- Jul 8, 2008
And the part where you do something about your observations comes in where?teamcharlie said:Um, discredits me as what exactly? As a longtime viewer of Jim?s show? As an observer of things? I can tell you right now that I have seen nearly every episode of the Jimquisition and I have observed many a thing throughout my life.Ipsen said:It bugs me (and discredits yourself) that you find the lies of businesses so commonplace or obvious.teamcharlie said:I would prefer not?to see that dog again. Nothing wrong with your dog specifically (okay, the visible teeth and the barking really don?t help). But I?m afraid of them.
For me, this video felt like a retread of old ideas (companies apologizing for shitty behavior to the public without actually stopping is not exactly a new phenomenon), but I guess there are probably viewers who somehow expected that EA and Ubi et al. love them and would never lie and for whom this video is be a revelation.
So, uh, keep up the good work? Keep spinning out largely the same points every year for the people who are too lazy to look through the backlog of this show, who are also probably the people who most need to be told that big companies lie? Kinda depressing really.
Also, businesses. Walmart acting friendly and happy while gouging its workers and employing/buying from sweatshops to keep prices down. Oil cartels making up oil crises to keep gas prices high. Deregulated power companies in California lying about power supply issues and the causes of brownouts to keep prices high. Hucksters selling ?revitalizing tonics? made of heroin, lead, goat urine and radium before things like the FDA began regulating how much people can lie about what their products put in your body. Businesses have been lying since there were businesses, and it doesn?t surprise me that big video game companies are also businesses.
All well and good, Observer of Things (I know you're being somewhat serious here, but that made me giggle), but if you're aware of issues and not doing anything about them (not to mention taking jabs at others while doing so), I can't look at you any better...than some random Escapist user, of course.
In any case, I've come to see the Jimquisition largely as videos not for us, as in people who are normally aware of pigshit in the gaming industry. It's for everyone else who may be ignorant to the fact (though perhaps its placement on this site and the comments in its thread are a bit...self-serving?).
That's also to say that myself and many others are not doing much to solve the issue either. We can swear off Ubisoft and EA product, but that's only a bit better than slackivism, I guess. Solving an issue like holding large game companies accountable this takes actual sacrifice, of time, effort, money, etc. of those who care. I don't see that coming out of many on the internet (anonymity can make that difficult to see) but at the least Jim is farther ahead for his effort.