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When Jim Sterling Was Sued For $10 Million By Digital Homicide (The Jimquisition)

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http://www.patreon.com/jimquisition http://www.thejimquisition.com http://sharkrobot.com/collections/jimquisition-merch I am the videogame critic they tried to sue for $10 million. I've kept relatively quiet for almost a year while a spurious and disgusting libel lawsuit was spuriously filed in an attempt to disrupt my life. Now I get to talk. (Additional Credits: Born Depressed "Party Remix" and "Sax Remix" by Carl Catron: https://www.patreon.com/carlcatron Chains of Love cover by Nathan Hanover: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrVZwFJ4KoE Boglins: Themselves)
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mokeyman555 (9 hours ago)
I want to get copies of this lawsuit and show to any other lawyer to see how they reacted.
Lemonado Girl (14 hours ago)
I love this video. I've watched it several times. There's just something so uplifting and cathartic about knowing that no matter how much of a depressed wreck I become, I will NEVER go full James Romaine. And that's a very welcome comfort in this cold, hard, world.
Simba89 (2 days ago)
This is so great
Well, at least we now have "Jim fucking Sterling son".
nerd020 020 (5 days ago)
I somehow feel bad for that guy.
darksteelyurius (5 days ago)
Aaand subscribed
darksteelyurius (5 days ago)
With the bell
jekblom123 (5 days ago)
You have your Hitlers, your Stalins, your Jack the Rippers, your John Gacys, your Ted Bundies... Your killers your thieves your crooks your con-artists... And then you have... James Romine. There's high profile tyranny, there's lonesome greed and selfishness, there's sickness and ill minded psychos, and there's the abyssal lowlifes... My god, the disturbing depths you would sink to, doing harm to your livelihood, family, friends, and yourself... ALL for something so petty as a 10 minute reaction video to one of your products. Mr. Romine. You are the saddest most pathetic excuse for a human being I personally have ever seen.
TRexLordSW (6 days ago)
This is still the most asinine thing that has happened in games media recently. Even with EA allegedly breaking Belgian law, even with Ubisoft's Ubification process getting worse, and even with Konami being Konami, this is still the stupidest thing that's happened. Even at my most insane, I wouldn't want to sue someone for millions of dollars because my feelings were hurt. I'd make them feel bad about it instead but that's not the point. The point is that these two dimwitted fucksticks somehow were able to keep this shit up for so long, I'm surprised nothing worse has happened to them.
TonesTheGeek (7 days ago)
I wonder how long it took The Romino Brothers to create over 1500 fake YouTube accounts to dislike this video as many times as possible.
Jebus (7 days ago)
What a bunch of children lol
Zack Vilardi (8 days ago)
Comes back a year later That intro is still fantastic
Busy Bee (8 days ago)
Seems like he just wanted to waste your time and money as long as possible.
logan kappert (10 days ago)
That final fantasy 9 music 😻
Manohar Rajan (10 days ago)
wannabe pyrocynical... jk
Chebsi (11 days ago)
idk why but i watch this video like once every month or so
KrisFrosz133 (6 days ago)
Me too!
Plaximos (11 days ago)
Digital Homicide founders should go join Electronic Arts, since their behavior would fit well there and they could learn to create better games.
ChurchCrusade (12 days ago)
20 fucking games in 2 years?! It took me nearly four to create my own >_>
Kreiser (10 days ago)
There're the differences: 1) Actually create 2) Your own
mega bob (12 days ago)
if he tries to pursue the lawsuit again in the future you should counter sue just to show him how stupid he is being
RagnarisFellhanded (13 days ago)
Tom Pom wrote his threat of death by stress from legal action with all the pomp and pernash of an iliterate 12 year old...
Ivan Cerecer (13 days ago)
Watch out Jim, anyone who dislikes this vid may sue you for wasting their time
NOphion Trollbringer (13 days ago)
Shae Winchester (14 days ago)
still watching this in 2018. Digital Homicide still exists as LootToot games and are still trying to sell their bullshit. you should destroy them bro.
Johan Nilsson (14 days ago)
What the heck was that game with the woman and the player apparently beat her in the head (and I saw a life gauge!!). That's disgusting. Was that game up on Steam Greenlight as well? If so, how could Valve accept that?
0utta S1TE (12 days ago)
Johan Nilsson It was called 6 Nights At Suzies. It was put on Greenlight by Digital Homicide but was never put on the store.
redstreak 45cat (15 days ago)
I almost forget to watch this today.
Titus Richards (14 days ago)
redstreak 45cat I know, right?
Alex Lee (15 days ago)
Digital Homicide's Lawyer should have been Rule 11 sanctioned for this... (At least under U.S. Law, this is a classic case of 'abuse of judicial process').
Joey LaFrond (15 days ago)
There was no lawyer.
Sean Matyas (16 days ago)
I like the part in that last post where it said "you almost cried". OOH good insult. I mean that is a pretty shallow victory if you almost made someone cry..I mean what do you win with that. Anyways I know this is an old video (just getting back into Jim) but glad he won in the end (despite it costing him some money). I really wish the courts would force the losing side to pay the lawyer costs especially when it isn't the defending sides fault that they were sued.
cedric stmichel (16 days ago)
sure romine picture your face on that stupid slap game
cedric stmichel (16 days ago)
according to my math....2 261 000 + 4 300 000 + 5 000 000 = 11 561 000...so how can they arrive to 10 761 000 ??????????? not only they their train of taughts but they lost the ability to count as well.....truly some dumbfucks
Thomas Jenkins (16 days ago)
a few months late, but legally, he could require you to replace all your articles and videos about him with apologies. however, that's only if you libeled or slandered him (you didn't) and it would only be on the articles and videos in which you did it (again, you didn't).
Nom du Clavier (17 days ago)
"My lawyer countered this by saying 'we can't prove whether or not there's enough popcorn on earth'." (There isn't.)
Titus Richards (14 days ago)
Nom du Clavier Heh.
The Stampede (18 days ago)
LandonProductions needs to see this
Ligma Nuttz (18 days ago)
Is anyone else impressed by the ventriloquism in the intro? Even if it was edited, still really well done
Rick Sanchez (18 days ago)
I've watched this video a lot of times and it hits home at the end where Jim didn't act on the opportunity to crucify this fool. Obviously it would've never been in keeping with his demeanour. The jibe about taking the 'Digital Homicide' name rings true though. True patience (to take a name away has an obviously deep meaning, but it provides reverberations towards Jim's other causes)! Jim is the game critique. He should not be messed with. It''s his job and he is well appreciated and given a fierce task given the gaming industry's failings particularly of late.
Rick Sanchez (18 days ago)
Thank God for Jim
Kenny TheOrangeArtist (19 days ago)
I absolutely love this video. Seeing people trying to combat an honest critic is ridiculous! Jim dude I know this video is old but you got it dang way to keep on keeping on
BRYAN ORTIZ (19 days ago)
At least you managed to take down those asswats!
The Liberator (20 days ago)
Robert Romine will learn hacking to get revenge on Jim Sterling.
Calypsos Muse (22 days ago)
im in law school and this video is mad informative for a real life scenario of what im learning. Thanks Jim!
Draven (22 days ago)
Hypothetically. What if Digital Homicide would've actually won the law-suite? Would Jim really have to pay them ten million dollars? What if he doesn't have ten million dollars?
Kyle Scheffler (23 days ago)
So, does anyone know how old these jokers are? Like, in my mind, they have acted like mommy's first game developers, but they have to be older, right? Like 20s-30s?
MGZone (23 days ago)
You could make a movie out of this story, I keep coming back to this every once in a while because it's so good.
JC Not (23 days ago)
MGZone it’s a saga for the ages. Its rewatchability approaches infinity.
Sir Blazing (24 days ago)
1.4 thousand people are from Digital Homicide.
Urska Jinx (26 days ago)
dear god man, you have some balls
metalmoshingmad777 (26 days ago)
What ah long ass intro.
Juna (26 days ago)
36:55 you will BREAK yourselves upon my body! FEEL THE STRENGTH OF THE EARTH!
Stefan Reid (27 days ago)
Some say that on a quiet night when John Romine stubs his toe, if you listen closely, you can hear: "Jim Fucking Sterling!"
Zrin (27 days ago)
This is my fifth time watching this. Still good.
Shrine of Mind (27 days ago)
First vid of yours I've ever watched. Subbed.
Random Drone (27 days ago)
Don't mess with Jim fucking Sterling Son.
bIametheniIe (28 days ago)
lol that was the funniest thing I've read and seen of in a long ass time. It just goes to show that smoking too much meth makes one increasingly delusional
PapaScho (28 days ago)
I fully support you
Damnnnnnnnn Jim! He destroyed himself while you did nothing 😂
KeiraR (28 days ago)
10:40 I'm 54, pretty smart on the IQ scale (actually my range is called "Very superior intelligence") and wondering if I shouldn't be feeling attacked and slandered now. Or whatever I have to call it to sue them for a pretty penny.
ThaBaronDK (28 days ago)
Calling Romine "Romaino" doesn't make me think of the mob, it's makes me think of Ray Romano.
nicky pass (28 days ago)
the most autistic game dev
lucas falcao (28 days ago)
I love the fact that if you mute the video and just watch these horrible clips from Digital Homicide's games, you still get all the arguments you need to understand why James Romine is wrong.
TheCheesySquid (28 days ago)
I would LOVE to read the entire document.
Tristin Shewmake (29 days ago)
No but seriously check out hbomberguy's videos.
Michael Breen (1 month ago)
Did James Romine ever get a rubber room?
nugsboodlepoo (1 month ago)
What in the actual fuck is that "game" at 10:13
Max (1 month ago)
Huh. So the guy didn't even have to cover Jim's legal fees? I thought if you sue someone and lose, you're forced to at least pay for the defendant's lawyer.
dowman5 (23 days ago)
+Max no problem ^_^
Max (23 days ago)
Thanks for the lowdown!
dowman5 (24 days ago)
That was the reason why James Romaine signed the agreement. Had Jim Sterling and his lawyer Hartman proceeded to go to court, that's exactly what would have happened, and it would have been very ugly. By signing the stalemate, it saved James from losing even more money. Even though it appeared that James got away with a fast one, he still bankrupted himself by conducting the lawsuit, and lost by getting Digital Homicide kicked out of Steam from attempting his second lawsuit against 100 anonymous Steam users. As Jim said, he basically screwed himself over, and ruined his own reputation. A countersuit would have been even more painful icing on the irony cake, but Hartman talked Jim out of doing that, because he would gain nothing from that. If James can't afford his own lawyer, the countersuit would financially devastate him for life. As justifiably angry as Jim was at James for doing the lawsuit, petty revenge was not going to satisfy him for the time and money he already wasted and can't get back. However, if some other stupid dev tries to pull this stunt, Jim won't hold back next time.
Ifeno (1 month ago)
A year later and this is still my favorite Jim Sterling video.
Michael Breen (1 month ago)
I'll bet two of those dislikes are from the Romine brothers.
this shit should have been on judge judy
Mr. McLime (1 month ago)
Going back and watching this again, after all this time... it feels like the end of an era in the history of The Jimquisition. This really did end up being the best way to cap off this saga, especially that last line which, honestly, was probably one of the best things you've ever written. An absolutely perfect set of bookends if you ask me.
Gunnar Clovis (1 month ago)
Let me just say that, as a game developer, as a fan of games media, as the Vice-Chairman of an IGDA chapter: You are my absolute favorite games journalist in the industry. You are an incredible, inventive, honest, hilarious, and truly admirable content creator. The day you stop producing videos is an immensely sad day. I recommend you all the time, and watch your content almost every day. You are a wholly positive and inspiring presence in the games industry. The amount of sh*t you have had and have to go through is, of course, disgusting. I cannot express the measure of my condolences to you, or my contempt for Digital Homocide and similar "developers". Such individuals make me occasionally embarrassed to describe myself as a "game developer". You and your team are truly extraordinary and commendable. I'd like to wish that nothing of this sort will ever wriggle its way to you again, though I know my wishes would fall upon a deaf universe, so I can only say this, with complete and utter confidence in you: the next time some other faux developer slithers their way into your life, I know you will handle them with the utmost grace and virtue. Sincerely, -Some Sheep Follower I guess what do I know
Steel Breese (1 month ago)
Love your stuff. Jim. Hope you do you til you want a break.
32:00 ooooooooooghhhhhhhhhh!!!!!
Azz The Stickman (1 month ago)
this should be shown to all CEOs ect... so they dont get an ego the size of Pluto's orbit.
DakAttak The Maniak (1 month ago)
So he donated $1 to Jim's Patreon. So that means... Digital Homicide endorsed and supported Jim's endeavors and ideas. They basically gave Jim a loaded gun and he shot them with it by his reviews and attitude towards games...talk about dumbasses... LMAO
Ben Walker (1 month ago)
Damn, SUED for CRITICISM? Digital Homicide are c*nts for that. Thank god their studio got shut down.
Eamon (1 month ago)
I'm fairly new to your channel, wish I was either more of a fan or even a hater so it would more weight me saying this but I'm glad you went through and beat him. It is really something terrible when artists blame critics for their own shortcomings, the only point of his at all that made any sense was that without game developers there would be no reviewers, but to counter that without reviewers there would really be no way for anyone to know what to play. The role of a critic is often undervalued and I have to say I commend you for it.
shady shane (1 month ago)
where's Ed China?
Michael Breen (1 month ago)
4:39 I'm sorry, but that would actually add up to $11,561,000. Clearly, someone at Digital Homicide didn't know how to do this kind of math.
Jade Wedge (1 month ago)
So I've watched the videos where Jim has reviewed the *ahem*... "GAMES", I've watched this video countless times and other Homicide related ones. But it was only recently where I watched the hour long streams of their shit and that fucking awful "INTERVIEW" Between Jim and Homicide. Only then did it sink in just.. how fucking patient Jim was with these guys. Holy shit.
Jamie J (1 month ago)
If everyone stops building computers, is independent game design still a realistic career?
Jonah Weaver (1 month ago)
Perfect FFIX music for this.
Harry Warburg (1 month ago)
It's things like this that make me lose my faith in humanity. But hey at least we still have Space Exploration and Memes.
Tracytron 54321 (1 month ago)
35:35 I bet that one like is from the person who posted the comment 😒
James Kaplan (1 month ago)
Some day, someone is going to take this entire ridiculous story and make either a comprehensive documentary about it, or a "based on a true story" film about it. Either way, I hope it's treated like the solid gold premise that it obviously is.
Axel Mauricio Lugo (1 month ago)
There is this Youtuber called Saberspark who once did a review of a movie, the review wasn't really offensive in any way but he got the Copyright Strike from the creators who pretty much forced him to remove his video. Acording to him he removed it because his channel is small and didn't have any resources to defend himself with against the creators. I honestly think it's despicable how many cases like these are out there.
corsegerspwnd (1 month ago)
you guys do realize that the only 2 that one with this BS where the 2 lawyers
kittehdrawrs (1 month ago)
I still think Jim should have counter sued for everything Romine is worth. (which at this point is about $5 and a ham sandwich)
AtotehZ (1 month ago)
It's a little bit unfortunate that the color scheme and podium make it look like something derived from Nazism. Or the government in V for Vendetta :)
Edwin Avila (1 month ago)
He sounds like lazy a motherfucker go get a real job your games may suck and 😢 lil bitch and a jude would laughing Romine vs Stirling *pokemon theme* Stirling..use common-sense and funny criticism ..... *critical hit* *Bleep bleep* Romine use lawsuits .... Gets hurt in the confusion....
Edwin Avila (1 month ago)
He is crying little bitch lol he cant handle criticism your job is to criticize games of your point of view there's 20 million other people maybe bill is now that do exact same shit as you if it aint you it's going to be me thank God it's me
Moosky (1 month ago)
4:38 - Did math change since I was in school? 2M + 4M + 5M = 11M
Alex Bock (1 month ago)
Digital Homicide is like block buster, but they are not whinny children. the only thing that is the same is that they dont exist any more
James shouldn’t be real
Plowbeast (1 month ago)
You have to admit, his lawsuit was better crafted and more original than his games.
LovinaVargas1076 (1 month ago)
This has got to be the most ridiculous lawsuits I've ever seen. I know you don't think this is funny, but the part with you going back over the revised lawsuit and finding the part about the popcorn that they left in, that just cracks me up
The Wanderer (1 month ago)
Mr.Binks (1 month ago)
I search "Fuck EA" and stumble upon this gem of a story. Wow lol.
Hematite Knight (1 month ago)
Damn, didn't know game companies could get this stupid
Twenty x Twenty (1 month ago)
Calling Digital Homicide a game companie would be very generous at best.
ARCH - FX (1 month ago)
Dont ever go to war with jim , you wont win
Direndal (1 month ago)
Lol just noticed the cock and balls he drew on the back
I'm Not Loss (1 month ago)
27:30 breaking news: Jim Sterling sued for conspiring with angry equal rights activists
Azmidium (1 month ago)
I apologize on behalf of all Arizonans for this piece of defecation
jbzaheat (1 month ago)
I work here in AZ and there actually decent people compared to everyone else here in AZ
Jarrett Delarye (1 month ago)
love the video but it gets put in my up next every single time i click on a notification come on youtube ive seen this 8 times
Sam Watson-Tayler (1 month ago)
If Jim had four dollars for every view on this video he'd be able to pay for that, had he lost.

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