Some game journalists posted pictures of themselves with free PS4s that they received from a Sony review event in New York. These pictures angered some readers who questioned why journalists should receive “gifts” from video game companies. As someone who earned a journalism degree, I understand where some readers are coming from. It’s a fundamental question raised in journalism ethics class: should reviewers receive free services or products for review? Any good journalism teacher will tell you that if you accept free services or products, you open yourself up to legitimate concerns about conflicts of interest.
- Jed Pressgrove, Fate of the Game