We want to provide honest, uninfluenced opinions using the most transparent business model possible.
Why we’re different:
- To begin with any and all accepted “gifts,” received are tracked, and the total estimated value are compiled and ranked. Loosely related materials (such as branded clothing, retail games not intended for review, toys, etc) will be given away. If a gift is simply inappropriate (like free travel/meals/concerts/etc) they will be flatly refused. We will only keep review copies of games, peripherals, and the like.
- We do not rate on a 1-10 system. It’s abstract and it simply does not work. Instead we make loose recommendations. For example, Assassin’s Creed would generally be considered a rental, but if you’re a fan of the Prince of Persia series we’d suggest you buy it.
- Most importantly we don’t listen to the hype. We don’t go to developers to see early builds, excluding betas. Most of us don’t even read the previews provided by other outlets. If you want that sort of thing, there are plenty of sites on the web that will provide it for you. The plus side of avoiding all this pre-release hysteria? We go into the games with no expectations. You won’t see us harping on undelivered features, and we don’t try to affirm preformed opinions. We review games on their own merits, and not what the developer told us to expect years ago.
A Word on Money
We believe it is important for you to know who gives us money and merchandise. We feel that having this information will enable you to judge that our reviews are not tainted by publishers’ influence.
Any merchandise we receive that is not for review purposes will be given away as soon as we think of a contest. The only reward companies will get for sending us items will be to have their name and product mentioned when we run the contest.