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Should Reviewers Be Paid? | Maven Games
Last week we talked about the difference between previews and reviews, and what place opinions have. This week we’re looking at another hot potato: money. Just to be up-front before we start, I am a reviewer and I don’t take money for reviews. Lots of reviewers do though. And those that don’t will almost certainly accept free games (for review) from publishers. Opinions can get pretty heated on both sides of this one. Money can have a distorting effect on many things and the crux of the issue is whether you can trust a review from someone who has been paid. Let’s look at the issues… One thing that’s worth bearing in mind is how a reviewer decides which games to review. Thousands of new boardgames are released each year. There is no way that any reviewer can review them all, so at some point they have to decide which ones to choose. Some reviewers aim to cover as wide a selection as possible: family games, heavy games, war games, party games, good games and bad games. They’ll review anything. This can be very helpful because if it’s a bad game, they’ll usually say. However, most reviewers don’t have enough...