It’s Just A Game (The Jimquisition)

It’s Just A Game (The Jimquisition)


(Cameraperson laughing)
The wind’s gone now! Hang on. (Cameraperson laughs, cape flaps as wind picks up) Man in distance: Nice cape!
Sterling: Hyah! [“Born Depressed” by Drill Queen] (Jim narrating) “The city. MY city.” “I always told myself” “when I returned to the city,” “I would stand on a rooftop,” “wearing a cape,” “so it could all flap about the place in the wind.” “At last!” “I’m living the dream. MY dream!” “In the city. MY city!” “…Very cold up here.” “And I should have worn some undergarments.” “Nipples poking out through, I can just feel ’em.” “I can feel ’em brushing up against the material.” “And uh.. I’m sure some kids down there are looking at me.” “They’re starting to yell things.” (Tongue clicks, chilly sigh) “It is uh.. is cold though.” “It’s cold, I’m-I’m… I’ve had enough of this, I’m going, it’s not even all that windy.” So Ninja is a thing. Not A ninja, a man who CALLS himself Ninja. He’s not a real ninja. If you do a Google search for “ninja” now, you only get pictures of his fucking face. Not real ninjas, who famously hide their faces under a mask for effective night sneaking. Imagine how real ninjas must feel, though. All of the ones searching for themselves on Google right now. Six centuries of Japanese history, art, and folklore, decades of world-wide influence in popular culture, and now when you look up “ninja” you get THIS little lad. The first instance of a non-Ninja picture of a ninja in the Google image search for “ninja” is this ninja Fortnite skin. Until you realize that the skin, too, is one of Ninja the not-ninja and the not-Ninja ninja you were looking for. I mean, I’m not saying Ninja should apologize to the entire country of Japan, and the world at large for effectively wrecking Google and burying the art of ninjutsu, but I think everyone would appreciate it. At least when you search for shinobi, you get the real results. Nothing but videogames, as it should be! Ahh yes, YouTube thumbnail of a For Honor gameplay trailer. Keep the legends alive! Keep the legends aliiiive. ANYWAY Ninja is a popular live streamer who people love because he plays Fortnite. I hate him, purely because he is younger and more attractive and more popular than me. Requirements for hatred that pertain to most people in the world, so I wouldn’t take it personally, Ninj. Anyway, Ninja tends to make headlines in the world of gaming whenever he says or does something, very much like that other streamer Doctor Disrespect, who by the way, is not a qualified fucking practitioner. Though by all accounts, the other part of the name checks out. Ninja famously snubbed Twitch.tv to sign a deal with Microsoft’s own streaming service, “Mix-ERR” which people really cared about. But it’s his more recent chicanery that I want to talk about today. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, it’s really easy to research. Just type “ninja” into fucking Google and the lad pops right the fuck up. If you can’t be bothered to do your own research, and expect me to explain my video subject to you like you’re some sort of goddamn child, …recent comments made by the beloved streamer have caused a bit of an uproar. An argument specifically about how to play and enjoy videogames. Because those discussions are always FUN and never lead to toxicity in the LEAST. Anyway, Ninja took umbrage with the phrase “it’s just a game.” Deriding it for its frailty, and explaining that not being angry over losing at a videogame, and shrugging off one’s faltering, is a mindset marked by its deficiency and decrepitude. (mocking impression) “The phrase ‘it’s just a game’ is such a weak mindset,” said Ninja, I don’t know how he sounds. “You are okay with what happened,” “losing, imperfection of a craft.” “When you stop getting angry after losing, you’ve lost twice.” “There’s always something to learn,” “and always room for improvement.” “Never settle.” As one might expect, this comment led to a big ole fight punctuated by think pieces and hot takes aplenty. As the world asked “Are we taking videogames too importantly?” And “should we not get worked up about a loss?” OR, was David Bowie right all along when he sung It’s No Game? [static, upbeat chiptunes music starts] Hey little pickles it’s me! Popular Twitch streamer influencer, Cucumber Succulence!
[canned audience cheer] Now, some of you watching may be fans of Twitch streamer influencers like me! So we thought it would be good to give you a familiar face so that some of the references can be explained to you. In this, this video for grown ups! [disgusted chuckle-retching]
haha bleugh, ha bluegh [demonic chuckle-retch]
BLEEEEEUUUGGGHHH David Bowie was a popular singer-songwriter in the UK from the 60s, all the way through to the 2010s! He had such hits as Space Oddity, Changes, and the track that was referenced in this video, It’s No Game! His discography is available on LP vinyl, on cassette, and on CD-Rom for compact discs! And you’re a fan of Ninja, you’ve heard of or seen ANY of those things! ss..ss.. He was also a prolific film actor, having appeared in such movies as The Man Who Fell to Earth, and Jim Henson’s Labyrinth! Yes, they were making movies back then, and THEY didn’t even have Netflix! [silence] Now, to the actual tweet itself, taken how it was written, It’s wrong.
[negative buzzer] I mean that’s the debate ended, folks. I’ve done it. I’ve fixed the discord. Obviously, fucking obviously, it’s not WEAK to look at a videogame as just a videogame, because… ..well, it’s a fucking videogame. And I say this as the guy who is literally paid to get angry about videogames. Videogames are not climate change, or global warming, or the continued existence of Vince McMahon. Fortnite is just Fortnite. It’s a colorful little shooty game about cartoon people wearing pumpkins on their head, or whatever, and destroying entire buildings with candy cane pickaxes. The vast majority of people playing Fortnite. About 250 million of ’em, for God’s sake, should not get wound up and furious after losing. There’s a hundred of you playing a match at any given time. Only one can win, and statistically, the odds are against you. Unless you’re me, I’m really good at Fortnite. If you get mad at not being the one person out of a fucking hundred to get it, you’re placing an incredibly high amount of pressure on yourself, when, ultimately, games are predominately meant to be entertaining fun, not a strenuous, enraging drive to be the very best. I mean, come on, it’s videogames! It’s not Pokémon. A little under a year ago – (mutters) I’m not actually very good at Fortnite – a debate roared over Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. This often happens when FromSoftware releases a game, because their games have a reputation for difficulty, and that brings out more than a handful of rather arrogant people who hate the idea that some folks don’t play games to be challenged. And sorry, that is true, and it’s a valid idea. Some people don’t play games just for the challenge of it. Videogames are versatile, some aren’t even designed with lose conditions. Some of them you just pick up fruit to sell to a raccoon. It’s all good. But so help me GOD if you don’t say I’m the best Animal Crossing player in the world! I’ll cut your hair while you’re asleep. If you merely suggest that you’d be okay with Dark Souls having an easy mode, you’ll be pilloried by a contingent of hardcore “git gud” types, Who’ll waste little time in taking great offense. You don’t have to say Dark Souls NEEDS an easy mode, you don’t have to even say you WANT one. Merely express your lack of indignance at the vague concept of it, how its inclusion wouldn’t ruin your own personal enjoyment of the thing, and people will lose their shit. Similarly, the very existence of a PC mod for Sekiro that significantly eases up the challenge, Was treated like the return of fucking Sauron by some people. [static] Sauron was a villainous figure in J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings! Which was a book! And back in them days, books were made out of paper! Not out of iPads! Lord of the Rings was also a popular trilogy of movies! Which you also haven’t seen! Because you’re YOUNG! [chiptunes music stops, silence] Never mind that mods easing up aspects of games have existed for decades. Never mind that anybody modding a single player game on their own time takes nothing away from anyone else. The mods were seen by a certain contingent as offensive. Now we all know the most famous response to follow this. (elitist reading) “You cheated not only the game, but yourself!” Cried out one hardcore gamer. “You didn’t grow, you didn’t improve,” “you took a shortcut and gained.. NOTHING.” “You experienced a HOLLOW victory, and-” blah blah blah blah, ..blah BLAH. Outside of a contingent of truly zealous “git gud”ers this melodramatic and remarkably elitist comment was mocked and parodied mercilessly. However, it’s tone isn’t all that different from Ninja saying, “You are okay with what happened, losing.” “Imperfection of a craft!” I mean… …yeah, most people when they lose at a videogame are okay with what happened because to them it’s.. ..well, it’s not a craft. A lot of the “git gud”ers and Ninja himself, seem very concerned with the idea of improvement. That if a player doesn’t learn to get better, either thanks to too much assistance, or lacking the drive to hone their talents, then something is amiss in the world. And at heart, their concern isn’t a bad thing. Self improvement at anything, be it work, or internal, or a hobby, is great! Getting better at a videogame is a positive feeling, and it can make a person feel good. But the fact is, to the vast majority of the people in the world, it is just a game. And if they’re going to hone a craft, they’re probably not gonna make that craft Fortnite. They might make a bench or something. It might be hard for those with a competitive mindset to appreciate, but some people do not play games to win. They play them to have a good time. There’s a reason why we call it “playing” it’s because we’re talking about GAMES. Just games at the end of the day. That’s not to say winning can’t be part of the fun. No, I’m not so prideless that I don’t like to do at least mildly respectable in a game myself. But I’m never gonna be anywhere near a top player and I’m still playing games. Because the medium is so vast, diverse, and versatile, that simply playing a game to win at it, to beat it, to dominate the competition, is not really all that important if you don’t want it to be. Enjoying a videogame in a way that works for you, on your terms, making sure that something you buy is something you’ll enjoy regardless of your performance, that’s important, I think. In a world where corporate fucklords are trying to make games cost more and entertain less, it’s pretty crucial to the medium. Now, there’s some further important context that colors the whole debate. One thing that needs to be pointed out, is that Ninja is a competitive Fortnite player. His job is to literally play games. And not just to play them, but to play them pretty damn well. His livelihood is tied up into being very, very good at Fortnite. And it’s clearly this mindset that informs the way HE looks at videogames. When he derides the “it’s just a game” mindset as weakness, that’s an attitude born purely from the fact that the entire point of what he does is play to win. The problem, of course, is that Ninja did not communicate this rather crucial bit of context. Something he actually does better in an excerpt of his book – He’s got a book! I don’t have a fucking book! – where he goes into far much more detail on the matter. (reads with voice impression) “Here’s the thing about a competitive mindset,” he writes… ..I don’t know what he sounds like. “You have it or you don’t.” “You don’t have to have one to enjoy playing games,” “but if you’re serious about being the best,” “your will to win is going to be the fire that keeps you fighting.” Ninja explains that whenever he’s been involved in a competitive endeavor, be it soccer or videogames, he’d always get angry whenever teammates told him it was just a game. And he’d wonder why they would even bother playing. (voice impression) “Would you ever say it’s just a game to Tom Brady” “when he’s playing in the Super Bowl?” “Of course not!” I mean, to be fair, I think I would. It is just football, and it’s American football at that. Which makes it worse than soccer which is already shit. I’ve watched your fucking Super Bowl, and as near as I can tell, American football is a game in which people stand around, waiting for their turn to fall over. And the fact that they’ve suckered in everyone else, by pushing it as a giant advertising opportunity, and we all get excited about commercials with storylines! And not even good ones like the the ad for Nectar in the 90s, I think it’s a ringing indictment on society, that we all gather around once a year – (yells aside) Is it every year, Justin? [silence] Once every year! He nods. Once every year, we gather around, and then talk about, and disseminate, and get angry and uproarious and joyful and triumphant about goddamn fucking adverts! ADVERTS! Soccer’s shit! (voice impression) “I’d be easier on myself if I didn’t have that mentality,” “but I dooooo,” he continues. “These days I’m better at understanding that not everyone” “shares that attitude, and that’s okay.” “But you really should ask yourself,” “Why do you really want to be the best?” “What keeps you going?” “How are you always going to challenge yourself to improve?” “You can practice as much as you want.” “but unless you’re hungry,” “you’re not really going to see the results you want,” “and your time would be better spent just playing games,” “not trying to master them.” B’ooOoah. Even with this context, however, Ninja’s comments are far too personally applicable for him to talk as if it’s a one-size-fits-all mindset. Even among professionals, attitudes towards losing are varied. Fellow streamer, Ohmwrecker, for example, expressed his view that losing does itself carry a positive element. Claiming that losing helps you get better, and that anyone doing anything competitive should find value in a loss. Calmly accepting loss as a learning process rather than getting mad and improving out of spite sounds like a lot healthier of an attitude to have. In fact, many people have already pointed out that lifting up anger as the only valid response to losing, even as a professional player, is not a mentally responsible thing to do. Take it from me, and my anger issues, and my controllers, raging at a videogame is not good for you and can wind up very expensive, as more than one trip to GameStop can attest. [static] Hi influencer fans it’s me again, Cucumber Succulence! Now, you may be too young to remember this, but GameStop was once a successful retail chain! Hyah hyah hyah now it’s not! Because time came for GameStop! And it’ll come for youuu tooo. [spins, pendant clatters to the floor] [silence] Time comes for us all, children! And one day YOU’LL be in your late 30s, wondering what the… FUCK is going on in the world… [silence] (manic laughing) Ha hah, he ha, heh ha, BYE GUYS! Anger is not valueless. I’m not against getting furious over important things, but it’s also one of the most dangerous and potentially poisonous emotions to have. And actions fueled by anger, historically, don’t have the best track record for turning out well. And if anger is fueling you to be the best in the world, that might actually work and get you there. But once you’re there, you’ve got to stay there. And anger won’t KEEP you there. Have you seen those Little Caesars ads about their new delivery service? Those ones with Rainn Wilson in them. If you haven’t seen them, basically it’s about the idea that Little Caesars’ delivery is the best idea since sliced bread. Causing the sliced bread factory to panic and implode in on itself because they’re no longer the best thing. Those adverts piss me the fuck off! While we’re on the topic of rage, because FUCK the sliced bread factory. If your entire business model is predicated on being the best thing in the entire fucking world, then you deserve to fail. You need a more stable business model than being a statistical fucking anomaly. Any other business, backed up by reliable sources of income, essentially have infinite attempts to beat the sliced bread factory. But the sliced bread factory only has to fuck up ONCE. And it’s all over. That is no way to live! That is no way for the sliced bread factory to live! Especially if its position is so frail that Little fucking Caesars can dethrone it. Little fucking Caesars! Which is, itself, mostly sliced bread when you look at it. Here’s the problem with being the best. It’s like Fortnite. You’re dropped into the world with the statistical advantage stacked against you. Not just a hundred, but MILLIONS of people vying for the title. And only ONE of you can be the best. Which you might end up being – for a time. Until someone snipes your position. Millions of people have millions of chances to take your crown, and you only need to fuck up once. If you’ve tied your identity to being the best, if your sense of satisfaction in what you do is found in being better than everyone else in the whole world, do you know who you become? You become Billy Mitchell. A man so defined by his skills as an arcade record breaker, he did his own legacy of genuine talent by cheating in the end to retain his position. In his drive to remain the King of Kong, Mitchell resorted to cheating, and disgraced himself. Now his records are wiped at Twin Galaxies, and he’ll go down in history as a shit. Because that’s what he was in the end. He was the best in the world, he was obsessed with being it, and now he’s a shit. I think the main problem is that, Twitch influencers don’t know what the fuck they’re talking about. They’re ignorant. And their followings have given them this inflated sense of… ..purpose, and self-importance. So, do follow me at twitch.tv/jimquisition where we’re streaming such wonderful games as (chuckles) The Binding of Isaac, Saint’s Row 2, and of course, Nidhogg. …I’ve never played Nidhogg. [smacks lips, sighs] Thank God for me. [“The Snooker Song” by Mike Batt]

100 Comments on “It’s Just A Game (The Jimquisition)”

  1. I’m a former gamer and when I play games I like to win or do better than most. If I’m not playing for that goal, I have a hard time having fun. But if I play with that goal, I have fun, but I’m more likely to get upset when I lose. To find balance, I allow myself to get upset but improve how handle the feeling. That’s why I sympathize with Ninja’s point of view.

  2. Couldnt hear a word you were saying. And i couldnt see the ninja fella either.
    To busy listening to that epic megadrive 'revenge of shinobi' music.

  3. The problem with dark souls and most if not all from software game is that the difficulty comes from being a jank piece of shit(just that unlike bethesda they are not criticized for it due to those blind fanatical fanboys ) and not any legitimate challenge unlike the "souls clone" remnant: from the ashes.

  4. Great vid, Jim but the Big Break theme song destroyed me. God ,I started having flashbacks to my childhood as soon as it started haha

  5. Ninja's not wrong…… lol,

    that at some point or level if ya ain't in it to do good and to do your part for the team then ya might should consider why you even bother playing, such if it affects others. Even if playing solo if ya ain't concerned with doing well and so in turn enjoying your time while playing, ya really are not playing "to have fun" either to a degree.

    _Such of course all things in moderations. du

  6. Ninja Brian should sue his mouthy, little shit stained arse. God i hate Ninja. He's intolerably toxic and egocentric.

  7. You can find fault in everything.

    For instance, imagine if your entire livelihood was based around playing a game designed for children, like hopscotch, and that, as a public figure, the majority of people who related to you were tiny children not fully grown adults your own age.

    I mean, I'd find that kind of demeaning, and almost an indication that although I was almost 30 years old I hadn't GROWN at all.

    Of course, I'm not that cynical.

  8. Weak take. I dont like ninja, i think most gamers and game channels are full of people repeating alt right memes without even realizing it—

    And even to me it's plain that ninja is just some competitive gamer talking about the mindset it takes to be a super competitive gamer, to an audience of people who are interested in competing in games.

    If that's not you then just move along, it's not worth dragging it out of it's context and into the spotlight. He's not talking about throwing a tantrum at family game night over scrabble

  9. First of all, there is only one who can call himself "Ninja" and that is the singer of the band "Die Antwoord". Second, this narrow-minded self-portrayal with psycho-social disorder is as insignificant as a sack of rice. The boy belongs in "Mixer", closed off in his own filter bubble. He is the leek version, from Tyler1. He imagines his words have meaning, but he is just an over-the-top streamer with a stupid clientele of 12 year old kids.

    He doesn't even notice what a ridiculous joke he is. He imagines an outburst of anger that would prove his character, but he only shows how condescendingly small-minded and stupid he is. A stubborn toddler who didn't get his way. Poor representative of the human species. Embarrassing and pitiful, but thank God, completely irrelevant to the gaming scene.

  10. the problem with dark soul style game having difficulty is that is usualy impossible to balance and usually just has a cheap feel to it ala darksiders 3 where the difficulty makes the dodge frame so small that its borderline insane the timing you need

  11. am a bit disappointed that we didn't see a commentocracy clip in this video. would have liked to see good old amiel on a tirade

  12. Jim Sterling:Im not saying ninja should apologise to the whole country of japan but..

    Me:Im saying that. He totally should apologise to the country of japan, & every Shinobi on earth dor being an absolute mockery of my martial arts practice and that of so many others. Hes an embarassment as a Shinobi & a human being.

  13. Ninja is a real peice of shit.. That guy… But thats just how the world works I guess. Its like Justin Beaver, produces shit music, but is still popular. I do my best to ignore this blue piece of shit, but he keeps popping up everywhere as sif he matters. Cant even believe he wrote a book on how to be a gamer. But thats just how much his become up himself, Get some fame on twitch with a teenage following, thinks his the 2nd coming of Jesus.

  14. This is actually good for ninjas. It will be easier to blend in if no one knows what real ninjas are. Ninja is a plant from real ninjas to distract the populace frm the ninja uprising.

  15. "I hate him, purely because he is younger and more attractive and more popular than me. Requirements for hatred that pertain to most people in the world"

    So true bro

  16. The problem isn't that people have this attitude in video games, it's that they also carry it over into most aspects of their lives.

  17. Soooooo… why not have an easy mode for gamers who aren't as experienced or have disabilities??? That's pretty silly to be so forceful and not to mention arrogant to force people to play "hardcore" when people, yes, people play games for fun. Do I like hard games? Yes, but more importantly I like to have fun.

  18. I'm only in mod twenties and its terrifying how relatable the satire behind Succulent Cucumber is. Like, I used ti be the little kiddo who would use such satire to learn of the old days back in the beginning of the tube, or when old games are referenced in game reviews.

    Now I enjoy he satire unironically and the games/movies/artists being referenced are usually ones Im knowledgeable about. Are we the oldies?

  19. I thought this was going to be a video about the "just a game" defense of abhorrent politics played straight. Like the "games are apolitical" one.

  20. the thing that intrigues me the most about ninja is how the hell a kid got the completely generic name "ninja" on so many damn websites so recently. bought them maybe??

  21. I don't know if this is mentioned in the video, but if you are playing by yourself some of this stuff makes sense.

    The problem is in games where you HAVE to play with a team, and in the ranked modes in those games, you will see many times people saying "it's just a game" to just cover
    for the fact that they aren't putting an effort in, and you are just supposed to accept it because "it's just a game.

    I think that mentality is bullshit, especially when these people have other ways to play the same game, but in a less competitive environment,
    and it seems to be something very much coming out of NA culture, more than other places, even though the sentiment obviously exists elsewhere.

  22. Getting good at a video game should NEVER feel like a job. If it's no longer fun, STOP PLAYING IT. Wanna be like ninja? Then prepare to make video games your new full time job. No fun. Just work. After all, It really is JUST A GAME. Sure, It can be more than a game. But it should never become an endless job. And if it does, it's already too late for you. Get over yourselves…

  23. Is there anyway you can do a video where you explain this videos subject matter to me like a goddamn child?

    I just can't be bothered to do my own research.

  24. "Its just a game" does do a disservice to games. But getting angry at losing is basically the first step down the dark path of toxicity. Games are important, not competitively, but because they help form us as people, they can be art, they can tell stories. The whole reason why sport/games can be fun is because it doesn't matter, frivolity is paradoxically important in this relentless grind of an existence. Oh and I'd like an easy mode in Dark Souls just so I could enjoy the narrative and world building and not have to throw myself seventy times at Ornstein and Smough.

  25. Hmm i think the "it's just a game " statement while factually true is a bit is also a bit nonsense.

    Some people play to win, they gain their pride and accomplishment through archieving the hard goal of winning or beating challenges.

    And i can respect the amount of dedication people put in , heck been there myself. The thrill of winning games against better players is the best feeling ever, and even better when it becomes consistent. Yes it is frustrating, it is hard and often demoralizing, yes some if us are willing to do all that just to end on top. And although i decided to play games a bit more casually now, however i still try to win, and feel good when i do .

  26. If you write a book about how unchecked capitalism ruins the art we love, I'd buy it in a heartbeat. You do the audiobook version too; it just wouldn't be the same without your angry British voice. ♥️

  27. Competitive gaming & the Twitch begging service have ruined what use to be fun games with ppl like him where they have to stay popular & make money or there whole exsistence crumbles into obscurity

  28. I kinda disagree. I’m definitely a proponent for games are just as valid competitively as sports. I think two things can be true at once. Yes it’s just a game but also like with anything at life you need to know how to lose well. It’s a disgrace when sports stars act like children. But to discount competitive players who are responsible is also just as childish imho. It took me years to finally “get” dark souls. But once I did I’m happy that it is as unforgiving as it is. It needs to exist. In a world where most developers thing that bullet sponges that instantly kill you with hit scan bullets are what makes a game challenging it’s a breath of fresh air.

  29. I know it's not going to be seen, but actually, the common image of the ninja (black clothes and all that) comes from theatre and not reality. Apparently they just wore normal clothes and stabbed some people, shot some others, and otherwise saved the future Shogun.

  30. Different people are motivated by different things. Certain emotions have more impact on some people than others. Some people may need anger to drive them to the full extent of their abilities while others may need to feel like people are relying on them. Some people are motivated by a fear of humiliation. Ninja holds an emotionally immature view of the world. His anger may work for him but I don't think he understands that different people with different experiences and different biology have different motivators.
    It's sad that even a lot of people in their 60s have this mind set of "this worked for me so it will work for you". If you have the same mindset as them then sure but if you don't then it might not.

  31. Handled it with respect Jim. Well done.

    As someone who is competitive in nature.. Ninja's statement did speak to me…BUUUTTTT… it's in fortnite… not something where coordination and being the best is key like in let's say League of Legends (I am not playing it)

    If I get angry at not being best at the game is because of my love for the game. I get it in single player games…but I get over it. I get it in competitive games too, but if it's by myself the anger is directed in "balance" (Golden Gun) or "Not being explained."(TF2 Solider rocket jumping) Or "glitch abuse" (Wich becomes normal) or "myself for not knowing or making tha goddamn mistake." (im an idiot) Or "Hacking" (This one I only resort to if it's consitent, TF2 has proven some people make art of cheating even in pro scenes. So that's me being sour or paranoid)

    But in team based games like LoL. I get angry at myself when I bust myself making a mistake to the point of self insulting. But… I will call out allies when they make mistakes in "my opinion"
    Don't get me wrong.. I am wrong several times too but at that moment I feel like I am right.
    But I fucking hate it when someone in my team isn't giving their best and I am forced to pick up their slack. Sure I have to be the better player and grow, but remember.. in team based competitive games the "game" is suppose to give me "equals" not.. someone who litterly decided: "I want to play this for fun now without practice" There for I have to carry his weight and imcompetence.
    Note: This only applies if you play a competitive mode like Ranked. In quick matches and unranked stuff. You can do whatever, I will try and teach you things "maybe" but other wise I won't hassle you for playing bad. After all.. Those modes are made for fun, loligagging and practicing.

    But I don't want you in my ranked matches and hear you say: "I am doing this for the 1st time for fun!" That is a sign of disrespect to me. You know what I did when I did a 1st for ranked? I told my allies I am doing this and I will listen to others 1st. I was the newbie and willing to listen. After all some things cannot be learned in "fun modes"
    But if you go with: "I just do this cause it's fun, don't care for win or lose." in competitve.. I feel like you are in the wrong mode. It maybe toxic, but you are playing together with players who want to be the best.. and here you are as the "I am going to click buttons for fun!" guy lacking understanding.

    But hey that's just me. I don't mind losing if it's earned and helps me grow. I do hate losing when my allies litterly are unable to do things in game basicly like I would. It feels like I am wasting my time :/

  32. This video is a ride because every new person Jim brings up is someone else I've never heard of and now I just feel like I've awoken in an alternate timeline.

  33. I don't know these people, why are you introduce them to more people ? Who gives a shit about who is popular amongst kids today…

  34. On the Soulsborne topic: If you don't play games to be challenged, don't play challenging games. Especially not games where the struggle is an integral part of the journey. It's as simple as that. Not every game has to be designed to cater to literally everyone on the planet. It's okay if a game isn't for you. There are so many games out there and i can guarantee that there's something out there that will suit your tastes no matter what. There are certainly countless games out there that are not for me, and that's okay as well. I don't go after the developers (or the people who enjoy their games) and demand that they conform to MY needs and desires, like a lot of the people who like to shit on FromSoft does for their design decisions.

  35. Jim, maybe you could write up an initial script and pitch a humorous superhero TV series to Amazon or something; they seem to be into that sort of thing with shows like The Boys.

  36. The phrase "It's just a game" is usually uttered in teamplay games suc has Dota, League of Legends etc, and is usually spouted by the teammate that sucks so bad he/she is pulling down the entire team, ninja is right about certain things when it comes to what he said but not everything, however, i do agree that i a teammate tells me "it's just a game" that person most likely sucks at the game and is pulling down the rest of the team due to not caring one bit, sure it's entertainment, but many of us are entertained by the competitive aspect, losing all the time due to "it's just a game" casuals is really frustrating, especially when you know they can do so much better if they just put in some energy into doing better.

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