This isn’t exactly a huge site that’s bursting at the seams from all the traffic it receives (in fact, I’ve done zero promotion other than linking to it on a few forums I use), and yet I receive a disgusting amount of spam. Spam from developers. Spam from PR people. Spam from people only tangentially related to gaming who want to pay me to write things about this product or that product. One developer sent me a LinkedIn request that pops up a picture of him with his kids, no doubt in some vain attempt to tug at my heartstrings and give him an “in.” That one irritates me the most because LinkedIn spams like crazy and demands a response, and I’ve gotten numerous reminders from them over the past few months that I have a pending friend request from him. The amount of blatant whoring that exists in the gaming industry is nothing short of embarrassing, and I had no idea about any of it before I created this site. Most people who dive into the review world buy in to this stuff, forge mutually beneficial friendships, take money for paid advertisements (“native advertising,” if you’re familiar with the term), and otherwise sell out.
But I’m not them. This is a site about games, not a podium for paid cheerleading. I have enough friends, and I could care less about a bunch of kids who are being used as little more than props in their father’s marketing tactic. Every so often I like to remind everyone of this, sending my spammers a not-so-nice reply. Consider this a warning about pushing my buttons, spammers. For the rest of you, consider it a token of my respect for readers (whether longtime, people visiting for the first time, or just potential readers) and my unwillingness to let anyone jeopardize the integrity of the content/opinions I put up. Read more →