Ethan wants his readers to be able to trust the testimonials and reviews that are posted about his work.
To this end, he holds himself to a high standard regarding review ethics.
No review incentives
Ethan does not incentivise readers for reviews, nor does he provide reviews for paid/gift-based incentives; please do not get in contact with enquiries of this nature, as they will be flatly refused.
Provision of review codes & copies
From time-to-time, Ethan will provide free codes to reviewers, let’s-players & streamers with the intent that the recipients will produce some kind of review, stream or content (though this is just a verbal, non-binding agreement).
In the case of reviews, specifically, Ethan encourages reviewers to state that a free code was provided, for transparency. When used as testimonials on this website, Ethan will tag these reviews with:
(disclosure policy – review copy supplied)
Review exchange policy
Ethan will not perform “review exchanges” with other authors or developers.
Please do not contact Ethan with requests of this nature, as they will be flatly refused.
Review witholding policy
Ethan generally seeks to “lift up” other indie creators, and will not usually post negative reviews of other indie titles, instead preferring just to keep these opinions private.
AAA or extremely successful games are exempt from this policy, as a single negative review is less likely to cause problems for those developers.
Separation of reviews & editorial
Ethan regards reviews as primarily for readers/consumers, as opposed to being a resource for authors. To this end, he will not produce editorial that focuses primarily on specific reviews, or enter into personal discussion over reviews or individual reviewers.
Ethan will only comment publicly on reviews, or discuss them, in the case that a review is factually inaccurate and/or defamatory.
Please do not ask Ethan to discuss the content of reviews, positive or negative, at interview, such as on a podcast. He will discuss reviews in general terms but will not talk about individual reviews.
These policies are subject to change
Ethan will review these policies over time, and they are subject to change.