Why should we, the readers, trust an industry that was content to ignore the issues of possible conflict of interest, such as patreon support and friendships with sources, until the issues went public. In short, why should we believe you can effectively police your biases.

So it turns out I have a lot to say in response to this question. So much to say, in fact, that I reached the ask.fm response character limit before I was even halfway through answering. I really didn't want to cut anything that I had to say, so I copied and pasted it over to my personal blog and finished the response there. It's a long read, and I apologize for making you follow a link to another site, but I think it's also a good read on an important question, so I hope you give it a chance.

https://gamerlymusings.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/qa-overflow-longread-response-on-crowdfunding-and-developer-friendship-ethics/

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Freelance game critic and narrative designer. Writing mostly at Digital Spy, and sporadically everywhere else. My twitter handle is actually @Duckols, not @ScottNichols.

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