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A word on ethics

11:30 AM on 09.04.2014 // Dale North   @DaleNorth

In light of recent events <3

[Update from Chris Carter: in light of the Fig platform investor scheme that is more involved than a Kickstarter campaign, we've implemented a new policy. If a writer invests in a game, they are barred from writing about it. Similar to disclaimers for ex-staffers, we'll also provide a note in pertinent news stories that we have an individual who is investing in the game. As always, no relationships will be factored into coverage, and writers are required by Destructoid to disclose this before they invest. To go a step further, all shift leads (EICs) are forbidden from investing outright, and reviews for these games will be non-scored.]

[Update from Chris Carter: we've also made an effort to retroactively pursue disclosures, as is the case with this review of Oddworld after learning that a staff member, who was hired after we reviewed the game, was involved with the production as a voice. It seems unnecessary, but when possible, I prefer to be as transparent as possible. We wouldn't be here without our readers, so we owe it to you. If mistakes are made, we'll do our best to make it right.]

[Update from Chris Carter: as a whole I take disclosures very seriously, and we have continued to make an effort to disclose relationships in all of our reviews. That includes Kickstarters that individual staff members back. These disclosures will also show up in the review itself.]

There's a great deal of turmoil in the industry as of late. Many of you know that, and want some sort of resolution. We cannot speak for our colleagues or the people we cover, but wish to clarify our stance on these issues.

Our company condemns hate, discrimination, or harassment of anyone ever. While we support thoughtful discourse, there is a very bold line between criticism and harassment. We do not plan to wade into those waters and hope you will not either.

DESTRUCTOID AND TRANSPARENCY

The videogames industry is a very small, and our job involves getting to know the individuals behind the games we play. Many prominent figures in the business have worked at Destructoid in the past. Those relationships don't simply vanish when they move onto other things. They are, however, set aside and never taken into consideration when we evaluate games.

We also ask for disclosures upfront as part of our employment paperwork.

Destructoid is but one voice among an echoing canyon of reverberating noise right now. We can't magically resolve all of the issues that plague the videogame industry. But, we feel it's important to disclose some thoughts and policies that the staff holds dear. At the end of the day, we really just want to do our best to serve you the best we can, and we believe the way to do that is by being good and honest people.

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This ethics statement reflects our work at Tomopop, Flixist, and Japanator and all we do.


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