp per episode.
** "I'm Jim Fucking Sterling, Son." See AppropriatedAppelation.
** "[[TakeThat Fuck]] Creator/{{Konami}}!", done in various ways, after the cancellation of ''VideoGame/SilentHills'' and the removal of ''P.T'' from the Playstation Store was the last straw for him with them. He's even started randomly saying it at the end of episodes that don't have anything to do with Konami at all! For example, TheStinger for "The Asset Flip" is simply the words '''FUCK KONAMI''' in giant Courier font.
* TheCameo: His "Photorealistic Sociopathy" video has a clip from [[LetsPlay/HATFilms Hatventures]] in it.
* CelebrityResemblance: His appearance and even his voice are quite similar to that of [[Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace Garth Marenghi]], which he even lampshaded on a podcast.
* CountryMatters: Initially, but Jim has since made it a point not to use gender-specific slurs.
* ClusterFBomb: Jim hardly backs down from obscenities, but it was ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'''s [[BerserkButton crappy multiplayer and online pass system]] that drove him to [[UpToEleven previously unseen levels of profanity]].
--> As a new, paying customer, I hate, hate, HATE that barrier being put in front of me, where I can't just hop into an online game on a whim, instead of having to redeem a fucking 21-digit redemption code on a fucking controller using the Xbox 360's fucking laggy input just to play Dead fucking Space fucking 2's fucking multi-player that wasn't even fucking any fucking good in the fucking first fucking fucking place, ''fuck!''
* CompanionCube: Miniature Fantasy Willem Defoe
* CommanderContrarian: Jim will occasionally take up controversial point of views specifically for the point of antagonizing people into rethinking their positions... or at least getting pissed off about it.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: According to Jim, SquareEnix needs to stop announcing games all the time or Yoishi Ada needs to get kicked in the ass with steel toed boots.
* {{Corpsing}}: In "Game Over, Randy", Jim inadvertently knocks the [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorph]] figurine off the podium with his [[VideoGame/SaintsRow Dildo Bat]]. He begins laughing and loses his train of thought.
* DamnedByFaintPraise: Jim's second look at Digital Homicide's ''Deadly Profits'' has him pointing out the one or two extremely minor details that were changed for the better (such a boss fight having its exploitation fixed) and that the game itself was worth buying due to the $1 sale the developers were promoting.
* DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment:
** When Jim became independent, the intro was changed to "Jim Sterling presents Jimquisition with Jim Sterling".
** In [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/5946-Why-Do-People-Hate-EA Why Do People Hate EA?]]
-->[Poor excuses were given] because IGN asked Electronic Arts why people hate Electronic Arts; asking Electronic Arts why people hate Electronic Arts is not going to give you an answer to your question because [[BrokenRecord you asked Electronic Arts why people hate Electronic Arts.]] Which is just like, well, ''[[OverlyLongGag asking Electronic Arts why people hate Electronic Arts.]]'' '''''[[YourHeadAsplode NYAG!]]'''''
* DisapprovingLook: [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7811-Fee-to-Pay According to Visceral's John Calhoun]], people expect mobile games to have {{Freemium}} content in it, so a [[VideoGame/DeadSpace3 console horror game]] [[InsaneTrollLogic must include it as well]]. Jim tips down his glasses and sighs.
* {{Dissimile}}: In the [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/5684-Dont-Charge-Retail-Prices-For-Digital-Games "digital games" episode]]:
-->You know, some weeks I finish a video, and I think "That was righteous! That was glorious! That was the truth! You sir, Jim Sterling, ''are Hitler!''"-- [[{{Beat}} (pregnant pause)]] [[ButNotTooEvil But a good one, obviously.]] I'm a good Hitler. The good Hitler of videogames.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: 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.
** Jim didn't have his SmallNameBigEgo persona yet.
** Jim didn't have a podium or the miniature fantasy Willem Dafoe.
** Episodes 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.
** Instead of self-congratulatory quips, [[EveryEpisodeEnding episodes ended]] with Jim [[MicDrop dropping his microphone]] and walking away.
* EnforcedPlug: Parodied. Jim himself tries to market Mountain Dew, taking a sip... [[SideEffectsInclude which makes him go blind]].
--> ''"It tastes like sugar and hedgehog piss!"''
* EveryoneHasStandards: He may be a monstrous ball of rage with a god complex, but woe betide those who spout sexist or otherwise discriminatory bullshit. And any game that treats rape and misogyny lightly will get heaps of scorn (why he listed ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'' as the worst game of its year). After "Mass Effect 3: A Gay Erotic Love Story," he did a [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/5433-Mass-Effect-3-And-The-Case-For-A-Gay-Shepard 'normal' video]] tackling the subject for everyone who found the previous one too subtle, during which he goes [[BerserkButton increasingly berserk]] as he addresses each point brought up in the arguments people make against ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'''s GayOption.
* EveryEpisodeEnding: Jim telling the public to thank God for him.
* EvilLaugh:
** At the end of "Review Scores Are Not Evil." This was after saying he bought his new black gloves because they went with his tie, and not because [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial he wanted to look like some kind of dictator]] [[ThoseWackyNazis or Nazi]] who [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity lords his power over others]].
** He does another one in the "Xbox One No DRM Emergency Special" whilst accompanied by a clip of [[Franchise/{{Transformers}} Megatron]] laughing.
* ExactWords: Jim says that he had several good opportunities to take a shot at [[Creator/QuanticDream David Cage]] in his "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/8816-Irrational-Decisions-Or-Freedom-In-Chains Irrational Decisions (or Freedom in Chains)]]" video, but wasn't going for the easy shot because he's mature. In the video, he doesn't mention Cage once; instead he waits until the closer and hammers him there.
* AGodAmI:
** Taken to its absolute extreme at the end of the Ubisoft review:
--->WORSHIP ME, is what I'm saying! Worship me! And [[CatchPhrase Thank God for Me]]! Which I know doesn't make sense because [[CallBack I said earlier about Gods not being able to be interacted with]], but if you worship me, then you-- I can be the God, and you can say [[ShapedLikeItself "Thank Jim for Jim"]], thank God-- God...(points to self) [[SanitySlippage God...]] [[SlasherSmile I am God...]]
** Again in "Only the Lonely," where he takes a bit of time to answer people who got offended at his CatchPhrase, accusing him of being anti-Christian... by saying he has a great respect for God and Jesus, as evidenced by the fact that he [[CrossesTheLineTwice deigns to recognize them]] [[BlasphemousBoast as being below him]], an honor previously only given to Willem Dafoe.
** He responds to accusations of being "Christ-o-phobic" by saying [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu it's probably the other way around.]] His proof?
--->''I mean, [[GeekPhysiques look at me!]] I should have been dead of a fucking heart attack by now, so [[{{God}} somebody]] doesn't want me [[{{Heaven}} up there]] just yet. [[{{Pride}} I wonder why.]] Probably because '''somebody''' has been reading my little notebook about the [[LookOnMyWorksYeMightyAndDespair changes I'm gonna be making.]]''
* GodwinsLaw: Jim considers himself "The good Hitler of videogames," being one of the few cases of a Hitler comparison not being used to condemn the person compared.
* HypocriticalHumor: Quite often.
** When clarifying his views on Chik-fil-a, he said he believed that no religious statements should be made outside of a church or religious discussion, right before saying his CatchPhrase.
** 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, and in his video about ''Evolve'' and its saturated pre-order bonuses Jim advertises that next week's video has pre-order bonuses.
** 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!"
* HypocrisyNod: At the start of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eG1q3X3HxeA his video]] on Creator/GearboxSoftware developer Randy Pitchford, who still defends the awful ''VideoGame/AliensColonialMarines''. Jim wants him to just give up and admit the game sucked, and then points out the irony that he is still hung up on how terrible the game is.
* IMeantToDoThat: Jim took some cell phone video at SGC 2015, but held the phone upright instead of sideways, so the video was tall and narrow instead of in widescreen. Jim says he doesn't make mistakes, and he was doing it deliberately.
* InsaneTrollLogic: In a conversation with the founder of Digital Homicide, Jim was accused of rallying his audience to attack his games. The 'evidence' of this: a video clip where Jim talks about growing a genetically engineered army with mad science.
* InsultBackfire: In "Objectification And... Men?", Jim takes up accusations that he's too [[SmugSmiler smug and smarmy]] by making a wordless noise, combined with a series of facial expressions, that can only be described as [[UpToEleven smugness personified]]. TheStinger revealed that the noise is him [[spoiler: stretching out the word "me" as long as possible.]]
** When the Slaughtering Grounds' developer used the phrase "I'm Jim [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] Sterling, son" as an insult against him, Jim declared it one of the best things he'd heard in a long time and adopted it as a regular CatchPhrase.
** Similarly, in "So Let's Talk about Mods Being Sold On Steam", Digital Homicide saw fit to take yet ''another'' [[TakeThat shot at Jim]] with a "Zombie Troll" card, featuring a fat zombie performing the Russian Roulette pose that Jim does in his Youtube profile picture. He found the card [[ActuallyPrettyFunny quite amusing]], and declared that whatever profit that Digital Homicide made on the card would be thanks to Jim Fucking Sterling, Son.
* JadeColoredGlasses: Noticed just how cynical he had become while watching the latest ''VideoGame/StarWarsBattlefront'' trailer, and kept thinking how much EA was going to screw it up. He used to be much more positive over the game industry, but the years of crap that the industry pushed out has worn him down to this.
* LargeHam: As a persona.
** He went VisualPun by depicting Reggie Fils-Aime with an ''actual'' large ham in "Nintendo of America."
* LetsSeeYouDoBetter: He's heard this line before, and his response is that he's not a game developer, so he's not going make a crappy game of his own and try to sell it.
* LoonyFan: In "Guns Blazing", Jim notes that, whilst his fan base is generally friendly and even buys him gifts of his online wishlists, he inevitably attracts the occasional creep. [[spoiler:Cue Jim revealing a fan recently bought him a sex toy -- a rubber replica fist of pornstar Belladonna to be precise -- that he never even asked for.]]
** And it only gets loonier. [[spoiler: Later gifts have included a dragon-tongue sex toy, and ''gay furry porn.'']]
* MadnessMantra: When Jim did a Squirty Play of ''Air Control'', he already started to see the mess of problems the game had. After playing the "complete" version of the game, he sees a mess of organs strewn all over the place and sees how ''huge'' the brains are and could not have possibly fit in the heads of the character models sitting nearby. The whole sight sent him into a short raving fit as he kept looking between a person's head and the loose brains.
--> '''Jim''': Why are the brains that big!? That's a head! That's a brain! Head! Brain! Head! Brain! Five dollars! Five dollars everyone! Attention all surgeons on deck! This game costs five dollars! Brain! Head! What the fuck!?[[note]]Five dollars being the price of the game at the time it was released. Needless to say, it was deemed to be worth far less.[[/note]]
* MadLibsCatchPhrase:
** "Hello, you (insert bizarre term for the viewers here), Jim Sterling here, and this is (name of the game in question)", whenever a Squirty Play is released.
** "This is a Steam Greenlight trailer for (name of prospective game in question)", whenever he looks at a Steam Greenlight trailer.
* MeanBrit: Jim's persona has strong elements of this. Especially when talking about something that upsets him.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Really, there's two Jim Sterlings in the Jimquisition. First up is the Jim character who appears on camera, the man who ''defines'' RefugeInAudacity, the man who sets some sort of new record for the SmallNameBigEgo trope. Despite all of that, the other Jim Sterling, the one who voices the meat of each episode and writes reviews for Destructoid, seems to be a relatively nice and reasonable guy.
** Also seen in [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7831-Go-Fish "Go Fish"]]; it's an unscripted episode released off schedule, and simply contains Jim [[AdLib ad-libbing]] a response to the cancelling of [[VideoGame/{{Fez}} Fez 2]], and is notably very calm, friendly and ''sans his LargeHam persona.''
* MicDrop: Done twice so far (since it stopped being a regular thing, that is) :
** Played straight in "Free-to-wait".
** Another episode parodied it, with Jim forgetting to unplug he mic or even turn it off, so the mic just swung back and forth making noise each time it hit the podium.
* {{Mockumentary}}: "Thank God For Me: The Jimquisition Story."
* MotorMouth: Some of more long-winded rants might make you stop for breath in sympathy, because he doesn't appear to.
* NightmareFuel: In-universe. During [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/8340-The-Survival-of-Horror "The Survival of Horror"]] special, [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Scarescrow]] unleashes some of his fear toxin on Jim and we see what Jim is most fearful of: [[spoiler:Making out with a copy of ''VideoGame/AliensColonialMarines'']].
** On the Podquisition, Jim's story about the "Black Widow Motel" (from the episode of the same) is nothing short of terrifying.[[note]]The motel wasn't actually called that, but it's how Jim refers to it because ''there were Black Widow spiders there.''[[/note]]
* OhCrap: When he thought he didn't have to discuss something controversial, and then was told the week's subject was art games.
* OnceAnEpisode:
** Jim's squirty plays always begin with "Hello you [adjective] [noun]!"
** Nearly every episode of the Podquisition has included them railing against Ubisoft for one reason or another. This wasn't planned, [[TooDumbToLive Ubisoft just seems to screw up that much.]]
** Every Greenlight trailer starts with "This is a Steam Greenlight trailer for [game's name here]!"
* OverlyLongGag: At the end of the Amiibo episode, Jim repeats the infamous {{VideoGame/Splatoon}} "You're a kid now, you're a squid now" line on a loop for well over two minutes.
* PoesLaw: Apparently, some people didn't get that Jim Sterling's persona on the show is intentionally abrasive and narcissistic. So [[https://youtu.be/sDg4ByQ310k?t=1m57s he decided to point it out as blatantly as possible]] [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall without breaking character.]]
--> ''Instead it should be more {{iron|y}}ic... I don't know, just pulling this at random, some [[SelfDeprecation fat blogger with a whiny English accent]], [[ConspicuousTrenchcoat dressed up in a trenchcoat with glasses]] [[SmallNameBigEgo like he's some sort of rock star]], with a background that makes it look like he's in a bad production of ''ComicBook/VForVendetta''. You know, something so [[CaptainObvious blindingly, obviously ironic]] that [[WhatAnIdiot only a fucking idiot]] would take it as a genuine persona.''
** When Jim searched for a [[GirlsNeedRoleModels strong female video game protagonist]], one that had a personality other than generic goody-goody hero, that wasn't [[MsFanservice attractive]], that had goals other than stereotypically girly things, and didn't depend on men; [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/8177-Vertigo he comes up with]] [[MadGod Vertigo]] from ''VideoGame/PrimalRage''. He adds that he is ''not'' joking, he seriously went looking for a good strong female video game character, and a [[{{Kaiju}} giant, blue, snake-headed, poison-spitting dinosaur]] was the best he could find.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: His closing words for the [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/4568-Online-Passes-Are-Bad-For-Everybody "Online Passes Are Bad For Everyone"]] episode: "How. [[PrecisionFStrike fffffffffFUCKING]]. Dare. You."
** In ''Mass Effect 3 And The Case For A Gay Shepard'', he was alarmed at how often people thought, "If Bioware should start catering to everyone by catering to homosexuals, they need to represent pedophiles as well". To which Jim replied, "''[[MoralEventHorizon Pedophiles...FUCK...]]'''[[MoralEventHorizon KIDS!]]'''''". Twice.
* PuttingOnTheReich: In "Review Scores Are Not Evil" Jim contemplates his new black leather gloves, and he comments that they make him look like a fascist dictator, and that he doesn't enjoy this fact (although the tone of his voice and his EvilLaugh indicate otherwise).
* RantInducingSlight: Jim dedicates a whole episode to this in regards to the amiibos. Having previously defended the idea behind them, despite Nintendo not producing enough for everyone to buy (and Nintendo promising they would make more in the future), Jim finally snaps in the "The Splatoon Straw That Broke Amiibo's Back" episode. He goes on a huge rant over how Nintendo failed to produce enough amiibos yet again, making features in their games that only a fraction of the fan base can enjoy due to how difficult it is to get an amiibo, and feels like Nintendo is only catering to scalpers who are seeking to buy up entire stocks of amiibos just to sell them back for a big profit. Not only does Jim declare he doesn't give a shit about amiibos anymore, he actually knocks off all the amiibos on his podium to drive the point home.
* RapidFireNo: When he was told that week's subject was the controversy of [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/5993-The-Definition-of-Art-Games "The Definition of Art Games"]].
* RunningGag:
** Jim's obsession with Willem Dafoe, as represented by Miniature Fantasy Willem Dafoe.
** Any one of his many catch phrases.
** The appearance of a shrimp picture in every episode. On a meta level, [[http://ask.fm/Jimquisition/answer/130923503586 his denial]] [[http://ask.fm/Jimquisition/answer/130962772450 about the shrimps]] being present in his videos.
** "Because [[ShapedLikeItself Konami is Konami]]," to explain whenever [[TheScrappy Konami]] screws something up.
** When playing a video game that allows Jim to enter a name for the character, his hands-down favorite is "Chungus."
* SanitySlippage: In the video that has him watching the trailer for "the new ''Silent Hill'' game", only to show it's a slot machine, Jim starts [[InelegantBlubbering crying pathetically]], followed by [[LaughingMad maniacal laughter]] and ending with him chugging a bottle of pills.
* SarcasticClapping: Jim's response to the XboxOne being an overly restrictive gadget aimed at privileged consumers with lots of money, who already have other gadgets that do what the XboxOne can do, only better.
* SchmuckBait: His "Best of Steam Greenlight Trailers" and "Squirty Play" series have become popular enough that some developers are now creating "Sterling Bait" to deliberately antagonize Jim. The first obvious example of this was ''Poxel Z'', a [=UnitZ=] [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute asset flip]] that had Jim's face plastered over the faces of all the zombies.
* SelfDeprecation: Whenever he wants to highlight the absurdity of his persona, he engages in a little self-deprecating humor, though without [[LeaningOnTheFourthWall completely breaking character]].
-->We all know why ["Gamer Guys" pretend to like videogames], don't we?
-->To get the attention of women and gay men [-and people like me who'll bang anyone-] thinking that they'll impress me.
** It's far from the only time. In his episode about Duke Nukem he not-so-subtly implied he tries to make his persona come across as much as a complete tool as possible so that [[RefugeInAudacity no one will think for a second he takes himself seriously]].
* SeriousBusiness: For Jim, all of video games counts, but rental games and the problems surrounding them seem to be his biggest pet peeve.
* ShapedLikeItself: His "100% Objective Review" of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', in avoiding all subjective descriptions of the game, resorts mostly to tautologies, such as "You will like Final Fantasy XIII if you like Final Fantasy XIII".
* ShowWithinAShow: "Virgillio Armarndio's Art Hole," which is also another case of StylisticSuck.
* {{Sidekick}}: Jim has one in the form of Miniature Fantasy Willem Dafoe, who usually yells outrageous things at the top of his voice.
* SincerityMode: In his 100th episode, his satirical "[[AGodAmI thank God for me]]" running gag is changed to the completely sincere "[[GodIsGood I would like to thank God for me]]".
* SigningOffCatchPhrase: "and thank God, for me!" If he doesn't say it, it's usually either for a joke or because he's ''really'' angry. Or doing an InMemoriam episode for a person he respected.
* ShoutOut:
** The video, "The Silent Hell That is Konami" starts off with the hate speech from ''IHaveNoMouthAndIMustScream'', (coupled with its soundtrack) except "Humans" has been replaced with "Konami".
** In the same episode, he also likened himself to Master of Whispers Varys from ''GameOfThrones''.
** "Walking Simulators" starts with Jim giving a speech while wearing a mask that are both reminiscent of Immortan Joe from ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad''.
* SlashFic: Jim wrote, and did a dramatic reading of, a story about a gamer turning gay because of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' to make fun of the controversy (and often latent homophobia) surrounding the game's GayOption.
* SmallNameBigEgo: He parodies this trope by comically acting as though he's a gift from God, sent to grace the audience with his presence. Though a couple times he has mocked people who think he actually means it.
* SmugSnake: Jim was criticized for attacking Microsoft over the DRM in the XboxOne, and accused of [[{{Fanboy}} ignoring Sony]] who would almost certainly follow suit; Jim was withholding judgment until Sony clarified its position on the used game market, as only Microsoft had jumped into the phone home DRM market. You couldn't find a more smug dance when Sony announced at E3 that they would ''not'' block used games on the PS4.
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: He makes it [[OverlyLongGag very clear]] that the Jimquisition website's URL is ''the''jimquisition.com. He has [[MistakenIdentity uncharacteristically humble]] [[TheInternetIsForPorn reasons]] for this.
* SpitTake: When asked to do an episode about Microsoft offering $100 for PS3 trade-ins on an XboxOne Jim said he wouldn't because the video would consist of nothing but him [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/8753-Steam-Needs-Quality-Control drinking coffee and doing this]].
* SpringtimeForHitler: In an interview with Colin Moriarty of ''The Kinda Funny Gamescast,'' Jim says that the Jimquisition only started being popular after [[GoneHorriblyRight he tried to actively sabotage it.]] People hated his original Escapist videos, and decided that, since he was probably never going to have his contract renewed at that rate, he might as well [[DoNotGoGentle go out gloriously.]] Ironically, the more he tried to get people to hate his character, the more they loved the show, and the rest is history.
* {{Squee}}: Upon learning of (and defending) the upcoming ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors''[=/=]LegendOfZelda mashup, he excitedly describes it as "game of the year game of the year." The complete lack of punctuation is audible.
* StepfordSmiler: In the opening of Crying Through the Laughs.
* SturgeonsLaw: When criticizing something on the Jimquisition (like the Unity engine), he sometimes mentions it can actually be really good, but most of the time it's done very badly, to the point where the entire idea starts to look irredeemably bad.
* StockFootage: Jim tends to use a lot of clips from the games he's talking about, voicing over the footage to fill up time.
* StylisticSuck: All original artwork for the show is done by Jim himself in UsefulNotes/MSPaint. He admitted on WebVideo/DesertBusForHope that the UsefulNotes/MSPaint artstyle amuses him, and that he'd never hire an actually good artist to do intentionally bad artwork.
** In "Early Access," he decries game developers and publishers that choose to release unfinished, glitchy software to the public while charging for a full price game. So, of course, the episode is full of lazy editing, misstatements, inexplicable blank spots, and Jim even [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness forgot his]] CatchPhrase.
** After Microsoft reversed their always-online [=DRM=] policies with the Xbox One, Jim made an "emergency video" released the same day the announcement was made. The theme song abruptly cuts off with a RecordNeedleScratch, Jim runs in with the lights off, and at the end of the video, he runs through his CatchPhrase [[MotorMouth very quickly]].
* StrawCharacter:
** Jim doesn't exactly go out of his way to use fair representations of the people he's arguing against. His persona is also set up as one, to an extent, but of course with the intent that StrawmanHasAPoint.
** [[invoked]] One could argue that StrawmanHasAPoint is the crux of his on-screen persona. In one episode he calls himself a madman, but then points out that the games industry is so messed up that madmen like him are the only ones speaking any sense.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: Jim makes it clear he is not funneling the money from his Patreon to write a novel, the novel is not about Corey Feldman's bus pass coming to life and falling in love with him, and it is not called "Romancing the Bus Pass". It doesn't even have a publisher.
* TakeThat:
** His videos about Nintendo of America, Duke Nukem Forever ("Too Cool to Be Cool"), and the pointlessness of trying to be mature when arguing with immature people ("Fight in the Name of Childishness"), to name a few.
** His "Thank God For Me: The Jimquisition Story" video was making fun of an [[http://www.theverge.com/gaming/2012/8/21/3245100/polygon-press-reset-teaser-trailer online gaming magazine]] that had made a multi-part documentary about itself.
** 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.
* TakeThatAudience: One instance of this is combined with SelfDeprecation. When criticizing [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_vGe68T6sM&list=PLlRceUcRZcK0E1Id3NHchFaxikvCvAVQe&index=10 Nintendo's plan]] to "share" in [=YouTubers'=] ad revenue when they upload Nintendo related videos, Jim says the audience is there for the [=YouTuber=], not because of Nintendo, so Nintendo deserves nothing. He explains it thus:
--> ''People subscribe to [[WebVideo/TheAngryJoeShow Angry Joe]] because they're fans of Angry Joe, they subscribe to Boogie because they're fans of Boogie, they subscribe to me [[SelfDeprecation because they don't have better things to do]].''
* TakeThatCritics: On the occasion of his 100th episode, "Bullshit in Sheep's Clothing," Jim takes the opportunity to look back at all the criticism he received when he first started, especially calling out those that expected his series to be short-lived.
--> ''When the Jimquisition first debuted on the Escapist, the initial response was [[{{Understatement}} spirited]]. "Who is this [[GeekPhysiques fat douche]]?" "Is he [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs on drugs]]?" "How can we get rid of him?" "He's like MovieBob, but shit." "I can't believe the Escapist got rid of LisaFoiles for this guy." "I do hope they cancel him soon."''
--> *EvilLaugh, with dramatic turn around*
--> ''Here we are, 100 Mondays in, and it looks like the Jimquisition is here to stay... you lucky, lucky people.''
* TastesLikePurple: He eats a Chik-fil-a sandwich before spitting it out and yelling "It tastes like hating gay people!"
* TechnicallyASmile: Jim forces himself to maintain a smile in the intro of "Crying Through the Laughs".
-->I'm '''SMILING'''!
* TechnologyPorn: Combined with a bit of HypocriticalHumor; in "The Irony of PC Gaming," Jim spends a great deal of time talking about all the good games you can play without needing a $2000 state-of-the-art computer. However, he notes that he still has a pimped-out rig to play the latest games because "[[JustifiedTrope I'm a video game reviewer]] and we ''need'' that shit."
* TemptingFate:
** At the conclusion of [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/4966-Hate-Out-Of-Ten "Hate Out Of Ten"]], he nervously asks "At least we're not criticizing 9's, at least now. Right? Yeah?" Cue a blog criticizing Games Radar for giving ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' a 9, and a poem by him on ''WebVideo/JimAndYahtzeesRhymedownSpectacular'' called "Whine out of Ten".
** In another episode, "Previewed, Preordered, Prescrewed", he worries that publishers will attempt to sell the right to preorder a game, a "preordering the preorders" if you will. Cut to a developer that's trying to collect preorders on a game that hasn't even been announced yet.
* ThatPoorCat: When throwing the chalice that he's holding in "When Publishers Kick, Developers Start", a yowling cat can be heard as it hits the floor.
* ThemeSong: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpG4t54g2fk "Born Depressed"]] by Drill Queens. The song accompanying his rants is [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUCeXApQxNw "Jesters of the Moon"]] from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''.
* TrrrillingRrrs: Jim is fond of this as a PlayedForLaughs VerbalTic, especially when he wants to emphasize the pompous and vaguely posh persona he uses on the show.
* {{Troll}}: Jim loves to provoke people into overreaction, especially so he can mock them later for it.
* UpToEleven: Jim stated during a panel that "Mass Effect 3: A Gay Erotic Love Story" forced Website/TheEscapist to '''create an age gate just for him''', which has since been used for other videos.
* [[YouNeedToGetLaid You Need to Have a Wank]]: Thinks the playable character in ''VideoGame/{{Hatred}}'' needs to have a good wanking session to get rid of his anger instead of killing people.
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!!Tropes discussed in his reviews and videos include:
* EightPointEight:
** One of the topics in "Metacritic Isn't the Problem." [[invoked]]
** The ''entire'' topic in "Hate out of Ten."
** One early episode ("YOUR REVIEWS ARE TEH BIAS") discusses this by showing how often people complaining about his reviews [[YouKeepUsingThatWord keep misusing the word "bias"]] to describe any reviewer they vehemently disagree with. Jim's solution? "Create your own Tumblr blog and have bananas play ''{{Singularity}}'' all [[PrecisionFStrike FUCKING]] DAY!"
* AesopAmnesia: Some game developers just never learn.
** In "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7340-Guns-Blazing Guns Blazing]]", he talks about how Namco Bandai hasn't learned a thing from Dark Souls successes by focusing the game at a certain audience (much like the Follow the Leader entry further down), and is now dumping a AAA budget on the sequel and "hop[ing] to God that it works" in reeling in Skyrims audience as well.
** Jim brings up "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGo63oAEN20 The Molyneux Cycle]]". Creator/PeterMolyneux has a bad habit of overhyping his games way beyond what he is able to deliver, apologizing after the game is released and missed the goal, and then promising the next game will live up to the hype, which it doesn't.
* AllegedlyFreeGame: Jim has referenced the psychology of "free to play" games, which are given away for free, but are designed to entice the player into spending money for extras during play, calling it "psychological warfare". While it's bad enough on its own, and Jim thinks it's not too bad since he knows that free games will be trying to make money somehow, Jim rails against the industry playing the same mind games with full priced games. Games that cost full price should not be trying to beat players over the head to pay even more.
* AppealToNovelty: In "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7005-Innovation-Gamings-Snake-Oil Innovation: Gaming's Snake Oil]]", he doesn't criticize innovation, but he does criticize when change is made for no good reason other than to change something. Jim reiterates this in his FollowTheLeader rant when he points out innovation is good when differentiating products from competitors, or exploring new markets.
** He also accuses [=SEGA=] of thinking this, due to their insistence on making wide-scale redesigns for each game, rather than sticking to what worked in previous games and building on said games good ideas.
* AssholeVictim: In "EA versus Zynga- The Lesser of Two Evils," Jim reminds us that, just because EA had a legitimate grievance against Zynga doesn't mean [[SympathyForTheDevil we need to feel sorry for them.]] It certainly doesn't mean they've [[HeelFaceTurn become the good guys.]]
* AuteurLicense: In "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/8049-Creative-Freedom-Strings-Attached Creative Freedom, Strings Attached]]", Jim says that developers should be able to make the game they want, and that gamers cannot tell them how to make their video games. In this case, he was defending the makers of ''VideoGame/{{Puppeteer}}'' and ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'' because they have male leads, denying fans who were asking for a female option. However, he also pointed out that creative freedom does not mean [[CriticProof freedom from criticism]]; the audience may not be allowed to force the developers to do anything, but it's their choice on whether or not to buy a game, and can withdraw their support when the developer doesn't listen.
* CantTakeCriticism:
** What he accuses indie developers like [[VideoGame/DayOneGarrysIncident Wild Games Studios]] of suffering from in [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/9597-Corrupt-Censoring-Suicidal-Indie-Devs Corrupt, Censoring, Suicidal Indie Devs]].
** Jim goes into the subject further when Digpex Games issued a copyright take down on Jim's video that consisted of him laughing at the horribly made trailer the studio produced for its game. Jim points out that Digpex Games had an interview with Kotaku where they admitted that they purposely attacked Jim's YouTube channel to teach him a lesson for attacking "poor indie developers" that he makes money off of. In actuality, Digpex Games, like Homicide Studios before it (now infamous for the meltdown they had when Jim trashed ''The Slaughtering Grounds''), simply didn't like what Jim had to say about the game and tried to silence him.
* CashCowFranchise: Made fun of in "In The Hall of the Mountain Dew," specifically mocking Halo 4's tie-in promotions with Mountain Dew, Doritos and 7-11.[[invoked]]
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: [[invoked]] Discussed in his "Crying Through the Laughs" video, where Jim says that a story's sad moments have more meaning, and are therefore more memorable, if things were happy first.
* TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything: Jim loves [[VideoGame/EYEDivineCybermancy E.Y.E]] for this reason.
--> ''You can hack doors, turrets, guns... but if you fail, '''the doors can hack you back.''' It's a game where you can get too scared to shoot... there's 32 player co-op, which is broken as fuck, but have it, just fucking have it!''
* DigitalPiracyIsEvil: He maintains that pirates need to stop dressing up their activity as anything other than stealing. However, in 2012, he put up a video saying his views had changed a bit: He still thinks it's a crime, but the more he examines copyright laws, the more he realizes (in his words) it's less about protecting the rights of artists and more about protecting the executives who ''bought'' the rights from the artists and are making money off them. So getting upset at pirates is like getting upset at a thief stealing something that was stolen in the first place. (He puts in a caveat that this does not apply to self-published creators, in which case he still gets on people's cases to actually buy the product and give them the money they deserve.) He also tends to play middle-man too, also saying that there are no real good guys or bad guys in the piracy issue after 4.5 million copies of ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2'' and a 90% piracy rate for ''VideoGame/WorldOfGoo''.
* DiscountLesbians: Bordering on BerserkButton. While defending the availability of [[GayOption gay and lesbian romance]] in "VideoGame/MassEffect3 and the Case for a Gay Shepard," he mentions how certain fans make the argument that since [[BiTheWay Liara]] is [[OneGenderRace an asari]], she doesn't "count" as a legitimate GayOption. He absolutely ''eviscerates'' this idea, saying that Liara may be "genderless," but given her feminine appearance, if [=FemShep=] is attracted to an alien who happens to resemble a human woman, then she just might be attracted to women to begin with.
-->'''Jim:''' ''Grow. Up. It is a ludicrous argument to fuckin' say that Liara "doesn't count" because she's an alien without a gender. She looks like a woman. If another woman is attracted to her, she'' might ''have some gay tendencies. It's that simple.''
* DontLikeDontRead: He says that if people were really going to hate the Water Temple changes in the ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' remake, or if they somehow ''knew'' a game that wasn't even out yet would suck, ''to just not buy it''.
* DoubleStandard:
** Jim points out a pretty arrant DoubleStandard surrounding a lot of retro games and Dynasty Warriors. Dynasty Warriors is constantly criticised (Especially by {{IGN}}) as being too "button mashery" and "simplistic", whereas people talk about games like ''VideoGame/GoldenAxe'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' and hold them in high regard...when VideoGame/DynastyWarriors is more or less ''a spiritual successor''. He also points out another DoubleStandard when Hardcore Gamers criticise games as being too simplistic, when of course, games that are often ''still'' held in high regards ''were no more complex than the games they hate on''.
** Also a more traditional double standard in "The Creepy Cull of Female Protagonists," where Jim notes that women in games seem to not be allowed to be protagonists while expressing any desire for physical intimacy or impetus towards a personal goal. One of the only times it gets close is in ''IndigoProphecy,'' but even then the sex is initiated by the male protagonist.
** From the same episode, Jim cites [[http://penny-arcade.com/report/article/remember-mes-surprising-connection-to-facebook-and-why-its-protagonist-had an interview by the Penny Arcade Report]] where the creators had to fight with their publisher to have a female protagonist, because female protagonists don't sell. Except it turns out that publishers [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/report/article/games-with-female-heroes-dont-sell-because-publishers-dont-support-them tend to give games with female protagonists less funding and marketing]], and ''even refuse to put them on their own box covers.''
** The gender divide is called out again in "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7290-Objectification-And-Men Objectification and... Men?]]", where Jim dismantles the claim that video games objectify men as much as women. Jim counters by saying that males are ''idealized'', not objectified, and are put in so that male gamers can take on the role of these characters to play out their power fantasies, instead of a [[MrFanservice piece of beefcake]] for women gamers to drool over.
* EvenEvilHasStandards: In his video asking [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/5946-Why-Do-People-Hate-EA why people hate EA]], Jim referred to Activision as {{satan}}ic, and follows it up by giving them the tag line "Hey, at least we're not EA!"
* FanDumb: [[invoked]] Jim frequently mocks the overreactions of angry fanboys, but especially takes them on in the "BOYCOTT!" episode.
** UnpleasableFanbase: He has called the Zelda fanbase the "Spoiled brats" of video game fandom, since they had Nintendo putting out new ones every couple years that were always well-done.
* FanHater: [[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 ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' or ''VideoGame/DmCDevilMayCry.''
* FocusGroupEnding: In "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7405-Damn-Fine-Coffee Damn Fine Coffee]]", Jim criticizes the use of focus groups and how they are driving game development; while focus groups are a useful tool, they have problems and can be abused. Some focus groups submit to peer pressure and say what they think people want to hear rather than their true opinion, which does come out when you study their buying habits. Other times, the researchers are creating focus groups with a built in ConfirmationBias who only tell them to stay the course instead of pointing out problems that proper research would reveal. And there's the FollowTheLeader issue, where companies competing against an established game will create a focus group of fans of that game, who tell them what they liked about the game and they copy it; but the game fails to sell because the fans of the first game already have the game in question and don't care about a knock-off.
* FollowTheLeader: In "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7161-Perfect-Pasta-Sauce Perfect Pasta Sauce]]", he chides the industry for its attitude of copying the most successful formulas instead of trying new or different ideas to seek a broader audience. He compares it to Prego pasta sauce who beat rival Ragu, not by making a better pasta sauce, but by making several varieties of sauces that could reach different markets.
* GameOfTheYearEdition: Blames them, multiple store-exclusive PreOrderBonus, the LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition, and constantly discounting games soon after they come out for the reasons publishers have trouble selling games new. The die-hard fans feel cheated for buying the game when it came out rather than wait until the "complete" games comes out, and other consumers don't know which version to buy or just wait until the price drops.
* GameplayAndStorySegregation: The episode "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/8105-Lugoscababib-Discobiscuits Lugoscababib Discobiscuits]]" is mostly about people who [[YouKeepUsingThatWord don't know what "ludonarrative dissonance" actually is]], but it does point out a straight example. As a show of [[HatesEveryoneEqually solidarity]] that he ''isn't'' trying to outright shill ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'', he complains that the game abuses the TakeYourTime trope, that no matter how urgent the story claims to be you always have time to stuff your face with cupcakes you dug out of the trash.
* GirlShowGhetto: InUniverse. [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7044-The-Creepy-Cull-of-Female-Protagonists The Creepy Cull of Female Protagonists]] is all about this trope on the industry.
* GreyAndGrayMorality: Between AAA studios and indie devs. Jim points out some big companies like EA, Microsoft and Ubisoft as lying, truly irredeemable companies obsessed with anti-consumer practices, but wind up shooting themselves in the foot. That doesn't mean indie companies get a free pass. While he generally supports indie gaming as an outlet for new and unique ideas, he calls out some companies like [[VideoGame/{{Hydrophobia}} Dark Energy Digital]] and [[VideoGame/DayOneGarrysIncident Wild Games Studios]] for their bullying tactics and constant abuse of [=YouTube=]'s flawed copyright system in ''[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/9597-Corrupt-Censoring-Suicidal-Indie-Devs Corrupt, Censoring, Suicidal Indie Devs.]]''
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: In "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/8423-Children-of-the-Resolution Children of the Resolution]]", Game companies that once pushed the graphical envelope ahead of gameplay, like Creator/SquareEnix, are getting what's coming to them as the graphical arms race is running them into bankruptcy, and being overshadowed by games focusing on gameplay first, like ''{{VideoGame/Minecraft}}''.
* {{Hypocrite}}: [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/8876-Watch-Dogs-A-Vertical-Slice-Of-Steaming-Bullshots Called out Ubisoft]] for the graphics in ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'', who previously said it would be pinnacle of next-gen graphics, and then tries to say "graphics don't matter" when they couldn't deliver.
* IAmTheNoun: He doesn't say that ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'' is ''about'' SurvivalHorror. He says that it ''is'' Survival Horror. That is, Capcom is terrified of losing money so they made the game a hodgepodge of so many different types of games that it resembles a soupy sludge. They will do anything to survive!
* ITakeOffenseToThatLastOne: Jim explains that the Steam community forum for ''Predator Simulator'' had a thread were in users were wondering if Jim would by summoned by the game.
-->'''Jim:''' Someone in that Steam thread said: "Why would you want to summon that fat, unfunny, balding, short, British fuck?" or something like that. Now, I take great offence to that, because I'm not short, okay? I'm about 6 foot 1.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Showed a picture of Creator/TetsuyaNomura's take on Batman as a sign of everything that is wrong with Creator/SquareEnix. Nomura's designs are a clutter of details with no overall philosophy, and are immemorable due to the confusion, whereas the most iconic characters in video games have simpler, easier to identify designs. He extends this to whole games: ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' may have been trite and silly, but it was memorable for sticking to its plot, while ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' is a mess of plot details that just confuses people rather than crafting a world that people can get into.
* InherentlyFunnyWords: "Chungus." Originally comes from Jim's Destructoid podcast and YouTube channel.
* InsaneTrollLogic: Jim's impression of David Cage in "Emotions, Polygons and Ellen Page," mocking Cage's idea that a game is more capable of expressing emotions when it has a higher polygon count.
--> ''If polygons equal emotions, and video games are made of polygons, [[AssociationFallacy then video games is emotions]].''
** Actually, technically the logic itself is watertight. The whole point in the argument is to arrive at a ridiculous conclusion, to demonstrate how wrong David Cage's premise is.
* IronicEcho: At the end of "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7100-Why-An-Always-On-DRM-Console-Would-Be-Dumb-Dumb-Dumb Why An Always-On DRM Console Would Be Dumb Dumb Dumb]]", Jim chastises the industry for not trusting gamers and sticking all sorts of anti-consumer behavior on them, telling them to "deal with it"; Jim believes that soon the gamers will get tired of this and abandon the big publishers, and when they wonder what happened, the gamers will tell them to "deal with it".
* ItsPopularNowItSucks: [[invoked]] He calls it "Videogame/CallOfDuty Syndrome".
* JumpScare: "Scare Tactics" was dedicated to defending this Trope from the criticism that's usually thrown toward it, namely that it's "cheap".
* LonersAreFreaks: Discussed in "Only the Lonely", about the gradual increase in both forced multiplayer aspects and social networking of games impacting on the experience of those who play games to ''get away'' from other people for a short while.
* MeaninglessMeaningfulWords: David Cage and "emotion," as discussed in "Emotions, Polygons and Ellen Cage." As far as Jim can tell, David Cage [[YouKeepUsingThatWord doesn't even know what emotions]] ''[[YouKeepUsingThatWord are.]]''
* MisBlamed: Discussed in-universe in "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/8253-Toxic Toxic]]". Jim says that getting angry at anti-consumer behavior is justified, and that negative backlash can result in positive change, but it needs to be aimed correctly. Many decisions come from ExecutiveMeddling, while community managers, and specific developers are in the cross-hairs as they are the most visible. Instead of picking on a single individual within a company, gamers should be aiming the blame at the company as a whole.
* MundaneMadeAwesome: The shortage of amiibos is hyped up to lead to an [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt Amiibogeddon]] that leads to an eternal and deadly Black Friday.
* MurderSimulators: The episode "Desensitized to Violence", obviously, was about this. To prove his point about how people aren't stupid enough to not tell the difference between real violence and video game violence, he showed graphic video of Budd Dwyer's public suicide in order to demonstrate that realistic violence, while more understated than video game violence, is often too gruesome to be entertaining. By contrast, violence in games, movies, etc. is far less desensitizing precisely ''because'' it's so over-the-top.
* NeverMyFault: Jim 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.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Another thing which is pissing Jim off, especially since he was a victim of it.
** ''VideoGame/AliensColonialMarines'': A game with an infamous trailer showing one of the developers playing a heavily scripted version of the game, suggesting it was representative of the real thing. It wasn't. Jim made two videos covering this game: a break down of the phony ''Marines'' trailer, pointing out how much of it [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/6832-A-LIE-ns-Colonial-Marines was or wasn't in the game]], followed by one talking about people who watch phony pre-views and buy pre-orders are getting "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/6863-Previewed-Preordered-Prescrewed pre-screwed]]".
** ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'': Another game that used prerendered graphics in a trailer, only for the real in-game graphics to not be as good. This was exacerbated because ''Watch Dogs'' was promoted as the next evolution of video game graphics, so even though the game still looked good, it was [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/8876-Watch-Dogs-A-Vertical-Slice-Of-Steaming-Bullshots considered crap by comparison to the initial videos]].
** E3 2014: As far as [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/9437-Diversity-LIEversity Jim is concerned]], Nintendo won E3 purely on the basis that they showed more gameplay videos and more live demos than anyone else.
** One form of misleading advertising he's getting sick of is something he dubs "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRHYTzot8Po The Mic Trick]]", where game footage is accompanied by voice chat that's way too civil and organized to be realistic.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Brings this up with Ubisoft and Sega's usage of post-release review embargoes to try and delay criticism of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedUnity'' and ''VideoGame/SonicBoom''. Post release embargoes might result in more sales, but they end up doing very little to silence bad publicity, and do much more in associating the developers and their game with more than just the games problems.
* NoExceptYes:
** Calls out publishers for adding DRM to their games and trying to hide it as a feature. When EA said that ''VideoGame/SimCity'' didn't have DRM and that it was an MMO, Jim said that the whole point of making it an "MMO" was to use the always online aspect as DRM.
** 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.
* NoExportForYou: The source of rage against Nintendo of America and its refusal to export a number of cult hits from Japan.[[invoked]]
* NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity:
** [[invoked]] He feels that the vitriolic (and often sexually-charged) backlash against Anita Sarkeesian of ''WebVideo/FeministFrequency'' has not only given her views more publicity than she could've dreamed of beforehand, but has inadvertently proven her point about sexism in gaming.
** [[invoked]] Deconstructed in "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/9340-The-Rise-of-YouTube-Fodder The Rise of YouTube Fodder]]". Jim points out that developers who ''intentionally'' make bad games, in the hopes that Website/YouTube celebrities will give them free publicity, will fail because their audiences are either too young to buy the game (fans of ranting [=YouTubers=]) or too smart to buy it (fans of more analytical [=YouTubers=]).
* NoTrueScotsman: In "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/9765-Its-Not-A-Video-Game It's Not a Video Game!]]", Jim points to two groups who arbitrarily categorize specific video games as not being games. First are people who are trying to dismiss games they don't like, as if changing the label can remove them from discussion. Second are "artists" who view their artwork as something beyond normal video games, and thus [[CriticProof immune to criticism]] from reviewers and critics.
* NotSoDifferent: AAA studios and indie devs. Both groups have a tendency to lie, make shoddy products for a quick buck, generally treat the customer like crap and threaten to crash the industry as a whole.
** Had this trope leveled at him by Indie Developer Digital Homicide, claiming that he's no different from them. Jim mentions this trope by name.
* ObviousBeta: {{Discussed|Trope}} in the "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/8681-Early-Access Early Access]]" episode; this being the Jimquisition, the entire video is [[{{Anvilicious}} half-assed and clearly not up to scratch]]. It even culminates with Jim revealing he takes serious flak for releasing joke or filler episodes when the show can't meet deadlines, yet people are happily paying full price for widely disappointing and unplayable alphas/betas.
* PublicMediumIgnorance: [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/9045-The-Unholy-Trinity-Of-Blind-Greedy-Bastards According]] to some industry insiders, a lot of the executives and marketing heads running the game industry were pulled from "packaged goods" industries, and have no idea how to operate in a content industry like the video game business. One e-mail said of marketers that if it wasn't ''VideoGame/ClashOfClans'', ''[[VideoGame/CandyCrushSaga Candy Crush]]'', or ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'', then they hadn't heard of it.
* {{Railroading}}: He mentions that if you want to tell a story, you more or less ''have'' to do this, or else people will just ignore it.
* RapeAsDrama: {{Discussed|Trope}} in the episode [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/5972-Rape-vs-Murder "Rape vs. Murder"]]. He concludes that the reason why rape is treated as more evil than, say, murder is because the latter action has societal justifications for it ({{revenge}}, [[PayEvilUntoEvil paying evil unto evil]], [[WarIsGlorious the glory of war and the military]], etc.), while rape, which involves dehumanizing an (often) defenseless victim, almost never does. In addition, while all of us [[WeAllDieSomeday are eventually going to die]], and very few of us face the threat of getting brutally murdered, rape is a very real threat for almost anyone.
* RealityIsUnrealistic: He points out that real-life violence is downright disturbing due to how quick it's over.
* RefugeInAudacity: The reason why his episode on abusive behavior in the gaming community is called "[[CrossesTheLineTwice I'm Going to Murder Your Children.]]"
** His [[AGodAmI overtly-egotistical persona]] is also presented as this.
* RewardingInactivity: In "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7533-PS4-Doing-Nothing-Meaning-Everything PS4 - Doing Nothing, Meaning Everything]]", he is mildly disappointed that everyone treats Sony like MessianicArchetype 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.
* RomanceSidequest: Jim savagely goes after the entire concept (and its sister trope, the OptionalSexualEncounter) with a knife between the teeth in "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/8300-Sexual-Failing Sexual Failing]]." He even goes so far as to argue that [[VideoGame/DeadOrAlive the Dead Or Alive Beach Volleyball games]] are more respectable, since, as he puts it, they are at least [[AtLeastIAdmitIt open and honest]] about their nature as wish-fulfillment.
* TheScrappy: [[invoked]] Jim discusses how VideoGame/DukeNukem would probably be far more likable as a character if they stopped trying to play him so straight.
* ScrewThisImOutOfHere: A lot of this Squirty Play videos end suddenly when he can no longer tolerate how bad the games are and he just stops playing.
* SelfDeprecation: Jim likes to make fun of his weight at times.
* {{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.
* SoBadItsGood: [[invoked]] The voice acting from the Dynasty Warriors games, especially the earlier ones.
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: In "Vertigo," Jim is inexplicably wearing an eye mask that has a pair of eyes on them... which he points out in an almost operatic soprano. Supposedly, it's to distract from him falling back on his old habits of "[[SlidingScaleOfGenderInequality gender issues]] and [[CorruptCorporateExecutive industry bullshit]]."
--> ''But we do have one new thing for you, just to keep things fresh: '''my new eyyyeeeess.'''''
* TheStarscream: Jim compares the game industry to the infamous Decepticon in "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/7370-When-The-Starscreams-Kill-Used-Games When the Starscreams Kill Used Games]]". The game industry panders to used game shops like [=GameStop=] for exclusive promotions, while blaming the used game market for their own decline. If the used game market was hurting the industry so much, then why would the industry even [[{{Hypocrite}} work with GameStop]]?
* ThisMeansWar: At the end of "PS4 - Doing Nothing, Meaning Everything", he says that Microsoft has declared war not on Creator/{{Nintendo}} or Sony but on the consumer for its used games policies.
* StopHavingFunGuys: [[invoked]] Discussed in the "Dumbing Down for the Filthy Casuals" episode.
* StrawmanNewsMedia: His [[TruthInTelevision distressingly accurate]] depiction of the news media as completely uninformed about video games, who react hysterically to any violence or sexuality in a game. Usually, the media operates under the assumption that [[UndeadHorseTrope video games are for kids,]] and therefore anyone who puts violence or sex in a game [[InsaneTrollLogic is trying to market sex and violence to kids.]]
** Jim suggests a way to fight back: [[StartXToStopX Be as childish and relentless as the uninformed critics.]]
* StreisandEffect: Discussed in "Corrupt, Censoring, Suicidal Indie Devs", where Jim brings up the attempted removal of reviews and commentaries done by him and [[Creator/TheCynicalBrit Total Biscuit]]. Namely, how attempting to censor negative criticism on the Internet never, ever works, and that any indie publisher who tries it will quickly disappear forever under an InternetCounterattack of mass proportions. [=invoked=]
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: 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.
* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: With the success of ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'', Creator/SquareEnix admitted it made a mistake in trying to reinvent ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' instead of sticking with the traditional [=JRPG=] stylings that made it famous in the first place. In "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/9010-An-Industry-Of-Pitiful-Cowards An Industry Of Pitiful Cowards]]", Jim chastises the big publishers who try to remake classic game series in an effort to [[FollowTheLeader chase popular trends]], with no real evidence that there's anything broken.[[invoked]]
** The same video also points out the opposite trope, ItsTheSameNowItSucks, and that some publishers endlessly rehash the same idea over and over again until they run it into the ground. Attempting to avert this fate is one reason for running straight into TheyChangedItNowItSucks.[[invoked]]
** The point of "[[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic Gloom]]." Jim posits that Sonic has had a few legitimately good ideas with ''VideoGame/SonicColors'' and ''VideoGame/SonicLostWorld'', even saying that ''VideoGame/SonicGenerations'' was a good game. However, [=SEGA=] choosing to change Sonic every time a new game comes out stagnates and damages the franchise, even saying that the "Sonic Cycle" -- the self-perpetuating idea that [[ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch a Sonic game is going to suck before it comes out]] -- is the company's own fault.
* TheyJustDidntCare: [[invoked]] In the episode simply titled "Konami", Jim talks about the rather abysmal job {{Konami}} is doing as a publisher. Failures include releasing ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid HD Collection'' in one of the busiest holiday release seasons in history (and on the same day as gaming juggernaut ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 3'' to boot), not promoting ''Blades of Time'' at all and even getting the release date wrong, releasing ''three'' SilentHill games in a month, and the [[PortingDisaster atrocious handling]] of ''Silent Hill HD Collection''.
** The awful Silent Hill 2 and 3 HD version is mostly due to Konami ''[[http://www.gameoverviews.com/oh-my-silent-hill-hd-collections-sucked-because-konami-lost-the-source-code/ losing the original game code.]]''
* TrueArtIsIncomprehensible: [[invoked]] Discussed in "Boring, Lazy Art Games". He feels that the term "art game" is starting to become a euphemism for "boring, pretentious pile of shit", citing examples such as ''DearEsther'' and ''ThePath'' which [[{{Railroading}} force the player through]] [[SceneryPorn an interesting setting]], but give them absolutely nothing to do.
* TheUnapologetic: In "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/9198-Tomopology-Life Tomopolgy Life]]", Jim brings up Nintendo's apology for not considering [[GayOption gay players]] when they put a marriage event in ''VideoGame/TomodachiLife'', and then apologized himself because the deadline for his videos meant he didn't have time to include it in the [[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/9181-Tomodachi-Strife first video]], and his rushing also misrepresented an aspect of the debate, painting Nintendo to be [[{{Misblamed}} worse that they actually were]]. The rest of the video talks about this, how some people believe in never apologizing, compromising or admitting you're wrong; as some viewers saw Nintendo's reversal as a sign of weakness.
* UncannyValley: [[invoked]] Called out Team Ninja, makers of the ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' games, for making (and then defending) "sexy" characters that he finds to be [[FetishRetardant downright hideous]] due to this trope, particularly with their ludicrous JigglePhysics.
* ValuesDissonance: [[invoked]] In response to criticism over the UncannyValley use of JigglePhysics in ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive5'', the developers defended themselves by saying that it was popular in Japan and that complainers from the West should just deal with it. Jim said it would be acceptable if the game was intended for [[NoExportForYou Japan only]], but since the game was made for an international audience, they have to conform to the social norms in foreign markets as well.
* VillainProtagonist: Jim likes games where he plays a villain, partially because of how horrific it is to play a character of such opposite morality, and because [[EvilIsCool villains are more interesting]]. In "To Play the Villain", he points out games like ''VideoGame/KaneAndLynch'' and ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' for putting players in the shoes of truly horrible people, while criticizing ''{{VideoGame/Overlord}}'' and later ''Saints Row'' games which pit the protagonist against people who are far worse, and come out looking like [[AntiVillain Anti-Villains]] or [[AntiHero Anti-Heroes]] by comparison, thus losing the nastiness of proper villainous characters.
* WantsAPrizeForBasicDecency: Jim was pissed off by gamers and journalists actually giving praise to game studios who decide to be less of a JerkAss than usual. In "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/9145-The-Trap-Of-Gamer-Gratitude The Trap of Gamer Gratitude]]", he points to EA adding microtransactions to ''VideoGame/PlantsVsZombies: Garden Warfare'' because people were having trouble unlocking things, pointing out the game was designed from the start to be tedious to play for free to coerce players into spending money.
** However, he actually does give {{Videogame/Loadout}} praise for decency himself in the "Free to Wait" episode.
-->'''Jim:''' "That this game, a humble little game from a humble little studio can provide a genuinely quality shooter - and it really is a fucking good game - without perverting the free to play model, is worthy of applause. I mean, well, it shouldn't be worthy of applause, but in this world, unfortunately, it is."
* WidgetSeries: Jim's "Nintendo of America" episode is about how the titular company refuses to import niche Japanese games, [[FridgeLogic despite the fact that said games usually sell more units in America than in Japan.]]
* YouKeepUsingThatWord:
** "Bias" (See EightPointEight)
** In "[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/jimquisition/8105-Lugoscababib-Discobiscuits Lugoscababib Discobiscuits]]", Jim is annoyed by everyone using "[[GameplayAndStorySegregation Ludonarrative Dissonance]]" [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness just because it sounds cool]]. In particular, he says that people are using it to criticize violence in games, when it really means a disconnect between the narrative told in gameplay, versus the narrative told by cutscenes. He looked at ''VideoGame/TombRaider2013'', in which Lara Croft is supposed to be an archaeologist who hates guns, and yet spends the game killing people like a pro; and compared it to ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'', which also has lots of violence, but stars a violent person, being dropped into a city that looks peaceful but is really hiding a violent underbelly. Both have been criticized for ludonarrative dissonance, when only Tomb Raider is a true example.
** He directs this at Ubisoft at the end of Ubisoft - A Sad History of PC Failures. Ubisoft's constant use of "iconic" had gotten on his nerves, applying it to things like Aiden Pearce's attire or an Assassins Creed character's pocket-watch.
** In his ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abLspv3bgRo INNOVATION- GAMING'S SNAKE OIL]]'' video, Jim stated that he feels that critics put higher stock into "innovation" over actual quality.
** "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzPXObE7SUc&index=3&list=PLlRceUcRZcK0E1Id3NHchFaxikvCvAVQe Censorship]]" for whenever a content creator cuts or changes anything, with the FanDumb 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.

!!Tropes featured on the Podquisition:
* AndNowForSomethingCompletelyDifferent: One episode is an interview between Jim and the infamous Digital Homicide.
* ButtMonkey: Gavin, who often gets made fun of by the other co-hosts (mainly for his love of Ubisoft) and gets known as "the slow one" by the audience.
* RunningGag:
** As always, the utter disdain for Ubisoft. Invoked though, considering that Ubisoft keeps giving them reasons to talk about them.
** Around the time of ''Bloodbourne's'' release and after, it keeps getting brought up, even when they're trying to dodge the topic.
* HarsherInHindsight: In-universe; in the early Podquisitions, Jim and Laura are positive about amiibos (with Jim even defending them in a Jimquisition). Later on, they're much more pessimisitc about them, mainly due to constant supply problems and influx of rare amiibos.
* SeinfeldianConversation: Their topics often spin off into bizarre tangents, such as Kirby amiibos devouring other amiibos to explain amiibo shortages.
* SitcomArchnemesis: They speculate that Reggie fils-Amie is out to get Laura after several odd problems involving Nintendo games.
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->''[[SigningOffCatchPhrase Thank God... for me.]]''
->''[[spoiler:Fuck Konami.]]''