Jim Sterling

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Jim Sterling
Date of birth 1 January 1984
Place of birth London, England
Nationality American
Pronouns Any
Gender identity nonbinary "gendertrash"
Occupation freelance writer and YouTuber

Jim Sterling is an English-American freelance video game journalist, critic, pundit, and wrestling personality. Prior to becoming independent in September 2014, through crowdfunding, Sterling was the review editor for Destructoid, and an author for The Escapist. His active YouTube series are "The Jimquisition", "Jimpressions", "Industry Bullshit", "Direct to Video", "Oh My Gawd Hype!", and "Commentocracy"; his discontinued series include "The Videogame Show What I've Done", "Boglinwatch", "itch.io Tasty", and "Nitpick Theater".

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.[1] 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.[2] 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."[3] He openly identifies as pansexual[4] and queer.[5] In June 2020, he became a naturalized United States citizen.[6] In August 2020, Sterling came out as nonbinary on Twitter, saying he accepts all pronouns.[7]

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. Direct to Video consists of his playthrough of recently released, and often poor-quality, early access games, while Oh My Gawd Hype! has him discussing anticipated upcoming games. 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. Another (albeit rarer) series, Commentocracy, consists of Sterling playing a flamboyant 18th-century aristocrat character called "Duke Amiel du H'ardcore" (a parody of "hardcore" gamers), who in a tongue-in-cheek manner reads disgruntled, haughty or otherwise trolling online comments on the topic of video games.[8]

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  1. "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.
  2. "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.
  3. "Fallout 4's S.P.E.C.I.A.L Relationships (The Jimquisition)". YouTube. 9 November 2015. Archived from the original on 17 March 2016. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  4. Sterling, Jim [@jimsterling] (September 23, 2019). "I used to identify as bi before I realized the whole pan thing applied to me so much more..." Archived from the original on September 23, 2019. Retrieved August 28, 2020 – via Twitter.
  5. Sterling, Jim [@jimsterling] (May 17, 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". Archived from the original on August 28, 2020. Retrieved August 28, 2020 – via Twitter.
  6. Sterling, Jim [@jimsterling] (June 29, 2020). "The job is done, a citizen I am, and I have a flag to prove it". Archived from the original on June 29, 2020. Retrieved August 28, 2020 – via Twitter.
  7. Sterling, Jim [@jimsterling] (August 25, 2020). "I am non-binary pansexual gendertrash. I like all pronouns. I haven't been this comfortable with myself before. Ever.". Archived from the original on August 28, 2020. Retrieved August 28, 2020 – via Twitter.
  8. "The Cuphead Elitists Episode (Commentocracy)". YouTube. Retrieved 23 January 2019.
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