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Cordova, TN; April 3, in the year of our Lord 2015--Family Friendly Gaming, the industry leader in covering the family friendly video games is taking an honest look at cynicism in gaming. Where does it come from? Who is to blame? What can be done to combat it? What can you do about it? What will you do about it? What will the video game companies do about it? What will the ESRB do about it? What will the government do about it? How will families address this issue in their own homes? How do you know when you are being cynical? How can you change? Is cynicism in itself bad? When will all the questions stop?

For over ten years I have received press releases from a variety of companies. It is somewhere in the thousands. I have also talked to hundreds of PR and company representatives at a variety of different events. They all do their best to put their best foot forward. At times they are spreading propaganda. Other times they are deceiving and manipulating. Still other times they are out and out lying. After catching so many companies in this dishonorable, and unethical behavior it is really easy to not believe anything any of the company representatives say. Add in their desires to have everyone worship at the idolatry of political correctness, and it is a recipe for cynicism.

Family Friendly Gaming is unique among the gaming media outlets. We are unique as a gaming website for families. We are unique as a video game magazine. There is so much different about us. We try to find as many positives as we can. I prayed at length before writing this article. I have been around the worldly gaming media to know most of them are highly cynical. In fact I have heard all kinds of sarcastic remarks in media rooms about press releases, speeches, and presentations. As well as a disbelief over what they see and what the final product will be. They are drowning in the lies, misinformation, deceit, manipulation, and propaganda from these companies. The best way to combat that is spending time with God. Spending time in prayer. Spending time listening to praise and worship songs. Reading the Holy Bible, and correcting our perspectives. Getting our vertical relationship right, so we can correct the horizontal ones.

Responsibility and accountability are big things. I wish the worldly gaming media would have more solidarity when it came to spreading the misinformation, propaganda, lies, and deceit. Companies send us press releases. We do not need to publish what they send exactly as they send it to us. We can also decide to refrain from running coverage from companies and products that refuse to be responsible, and accountable. I am talking about honor, ethics, and integrity. Family Friendly Gaming removes all kinds of misinformation, propaganda, lies, and deceit. We are not perfect, but at least we are trying to do something about it. We are trying to filter out the bad before we pay to publish it. A loss of coverage will result in a loss of revenue, which is the only thing these companies will pay attention to.

Consumers can tell the gaming companies, and every single gaming website that they hold them responsible and accountable. Tell them you want just the facts. Only the facts. Nothing but the facts. Give everyone your perspective. I hear from a wide array of different perspectives all the time. I try to be as mindful and sensitive as I can. Forgiveness also helps since some of us (like me) are the bull in a china shop kind of a personality. I love Jesus Christ, and I love doing His work. I am still growing, developing and improving. Which is why I am working on smiling, and leaving the cynicism behind me. It is my hope and prayer that video game companies, and the world gaming media websites improve. That their hearts warm to truth, honesty, integrity, and honor.

God bless,
Paul Bury
Family Friendly Gaming


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