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It’s Microsoft’s Fault That Videogames Are Bad (The Jimquisition)


(upbeat music) – Is Microsoft any different
from any other crummy, predatory, parasitic
video game publisher? No! In terms of behavior, I’m beginning to not think so. Nevertheless we are going
to talk about them today and I am sure that some commenters are already proclaiming that I am biased, biased against Microsoft. Yeah. Yeah. This is a video column containing the inherent
biases of the video columnist. So yes, I am biased against Microsoft and I’m not going to pull
criticisms of Nintendo and Sony out of my ass just for a
vague sense of equality like people always demand, when you focus your critique on one particular company
among the platform holders. So enjoy as I explain to you exactly why we’re being biased
against Microsoft today, they deserve it, for God’s sake! (upbeat music) The overwhelming majority of mainstream third-party publishers are scum, wanton unchecked filth. Who have become a blight
on the game industry each contributing to the erosion of the medium’s artistic merit and actively designing games to be worse, making them more tedious and
less enjoyable on purpose so they can carve out the fun and sell it back to you at a premium, despite the fact that you
already paid for the damn thing. This we already know, thanks to me banging on about
it to the point of nausea. First-party publishers
however are different. Most games developed
exclusively for consoles and published by the
companies making the hardware have managed to avoid the temptation of riddling their games
with microtransactions and other forms of aggressive
post-purchase monetization. The Nintendo Switch has
proven most resistant to the market’s destructive
business practices overall. A system that has garnered
comparatively little interest from corporate cum-weevils
like Activision and EA, meanwhile Nintendo has
published some exquisite games such as Super Mario Odyessy,
Fire Emblem: Three Houses and of course Hyrule Warriors. Sony meanwhile, has arguably
put out some of the best games in the history of the PlayStation
brand this generation. With God of War being a critical
and commercial jackhammer, Marvel’s Spider-Man killing
it in every department, except the having
Mysterio in it department, and Horizon: Zero Dawn providing Guerrilla is more than just that KillZone Studio. While fuck-munching bugger toads such as Warner Bros and 2k Games steadily, cynically erode
the quality of games to divide their content
up into sellable chunks and seedy digital gambling dens. First-party publishers are maintaining a stunningly high level
of production value and above all, artistic integrity. This is because these companies, as platform-holders are
in a unique position where simply squeezing
every conceivable penny out of every single video game to give shareholders
perverse financial erections isn’t a priority for them. They’re out to sell hardware, they’ve got consoles to sell and not only can afford to pour cash into lavishly produced games, they have an incentive, these games attract
customers to their platform. They become crucial selling points, reasons to own a Switch
or a PlayStation 4. They’re all cynical business motivations but these motivations
compel these companies to actually put out good,
honest feature complete games, where the most money-grabbing
move you can expect to find would be a bit of DLC in a season pass. But there’s an exception to the rule, a glitch in the system, a spanner in the works and by spanner I mean a fucking tool. That fucking tool is Microsoft, a company that like Nintendo and Sony, has a reason to produce high-quality games without overreaching
monetization and just doesn’t, just straight-up bloody doesn’t. No, in terms of out-put
and in-game economics Microsoft behaves no
differently from any voracious, predaceous, repetitious
third-party plunderer and worse than that I believe
we can quite safety say that a lot of the looting and
pillaging of customer wallets that we’ve seen this generation, the worst excesses of an industry that simply cannot help
but luxuriously shit itself in the name of the all-mighty dollar, can be blamed in no
small part on Microsoft. Yes, indeed. The producer of the Xbox One
is not only a contributor to the ruination of the
triple-A game industry its been in the goddamn Vanguard of it. (somber music) Last generation microtransactions
in full-priced games had only just started to blossom, and their appearance
was quite rightly seen as anomalous and disgusting. These days they’re everywhere and they’ve spread like
a virus so efficiently that their inclusion
barely raises an eyebrow, unless they’re particularly egregious, which they still regularly are because this grotesque industry remains a complete stranger
to the concept of restraint. The most notable game
implementing a fee-to-pay economy, that is a game you pay to access for the privilege of
paying even more money, was at the time Dead Space 3, which acted as the
shape of things to come. Dead Space 3 had it’s
entire foundation altered from previous Dead Space games to support a ham-fisted economy of crafting and resource grabbing that the killed the serious horror vibe. All because EA had seen
microtransactions flourish in mobile and sports games, and wanted a bigger slice of the action. Everyone’s favorite vampiric,
dick-barron of a company was also raking it in on microtransactions for Mass Effect and FIFA. The sheer revulsion voiced by many in response to this
microtransaction encroachment fell on deaf publisher ears, eager as they became to exploit the holy fuck out of their software and their own customers in the process. This generation of course, the whole industry is a
mess of digital currencies and confusing economies and we can all thank Microsoft
for its significant part in normalizing the whole
despicable charade. Microsoft saw the shape of things to come and set about manufacturing the template. (somber music) Lets go back to the very beginning of this current generation. Hot off the heels of a failed attempt to position the Xbox One
as an invasive DRM machine, Microsoft swiftly moved
on to its next plan. The outrageous normalization
of microtransactions in premium priced games. Unlike Nintendo and Sony, Microsoft went all in on microtransactions at the very beginning of this generation. Obnoxiously going out of its
way to make them a standard and expected part of the
triple-A game experience. There can be no question here, Microsoft set the tone for
this entire generation. Its bevy of launch titles for the Xbox One containing a number of
frankly rubbish games that posted desperate
and contrived attempts to sell bullshit virtual money to people who literally just spent $500
on a new fucking machine. Ryse: Son of Rome a short,
repetitive, mediocre action game sold gold to its customers, which could be spent on booster packs containing player upgrades. As a title that, at the time, was being used to heavily
promote the Xbox One with it’s still admittedly
impressive graphics, its inclusion of premium
gold was a big part of making the practice look
routine rather than obscene, which it was, the latter not the former. Ryse was but one first-party launch title with microtransactions. Forza 5 was in on the
scam, criticized as it was for a notable scaling
back of in-game content and a focus on selling incremental rubbish to the unsuspecting. Developer Turn 10 needed to
adjust its microtransactions after significant fan backlash because they were so untenable. Forza 5 launched as a
restrictive, grindy, experience that focused more on making
money for the publisher than making entertainment for the customer but hey, at least the
game got good reviews. Yippee! And then there was Crimson Dragon, yes, Crimson Dragon, not at all a freaking disaster of a game. Not at all soulless. Not at all visually hideous. Certainly not a crude mockery
of the Panzer Dragoon series that made the Xbox One look as appealing as a stick of shit in a beehive and of course you could buy
the game’s in-game jewels for real money. But hey, at least the
game got good review- Oh. These were the three main offenders, a holy-trinity in a bucket of ballbags and they carried with them
a clear and direct message to the game-buying public, it was a message that had
been received loud and clear and subsequently rebroadcast. Avalanche Studios founder
Christofer Sundberg helped the normalization process
along at the time saying, “Micro-Transactions,
subscriptions and other biz models will be the next generation of games. It is that simple.” And yeah, it really was just that simple. Simple and clean is the way that you’re
making me feel tonight. It was that simple because
the industry decided simply, that this was the new reality and with it’s launch-titles Microsoft made that reality happen. I mean the snowball effect
of microtransactions in premium-priced games
was always gonna happen but it was Microsoft that
officially turned it into standard procedure,
enabling everyone else. Ryse, Forza 5, Crimson Dragon
they made microtransactions standard for this generation, provided a cue that third-party publishers eagerly picked up. While Nintendo and Sony
have used you know, good games to make their
consoles appealing, Microsoft was busy using its
launch titles as Trojan horses, smuggling the notion of
predatory exploitation into people’s homes with games that were supposed to be system sellers not gold and jewel sellers. Everybody knows the best jewels are my jewels. (jewels clinking) This is especially notable because when a console first launches your options are gonna be limited. Hell the only reason to play
something as dreary as Ryse is because you don’t
have much else to play. Customers had few options
except those games that sold them pretend
cash for authentic cash. This, by the way is how conditioning works and Microsoft conditioned
its customers like a hair conditioner or something. Microsoft was a big proponent of the industry’s favorite propaganda. Justifying these heinous business models way back in 2013 liberally
using the it’s optional excuse that we’ve demolished on
this show many a time before. “Microtransactions are merely there as a convenience thing for people.” Said Microsoft’s Justin Robey
when talking about Ryse. “It’s completely optional and
is not required in any way shape or form for gameplay. All content is accessible
without using it. The message is very simple: it’s optional and it doesn’t give you
really any major benefit. I really want people to understand, it’s optional and its just convenience. That’s it. There’s nothing sinister.” Three “its optionals” in one excuse, they were really trying to
sell that crap hard huh? And the sale worked. The industry has repeated
and repeated that deception to the point where some
of these executives almost believe it, and in this justification, Microsoft hit the industry’s hand when it comes to how modern
games waste your time, to sell you convenience. The time-wasting of
course not being optional in the first place. “What if I wanted to buy this? Well, you could grind. Well, don’t have grind be your answer. Okay fine. Then you can pay a few bucks.” Funny these days the grinding
has gotten so blatant you’d never likely find a game executive willing to say something like that. They avoid saying “grind” now and simply say that
they sell “time-savers” without drawing any attention
to the time-wasting. It’s always worth looking at old quotes from industry mouthpieces, so many of them are unwitting
admissions of culpability. Not all of the first-party Xbone games had fee-to-pay economies though. LocoCycle didn’t. Do you remember LocoCylce? Do you? I do! I played it last week
and who can say that? Nobody. Nobody else can say they
played LocoCycle last week because I guarantee you
I’m the only one who did. It had live-action cut scenes. Live-action cut scenes that were shot and dressed like a fucking porno, but with significantly worse acting. – (in foreign language) – (laughing) – She is a world-leader
but she’s also a woman so she likes it when you (inaudible) – (laughing) – (laughing) – (laughing) – (laughing) – By the way when your game
has live-action cut scenes but overly stylized cartoon graphics, it makes the whole experience
thoroughly jarring. Still, at least it had a better
what if robots were people story than Detroit: Become Human and it did get some pretty good reviews Oh. (somber music) Since launch Microsoft has continued shoveling microtransactions
into it’s games despite Nintendo and Sony demonstrating how thoroughly unnecessary they are, and I think it’s no coincidence that the Xbox One has objectively shit for first-party exclusive games and that is objective, it was agreed upon in the Senate, the Senate of bad video games. Forza has continued to implement them, Halo 5 Guardians, as well
as being a piece of crap, added microtransactions to
the Xbox’s premiere series for the sheer hell of it. While God of War was providing
excellent storytelling, amazing combat and gorgeous visuals, Halo 5 was well, who the fuck knows what Halo 5 was up too. It certainly wasn’t being good, while it was selling REQ
packs for the sake of, you guessed it, convenience. I feel like at some point in this video I must also mention Sea of Thieves, but that’s a little bit difficult, because I never think
about Sea of Thieves. Ever. Microsoft even jumped aboard
the loot box bandwagon when in-game gambling
became the hot new way to trick money out of people. Loot box bullshit stuck
out like a neon penis in Gears of War 4, where you would buy randomized item packs with the risk of duplicates that you’d have to manually scrap. There was no need for any of this. Loot boxes were in because
they were raking in cash for the filthy ill caveat
of Activision and EA. Nintendo and Sony wasn’t using them. Microsoft was just being purely,
nakedly, fucking, greedy, and then they had the sheer shitting nerve to expect praise for not
putting loot boxes in Gears 5 when they had no business
being in there to begin with, and this is while still putting bollox
microtransactions into Gears 5. You won’t believe this, but Gears 5 developer, the Coalition positioned the removal of loot boxes as ahead of its time, an
innovation worthy of acclaim. “We really think we’re
ahead of the industry here in getting rid of loot boxes and making sure that we
can both service people that are looking to
accelerate their progression or earn cosmetics using money but also keeping the integrity
of the game experience.” That’s from Gears 5
developer The Coalition. I mean Jesus, I’m sick of companies expecting applause for not preying on their
customers with gambling mechanics. You’re not the first one
by the way Coalition. But this is some next level auto-fellatio. “We just felt that loot boxes
weren’t a good fit for Gears and we wanted to be ahead of the curve looking for possible solutions, even before all the controversy” Right, first of all the Coalition
isn’t the only developer to have pulled this move, to have said no loot
boxes for cheap applause. You’re ahead of fucking
nothing on that count. Second of all, your solutions
aren’t new and innovative you’ve just scaled it back
from egregious gambling to egregious microtransactions, which is what the
industry was doing before. We’re not stupid. Well, we’re not that stupid. It’s obvious what you’re doing. Nevertheless The Coalition
promised an elegant solution for Gears 5’s monetization, even though the most
elegant solution would be to just make a fucking video game and sell a fucking video game! They didn’t do that however, instead they offered straight-forward, clearly communicated, user-friendly micro purchases didn’t they? Here’s an explanation of
how it works in Gears 5. Gears 5’s unlocks come
in the form of cards, which are called supplies
instead of cards, and you get supply
drops drip-fed over time when you play Gears 5’s
versus, horde or escape modes. Supply refers to character skins, emotes, backgrounds, flags and blood sprays, which are like Overwatch’s
sprays but even more useless. Duplicates supplies turn
into tiny amounts of scrap which can be saved for a long time to outright purchase supply items. Scrap is the game’s free currency and it’s the only way you
can purchase Pride Flags, which don’t drop a supply. There is a premium currency iron, purchased for real money, which is used to buy items that are not in the supply drops but are instead sold in a rotating fortland-esque store front. But you can earn iron in game by completing tours of
duty which unlocks items and tiny amounts of premium currency for completing certain multi-player tasks. Though you’ll need to get
24 ranks in a tour of duty before you’ll get any iron, and you’re drip-fed it over hours in increments of 100 or 150 when the character skins
in the Gears 5 shop cost up to of 1,000 iron. You can speed this up of course, by purchasing boosters for real money. Which doubles the supply
drops and XP earned, thus momentarily intensifies the game. Legend has it these fowel
birds can be destroyed by a stake through the heart
or exposure to sunlight this does not suffice however because they may be brought
back to life by means of a secret rite that can
be performed once a century when the moon is in the
8th house of Aquarius. Got all that? Good. (upbeat music) Look Microsoft has done some good things. It’s truly ahead of the curve when it comes to accessibility
in its games and hardware, working hard to ensure people with different needs and limitations can enjoy their products. They’ve opened themselves
up to other platforms, working with rather than against Nintendo and even putting their games on Steam. The Game Pass, paying a reasonable fee to access a wide library
of titles is great! But this is the company
that got into games for no other reason than the fact it didn’t like Sony’s
market share in the industry and wanted to weaken it. This is the company that
spearheaded the concept of charging for access
to multi-player features. This is the company that
tried to turn the Xbox One into a DRM machine. This is the company so
uninterested in using software to sell hardware that the Xbox One X, the World’s Most Powerful Games Console, had no original new games
taking advantage of it at launch and had to rely on Super
fucking Lucky’s Tale and a bunch of existing first-party games that just looked a bit better, and yes, this is the company that normalized microtransactions
in games that you pay for, it didn’t invent the concept, it’s not the most vile offender but as a major platform holder with greed fueled launch titles and a continued exploitation
of its first-party software the company tripped over itself to make all of this bullshit standard and ensure it would only
get worse from 2013 to now. It is Microsoft’s fault the
industry is in goddamn shambles, this blame is shared among others. But a big portion of it falls onto the Xbox purveyor’s shoulders and it didn’t have to contribute to the industries ruination, it didn’t have to influence the industry with its poison, it could have and should have done what Nintendo and Sony have been doing maybe the Xbox One would
have more decent exclusives but instead it chose to
prioritize selling you shite after it already sold you shite, at the top of this video I said Microsoft is no different from the average third-party
publisher parasite, at this time I would like
to amend my statement. In many ways its fucking worse. As we wrap up, incidentally I did play
some of the old games just to prep for this and get some footage. Ryse really had some
good ideas going for it they just repeated the
ideas without variation throughout the entirety
of the brief campaign. The idea of quick-time
event based executions that are communicated to the
player with colored flashes that correspond with the colors on the Xbox controller button. That’s interesting, that sort of idea needs
accessibility options for people who cannot see certain colors but it was still an
elegant, interesting idea. And then there were these siege and battle areas of the game where you commanded troops. It’s just once you did something you knew you’d see it
again and again and again and overall the game was mediocre, the story was pointless and
Ryse just had nothing to say. Crimson Dragon was a mess. I played it on a controller, I dread to think what the
Connect implementation was like because that’s what it was position as. A lot of these games had shuffled
in connect functionality, Ryse had it too where you
could yell like fire arrows or whatever it was. But Crimson Dragon, hideous absolutely shockingly bad. There were moments in that game where the camera is just
having such a wild time of its own accord, you cannot follow what’s
happening on the screen and that’s not helped by the fact that the colors are so
garish and not in a good way, I like garish things but if it gets in the
way of the functionality, where I’m like I can’t tell what anything is, it’s terrible, its embarrassing. I’d go that far as to say that Crimson Dragon is embarrassing. And then I played LocoCycle, which actually like Ryse had some interesting ideas going for it being a sentient bike flying up in the air and smacking things and doing combos, like melee combos as
a bike while hovering, that is fun for like a minute and then they just don’t
do anything with it and then they combine it with shooting. Where you’re firing at other cars, that’s just really bad. So they married some decent
ideas to just some bad shit and then there was another game, no, no that was all of them, that was three I did. I didn’t Forza. Racing cars. Vroom vroom vroom. That’s it. I hope you liked my video what I did, I made it especially for you. So you can all thank me for that and I will graciously accept your thanks while at the same time be thanking God for me. (upbeat rock music)

David Frank

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100 COMMENTS

  1. Game Queen Posted on September 26, 2019 at 4:04 am

    Microsoft has always been my least favorite of the three companies lol.

    Reply
  2. Shadow Posted on September 26, 2019 at 4:18 am

    Microsoft first to introduce pay to play online and the ones that are really pushing for more online services (I wonder why). Microsoft are only playing the more consumer friendly right now because they not selling as many consoles as they hoped I rather stay retro since there seems to be an agenda with online only games. Honestly the internet was the best and worst thing for gaming.

    But to be fair even though I’m a playstation fanboy I think the real problem were us or at least those that supported that mentality at the time. Maybe if we had been more like we are today regarding microtransactions although even today there is people that keep supporting it because they still spend money on it. I miss the ps2 era during that time I also had a nintendo I don’t remember the name it was the one with the weird controller. Sometimes I wish I would just stop liking games with all the bs right now.

    Reply
  3. Deck Ard Posted on September 26, 2019 at 8:28 am

    Nintendo Amiibo = Microtransactions but nevermind^^.

    Reply
  4. David Stephens Posted on September 26, 2019 at 10:26 am

    And that's why there simply isn't any debate anymore over which is the best console.

    Reply
  5. Ceireavne Posted on September 26, 2019 at 11:41 am

    This is one of those videos where I feel like by liking Jim's content, I'm disliking Microsoft. Didn't realize they were so scummy. Damn

    Reply
  6. Brackzillar Posted on September 26, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Guess Jim forgot to mention all the cosmetic micro transactions in Naughty Dog games.

    Reply
  7. Joe Fawley Posted on September 26, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Anyone else catch that kingdom hearts tune 😉

    Reply
  8. Adrian Salcedo Posted on September 26, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    I love my scorpio but can't help but agree with most of this

    Reply
  9. the Were Dragon Posted on September 26, 2019 at 9:40 pm

    I am a xbox/Microsoft fan. They are assholes

    Reply
  10. Dauth Eldrvaria Posted on September 27, 2019 at 1:14 am

    They’ve made me hate the Game Pass either no games I want or adding games I’ve recently bought to troll me….. Jump Force and Shadow of War….. Then finally….. Exclusives with Microtransactions…… Fuck Me! Loyalty shown!

    Reply
  11. Dauth Eldrvaria Posted on September 27, 2019 at 1:15 am

    They’ve made me hate the Game Pass either no games I want or adding games I’ve recently bought to troll me….. Jump Force and Shadow of War….. Then finally….. Exclusives with Microtransactions…… Fuck Me! Loyalty Shown!

    Reply
  12. Dauth Eldrvaria Posted on September 27, 2019 at 1:24 am

    Loco Cycle?

    Reply
  13. Dauth Eldrvaria Posted on September 27, 2019 at 1:27 am

    Sea of Thieves?

    Reply
  14. Dauth Eldrvaria Posted on September 27, 2019 at 1:28 am

    Ahead of their Time?

    Reply
  15. Skuntac Posted on September 27, 2019 at 5:46 am

    Lol forza 5 is lacking in content, but it presented the cars in a fantastic and memorable way for racing enthusiasts. Love that game.

    Reply
  16. 17joren Posted on September 27, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    @ 2:19 caused a disturbance in the Schwartz, it was if millions of voices cried out in rage…

    Reply
  17. HUN Cimbye Posted on September 27, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    You are just an idiot troll.

    Reply
  18. Zyrus Smith Posted on September 28, 2019 at 4:22 am

    As most people do, you completely skipped the first game to have loot boxes. EA's Dragon Age Inquisition had loot boxes in the multiplayer. So no, loot boxes have been around for much longer then just this current generation of consoles.

    Reply
  19. Haiden Geary Posted on September 28, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Console games have DLCs, most of which require payment.

    Reply
  20. Eddy Garcia Posted on September 28, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Why, Microsoft do suck sweaty donkey balls 😋
    We need These console makers to stop sand bagging and stop drip feeding advance gaming technology !!!!
    The half ass attempted to make oodles of tax money in a blink of an eye is just how Microsoft plays the game.
    Me thinks Microsoft thinks they have the midus golden touch 😋

    Reply
  21. Super Boa Gaming Posted on September 29, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Homies just mad because Master Chief denied his proposal.

    Reply
  22. Michael Adams Posted on September 29, 2019 at 12:03 pm

    "The shape of things to come." I see what you did there. Was bot expecting a BSG reference.

    Reply
  23. Einhert Posted on September 29, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    19:04 proof Jim Sterling can in fact video the garmes

    Reply
  24. Kimbo Nice Posted on September 29, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    I'm no longer amazed that a person will uphold a company's shitty policies & in the back of their mind actually thinks that if the company profits go up, that it will somehow end up in their pockets.

    Reply
  25. Der Pferdehuführer Posted on September 30, 2019 at 12:41 am

    You made me want to find and play this lococycle, ye fat unjolly bastard!
    I wonder why they didn't advertise it that well back th-
    >no DLC/micro transactions
    oh 🕷

    Reply
  26. AZURE official Posted on September 30, 2019 at 2:44 am

    thank you Jim!

    Reply
  27. Tyler Posted on September 30, 2019 at 3:17 am

    You can’t be biased against a specific corporation if you hate all corporations

    Reply
  28. Valiran9 Posted on September 30, 2019 at 3:38 am

    Your comments on how the Gears 5 developers expected to be LAUDED for not including microtransactions in their game brings to mind something posted by an officer in one of EvE Online's major player-run alliances, and I feel that a paraphrased version of it is applicable here:

    "Fuck me, you shits finally managed to produce a single major game without lootboxes!"

    "This is not praise, this is me shaming you after watching every so-called AAA developer add microtransactions and lootboxes to their games and acknowledging that you've finally shown a fraction of the amount of integrity we expect of you."

    "In celebration, for the next year only, the temperature of Jim Sterling's weapons-grade roastings will be doubled."

    The original: https://www.reddit.com/r/Eve/comments/cpxkes/horde_gate_behavior/

    Love your work, Sterling. Keep on roasting the fuckers! Maybe one day they'll finally LISTEN to you…

    Reply
  29. Hazukichan X Posted on September 30, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    As an AVGN fan, I have to ask… is Loco Cycle from the same person or team that made Crazy Bus?
    Because it seems to be of a similar level of quality.

    Reply
  30. Hazukichan X Posted on September 30, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    The Coalition: "We're keeping ahead of the curve by taking our game one step back in the progression from Merely Alarming to Frankly Awful to God, God, God, Why Isn't Anyone Stopping This. We are proudly smug to announce that our awesomely innovative game is now following the classic Frankly Awful trend as per the wave of the future!"

    Reply
  31. Sharp Angus Posted on September 30, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Isn't adding microtransactions for convenience an admission that your game is not fun and that people will not find your game fun?

    Reply
  32. Kyle Bennett Posted on September 30, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    Lmao simple and clean

    Reply
  33. Ryan B Posted on October 1, 2019 at 12:04 am

    Lets not even get started with Windows. Microsoft are Cancer.

    Reply
  34. Richard Cletus Posted on October 1, 2019 at 1:29 am

    Deadspace 3 is a fist to desk concept for me. Its the son that is still alive that I will not have in my house.

    Reply
  35. Raccoon Posted on October 1, 2019 at 3:54 am

    why dont people just stop buying doodoo shit

    Reply
  36. CyberRonin Posted on October 1, 2019 at 4:33 am

    But… Master Chief…

    Reply
  37. Otaku_Sicilianu Posted on October 1, 2019 at 4:37 am

    No mention of Killer Instinct? AKA the only game worth playing on the console at launch.

    Reply
  38. J_samoth TT Posted on October 1, 2019 at 10:32 am

    I fell sorry for xbox fans

    Reply
  39. IncompleteSky Posted on October 1, 2019 at 10:40 am

    Ah this makes me think back on the days I didn't have to worry about avoiding buying games because of microtransactions…
    The worst part about saying it like that is I'm not even old yet.

    Reply
  40. Mongzong Her Posted on October 1, 2019 at 5:21 pm

    I have no high hopes for Halo Infinite anymore.

    Reply
  41. psycold Posted on October 1, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    I blame consumers. I've never supported games with micro-transactions.

    Reply
  42. Terence D Posted on October 1, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Man, this comes off as super fanboyish. Let's not pretend Microsoft created micro transactions because its totally untrue. Many companies, many years before the One launched had and pushed micro transactions in premium priced games. It was nothing new when Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One.

    Reply
  43. sifil311 Posted on October 2, 2019 at 6:23 am

    Please change your voice. And pretty much everything else. Your annoying af. You sound like your are LGBT +. How much cum do you guzzle to sound like that?

    Reply
  44. XDRosenheim Posted on October 2, 2019 at 8:26 am

    Me, a Linux user: Oh yes.

    Reply
  45. Youtube University Posted on October 2, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Sudden vampire lore was captioned well.

    Reply
  46. UnderdogRecords91 Posted on October 2, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    All this buyable convenience. Makes one wonder why they have to make their games so inconvenient to necessitate this.

    Reply
  47. Keilink Posted on October 2, 2019 at 6:06 pm

    Everytime freaking time I see you use that jewels joke, I can read it on your face: "Well, I'm gonna have to pick them up one by one now …" xD

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  48. Chris O Posted on October 3, 2019 at 12:49 am

    As long as it still works when I turn it on, I'm happy. And my xbox one always works. So im happy.

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  49. Mai Nyigguh Posted on October 3, 2019 at 12:52 pm

    …u thought about sea of thieves just then, though

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  50. Χρήστος Κώτσαρης Posted on October 4, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    I liked Ryse

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  51. Willi Bald Posted on October 5, 2019 at 8:23 am

    Lol. Nintendo has ports for fullprice. Makes no price drops for old games, has Amiibo Microtransactions, etc etc.

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  52. Apolyon, the Soul-Render Posted on October 5, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Duckula was one of the first moments in my childhood where i have experienced cringe.
    Finding it 15 years later in a Jim video warms my heart.

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  53. Haohmaru HL Posted on October 5, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    It's funny how among the big three only Microsoft is american, easily proving that greedy western capitalistic pigs gotta capitalist greedily. Never change, murica. Microsoft can launch new xboxes all they want and all of them are gonna suck anyway because of Microsoft's mindset

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  54. megamike15 Posted on October 5, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    so me feeling like AAA gameing went to shit after 2014 is true. as thats the point i started going full on into indies.

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  55. Buizness47 Posted on October 6, 2019 at 4:43 am

    Jim "I never think about Sea of Thieves" Sterling

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  56. The Dragon Reborn Posted on October 6, 2019 at 5:32 am

    whoa whoa whoa, lets ease up on the Detroit hate

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  57. Octothorpe Posted on October 6, 2019 at 11:56 am

    That "it's optional" thing is something that some people bought back in the day as well.

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  58. Joshua Dogood Posted on October 6, 2019 at 5:46 pm

    Please quit reminding me of dead space and visceral….. I miss them so much….

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  59. Big cuck Posted on October 6, 2019 at 9:54 pm

    My question is:
    Who are the ones who are bad here?
    -Those who set bad influence?
    -Those who take them?

    When Bob Chipman made a video on Nintendo taking influence of charging for online multiplayer, he comes up with a bullshit excuse: "online multiplayer on it's current state is bad anyways." Ignoring that the influences in this case are doing things better than the one being influenced.

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  60. Ansem Posted on October 7, 2019 at 5:46 am

    I used to respect Jim Sterling

    But now the bias just oozes out of him

    It’s really sad for a journalist

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  61. Amerio Verimas Posted on October 7, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    Wow Jim… That Battlestar reference really hit me.
    And u even got the Music subtlely playing in the Background.

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  62. Snowman_Fred Posted on October 7, 2019 at 5:25 pm

    Hell you have to pay if you want to play solitaire without fucking ads.

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  63. Scott Elder Posted on October 7, 2019 at 9:46 pm

    God I agree with that title, had PlayStation not botched the PS3 launch while the 360 did so well then gaming in general would be better in general now. Never forget what they tried to get away with with the Xbone launch, that’s who they are

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  64. Scott Elder Posted on October 7, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    What’s sad is that complaining about Gears 5 being frontlined by a woman with have more vocal complaining than the monetisation

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  65. Urvuturama Posted on October 8, 2019 at 8:55 am

    As long as they can sell to kids, teens and their oblivious parents, I think the industry is going to keep going downhill. I mean, most adult consumers seem to be corporate fan-drones anyway, that'll defend obviously bullshit practices to help their "team".

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  66. Battle Royale Posted on October 8, 2019 at 10:31 am

    You can edit PES-FILES on PC/PS4, but not on XBOX = Never trust Micro$oft!!!

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  67. Critical Equation Posted on October 8, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    Gears 5 has made up my mind. I'll be switching to Playstation 5 next generation. And as always, thank the maker for Nintendo.

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  68. HerrFinsternis Posted on October 8, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    Yes, I thank you for you 😁

    I've only kist discovered your channel and I adore it. There's one thing I really want you to do a video on. Granted, these predatory tactics are shamefull but I can't help but wonder, where do you place the players agency in all this? It's not just that all that "content" is optional, but buying and playing all that crap in the first place is hardly obligatory right? It's not like we are starving for real games, indie developers and double A publishers have been doing an outstanding job this generation. In fact, I think you can argue they have been doing a better job, on average, then the triple A community did last edition.

    So who, who has been buying into all of this nonsense? In my opinion there's no excuse. Reviewers have been warning us whenever they could, and when they couldn't because there were no review copies at all, most knew that spelled disaster. There is no reason to be an unaware buyer, not on this scale.

    We have had six years to not buy these games and send the most powerful signal we can, but we act like a bunch of dumbdumbs and buy this crap on a massive scale anyway… in favour of real games for half the price. Why do we do it? Please do a video on that.

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  69. arcengal Posted on October 8, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    And suddenly Count Duckula

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  70. Now You’re Breathing Manually Posted on October 8, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Microsoft is named for its executive’s babydicks they’re compensating for with microtransactions.

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  71. Michael Hanratty Posted on October 9, 2019 at 12:34 am

    remember when these microtransactions were optional and now they became exclusives

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  72. Chaz Grace Posted on October 9, 2019 at 6:49 am

    This video is genius. Bravo

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  73. KryptKicker5 Posted on October 9, 2019 at 7:05 am

    I just want to say that last generation after being a PS1 and PS2 guy, I loved, I mean LOVED my XBox 360. It honestly got me back into gaming. After the idiocy that was the PS3 launch (price, dropping backwards compatibility, etc.) I only bought a PS3 halfway through for exclusives. Fully intending to stick with Microsoft exclusively this generation. But, after that reveal, no used games, always online DRM, I haven't touched an XBox One. I have friends that tell me I should get it, but I staunchly refuse. I've been through this before with Windows, and unlike the desktop environment I do have choices when it comes to video game consoles. And now that this generation is coming to a close, my oath of avoiding XBox almost fulfilled, I'm glad they didn't see a dime of my money this gen.

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  74. Newdrug Posted on October 9, 2019 at 1:58 pm

    I agree that there is a place for in game markets if the developers sell new dlc or ad ons after the release. But microtransactions with content excluded from the game from the beginning is such a greedy cash grab that honestly I dont get why People arent boycotting the games already.

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  75. Iivaitte Posted on October 10, 2019 at 12:54 am

    Jim, lets not forget that microsoft's marketplace was the reason why bethesda added horse armor to their game.
    The history goes that far back.

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  76. Poltergeist Posted on October 10, 2019 at 7:17 am

    Thanks Jim we are so lucky to have you in our lives! 🙏

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  77. Sench Posted on October 10, 2019 at 9:34 am

    These AAA publishers are really hammering home the point that not playing their games is convenient. I fully support this notion.

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  78. MrKornnugget Posted on October 10, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    China via Tencent is probably more at fault. Free Hong Kong. 🇭🇰!

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  79. david lindsey Posted on October 10, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Honestly this opened my eyes quite a bit. I was temporarily out of the gaming ecosystem about the time these consoles launched cause I was overseas, but I remember being super pissed at the now redacted DRM policies Microsoft wanted to implement. I didn't pay much attention to them until they released the Masterchief Collection then I picked up an Xbox One. I basically just played 3rd party games (aside from everything Halo) because their first party lineup was just never good. Honestly I've been on the Xbox train since 2014 because they've been making a lot of consumer friendly decisions (Gamepass Ultimate, Backwards Compatibility, etc.), but Xbox fans, please don't be fooled by thinking they're doing this stuff for you. They just aren't. They're on the lower end of the totem pole this gen so they have to do everything possible to get consumers back into their good graces after attempting to fuck them with a big green dildo in 2013. It's competition. Everything they've done that's worked, Sony will eventually do anyway (because they steal ideas lol (trophies, name changing, motion controls, State of Play ripping off Nintendo Direct layout)). I've been slowly but surely making the jump back to Sony (left after PS2) and this holiday season will probably do it.

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  80. PS4Trophies Posted on October 10, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    To be fair, Sony probably makes more money with microtransactions from MLB the Show every year than Microsoft probably has with any of their titles. I guess it's good that Sony isolates these tactics to a single game and allows the rest of their studios to only focus on making outstanding games.

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  81. Rikimaru Asuma Posted on October 11, 2019 at 12:13 am

    Thanks Jim for making this video.

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  82. Movie Games Posted on October 11, 2019 at 1:57 pm

    This sucks because I want Microsoft to kick Sony's ass. I can actually buy and play their exclusives on a PC. And some of them even have crossplatform multiplayer.

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  83. UthersonL Posted on October 11, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Wait, did he say "pride flags"? Like the rainbow stripes?

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  84. KaiserSpaceman Posted on October 11, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    I enjoyed Ryse a bit, to be fair, Im a sucker for Ancient Rome

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  85. other tomperson Posted on October 11, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Microsoft learnt the hard way just how optional buying an Xbox One and games for it really is.

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  86. popnep popnep Posted on October 13, 2019 at 6:12 am

    The worst game console is Xbox one, the best Nintendo Switch. (Too bad about the games though.)

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  87. Agent J Posted on October 13, 2019 at 10:53 am

    Imagine if AAA leadership ran the NFL, selling helmets, charging for water, and billing for medical services when injured.

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  88. Jack Davies Posted on October 13, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    To be fair to Microsoft, the idea of microtransactions in AAA games was an inevitability. Someone was going to be the first to exploit the idea and everyone else was going to catch on and copy the model

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  89. Joel Martinsson Posted on October 14, 2019 at 12:13 am

    James Gunn was in Lococycle… wtf.

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  90. Sir Amic Varze Posted on October 14, 2019 at 12:34 am

    Microsoft has always been scummy. This is the company that normalised the idea of forcing customers to pay extra money just to play online all those years ago.

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  91. GamerSaga Posted on October 14, 2019 at 3:06 am

    16:45 and i thought quantum mechanics was complicated…..

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  92. Wesley Brehm Posted on October 14, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Nintendo has MTX in some of their games now too. They actually hat MTX in some of their games before this video was published. Publishers are making it really easy to start going through my Steam backlog while supporting a few choice studios/publishers that don't act in a predatory manner toward their customers.

    This generation is the first generation I skipped xbox completely. I can play the MS games I care about on PC, and it will look better and last longer. Oh wait, there aren't any good games put out by MS this time around because of MTX and other predatory or shit practices. Going through my Steam library, I can't find any games published by MS this generation.

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  93. RockyFistsCats Posted on October 15, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Not many americans know time team

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