Destructoid – Top 10 Post

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Top 10 posts of Destructoid

Retro Studios is taking over development for Metroid Prime 4

The GLAAD Media Awards royally screwed up its for video game award

Today in Community: #Saturday,-January-26th-2019

Community Blog by Keiichi Morisato // Super left leaning anime fans January 2018: oh my god Devil Man Crybaby is so good,it’s GOAT. Super left leaning anime fans one year later: oh my god Goblin Sl…

GameStop cancels some Kingdom Hearts PS4 Pro pre-orders

Nintendo denies that a Switch follow-up is coming anytime soon

Today in Community: #Friday,-January-25th-2019

Playing Resident Evil 2 tonight? Let’s hang out for a bit

Servers ‘slammed’ after release of Anthem VIP demo, EA working to get things up and running

The PlayStation Essentials sale on PS4 games is worth a look

GENERAL GUIDELINES

As outlined by the Federal Trade Commission, Destructoid makes every effort to follow the guidelines set by the FTC, as recommended in 2013. Generally speaking, we make repeated clear and conspicuous disclosures and disclaimers in every author’s biography, and under every editorial where our readers may have any such concern. Destructoid views themselves as a consumer-first publication and do everything in our power to live up to this standard.

EX-DESTRUCTOID STAFF AND ASSOCIATES

The video games industry is 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.

Destructoid also ask for disclosures upfront as part of our employment paperwork, which are updated on a regular basis. When a person leaves Destructoid, their new work history is noted on their bio whenever possible.

You will find disclosures on every employee bio, and a snippet of that appears on every article. When developers, marketers, or sponsors blog here it is clearly labeled as such.

REVIEW SCORES AND FREE PRODUCTS 

In every case, Destructoid discloses if the product was provided by the manufacturer or if it was purchased on our own. They’ve also made an effort to retroactively pursue disclosures where former staff had any involvement, direct or indirect. Such 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, they prefer to be as transparent as possible. They wouldn’t be here without our readers, so we owe it to you. If mistakes are made, they’ll do our best to make it right.

CROWDFUNDING / INVESTING 

As a whole we take disclosures very seriously, and we have continued to make an effort to disclose relationships in all of our reviews. That includes private investments, Kickstarters, Patreons, IndieGoGo, Fig campaigns, and any such other financial contribution that individual staff members are directly involved in or through their family members. These disclosures will also show up in the review itself. 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. 

TRAVEL AND GIFTS

Any travel, gift, or product provided by an advertiser is clearly marked as such.

ADVERTISING 

Ads on Destructoid are sold by the Enthusiast Gaming Network (Toronto) 

Enthusiast works with multiple third-party ad networks to display advertisements on our site. These external teams do not have access or control of the editorial content in any way, shape, or form. 

Likewise, the editorial team has no knowledge ahead of time what advertisements may appear on Destructoid, and 100% of ads are hidden when an editor is going about their work on our site.  

AUTOMATED SOFTWARE DISCLOSURES

Our web software will automatically insert disclosures for stories that match a certain pattern. For example, if a story is tagged ‘deals’ our software will insert a disclosure stating that we as a company may earn an Amazon.com commission for the sale. This isn’t always the case, as we frequently report deals that have nothing to do with affiliate relationships, but we prefer to err on the safe side. In broad terms, most deals on Destructoid are blogged from the “Dealzon” author account, which also carries a similar disclosure in their bio. This is also the case involving Twitter – we use third-party software to push social media updates automatically. We make every effort for any social media update containing a deal or offer to automatically have clear disclosures when shopping links are concerned, regardless if they financially benefit Destructoid or not. 

CORRECTIONS

When a story contains a serious error, such as an error in pricing or factually incorrect statements, we will add a note with [ brackets ] within the editorial, usually at the top. If small spelling or grammatical errors are made that don’t affect the meaning of the story this may be silently corrected by our editors.

SATIRE AND DEFAMATION 

In the case of satire, they make every effort to clearly label it as such and use fictional names whenever possible. Destructoid 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. Please refer to our full terms of use for more information on how we moderate both staff and user conversations.

SEVERITY AND TERMINATION

If it is discovered that an editor at Destructoid willfully withheld ethical conflicts of interest that may or may not have affected their output, the person will immediately be put on suspension and following an investigation may be immediately terminated. We take these matters very seriously.