Just to put this on the record:
Anything I review I have either borrowed or bought of my own volition Nobody pays me for anything, and if they did, man they’d be wasting their money.
My opinions don’t reflect that of my employer.
If I’m under a non-disclosure agreement, I’m not saying squat to you.
The reason I’m posting this? The FTC thinks it’s a good idea for bloggers to state their potential ties. Any enthusiasm (or dislike) I have for things is completely my own overreacting emotions.
I think it’s good for people to have their cards out on the table for everyone to see. If you’ve got ties, lay them out. Being open and honest about where review products come from is one way to make sure people can gauge your reviews properly. Unfortunately, this is quite a problem in the games industy, where loosely defined “gaming journalism” is held by the dribble of insider info they get for not pissing off publishers. The camera industry has the same problem. I love Michael Reichmann’s reviews over at the Luminous Landscape because he is beholden to no one. Major photography mags, on the other hand, have advertisers to worry about. You don’t want to rock the boat, after all, just like the gamers.