Game developer issues take down notice against Jim Sterling

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We’ve heard a few times that video game developers are using the DMCA takedown option to remove unfavourable YouTube reviews and “let’s plays” about their games. But they normally try hide the fact. However, not this developer.

After Jim posted a first impressions video that wasn’t so kind to the game the developer decided to download his video and add text annotations to the video.

If you have 11 minutes it is well worth watching how often this developer insults Jim and goes absolutely nuts about how Jim played his game.

What is amazing, however, is that even after posting the video lambasting Jim, the developer is still planning on taking Jim to court over this DMCA notice. Even going so far as to try defend his actions in the Steam forum of his game.

The DMCA filed is not to censor review’s, there are countless negative review videos posted(including multiple sterling videos) and only one in particular with a DMCA filed on it. The reason is we have a legitimate claim, we can prove a violation of our copyright(fair use is not blanket immunity) and damages.

My policing of these forums has been far from strict, look around. The people who have been banned have legitimately required being banned. If there is an apology for the DMCA a court will decides who it will be coming from.

Contrary to your comments about failed companies resigning or closing their doors, I am in high spirits and continue my efforts on this and future projects. I’m unsure of where your last sentence is coming from, as i have not lashed out at the community regardless of the hatred that has been slung my way. I believe there are tons of great people in the steam community. Thank you for your interest, have a great day.

I have pinned and locked this thread as I believe it addresses and clears alot of the current banter being discussed. NOTICE TO EVERYONE: Please do not start additional threads discussing this matter in these forums or they will be removed.

This developer reminds me of another local who attempts to use the court system to squash any negative press about their organisation. The developer appears to be totally unaware of the damage his actions have caused his current and all future games.

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According to one of Jim’s last tweets the developer isn’t going to drop this. Yet another sad day in the gaming world.

Last Updated: November 10, 2014

Gavin Mannion

I for one welcome our future robotic overlords

  • Wow. What a chop.

  • Kensei Seraph Never Forget Ouk

    Opened up that Steam thread and saw the guys Steam name, YourFriendlyDeveloper…

  • Kensei Seraph Never Forget Ouk

    The game looks a bit like what I remember from playing Killing Floor a while back, but with worse graphics.

  • Hammersteyn

    I’m Jim Fucking Sterling son! ROFL

  • Brady miaau

    I will take down the internet? AND Twitter?

    Remember that? That was some great entertainment

  • L337J1MB0B

    “This developer reminds me of another local who attempts to use the court
    system to squash any negative press about their organisation” … you realize that your average person who reads this has no clue what you are on about?

    • Brady miaau

      I imagine he is referring to the ANCYL attempts to destroy the Internet to protect their then sacred leader.

      • L337J1MB0B

        Then either explain it or don’t mention it.. this isn’t his personal diary. Just trying to give some constructive feedback.

        • Hammersteyn

          The MSSA took Gavin too court earlier this year for giving his opinions on the MSSA’s workings and their leaders.

          • L337J1MB0B

            Fair enough.. Just saying the cryptic stuff doesn’t make for good reading.

          • If you are a regular it isn’t cryptic 😛

          • CAE9872

            I think he has a fair point – you don’t start out “being a regular.” So without context that sentence does indeed mean something, but the reader is left clueless as to what. If the issue is over then either mention it or leave it out.

            Is Lazygamer a website for all (videogame related) news or a personal blog of their thoughts/issues?

            Saying all that I get that the guys and gals (I include the new recruits in gals of course) of this fine website try to keep it personal, and its great, BUT everyone must consider the site is frequented by newcomers, who will simply up and leave if they feel left out.

          • Agreed. Gavin is a tool. A blunt tool that hasn’t been used in ages.

          • Hammersteyn

            Stick around, next week on LazygamerLaan Darryn goes for a transop O_o

          • Kensei Seraph Never Forget Ouk

            What, he’s changing back to a snail?

          • CAE9872

            I hear you and agree.

        • Brady miaau

          Perhaps he will provide something a bit later on

          • Not if he wants to stay out of the courtroom he won’t…

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    The Steam user reviews are hilarious.

    “This is why we can’t have nice things.”

    “At least it gives £0.10 at Playfire.”

    “It hurts to play this game. Why did I vote to greenlight this!?!”

    “It’s bug free.As in there are no insects in it.”

    “The good: ”

    “Gaming equivalent to a failed abortion.”

    “If you buy this game I feel sorry for you.”

    • Kensei Seraph Never Forget Ouk

      39 negative reviews and 6 positive reviews.

      Here’s some of the positive reviews:
      “I recomend you buy this game to be apart of the worst steam release of all time. This game is Legend.”
      “bhopping, soundtrack, and bugs have all been enjoyable for me.”
      “i give this game 9/11 its ok”

      • Hammersteyn

        9/11 trolololol.

        • Kensei Seraph Never Forget Ouk

          There was actually 1 proper positive review, however only 2 out of 17 people found it helpful, and I was the 2nd to find it helpful since it made me lose all interest in the game.

        • BWAHHAHA!

  • Skyblue

    This developer needs the same advice I gave my kids as toddlers, “Never piss into the wind Son.”

  • Oooh it’s that game, sigh honestly give up for some indie’s, seriously think they need to learn that acting in this manner does not garner a fan base and sales

  • Hammersteyn

    I didn’t know Jim has a Youtube channel.

  • Rags

    His laughing is contagious. NSFW.

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  • Sir Rants A Lot is a DADDY

    Wow. Just… Just wow.

    Another one for the gamergate saga! *runs*

  • gommer strike

    Never even heard of either this Jim Sterling nor this developer. If this article never came out well – that would be that.

    But instead I see some guy laughing at another person’s retaliation. The game looks pretty bad. I’m not a fan of any side here.

  • clok

    Jim is the Rush Limbaugh of gaming, loves his voice so much he spend 1/3rd of all his time”reviewing” talking utter nonsense. The guy having any kind of following at all shows how sad our world is.. but in this case, I would take his side. You cant polish a turd, but sometimes you can make it look better by putting a bigger stinkier one by it. Excuse me i need to go wash I feel so dirty siding with Jim on this one.

  • anonymoose

    I definitely don’t agree with him doing a first time play through as a review, but their reaction is ball-deep retarded, and pretty much gives him a free pass for the original review. Plus his tweet pretty much sums it up:

  • Outer Limits Pta

    uhhh do they even know that Jim sterling’s work belongs to Polaris which is owned by wait for it…..Disney. $$$$$$ Lawyers $$$$$$ Lawyers $$$$$$ Lawyers

  • Joshua A. Nicoll

    He downloaded and edited one of Jim’s video without prior consent and defamed and slandered his good name, that developer may face serious legal cases because of his wimsickly and reacless actions.

    • Anonymous

      hmmm now thats a funny one cause that developer literally took his hard work just to make a buck on his own game what a scumbag……But seriously that dev sucks giant scrotum

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