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James Nicholas Stanton
1 January 1984
|Occupation||Video game critic, web video producer, livestreamer, professional wrestler|
|Known for||The Jimquisition|
James Nicholas Stanton (born 1 January 1984), better known by his pen name Jim Sterling, is an English-American freelance video game journalist, critic, pundit and Youtuber. Prior to becoming independent in September 2014, Sterling was the review editor for Destructoid, and an author for The Escapist. Sterling is noted as one of the main examples of a YouTuber achieving success through crowdfunding.
Video game critic
The Jimquisition is a weekly YouTube video series in which Jim Sterling discusses current issues surrounding video games, primarily involving unethical business practices in the video game industry, of which he is an outspoken critic on. The series originally started on Destructoid's YouTube channel and was later moved to The Escapist's channel, before being released on Sterling's own channel. His main gameplay series is Jimpressions (formerly known as "Squirty Play"), where he discusses his impressions of a recently released video game while showing his own pre-recorded gameplay. Sterling has often spoken against sexism in gaming. He is open about the fact that his position on this subject has slowly evolved.
In November 2014, Sterling announced that he was leaving The Escapist and intended to seek funding for his work independently through Patreon. On a 2020 episode of The Jimquisition, Sterling stated that he had departed The Escapist after they had refused to publish his negative review of Assassin's Creed Unity, citing that parent company Defy Media was afraid of damaging any sponsorship opportunities with Ubisoft. He also stated his desire to go back to writing articles and doing podcasts, which he was not able to do since he left Destructoid. He currently maintains his own website, The Jimquisition, and has created a podcast titled "The Podquisition", a podcast that he shares with Irish musician Gavin Dunne, and fellow British game journalist Laura Kate Dale.
In March 2016, a lawsuit was filed against Sterling by Digital Homicide Studios for $10 million for "assault, libel, and slander", following Sterling's negative review of their first game The Slaughtering Grounds. Sterling further accused Digital Homicide Studios of deleting negative feedback of the game on its Steam review page, and banning users who criticized it. The lawsuit was raised to $15 million, before it was eventually dismissed with prejudice in late February 2017.
Sterling has been credited with originating the name of the meme "Big Chungus". He started using the term "Chungus" on his channel in a variety of unrelated contexts with different meanings for humorous effect.
Sterling was featured in a list of "the 25 raddest game journalists to follow on Twitter," by Complex. Sterling has developed into a controversial figure in the world of videogame journalism, with some of his views being challenged. Criticism of his negative review of Final Fantasy XIII prompted him to release a statement in defence of it. His site has undergone two DDoS attacks due to his posting reviews for long-awaited games which were met with opposition, first for No Man's Sky and then The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
His views on art games have been criticized by TIGSource editor Derek Yu. Yu compared Sterling's view to that of art critic Louis Leroy in 1874 of a Claude Monet painting, which Leroy criticized for being unfinished, while the style of painting later became a major art style.
Sterling was born in London, England, where he lived on the poverty line for much of his childhood and was psychologically abused by his mother's lover, a Hells Angels outcast. This abuse is what prompted him to take on the "Jim Sterling" name, saying that he would have had it legally changed, if not for his legal issues. In a video from November 2015 on Fallout 4, when talking about the polyamorous relationship options he stated that he is "not a monogamous guy, nor [...] a straight one either." He openly identifies as pansexual and queer. In June 2020, he became a naturalized United States citizen. In August 2020, Sterling came out as non-binary, saying he accepts all pronouns.
The events of recent weeks have been particularly affecting for me, as I've begun to come to terms with my own history. While all of this talk of abuse is going on, I've had a psychiatric evaluation where I was confirmed to have bipolar type 2 and complex PTSD as a result of what can only be described as a couple decades of having my sense of identity systematically destroyed by caregivers, followed by people convincing me I was making stuff up and that I wasn't even mildly depressed.— Jim Sterling
- Sterling, Jim (11 April 2012). "Beautifully bleak, a quasi-defense of "dark and gritty" games". gamefront.com. Archived from the original on 24 November 2016. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
- Davis, Hubert (25 February 2020). "Jim Sterling – The YouTuber Standing Up To Game Industry Greed". ScreenRant. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
- "An interview with Jim Sterling about sexism in game culture". 21 June 2013. Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
- Sterling, Jim. "Ubisoft Spent Years Protecting Mental And Physical Abusers (The Jimquisition)". YouTube. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
- Tassi, Paul (15 November 2014). "Examining Jim Sterling's Grand Experiment To Create Video Game Journalism Utopia". Forbes. Archived from the original on 29 December 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
- Patrick Klepek. "Angered Game Developer Sues Critic Jim Sterling For $10 Million". Kotaku. Gawker Media. Archived from the original on 19 March 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
- Chris Carter. "Indie developer Digital Homicide sues Jim Sterling". Destructoid. Archived from the original on 18 March 2016. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
- Sterling, Jim (November 10, 2014). "The Slaughtering Grounds: A Steam Meltdown Story". The Escapist. Defy Media. Archived from the original on June 30, 2016. Retrieved January 28, 2018.
- Ibrahim, Mona (2 March 2017). "Jim Sterling was sued for making fun of a game, and it was a bad idea". Polygon. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
- Valens, Ana (13 February 2019). "Big Chungus is the last great meme of 2018—and it could only appear during the holidays". The Daily Dot.
- Dyer, Mitch (21 October 2011). "The 25 Raddest Games Journalists To Follow on Twitter". Complex. Archived from the original on 31 December 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
- Gonzalez, Oscar (22 March 2010). "Jim Sterling: His Controversial Yet Accurate Views". Original Gamer. Retrieved 23 February 2015.
- "Jim Sterling (Destructoid) defends himself over FFXIII review". Gamegrep. 18 March 2010. Archived from the original on 31 December 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
- James Stanton. "No Man's Site". The Jimquisition. The Jimquistion. Archived from the original on 10 June 2017. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
- Driver, Ben. "Jim Sterling's site under attack after giving The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild a 7/10". VG247. Archived from the original on 13 March 2017. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
- Donnellan, Jimmy. "Jim Sterling Angers Zelda Fans With "Negative" 7/10 Breath of the Wild Review". Cultured Vultures. Archived from the original on 14 March 2017. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
- Yu, Derek (19 February 2010). "To Jim Sterling, Who Hates Art Games". TIGSource. Archived from the original on 31 December 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
- "The Beginner's Guide Review – The Hardest Word | The Jimquisition". www.thejimquisition.com. Archived from the original on 14 April 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "While Wikipedia had already listed "James Stanton" as your birthname, does that make "Jim Sterling" a pseudonym or something more official than that? And is the "Fucking" implied regardless of whoever says "Jim Sterling"? | ask.fm/Jimquisition". ask.fm. Archived from the original on 24 March 2016. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
- Fallout 4's S.P.E.C.I.A.L Relationships (The Jimquisition). 9 November 2015. Archived from the original on 17 March 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2016 – via YouTube.
- Sterling, Jim [@jimsterling] (23 September 2019). "I used to identify as bi before I realized the whole pan thing applied to me so much more..." (Tweet). Archived from the original on 23 September 2019. Retrieved 28 August 2020 – via Twitter.
- Sterling, Jim [@jimsterling] (17 May 2019). "Anyway, as an openly queer wearer of corseted hats, I do declare that homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia all smell of poo and wee. #IDAHOBIT" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 28 August 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2020 – via Twitter.
- Sterling, Jim [@jimsterling] (29 June 2020). "The job is done, a citizen I am, and I have a flag to prove it" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 29 June 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2020 – via Twitter.
- Sterling, Jim [@jimsterling] (25 August 2020). "I am non-binary pansexual gendertrash. I like all pronouns. I haven't been this comfortable with myself before. Ever." (Tweet). Archived from the original on 28 August 2020. Retrieved 28 August 2020 – via Twitter.
- Jim Sterling (29 June 2020). A Truly Fucked Up Industry. Event occurs at 5:47. Retrieved 29 June 2020.