YMMV / Jimquisition

  • 8.8: As a reviewer, Jim is subjected to this from time to time.
    • Jim's review of Vanquish claimed that the game's polish is a "smoke and mirrors" act that fails to hide the fact that its third person shooter and classic PlatinumGames action elements don't mesh very well at all. He also points out that once one plays the first 10% of the game (or the demo), players have already seen all the game has to offer and sees fit to "regurgitate itself" for the rest of it. At the end of the day, he gave the game a 5/10. (As noted below in He Panned It, Now He Sucks, fellow games critic TotalBiscuit wasn't too keen on this review.)
    • A very notable case is Jim's review of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild where he gave it a 7/10 rating due to several minor problems/annoyances that snowballed and lessened his enjoyment of the game, but still enjoyed the game overall. Zelda fans swarmed Jim's site en mass, accusing him of using the review as clickbait and claimed he was over exaggerating his complaints. As with many cases of this trope, a lot of the backlash is because he consciously averts the Four Point Scale.
    • Hit it again with Yooka-Laylee when he gave the game a 2/10, harshly criticizing the game for feeling like a platformer straight out of the nineties, complete with the bad controls, camera and level design, and not bothering to take advantage of the advancements made in platforming since. He also criticized the writing, saying that Yooka sounded like a pervert and calling Laylee a "hateful little bastard," and said that the comedy of the game got extremely tiring very quickly. Some people who agreed with his criticisms felt like the score was way too low for a game that was perfectly functional on launch.
    • Much to his amusement was the target of this kind of backlash after "his" 7.0 score for Super Mario Odyssey started going around. He had in fact stopped doing reviews by this point and had not even played the game yet; somebody just circulated a fake screenshot and a fringe group of hardcore Nintendo fans didn't bother to look into it. Incidentally, when he actually did play it he loved it.
  • 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.
    • It helps that his Large Ham really kicks into overdrive when the people he's dealing with have even smaller names, yet even bigger egos than his, like virtually unknown indie devs who release shit onto Steam and try to smother any attempt at criticism by waving copyright strikes and censoring comments left and right. Jim always notes that this absolutely never works... before proceeding to utterly rip those devs to shreds by explaining that all they succeed in doing is making him more famous, and that they will forever be known as nothing but "that one studio that tried and failed to take on Jim Fucking Sterling, Son".
    ''When people say the name "Jim Sterling", they think of Jim Sterling. When people say the name of Kobra Studio, they think... of Jim Sterling, temporarily, before they turn away from you, and cast their eyes up to the heavens, where they will stare gratefully into the cosmos, and they will all, in unison, in grateful unison, they will all thank God for me.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Near the end of Jim's video on episodic games the video was repeatedly interrupted mid-sentence by clips from the Rednex's 'Old Pop in an Oak'. Weird as this was, it served to illustrate his point, since what he was actually talking about was how crudely breaking a game up into smaller parts when it wasn't designed to be experienced that way only served to disrupt the immersion and take players out of the experience.
  • Broken Base:
    • Jim's constant coverage of "first person survival horror games on Steam" divided his fans on whether or not Jim should keep covering those games because of how hilariously bad and broken they are or if he should stop doing them so that he can do something different for the channel. Jim did address the issue and promised he would try to cut back on the survival horror games a bit. Nowadays, he still does them, but mocks both them and himself by admitting it at the start of each one.
    • His Jimquisition episode on Dead or Alive Xtreme 3 stirred up some strong emotions. Essentially, he claims that he created an amazing Jimquisition episode on the controversy behind the game not seeing import note . He claims that the episode "said everything you wanted [him] to say," but that a shadowy conspiracy of "SJWs" boycotted and censored it off the net. Jim goes on to refuse to provide any details ("Don't think critically about this at all! Just take my vague word for it!") but insists that it happened and that the best way to fight the power, as it were, is to spend lots of money buying things from him. The situation is an obvious satirical metaphor for the game itself, mocking both the publisher and games press for what he perceives as drumming up sales and spite-buys by inventing a previously-nonexistent controversy out of whole cloth, and the elements of the community for being easily goaded into giving them free publicity for a game none of them wanted or cared about before they thought it might be censored. There are those who like the joke, those who wish he'd cut the joke out partway through, either because it was wearing thin or to explain the situation (which hasn't been as well-publicized as, say, the "Fake Gamer Girl" issue of sarcastic episodes' past), those who simply disagree, finding the hypothesis he defended to be more nonsensical than the one he made the video to deride, and those who are out-and-out angry with Jim for not taking their side. Muddying the waters is how many detractors are actually part of the base, considering that another youtuber, Sargon Of Akkad, took offense to the video and commented on and tweeted it, which ended up sending a large portion of his fanbase to the video.
    • His video on the Steam Greenlight trailer for a game called "Tranny Gladiators" [sic], in which he censored the title so it appeared as "Tr*nny" instead and simply referred to it as "T-slur gladiators" when talking. The issue in this case was less over the game, which many people agreed was terrible, and more over whether or not Jim was right to censor. For the record, the developers would go on to publicly apologize after finding out that the offending word was a slur.
    • The Jimquisition episode "Why Itís Morally Okay To Pirate All Of Nintendoís Games" stirred up quite the controversy among fans. Jim is completely fed up with Nintendo's totalitarian approach to copyright and fair use, and he tells his fans sarcastically to go and pirate Nintendo's games because if Nintendo can't be bothered to follow the law, why should the fans? Those siding with Jim believe he is 100% correct and have no sympathy for Nintendo since they screw everyone else over. Those that disagree with Jim complain that his position is hypocritical and petty, and that his "Just Joking" Justification is using sarcasm as a thinly veiled attempt to tell people to go pirate Nintendo's games.
      • This, combined with the Zelda review, have caused some to label him as anti-Nintendo. This has of course led to arguments if he really is such, and further from there if him being so is justified or not.
    • Jim covering gender issues in video games always brings the fandom to a division. You have fans that feel Jim is correct in how females are represented in video games and there are others who accuse Jim of being a social justice warrior making a big stink for no reason other than for its own sake. After a while he started limiting it to when the other side brought it up, like the backlash every time a game has a female lead.
    • Jim's review of the game Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice became this because Jim ran into a problem that rendered the game Unwinnable by Mistake after several hours of gameplay. He gave it a 1/10 and his usual dose of vitriol for having that game-breaking flaw, even though earlier he considered it worthy of a 7 or 8 (high praise from him) and had a lot of good things to say about it. What really broke the base was that he later realized that this review was premature and that his review was probably unfair, and he took it down and recorded a new review. This has led to a few opinions - either Jim's earlier review was perfectly justified because the game did render itself unwinnable, his review was far too harsh and he threw a huge and unprofessional temper tantrum, or that he should have taken a middle ground, praising what it did well but deducting a few points due to the bug he encountered. For the record, he eventually went with the latter option...and now occasionally mocks the drama of his earlier review.
    • A Commentocracy skit mocked the hardcore fans of Cuphead that were looking down their noses at people complaining about the game's difficulty and asking for easier modes of play. People either thought Jim was hilarious in his mockery of the smug, elitist attitude of the "hardcore" gaming community or complained that he was taking the comments out of context.
  • Discredited Meme: By his own admission, he felt that "Ubisoft Iconic" had lost its bite after Ubisoft itself poked fun at it during the lead-up to E3 2017.
  • Ear Worm: Older episodes used "Life Is Beautiful" as the background music. Later episodes including his first few years with The Escapist, utilize 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.
    • Even later episodes utilize "Jim's Dick 2", the first original background music and provided by Danny Baranowsky of The Bindingof Isaac fame, and it's probably the earwormiest - though there's no link to it, unfortunately. Current episodes use "March of the Sterling Jester", which can be listened to here.
    • One of his more prominent background musics has been March of the Sterling Jester, itself a remix of the Zorn and Thorn theme.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: After a single appearance in the 2016 game awards episode, the Cornflakes Homonculus has garnered unexpected success and Jim has stated he already plans to do more with the character.
    • Duke Amiel Du Hardcore has become really popular due to his "elite gamer" attitude and hilarious skits, to the point where he got his own spin-off show starting on September 21, 2017 called Commentocracy.
  • Face of the Band: Was this for the Escapist for quite a while before he left, along with Yahtzee Croshaw and Moviebob.
  • Fanon: Scott Cawthon has stated that he got the inspiration for Five Nights at Freddy's from a reviewer who criticized the Uncanny Valley effect that Chipper & Sons Lumber Co. unintentionally had. Seeing as the most viewed video of Chipper & Sons Lumber Co. was done by Jim, many fans began to assume that Jim was the one responsible for it all. Scott has neither confirmed nor denied this.
    • Jim made an episode in November 2016 where he addresses this. He mostly confirms the story, right up to saying that he's had an amiable conversation with Cawthon on the subject. In the episode, Jim said that even though the Five Nights games aren't his cup of tea, he holds Cawthon as a shining example of how to positively react to criticism.
  • Friendly Fandoms:
    • Primarily with Laura and Gavin, thanks to him sharing a podcast with them.
    • While there are some political differences between Jim's fans and those of The Cynical Brit, the two do have a reasonable degree of overlap and fans do seem to appreciate the two sticking up for one another.
    • This is also the case with Sid Alpha, a smaller YouTuber who first gained an audience by reviewing Digital Homicide's games after Jim was sued by them. Said fans stuck around, and in early 2017 they brought Sid's being DMCA'd by Dentola Studios to Jim's attention, resulting in a massive Colbert Bump for Sid when Jim made a video on the matter. Not long after that, a second DMCA against Sid by the developer of Fur Fun was acknowledged by Jim again, resulting in another influx of subscribers.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • In September of 2013, he sang the praises of Payday 2 as a game that was able to succeed with a sensible budget, gameplay over graphics and not going silly with marketing. All of this praise now stings a bit to watch after he had to make a Jimquisition episode in 2015 slamming Overkill over its addition of pay to win microtransactions and its abundance of DLC.
      • Thankfully this has gotten better in 2016, when the devs purchased full ownership of the game and the first thing that they did was remove the microtransactions. Jim was very pleased when he heard the news.
    • In his first Jimquisition on Digital Homicide, Jim practically laughed off the idea that the brothers would actually try and sue him. Fastforward to March 2016 (roughly a year and a half later) and the duo actually attempted this, resulting in almost an entire year of emotional stress for Jim among other things.
    • In his Dungeons of Kragmor video, Jim ends it by giving Digital Homicide genuine praise at the fact that they're actually trying to make a decent game. Even though he said it wasn't perfect, he still enjoyed everything the game had to offer. Skip to two months later where Digital Homicide decides to file a lawsuit against Jim for petty reasons (we'll leave it at that), thus nullifying said praise about the company. Jump a few more months into 2016, and now Steam has taken down every single Digital Homicide game, including Dungeons of Kragmor, thus eradicating any tiny chance Digital Homicide had of making a somewhat okay game and recovering from the Slaughtering Grounds controversy.
    • He himself views his initial shtick of playing an over-the-top fascist dictator as having become this due to the political climate that emerged in 2016, causing him to change it to a carnival showman in 2017.
  • Growing the Beard:
    • 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.
    • This is also a bit ironic, especially since he wasn't the only abrasive arrogant Brit on the Escapist.
    • Also compared to Moviebob 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.
    • Jim grew a reputation that had him branded as someone who would come down hard on shitty video games and most of Jim's audience watched him just for that alone. Other viewers, while liking Jim's Caustic Critic persona, noted that he was probably being a little too rough on indie developers.note  Jim would start to ease up on his abrasiveness and offer suggestions to improve the game and he also started a mini-series that shows him geniuenly enjoying a game and recommending it to others. If a game is god awful, he'll still tear it to shreds. Jim has also taken a stance against harassment in general and knows his words can be quite influential. In the FucKonami News segment during the "Genitals" episode, Jim tells everyone that general horsing around is fine, but directly attacking people in the industry is never okay.
  • 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 hatedom 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.
    • Played straight yet again with his Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson review where he gave the game a 3/10. Although some fans thought Jim's review could've been better but got that the joke was that he focused on non-breast portions of the game about as much as he felt the game itself did, others weren't pleased with Jim going on and on about the characters' breasts and simply dismissed the review as Critical Research Failure. This didn't stop the game's publisher, Marvelous, from poking fun at it, however.
    • He gave Batman: Arkham Knight a 5/10, which led to a case of Broken Base and some rather vicious comments being hurled his way.
    • His low score for Mario Kart 7 and high score for Modern Warfare 3 had sparked a massive outrage among Reddit and Destructoid because he slammed Mario Kart 7 for not offering anything new to the series while praising Modern Warfare 3 for changing things up slightly to keep the series fresh. People felt Jim was being a hypocrite for praising Modern Warfare 3 because they felt like the game was too samey overall. He ended up dedicating a full episode to his rebuttal, which can be summarized as "I did fully explain this in the reviews themselves you know."
    • Jim absolutely hated the controls in Star Fox Zero and spent the majority of his review complaining about how awful the controls were and how Nintendo were being stupid trying to use a completely different control scheme for the sake of being "innovative" rather than to properly serve the game. Fans of the game complained that Jim either sucked at the game or refused to give it a chance, feeling like Jim was making the controls sound worse than they really were. Also doesn't help his claim that, even leaving the controls issue aside, the rest of the game is mediocre, and that being generous.
    • TotalBiscuit had a field day pointing out how Jim gave Vanquish a surprisingly-crappy score (considering the former's massive disdain for pad-controlled shooters and 30 FPS games, both of which Vanquish is an example of, this says a lot).
    • His score of 5/10 for No Man's Sky created quite the outrage due to his opinion on the game not having a lot to do and how there seems to be more focus on the huge spectacle rather than having things to interact with. He also criticized the game for making everything into a mindless chore and that each new planet feels like copies of each other with a new color slapped on. Jim's review angered fans so much that they attacked his web site until it crashed.
    • Jim's choice for Modern Warfare Remastered as "worst game of 2016" resulted in a huge case of Broken Base, in no small part because of Jim's stance on microtransactions. note 
    • Jim's constant criticisms over Nintendo's business practices garnered some people who think Jim is either being unfair towards Nintendo or are tired of hearing about him complain about the company. It also didn't help that Jim was not impressed by the the reveal event of the Nintendo Switch and seemed to be more angry at Nintendo's decisions when it came to the games and the structure of the system (online services, the voice chat, etc).
    • Jim's review of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild stirred up a ton of hate from Nintendo fans due to Jim's complaints about the game's weapons durability, menus, enemies that can kill Link instantly, and being annoyed by the stamina system. Despite the fact that Jim liked the game enough to give it a 7/10 rating (or 'good', which makes the allegations even more ridiculous), fans accused Jim of either playing the game wrong or is intentionally trolling to get more clicks to his site and raise ad revenue (even though Jim's website is entirely ad free). Just like the debacle his No Man's Sky review caused, Jim's website was DDOS'd by angry Zelda fans and there were also attempts from them to hijack Jim's Twitter account. He would go on to address these grievances in a March 2017 video.
    • His review of Yooka-Laylee caused yet another heavy divide from his fans and those who liked the game. Jim complained about how the game is just a retread of old school 3D platformer games that includes all the flaws (bad controls, bad camera, bad level design, etc) and never ironed them out nor does the game try to do something different in the genre. Jim gave the game a 2/10, which has some people (yet again) thinking he's trying to clickbait.
  • 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.
    • In his "Best of Steam Greenlight Trailers" on Chipper & Sons Lumber Co., he commented on the Uncanny Valley of some of the characters. While his video, unfortunately, sank the developer of the game into a deep depression and made the dev even consider suicide, it also inspired the developer to create a survival horror game. That developer's name is Scott Cawthon, and the game he made based on that review is Five Nights at Freddy's, one of the most successful indie franchises in the world.
    • In Jim's video discussing paid mods on Steam, he criticizes the concept, stating how it would become like Steam's Greenlight service where consumers would get hit with crappy, buggy, and stolen content and they would be charged for it. Only several hours went by after the video was posted when Valve then announced that they would no longer use the paid mods model. He released a second episode that week as an apology.
    • One Jimquisition episode, Vertigo, is about various limiting conventions on playable female characters in video games (attractiveness, righteousness, stereotypically feminine motivations/goals, and dependence on male characters) that, to his knowledge, are only all simultaneously defied by one female character, Vertigo, a psychotic giant venomous dinosaur from Primal Rage. About three months later, Invisible, Inc. comes out, a game focusing on the titular organization whose leader, Central, also defies all of these restrictions.
    • In Jim's Jimquisition episode "The Slaughtering Grounds: A Steam Meltdown Saga", he mentions that the developers behind The Slaughtering Grounds threatened to sue him for slander unless he apologized. The developers never bothered to follow through and this was in December 2014. Fast forward to March 2016 and the developers filed a lawsuit against Jim for damages, loss of business, pain and suffering, and are demanding that he make an apology video for the next 5 years.
    • In SO, THAT FACEBOOK AND OCULUS RIFT THING..., Jim mentioned that Valve is the only gaming company he would want to see the Oculus Rift in the hands of. Less than two years later, Valve released the HTC Vive, a widely praised VR System more immersive than the Oculus Rift.
    • In March of 2016 with "Ubiconic", he made fun of Ubisoft for their overuse of the word "iconic", even for things that aren't iconic. Future article and videos would have Jim add "(actual iconic, not Ubisoft iconic)" whenever he used the word. In May 2017, Ubisoft's pre-E3 teaser had a small gag where they manage to restrain themselves from using it, even favoriting a comment pointing this out.
  • Internet Backdraft:
    • The internet went berserk upon finding out that Digital Homicide was suing Jim for upwards of $10 million. Even those not terribly fond of him were extremely concerned about potential ramifications for other critics.
    • Digital Homicide announcing its intentions to sue 100 anonymous Steam users for negative reviews and acting as an unofficial consumer watchdog was met with even greater backlash, to the point that the situation made news across YouTube and even ended up in some national newspapers. The situation eventually got to the point that Valve, notorious for its hands-off approach, stepped in and personally booted the Romine brothers from Steam.
    • Jim fell victim to this himself by asking people more familiar with the game to fill him in on it when he did an episode about censorship attempts from World of Tanks creators Wargaming.net. He wasn't prepared for the sheer virulence of the game's Broken Base on the topic of microtransactions and DLC tanks. He specifically noted that people were including counterarguments to their opponents' arguments even though they couldn't see the e-mails. In the end he left any commentary on the actual game out of his video entirely.
  • 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!" Explanation 
    • Ubisoft Iconic. Explanation 
    • Please don't be mad at me for posting on TVTropes. I breathe through my skin.Explanation (spoilers for MGS V) 
    • "Is this memes?" Explanation 
    • #FucKonami Explanation 
    • (Not that one) Explanation 
  • Misblamed:
    • From Jim's fans in regards to the Unity engine. Almost every single bad game that Jim finds/plays on steam used the Unity engine, which Jim's viewers started to equate to bad quality. Jim eventually spoke up and said the Unity engine itself is a pretty decent game engine and the reason why bad games make the engine look bad is due to the overuse of stock assets instead of trying to come up with their original assets or at least make the use of stock assets thematic.
    • Any time Jim does a negative review of a game (typically AAA), expect allegations that he is doing it for clickbait and 'ad revenue', even though he has made it clear, multiple times, that the Jimquisition website does not use ads.
    • While Jim does review games, not all reviews are written by him. Some reviews are done by his fellow reviewer and podcast member, Laura Kate. If Laura writes a review no one likes, they assume Jim Sterling wrote the review and blame him for it.
  • Never Live It Down: Jim giving a nearly perfect score to Modern Warfare 3, a game criticized by many gamers for barely doing anything new, and giving low scores to games like Sonic Colors and Mario Kart 7, games that were praised by gamers for changing up their series in ways that were seen as good, has been a real sticking point on why some people don't take his reviews seriously. This only worsened when Jim gave negative opinions on games like Kid Icarus Uprising and Star Fox Zero that actively attempt to have novel control schemes rather than polished, tried-and-true ones.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The beginning of "Red Ashes", where Jim starts out laughing uncontrollably at the idea of paying a subscription to play Solitaire without ads on Windows 10, before calming down, then his calming breaths turn into frustrated pants, then slowly turn into agonized screams. The last one in particular sounds like it would have been absolutely terrifying if Jim hadn't thankfully cut it off early.
    • The Cornflakes Homunculus. Even it agrees that it should not be.
  • 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.
    • Taken a step further with the fallout from Skate Man Intense Rescue. Jim points out that, not only have they sunk their own reputations, but have essentially given all of their fame directly to him.
    Jim: "You see, when people think of Jim Sterling, they think of Jim Sterling. When people think of your shitty, two-bit games, they think of Jim Sterling."
    • Taken up yet another step when his review of No Man's Sky caused overzealous fans to attack and crash his web site. He openly tells everyone other locations that they can find his review in and mocks the attacks by saying all they did was boost his popularity since now people want to see why his review caused such a shitstorm.
    • Taken even further when his review of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (where he rated it 7/10 or 'good') was deemed clickbaity, resulting in fans swarming his site en masse and leaving negative comments. The review was promptly mirrored by multiple fans and this only led to people wondering what the hell was going on.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks:
    • There was a minor case of this when Jim changed the background music for his Jimquisition episodes, with a few even demanding he change it back. Eventually, however, people moved on.
    • This line is quoted verbatim in the new May 2017 intro.
  • Vindicated by History:
    • The music for The Slaughtering Grounds was initially bashed as horrible by Jim and other reviewers. However, Jim and several fans would later go on record to state that while the track had been looped incessantly, the track was actually okay. YouTuber James Haves actually made a fairly decent rap with it (about Digital Homicide, no less).
    • Jim's negative stance on Modern Warfare Remastered was quite controversial, especially his choice to nominate it as #1 on his Worst Games of 2016 list. Fastforward to March 2017, and the news that Activision was going to sell DLC it had already sold for the first game (rather than provide it for free), and at a higher price no less, resulted in a widespread Internet Backdraft.
  • What an Idiot: His and his followers' reaction towards Digital Homicide Studios after all the shenanigans they pulled to get his channel shut down. To date, Digital Homicide done the following:
    • Made reaction videos towards Jim that mocks him and calls him out for his less than favorable first impression of their game The Slaughtering Grounds, followed by an unsuccessful copyright takedown in order to silence him.
    • Created a Steam trading card showing a fat zombie in a finger salute pose done in the same way as Jim's salute pose on his channel for no reason other than to mock him.
    • Ban anyone that criticizes Digital Homicide or even mentioning Jim Sterling on the forums.
    • Called Jim over the phone and said they had a lawyer ready to sue him and his brother (to one of the developers) was on board while also claiming that they weren't making a threat, but just want to come to an understanding. They wanted Jim to sign a document stating that he'd never talk about Digital Homicide ever again, but when Jim mentioned that he wanted to speak to his own lawyer first before signing anything, they instantly grew angry and said "this is gonna get litigious" before they hung up.
    • Held a debate with Jim where they would constantly talk over him, make false accusations, and exaggerated other things that are Insane Troll Logic. They also threatened Jim with a lawsuit again but claimed that someone else would get sick of Jim's shit and sue him for it while also quick to point out that they (Digital Homicide) weren't going to be the ones behind the suit. note 
    • Filed a lawsuit against Jim for $10 million on the grounds of harassment, lost wages, and mental distress. After a judge dismissed the case, Digital Homicide appealed. During that time, they initiated a kickstarter to try and raise money to hire for a lawyer, which didn't succeed (and may have actually caused them to LOSE money after the website fees were charged) and they decided to represent themselves, which could never go wrong and was a good idea.note 
    • Issued lawsuits against 100 random Steam users for a total sum of $18 million that had said something bad about them or their games and demanded Valve to hand over personal information from those 100 users so that they could send out notices to them for the lawsuit while also upping their claim against Jim Sterling to $15 million. After Digital Homicide requested a subpoena, Valve completely removed every single game released by the developer on the grounds of them being hostile towards their customers. This eventually led to the developer having to withdraw all their lawsuits (against Steam users) as they did not have enough financial support to keep them going. This, in turn, shut them down and they no longer make games.note 
    • Determined to not give up and make Jim Sterling pay for his actions, James Romine appealed to the judge to amend his case. Originally, he tried to file the lawsuit in Digital Homicide's name, but this screwed up his case since a company can't issue a personal lawsuit against individuals. James is trying to "prove" that Digital Homicide LLC is an alias and also claims that Jim is a competitor on Steam, ergo Jim does business in Arizona and is liable within Arizona laws. And because James can't stop digging himself deeper, he wants the lawsuit to be overseen only by a judge instead of a jury, hoping that he can convince the judge to be on his side and not Jim Sterling's.
    • As of February 21st, 2017, the lawsuit is officially dismissed with prejudice as the final nail in the coffin for the Romine brothers. Not only was the case thrown out, but they can't sue Jim Sterling again for the same charges. The entire fiasco from the beginning caused the Romine brothers to be widely hated by many gaming communities, boosted Jim's popularity further, and as a result of the flimsy lawsuits, the brothers have declared bankruptcy.
    • Jim's own response / summary of all the above can be found here. Needless to say, he is in equal turns scathing and incredulous about all of the above.

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