In light of the ongoing discussion surrounding the ethics of games media's relationship with games publishers, we here at Midnight Resistance felt it was time to codify our cultural practices and provide greater transparency into how we work.
Midnight Resistance is a non-profit games website. Oh, how we wish it wasn't. We're not in a position to charge readers for premium features, and it would be basically impossible for us to publish adverts for games without sacrificing our integrity. To this end we are committed to providing commercially-independent editorial content at least once a month, maybe, depending on how well we can fit it in between our day jobs, which in many cases lie in professional game development and writing, thereby invalidating our supposed independence anyway.
We will always accept free review copies from PR companies. We probably won't review them though, and we will definitely sell them on after a few weeks to pay for artisanal soda.
We will try to accept as many invitations to free PR junkets as possible. This is our promise to you, our reader - if any games publisher would care to offer us a free trip abroad, and/or put us up in a fancy hotel to attend a PR event, we will do everything in our power to accept their generosity and enjoy a free holiday. However, in order to ensure our editorial content remains unbiased, we won't write anything about the product or event in question.
We will never use legal threats to silence our critics. We wouldn't know how to. Besides, they would probably be making some valid observations anyway.
We are committed to publishing unsubstantiated rumours and industry gossip. However, for legal reasons we are obliged to obfuscate these stories until they lose all relevance - if you ever hear the Silent Hill 2 dog music during our podcast, it means we're discussing a serious criminal offense!
We will not take part in publisher-run competitions aimed at members of the press. They are embarassing.
We hope these guidelines help to clarify some of our many contradictory positions.