Jim & Yahtzee's Rhymedown Spectacular: A Tale of Two Poets

Jesse Kilgore

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I am somewhat disappointed. Not by the video of course, it was great.
What disappointed me was the lack of interaction between Jim and Yahtzee.
 

Yuuki

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Jesse Kilgore said:
I am somewhat disappointed. Not by the video of course, it was great.
What disappointed me was the lack of interaction between Jim and Yahtzee.
Perhaps they are saving that for an upcoming episode in the following weeks!

What I want to see is Yahtzee bring out the hat. C'mon Yahtzee, you know you like the hat because your fans certainly do <3

 

Crypter

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That was awesome! And inspired me -

Title - Publisher / Patron

One is right, the other wrong
Perspective determined by your end of the bond
Business: Time spent to money accrued
Satisfaction: Entertainment, escapism, joy
Neither are working, yet we continue to be coy

The truth is simple:

Everyone?s poor.

Games aren?t selling to ?spec? amounts
Gamers aren?t receiving their service
Developers lose their IP?s
Just to have a shot at being worthless
Somewhere down the road, they?ll be shut-down
They didn?t under-perform but were oversold
Financing the operation no longer yields gold

COD, the big dog, of bullion extraction
Is simple but satisfying in its liberal redaction
Of the complex artistic depth to which others aspire
That depth costs time, which is money, the source of our ire
Forever a top end, a reasonable sized audience
Knowing how many, should set budgets in stone
You don?t have to hang your crown on the triple ? A throne

Plenty of games simpler in style, execution and mechanics
Have produced fan-bases of ample size supporting their weight
Of the projects they love, admire, rarely hate
Mario is not less worthwhile than Mass Effect
Limbo or Amnesia no less chilling than the Dead Space set
What of their comparative costs and profit?
Is their less fun to be had in games with less budget?

The industry is still in its ?Hollywood studio? days
Little representation, few fair contracts, for its Creatives displays
The blind belief that products and services can be mixed and matched without repercussion
That all gamers everywhere desire, un-muted, crude, bombastic percussion
Finally; the end of the line, is when developers stand together
Singing the same lines, over and over, forever:

No-more crunch for a year
No more unpaid over-time
No more bleeding our fans, your patrons, dry
We want fair pay and recompense
For our artistic and technical talent
Our blind enthusiasm for our craft
No longer gives you power over our path

If you made it this far, thanks! Tell me what you think.
 

Eruanno

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Before: "There is no way this could be good. This sounds like a thing that is probably absolutely..."

*Watches video*

After: "...fucking amazing."
 

Revolutionary

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I had to re-watch Yahtzee's to appreciate it "properly". Jim was sexy and awesome as usual, I want more of this.
 

Mahemium

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Are they collaborating on both poems or write one each? I'm sure it's that latter, in which case the competition between the two as they try to do outdo the other will be entertaining.
 

Reynaert

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What do we have here? Something new and fantastic!
A lovely display of a craft long forgotten makes way on this site for all to enjoy.
Who dares to say that game culture is rotten, when such bards sing of its woes.
 

itsthesheppy

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I turned it off halfway through. It was okay, but not exactly compelling. But hey, not everything is going to appeal to everyone.
 

Namehere

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That was absurd! I LOVED IT! Your both terrible, terrible, poets and I'm pleased to see you've brought this to your day jobs. If you can think of something else that deserves the treatment a poem from either of you is... run with it!
 

attackshark

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i'm confliscted:

jim has more charisma, but yahtzee has a better beard.

also, the poetry was smashing.
 

ExtraDebit

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These poets told a tale of the industry's failings
Putted eloquently by Yahzee and Jim Sterling
I wished it was about praises of quality games on the shelf
Alas I have to face the truth,I cannot lie to myself
If only those fucked up publishers can be less greedy and a little more sensible;
We'll be on their side, singing praises and thinking how they're incredible.
 

Jimothy Sterling

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Thank you all for the very kind feedback. I can only speak for myself, but I think both Yahtzee and I are aware of some of the aspects we need to improve. This was the first of at least several, and I'm sure we'll be trying all sorts of different things as we continue to Rhyme Down. It's an exciting project with a lot of potential for experimenting and messing around, and I hope the strong debut is evidence it had legs!

Thanks again, folks. I personally couldn't be more relieved at how well it went over. :)
 

Jimothy Sterling

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IamLEAM1983 said:
I wouldn't call it a crime, it's just terribly basic. Which is fine. Yahtzee's had more fun with the structure, but I wasn't exactly expecting iambic pentameters.

Besides, if it's open-mic, they should both be free to structure the poems however they please.
It was basic indeed, by choice. I wanted to start with something very simple. Over the course of the series I want to try different styles, and not necessarily all rhyming ones. Next week will be closer to Yahtzee's structure, I think.
 

Kuro Serpentina

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When I first saw this, I thought it was just a one off and it was pretty frekking badass~
Then I find out this is a series and well... Wut?
This is gonna be a weekly show?
On top of all the other stuff Jim & Yahtzee do, they now have to write and perform a poem, dood?
Colour me raptured (Its a deep Bluey-Red)
Will this be beat out Sliced Bread as "Da Best Ting Evar"?
Or be a Train-Wreck Pile up a trillion miles long?
Only time will give unto us the answer to this delectable as all get the hell out question~
 

piclemaniscool

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I really didn't see the PS4 coming. Definitely made me think about it. Is it that I'm excited for the PS4 or just planning to purchase the lesser of two evils?

Great work, but I can't help but feel poems about video games is the nerdiest shit ever. Either way, if you keep making them, I'l keep watching them.