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I really think Jim Sterling is on the brink of a psychological breakdown and needs help.

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I use to watch his videos but I remember that the last one I saw, it was just annoying. This was like 3 years ago. A guy complaining about every little thing. Like why watch that?. Nothing really constructive, complain after complain in a really annoying way, with fucking random images and a silly music and a very high pitched voice. Just no.
 

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The modern trans community are famous for making the logical distinction between the two.

Oh yes. Famous for it.
I think it is not proper to divert this discussion away from the topic but you started an assertion (sex=gender) without substantiating it.

and on that point about transgender community, 200 years ago or so it was acceptable to let poor people die, 100 years ago africans were not considered humans, and 50 years ago homosexuality as mental illness.
 

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I use to watch his videos but I remember that the last one I saw, it was just annoying. This was like 3 years ago. A guy complaining about every little thing. Like why watch that?. Nothing really constructive, complain after complain in a really annoying way, with fucking random images and a silly music and a very high pitched voice. Just no.
I remember he gave hellblade 1/10 because he encountered a bug...
 
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The guys a douche and always has been. You'd have to put a gun to my head to be in the same room as this circus clown.

He can join DSP in the weird irrelevant fatties club.
 
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Humour is a damn good way to give levity even in the most dire of circumstances. And being a cripple without a sense of humour is worse than being a cripple with a sense of humour.

In my country "they" pronoun is used only for the elderly by younger people as a sign of respect of their long lives and old age.
It's alright when it's your mates, just joking around, but when it's complete strangers, or people clearly using it to insult it's different.

I did not know that, Thank you for sharing. Out of interest which country is that?
 
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I use to watch his videos but I remember that the last one I saw, it was just annoying. This was like 3 years ago. A guy complaining about every little thing. Like why watch that?.
This is the main reason I fell off of Sterlings content. Jim used to construct thoughtful videos with an interesting perspective. Over the years their videos basically just became madlibs. You can switch the names of the companies and games and all the videos start to blend together.

And it's not like they're the only one that this has happened to. Tons of YouTubers fall into the same trap of overdoing a certain kind of content until people get tired of it.
 
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one of the things I dislike about forums is how "lets talk about x" almost always turns into a hate thread about x; and it doesn't matter if it's about a provocative person like Jim Sterling or Digital Foundry - it's all hyperbolic. I have no way of knowing how fair OP is but this looks like every other thread talking about an x
 

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I suppose we should all question where our beliefs originate and if any position can be said to be right? For example I don't believe that sex and gender are one and the same, as gender has been formed by society, just as disablement for me is defined by society. Ie I can get up to the stairs, but this is not due to my disability, it because you didn't provide a ramp. I agree there are much worse threads here than yours, so I will wish you well.
Well, this is quite a rabbit hole. So a paraplegic's disability is only a mental thing? That's so silly I don't even know how to make a joke about it. The split between the terms gender and sex is a recent invention specifically to benefit the people who want to say they're different. It's the same with other things that are too political too get into where a fringe group is trying to force acceptance of their lifestyle, character, or other personal characteristics.

I have no problem calling a man that transitions to a woman by their feminine name because people change names all the time. I have no problem calling them a trans-woman, because that's what they are. I do not call them a woman, because they are not one. Respect doesn't mean doing every little thing someone asks me to. I can show respect by holding the door open for an elderly person. If they ask me to call them "your majesty" while I do it, I'll say no.
 

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Well, this is quite a rabbit hole. So a paraplegic's disability is only a mental thing? That's so silly I don't even know how to make a joke about it. The split between the terms gender and sex is a recent invention specifically to benefit the people who want to say they're different. It's the same with other things that are too political too get into where a fringe group is trying to force acceptance of their lifestyle, character, or other personal characteristics.

I have no problem calling a man that transitions to a woman by their feminine name because people change names all the time. I have no problem calling them a trans-woman, because that's what they are. I do not call them a woman, because they are not one. Respect doesn't mean doing every little thing someone asks me to. I can show respect by holding the door open for an elderly person. If they ask me to call them "your majesty" while I do it, I'll say no.
I didn't say disability was only a mental thing, people are disabled by barriers in society, not by their impairment or difference. That's the point.
 

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I didn't say disability was only a mental thing, people are disabled by barriers in society, not by their impairment or difference. That's the point.
Your point is not true, or at least is a twisted way of thinking. A person without legs living in the country is not unable to go for a walk to the store because of barriers in society any more than I'm not unable to drive a Lamborghini to work because of barriers in society.

You might as well go big. I'm unable to be a dinosaur because barriers in society.
 
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Your point is not true, or at least is a twisted way of thinking. A person without legs living in the country is not unable to go for a walk to the store because of barriers in society any more than I'm not unable to drive a Lamborghini to work because of barriers in society.

You might as well go big. I'm unable to be a dinosaur because barriers in society.


A few articles for you to do some research. Not sure what being a dinosaur has to do with being disabled. Disability =/= Dinosaur.

I'm from the UK so maybe not understanding the social model is a cultural thing?

anyway I'm wayyyyy off topic now, sorry OP
 
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A few articles for you to do some research

Oh ok, yet another way of viewing the world that ignores that pesky bugger, reality.

We aren't going to agree and we can't really discuss the root issues because of the ban on political discussions so let's stop.
Agree to disagree, truce 👍
 
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Out of interest which country is that?
conan obrien finland GIF by Team Coco


You might also find interesting the fact that there is no direct word for "gender" in Finnish language. There is only "sukupuoli", meaning "sex" and "sukupuolirooli", meaning "the role of the sex" which is based on behavioural expectations of the sex.
 

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conan obrien finland GIF by Team Coco


You might also find interesting the fact that there is no direct word for "gender" in Finnish language. There is only "sukupuoli", meaning "sex" and "sukupuolirooli", meaning "the role of the sex" which is based on behavioural expectations of the sex.
I've just found out you only have the gender-neutral pronoun Hän, which avoids the she/he issue entirely, very interesting.
 
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Whatever your views are, I think it's safe to say that Jim doesn't look like a healthy boi
No doubt.

And for a guy who likes to lecture about the world of gaming, you'd think he'd take a few pointers, look in the mirror and listen to the world tell people about getting in shape. You cant avoid it from tv ads, surfing the net, and buying food that's now all about health, low calories and sodium.

He can dish it out, but doesn't seem to give a shit about himself.

For someone who is 37 years old (he started his caricature around age 30), the guy looks and acts dreadful.

No joke. My mom and dad at 60 looked better. And my dad always had a pot belly from drinking cases of Carlsberg and Labatt 50 when I was a kid. He still looked better as a senior. OK, now at 82 he's old and creaky, but no doubt at 60, my father looked healthier.
 
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We have resetera as an example of lunatics on one side. But then threads like this to illustrate that often the other side is just as fucking dumb and embarrassing.

Whatever your thoughts are about this thread, at least there's been a discussion with different viewpoints, some degree of nuance, and no mass-bannings.

And that's sure as fuck better than anything I've seen over at ResetERA, and I think you know that, too.
 

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Whatever your thoughts are about this thread, at least there's been a discussion with different viewpoints, some degree of nuance, and no mass-bannings.

And that's sure as fuck better than anything I've seen over at ResetERA, and I think you know that, too.

If you mean straght up bigoged idiots and points being made as nuanced, then...
 
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If you mean straght up bigoged idiots and points being made as nuanced, then...

On the contrary, there have been a number of people in total disagreement with the thread and have made their point clear, with you being one such example.

If you can't take opinions that are contrary to your own, by all means enjoy the promised land of ResetEra, with its militant groupthink and undercurrent of anti-Semitism.
 

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I think this kind of pressure right here and the endless waves of it that come from being on the internet do not help at all. Take that into account with the fact that he is a confessed workaholic, and it probably gets worse.

Some people love to find a witch and watch it burn. I just feel bad for the guy now. He has meant well. I mean I watched games devolve since the early 2000s because of microtransactions and the push for graphics over substance so I share his sentiment.

And as for that marxist term people so love to throw about as the new evil, while im no fan of actual marxism, you have to wonder that things couldn't be managed a little better under capitalism. My friend, who lives in Canada, said around 70% of small businesses collapsed due to the intense strain of covid this last year. All those people lost their income and basically their retirement. That is far from perfect if you ask me. Yet so many can't seem to get the taste of billionaire corpo cock out of their mouth.
 

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And as for that marxist term people so love to throw about as the new evil, while im no fan of actual marxism, you have to wonder that things couldn't be managed a little better under capitalism. My friend, who lives in Canada, said around 70% of small businesses collapsed due to the intense strain of covid this last year. All those people lost their income and basically their retirement. That is far from perfect if you ask me. Yet so many can't seem to get the taste of billionaire corpo cock out of their mouth.

Completely valid point. I'm definitely more of a capitalist, but to watch such vaunted economies be taken down so easily showcase the fragility of the system. The only issue I have with Marxism is, well, pretty much the entire 20th Century. :messenger_tears_of_joy:

Still, it's not like there's some ample room for improvement with Capitalism, and the billionaire worship is 100% nauseating. I'd settle for a market economy with decent health and retirement, at this point.
 
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On the contrary, there have been a number of people in total disagreement with the thread and have made their point clear, with you being one such example.

If you can't take opinions that are contrary to your own, by all means enjoy the promised land of ResetEra, with its militant groupthink and undercurrent of anti-Semitism.

Sorry that I can hate woke resetera trash but not be a total homophobic prick at the same time.
 
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I think this kind of pressure right here and the endless waves of it that come from being on the internet do not help at all. Take that into account with the fact that he is a confessed workaholic, and it probably gets worse.

Some people love to find a witch and watch it burn. I just feel bad for the guy now. He has meant well. I mean I watched games devolve since the early 2000s because of microtransactions and the push for graphics over substance so I share his sentiment.

And as for that marxist term people so love to throw about as the new evil, while im no fan of actual marxism, you have to wonder that things couldn't be managed a little better under capitalism. My friend, who lives in Canada, said around 70% of small businesses collapsed due to the intense strain of covid this last year. All those people lost their income and basically their retirement. That is far from perfect if you ask me. Yet so many can't seem to get the taste of billionaire corpo cock out of their mouth.
Workoholic?

On his YT channel he only posts 1-2 videos per week.
 

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Sorry that I can hate woke resetera trash but not be a total homophobic prick at the same time.
There's been A LOT of people in this thread trying to have a civil discussion. Yes, some people are homophobic/transphobic. Yes, some comments are unnecessarily mean. But this is better than RE because no one is being banned for expressing a shitty opinion.

This is the price to pay to have some serious freedom of speech. It sucks, but it's better than the alternative. Ignore the hateful comments, there's a conversation happening here.
 

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A long haul flight from wherever you are.
specially small channels that start patreon's where the channels become completely focused on getting more patreons and that base rather than the reason i subbed in the first place

Yes, there's too many of those. I've seen them start extra channels to be able to run additional Patreons. Just makes me question what people are paying for on those additional channels because it's the same youtuber doing the work with the equipment you've already funded.
 
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This is the price to pay to have some serious freedom of speech. It sucks, but it's better than the alternative.
Let's put it this way, you are hypothetically in a market and start spouting nonsense, whenever homophobic shit or something else doesn't matter, just plain nonsense.
You are justifiably thrown out and are banned from the house for a certain period of time.

Would you then invoke freedom of speech or would that just be the result of you acting like an asshole?

Sites like neogaf have certain rules and if one of the rules is to not spout homophobic shit then you have to deal with that. Freedom of speech shouldn't be an excuse to be an asshole is the point here.
 

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I've never gotten his appeal, he's always been a "character" more than a real person and he always wanted attention by trying to make everyone feel like they were being taken advantage of in every way. I've always seen him as a shit stirrer more than anything.
 

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I’ve never been a big fan of him but insulting and bullying him in this thread just because he’s made certain life choices very few of us understand is really pathetic. People should be who they want to be and the reason it’s so hard for them to be that person is because of the reactions of a lot of people in this thread. You don’t like his videos? Fine. But don’t insult him because he’s being what he considers to be his true self
 

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I only found his channel last year, but at the time I liked it.

He can be very lucid, and he doesn't sit on the fence when giving an opinion.

But the increasing number of socio-political rants, and the general weirdness that comes across has put me right off it.
 

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I mean, it was always obvious for me he was mentally ill. This type of people who turns politics into their religion and starts to make everything about it have always Neurotic tendencies or something similar, and being gnostic is also not good for the mind with this type of behavior that says "i found the truth, if people listened to me, the world would be better, i have the knowledge"
 
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^^^^^ Yes, that's an actual picture of Jim Sterling, taken from his latest video, which devolves into an absolutely atrocious pseudo-cerebral political diatribe that blends overpriced GBA games, the destruction of fun in gaming, and an economic system which pits us all against each other.



^^^^^Yes, that's another picture of Jim Sterling, presumably roleplaying the purple version of Goldust, but looking like a fat rapist-murderer version of Bob Hope instead.

But he wasn't always like this. The Jim Sterling of old--at least the one I remember--had savage wit and could genuinely make people laugh. But now...I don't know what to make of him. Sure, he had some stupid dress-up gags, but the exception has become the rule.

Observable trends from "modern day" Jim Sterling:
  • Disconcerting weight fluctuations, ranging from excessively obese, to obese, all the way back to excessively obese.
  • Increasingly bizarre video openings that seem to hint at perverse childhood fetishes.
  • A clear hatred for gaming, especially AAA gaming.
  • A clear hatred of gamers, especially those that buy anything even remotely popular.
  • A clear hatred of developers, especially those that have had project delays, resulting in the most cruel fate known to mankind--"crunch time."
  • Embarrassingly amateur political rants that lead me to believe he hasn't properly fastened his Marxist training wheels.
  • Self-hatred and guilt that manifests itself in weird monologues, one of which featured him apologizing for helping to embolden the patriarchy while he was working as a games journalist, culminating in his pansexual reveal in Spring/Summer 2020.
    • Maybe I'm missing a key event, but when in the blue fuck did Jim Sterling ever "embolden" the patriarchy?
  • Persecution complex/narcissism.
In all actuality, this is not a faux-concern thread meant to get cheap shots in at an easy target. Having worked with writers and various artists over the past few years, I've witnessed this degenerative behavior, and it generally starts like this:
  1. Artist consistently looks for/obsesses over their personal flaws, dwelling on them, and generally blowing them out of proportion.
  2. Artist's quality of work begins to suffer and clear signs of mania present themselves in their work.
  3. Artist latches onto a guru or movement and is easily manipulated.
  4. Artist is reborn as something or someone completely contrary to their previous identity, or a grossly exaggerated cartoon caricature, completely lacking the personal charm or positive traits that made you like them to begin with.
On Jim's Wikipedia page, there is this statement:



If any of that is true (and there is reason to doubt, unfortunately, given what I've outlined), it's undeniably tragic.

But even more tragic is the path he's headed on.
  • He recently moved to the American Southeast (Mississippi).
    • Apparently he moved out, but is now an American citizen.
      • He obtained citizenship in 2020--great year to come to 'Murica, Jim.
  • Took up wrestling in Ryse, a terrible federation with backyard matches.
  • Spends a lot of time talking about his wrestling matches on his video game channel.
    • His "shoots" are generally pretty bad, since he needs to abide by politically woke standards.
  • Cannot seem to crack the 1,000,000 YouTube subscriber mark, no matter what he does.
    • Think about how long his channel has been around for, and all the controversy and swirl around it, and yet....
    • He is also losing subscribers hand over fist.
  • His blend of humor seems to grow more and more fringe as the days go on, and a lot of it seems be inside jokes and stupid toy references that only his most staunch followers would get.
    • I actually ended up unsubscribing from his channel last week, a move which is petty and symbolic, since it doesn't cost me a damn thing to be a subscriber and nobody cares. Strangely enough, it still felt good.
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TLDR: Jim is headed for a crash. And it's a matter of "when" and not "if." I truly hope someone stages an intervention, because if that doesn't happen, we're all bound to hear him rant and rave about the supremely evil United States healthcare system, and I don't think I'll be able to ignore his YouTube death rattle.

Jim, if you're reading this...you're not the video game version of John Oliver or John Waters, and you're not a good wrestler or even a good "bad wrestler." Please get back to your core, Jim. You were a good writer and an adept video game critic. I implore you to get back to that persona, and please, please, please dial down the hamfisted political cringe you think is so cutting and profound. It's not, and you sound like a nut job, a moron, and a hopelessly naive little shit.

Please, Jim. Do it for yourself.

Never been a fan. Never been interested in him. Always a spreader of everything negative and just too weird for me.
 
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Never been a fan. Never been interested in him. Always a spreader of everything negative and just too weird for me.
He's an ambulance chaser. No different than Jason Schreier.

You'd think these kinds of guys with their supposedly vast knowledge of gaming over decades would come up with some positive stories to prop up the industry.

It doesn't even have to be content researched and tested by them. Just post some content from other people which can be interesting for gamers.

Every once in a while I check out YT videos of people talking about old ass retro systems and how they pulled off parallax and mode 7 and they go into detail how it's done. It's stuff actually way above my head to understand, but it's still cool to see as they have diagrams trying to explain it. There's all kinds of gaming content buried in no name websites and YT channels that could get noticed by mainstream gamers if someone just helped promote the content. But it's buried in a channel with 1000 subs.

Instead guys like Jim Sterling and Jason Schreier prefer to promote negative articles about culture clash and politics. As for Jim, he goes overboard with a schtick. At least Jason S acts like a normal guy.

If you got good content, you don’t need to put on a show 24/7. Jim reminds me of Robin Williams. Always on. Always yelling and being wacky. Just mellow out.
 
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That’s interesting. We also use plurals as a sign of respect.
I must view respect differently than you.

I think Jim has the right to change or call himself with any pronoun he likes, but to demand others to change their thinking or the way they speak isn't a call for respect. It is a call for bending the knee or to be cast out.

Respect, for me, is given willingly for a deed, action or behaviour I find to be of high value. Accusing one's own failings for the "transfobia" of his own viewers cannot this way be respectful, only forceful.
 

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This is a textbook trans trender. I remember when his special thing was being Bi.
well bi is fucking boring in 2021 i am pretty sure my amazon mailman is BI.
when the amazon mailman is BI you gotta change a bit
 
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