These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Awesome Ego: While there are people who decry Jim for being an egotist (despite that being the whole point of the joke), there are plenty of people out there who, when Jim goes into ego mode, agree with him.
Ear Worm: Older episodes used "Life Is Beautiful" as the background music. Later episodes including his first few years with The Escapist, utilise various tunes from the Final Fantasy IX soundtrack, usually Zorn And Thorn's theme and the Tantalus theme. Expect to be whistling any one of these tunes a lot when watching the Jimquisition.
Growing the Beard/Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Jim was despised by The Escapist community at first, who found his persona too abrasive and arrogant. Once Jim ramped up the arrogance to comic degrees and retooled his performance to include more structured discussion, the community warmed to him and many comments describe how they went from hating to loving the show.
Also compared to Movie Bob he shows a little more levelheadedness and understanding towards people who don't share his opinions... most of the time.
To avoid potential conflicts of interest, he decided to go fully independent, only taking money from his Patreon and refusing to advertise on his site.
Early in his career, he was infamous for his misogyny, but he eventually owned up to it and resolved to be less tone-deaf to such issues. Most people have forgiven him since he actually made good on that resolution.
He Panned It, Now He Sucks: Inverted with the Dynasty Warriors series. Jim is one of the few video game journalists to consistently give the games favorable reviews, and as he addressed in a video where he proudly proclaimed the series to be the "Citizen Kane" of games, his Hate Dumb has used this fact to try and discredit him.
Played straight with his scathing 2/10 review of Duke Nukem Forever on Destructoid, inciting massive rage and prompting Jim to go further in depth behind why he didn't like the game (the sexist content along with the fact that he thought the gameplay sucked) and explaining, multiple times, how Destructoid reviews worked.
Hilarious in Hindsight: In "Defending Call Of Duty", he plays a role as a mocking art critic, asking, "Where's the tutorial that teaches you the exact opposite of what you're supposed to do?". He pretty much preemptively summed up a key element of the central premise of Antichamber.
His claim that Hyrule Warriors would be able to have ridiculous characters like "the bug princess from Twilight Princess" was months before Agitha, Princess of Bugs, was actually announced as a playable character for the game. He also claimed that it was odd that a new console generation was being released without a remake of Resident Evil, a few days before Capcom announced Resident Evil HD Remaster. Finally, Jim claimed that Electronic Arts would start taking their demos off of online stores and put them just on their own service, which EA did forty-seven minutes after the episode aired. He is now a self-proclaimed prophet of the gaming industry after these three unlikely claims have been made fact.
Lowest Common Denominator: Jim calls video games made to be shilled/advertised by famous let's players as "YouTube fodder"; a game designed to gain tons of popularity within the YouTube community and the fans of famous LPers so that fans are tempted to buy the game. Jim trashes such games because he feels that they don't offer anything different from the norm or are riding on whatever popular Memetic Mutation bandwagon is in season in hopes of people being gullible enough to buy the game. Jim did give one exception to Roundabout, noting that while the game does seem to be designed for people to do a let's play on (due to the very wacky concept of the game), he finds the game actually good, fun to play, and can stand on its own merits.
Memetic Mutation: "Jim Fucking Sterling, son!" - After Jim uploaded a blind first impressions video of The Slaughtering Grounds to his YouTube channel, the developer got defensive and made a response videonote The original response video has since been removed, but Jim reuploaded it to his channel with commentary under the pretense of a "review the reviewer" series. The sheer unprofessionalism of this move made a laughing stock of the game and its developer, and the video's frequent usage of the phrase "I'm Jim Fucking Sterling, son!" became a hit with both Jim and his fanbase.
No Such Thing as Bad Publicity: Averted. When he brutally tore apart Earth: Year 2066 and Air Control, the sales didn't seem to jump up at all. Apparently his audience doesn't need to buy the game themselves to play it "ironically", they can just watch Jim do it for them. The infamous developer meltdown as a result of Jim trashing The Slaughtering Grounds takes it a step further; when people saw how terrible the game was and went on Steam to complain about it, the developer tried to silence all criticism and attacked Jim's blind let's play video of the game. This resulted in not just people avoiding the game, but also showing future game developers on how not to react when facing criticism over their products.