The boss brought up a good point about review integrity and trust. You do in fact need to earn it. When I started at the site nearly two years ago, I was told to go BUY my games because they wern’t sending it to me. Reviewing games for a site is a privelage, not a job.
Alan routinely emails the staff with a list of products that need reviewing and we raise our hands if we want to review it. I’ve raised my hand a total of two times, I’m more of a collumn writer anyways rather than a reviewer. I COULD review some games, but the problem is just that. I COULD.
I don’t need to go into how “The Wrath of El Pato” goes into a streak of four weeks then takes two weeks off. It’s a weekly collumn that I have a difficulty of meeting deadling. Half the time it’s just becausse the industry is quiet and half the time I’m making fun of current events, but the other half is because I’m employed elsewhere, and I just literally don’t have the time to make a quality product.
The point is when people say they are going to review things and do nothing, they not only waste our time as readers, but they also cause a disservice to the site. Someone else could have wanted to review that costly graphics card, and nobody employed by the chief has $500 just lying around to replace it. Our publication is still in its infancy, but we are getting a vast more amount of traffic than half of the sites in our same position. My collumn alone is getting pasted everywhere on other sites. In this infancy, it KILLS us when someone takes one of those expensive products and just pockets it. Because our competiton can review it and we can’t. Typically the more expensive, the more well known it is. How crappy would it be if we gave one of those Radeon HD 4800 x2 s to someone and they did nothing? It’s a card everyone wants to know about (and it kicks ass by the way). As a reader, if I don’t see a review of somthing like that on a site like ours, I say “Bullshit” and move on to the next one.
It’s not just the thievery, it’s the journalistic integrity and us looking out for ourselves. I’m not a newbie at the site anymore and I still don’t think I can get that much expensive stuff even if I asked for it. It’s not an insult, it’s not them being difficult-they just want to make sure the job gets done and done right.
Believe me, anyone who reviews for us has it good. It’s a bitch getting some of those things even if you are the EIC, I should know. Keep in mind to do anything you gotta start at the bottom and eat shit to like the taste of it.