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Cordova, TN; April 27, in the year of our Lord 2015--Family Friendly Gaming, the industry leader in covering the family friendly video games is addressing a very important issue within the video game industry. What issue is it this time? The issue is corruption within the video game industry. It is sad that morals, and ethics are not rewarded within video game journalism. Sell-outs, and lack of integrity are what is being rewarded. Be warned this upcoming historical account will be shocking to read. You have been warned. If you do not want to see the ugly side of video games then please stop reading right now.

I was talking to a PR contact in email. We had published multiple stories for them on a plethora of games over the years. They had never advertised with us. In essence they have abused our kindness. They have been all about themselves and never once thought of us. Sure they have sent us reviewable copies of games. Every time they send a reviewable copy there is a hook in there - they want a review. Every single review costs more than the value of what we are provided. Not to mention the cost of all the coverage we have provided for them. There is a gross imbalance. So I was encouraging them to replant trees instead of just cutting down the forest. To think less of self and more of others. After all the example we have given them should promote the concept of doing for others.

The PR contact asked a question that shocked me. They asked if they started advertising would that give them higher review scores, front cover rights, and Christmas Buying Guide inclusion. My answer was no. They seem to think they can buy high scores. What scares me is that question is being asked of all the gaming media outlets. Companies are buying higher review scores, front page access, and Christmas Buying Guide inclusion. I have heard the cries of corruption in relation to #GamerGate. The scandal is not going away, and the fact that companies are trying to buy their way is dangerous for video game journalism. I have heard accusations that IGN, and the ESRB are bought off. After my experience with this PR contact, I have to suspect the accusations are accurate. I also have to wonder how many others are bought off.

God bless,
Paul Bury
Family Friendly Gaming


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