Sponsored VS Un-sponsored reviews

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Probably controversial for many gamers so let’s make sure to keep this friendly (haha). When you watch or read a game review, do you discount a paid reviews and give more weight to a unpaid reviews? 

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Supporter12 months ago

  • I want to hear disclosure if the review is sponsored. 
  • I give negative, or partly negative, sponsored reviews more weight than totally positive ones. 
  • I the end, or mostly depends on the person doing it. I have a number of reviewers in whom I've developed a certain amount of faith. If they are/become sponsored I would probably continue having faith, until they show themselves to have changed. 

Supporter12 months ago

Who are the reviewers that you pay the most attention to? 

Supporter12 months ago

For board games I like and trust, 

Meeple like us

Space Biff 

SU&SD

@Stidjen

The board game barrage podcast

Tom Vassel 

Zee Garcia

Liz Davidson 

Let me be clear. These are people that I often disagree with. But I can understand them well, and I can generally tell whether or not I will like a game that they review. Also note that some of these are strictly independent from publishers etc.... Others are supported by the game making industry in various ways. 


Supporter12 months ago

For sure.... reviewers you consistently disagree with are good to watch too

Supporter12 months ago

I believe that it is very important to do so. 

Owner12 months ago

I'm ok with it. The bigger issue for me is if the paid reviews are always glowingly positive (which is also completely fine) but if there's a track record of all those reviews not holding up. If that's the case then I probably wouldn't give much weight to that person's words. In comparison, I love Rahdo's runthroughs because even though he usually has nothing but praises for a game, he always makes it a point to define his criteria for a great game, which helps me look at the game from that vantage point.

I personally wouldn't do paid reviews though. Unless I make it a point to carefully select the games I will review (which I believe is what Rahdo does as well), I don't have the confidence to do a paid review of a game that I know I will hate. I'd much rather go the route of being supported by your own followers through patreon or something.

Supporter12 months ago

That makes sense for sure... you've got to see if it holds up. 

I think you should charge extra if its going to be a negative review... it would generate more buzz about the game! ;) 

12 months ago

Good question! 

Honestly, I don't give a lot of weight to reviews that are good/bad style in general. I much prefer the Three Minute Board Games/Rules Girl style reviews that are facts about game play and a personal, "Yeah, this is for me" or "Not my style, but it will be fun if you like [these games]!" thrown in at the end. Those types of reviews work pretty well with sponsored or donated content because it's mostly facts. Often, those reviews are how newer or smaller-press games come across my radar so I rely on the sponsored content to widen the circle. 

As long as they follow disclosure laws, I'm okay with it. I'm even happier with it when a sponsored review comes out while the Kickstarter is still active so I can pledge to it instead of be sad I missed the fun. 

Supporter12 months ago

Yes the fact style reviews are better for me as well

12 months ago

I am a little worried if I know that is a paid review and they do not say anything about it. Otherwise I have no problems with it. 

Supporter12 months ago

You like to have that disclosure then? 

12 months ago

Oh definitely, preferably on the front end too! When I hear that I know that any criticism they have is genuine!

12 months ago

I think disclosure is probably for the best if something is paid for. People like transparency and are more likely to trust a reviewer if they outright say they're getting paid versus having it discovered later on that it's paid content. Same content, different perspectives.

Supporter12 months ago

I do think it makes sense to disclose that too. 

12 months ago

I'm fine with it. Being in the review realm for a number of years now, I've gotten to know more of the personalities behind the channels. I trust them. I also think there's a difference between paid previews and paid reviews. A preview is a look at an upcoming game. It's advertising. People pay for advertising. Reviews is where things get trickier. A review is your personal thoughts on a game. Receiving money to give your thoughts can raise eyebrows, for obvious reasons. Still, in this industry, the vast majority of reviews seem willing and able to provide honest critiques of games, even if they don't like them. Other reviewers from other realms (i.e. paid Amazon reviewers) leave more to be desired.

12 months ago

Is there a difference between a paid preview and a paid play-through? 

12 months ago

I'm not sure, but if I were to guess, a paid preview is just a basic overview/advertisement of the game. No personal opinions, etc. Just highlighting the game.

A paid playthrough will simply be your content creator of choice showing their audience how it plays so they can see it in action. I would think a paid playthrough would cost more, due to more time being invested in the production.

Those are just what I would think the differences would be. I'm not 100% sure though.

Supporter12 months ago

I'm pretty sure the difference is the preview is an overview with some first-look opinions. A play through is playing the game and talking about it afterwards. I'd think a paid play-through would be more helpful (if you sat and watched the whole thing) as it would show the facts of how a game looks without too much extra commentary. 

Supporter12 months ago

Do you do paid reviews (or previews)?

12 months ago

I don't. I'm not sure I'd do paid reviews regardless, but given the opportunity, I might consider doing paid previews. Currently, our Kickstarter previews are more like reviews in that we are actually critiquing them.

Supporter12 months ago

Nice. I was just curious. 

Supporter12 months ago

That makes sense about previews vs reviews. I would assume that paid previews are just meant to make the game look really good and drum up some buzz. Reviews while trickier for the reviewer, seem to still have weight with me. 

Supporter12 months ago

Personally I don’t. I usually watch many reviewers when deciding if a game is one that I want or not. I’m happy that reviewers can get paid to provide content to us. I also genuinely think that most reviewers generally give their honest opinions about the games they review paid or not. I’m sure there are exceptions but this is my current take. 

Supporter12 months ago

I usually watch both.  The only time a game really gives me pause is if it only has sponsored reviews.  However, the review aspect rarely impacts my decision to buy a game.  I can tell if I would like it based on what they are saying.  As long as I can watch 3 - 4 videos I'm good.

Supporter12 months ago

Yep this is where I’m at.