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"I'll just take a quick look to see if it's any good", I said, 35 minutes ago.
Dude just got a subscriber.
Who's this guy now and is he trying to imitate Sterling or...what? He also talks about problems with video game industry, or is he trying to satirize Jim?
I need context before I watch, please.
Youtube philosopher talking about economic theory, using Jim's points and videos as a basis for that.
And being very classy at doing so, I might add.
Jim and him have worked together before on charity stuff. They know each other.
Him and Jim share views on capitalism.
Edited by Ghilz on Nov 29th 2019 at 5:32:16 AM
Alright, thanks, I'll watch this soon
Yeah, he's a left-wing Youtuber who started out basically sharing what he learned in his philosophy degree on Youtube, but in the past year or so has moved on to high production video essays on various topics and examining them from a philosophical viewpoint.
Edited by GoldenKaos on Nov 29th 2019 at 12:11:46 PM
As others said, he is a left-wing youtuber who talks about a variety of topics from a left wing and/or phylosophical perspective.
As for why he is dressed as Sterling. He is also an teatre actor and he likes to incorporate some of that in his videos. In his most recent videos he is always doing some costume, acting out a character to help emphasize his point. This is the first time, I believe, he outright imitated someone else, my guess is that since he was talking about is very much in Jim's wheelhouse, Olly felt appropriate to dress the part.
He's also repeatedly citing Jim Sterling as where he gets information about the state of the video game industry and recommends that his viewers watch Jim, so it's definitely not mockery. More like loving homage and visually reminding people of his major source.
In the bibliography for this video, Jim is referenced more than Lenin, so i guess it is now finally proven that Jim "More Prolific Than Lenin" Fucking Sterling, son is on his way to smash the system as we speak
Jim Sterling's position on capitalism seems to err on the side of social democracy (i.e. the current situation is a problem with capitalism that's gone out-of-control as opposed to inherent capitalism as opposed to a capital-free system like socialism, communism, or anarchy), i.e. that would make Jim only center-left as opposed to Philosophy Tube's left-left.
Edited by AlleyOop on Nov 29th 2019 at 2:48:59 PM
Yeah, for all Jim's issues with "Triple-Aaay" Capitalism, he doesn't seem to be an outright socialist either.
What he really seems to have an issue with is unchecked unregulated Lolbertarian bullshit.
ah what the hey I'll give Philosophy Tube a go later, see if I take to him like I did Sterling.
He's immitated Contrapoint once before. And that's without going into his parody of Ben Shapiro and his Pontius Pilate inspired by Steve Jobs.
I was thinking on the more flattering imitation, not the mockery, but I forgot about the time he did Contra.
Shenmue Is The Waterworld Of Videogames (The Jimquisition)
Is there any particularly interesting insight in this one? Because I really don't care at all about Shenmue.
"People ask me if I'm full-on anti-capitalist, maybe even communist. I don't think I am. I just think that, rather than be viewed as people like they want, corporations should be viewed as dangerous animals that hurt themselves and others when they're allowed to run rampant."
Jim Sterling - 03/03/2018
So, that comes across as being for far more regulated capitalism to me rather than socialism.
Edited by GoldenKaos on Dec 2nd 2019 at 4:40:28 PM
The video's more along the lines of a history about Shenmue as a franchise that, since inception, has been a money vacuum unable to turn a profit for anyone involved in the slightest. It's more along the lines of Jim's "post-mortem" videos than anything.
He takes the myth of Shenmue as this niche series “Normies” don’t get, and rips it apart while examining niche games in general. Sure it’s easy to go “Just play Yakuza, those games are actually fun”, but his insight is a bit deeper.
Edited by Beatman1 on Dec 2nd 2019 at 11:53:45 AM
Which is why people seem to immediately try to use his stance to push him into endorsing socialism. Because everyone knows that the best way to fix an unworkable system is to replace with another unworkable system.
Edited by DrunkenNordmann on Dec 2nd 2019 at 7:46:27 PM
Specifically, Jim says that while he does acknowledge Shenmue 1 as a groundbreaking and ambitious game for its time, he says that it was also a bit self-indulgent as a project and poorly managed with all the ridiculous amount of money and Protection from Editors that Yu Suzuki had thanks to his prior arcade success. Despite the pretty decent sales it had, it just was not enough to recoup the massive budget and ultimately it was unable to retain an especially large fanbase; the second game flopped too and from the looks of it the third game won't do so well either. It remains an extremely niche game series and all the financial aid and support from companies like Sony, Deep Silver, Epic etc was essentially spent on a money vacuum of a game that is pretty much just a modern day Dreamcast era game that has learned little from modern game design.
I've been saying that, barring a rough start and an early 2010s stumbling period, Yakuza is basically Shenmue done right. Or at least more modernly.
To be honest, I don't really begrudge the Shenmue fanbase or Suzuki. I don't think I would like Shenmue but I also enjoy multiple other games/movies/shows/etc that would count as niche, so I get it.
I played the first one on Dreamcast back in the day. It was plagued with frustrating controls and a story that went absolutely nowhere really killed it. I never had even the slightest inclination to play the second one.
Unlike Yakuza, which I have only played the remake on PC like a month ago, the story instantly grabbed me the controls arnt hard. They tried very hard to make it feel like it wasn't a video game but at the same time dived heavily into open world and brawler mechanics.
Jim also briefly contrasted it with FROM's "Soulsborne" games, given that he used a pic of the Slayer of Demons while talking about niche games that work. Jim uses Brütal Legend as an example of a niche game that overestimated itself (he illustrated his point with a pic of Eddie Riggs) and claimed that Shenmue is similar in that regard.
Edited by M84 on Dec 3rd 2019 at 3:59:33 AM
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