Our entertainment brands do not publish personal attacks against people and companies in the industries we cover or against colleagues in our industry. We stress objectivity in reporting topics of a sensitive nature.
We abide by Federal Trade Commission (FTC) guidelines, meaning all video game reviews must state which platform the game was played on and if a copy was provided for that review. Similarly, if a PR company, publisher, or developer provides accommodations (travel, hotel, etc.) during an event, we explicitly state that information in our preview coverage.
Note: Disclaimers and disclosures are clear and conspicuous.
Game reviewers are always separated from previewers/interviewers (i.e., if a writer is invited to play a game early, they will not review it upon release). We strive to keep editorial/criticism objectives separate from developer access/relationships and our monetization teams.
Giving Credit and Acquiring Written Permission
Unless assets or news (press releases) come from an official studio source or their PR affiliates, we always provide link credit to original sources. We believe we are responsible for contributing to the online publishing ecosystem and best journalism practices.
We credit the artist for images, non-official art, etc., and seek to contact them for permission to use their work.
We always honor embargoes and save spoilers for previews, reviews, and guides when we have permission to post – or after release. If these are major or sensitive spoilers, we keep them out of headlines and images until enough time has passed to ensure readers are not exposed to any information they are not actively seeking.
We’re not here to ruin the experience for our readers but to serve those looking for this content. If spoilers and publication occur during the release window, we will always include a spoiler warning at the top of the article.
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