SEALING THE DEAL
Back at the turn of the 20th century, slick magazines ruled the news stands. One of the slickest and most popular was called Good Housekeeping. This magazine was targeted to the American household and one of the things that made it stand out from the competition from their very beginning in 1909 was their “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval”. They awarded this recognition to the best products on the market and their readers felt that if something received that seal, that product was worthy of THEIR approval and their buying. This seal has lasted to this day! Wouldn’t it be great if there was something like that for games? Well, there is – and you’re looking at it!
There are many reviewing outlets in today’s world but, with apologies to the Declaration of Independence, NOT all are created equal. Many of these so-called experts have their opinions tainted with fees collected. Some openly admit this and solicit these fees from erstwhile entrepreneurs with dreams of fame and fortune. Others present themselves as experts without knowing much about games at all. Sometimes, if you say something often enough, people tend to believe it. (“The Big Lie” theory proven again and again.) On the other hand, you have Gamers Alliance and Gamers Alliance Report.
Throughout our history (and today, we are the longest running English language game review publication in the world), we have NEVER accepted or solicited money for reviews. Paid advertising has NEVER appeared in our pages. Throughout our 30 plus years, we have continued to resist attempts to control the content appearing in our pages as well.
From time to time, we will expose a game that deserves to be exposed for its woeful deficiencies. But our vast majority of time is spent on showcasing the best there is. When you see a game in the pages of Gamers Alliance Report, you are seeing games that have earned the “seal of approval” from the highly respected contributors we have been fortunate enough to attract, people who KNOW what they’re talking about and can back up what they say. Are these games perfect? Nothing made by human hands is. But flaws and shortcomings are mentioned and addressed in a completely honest and straightforward way so YOU can use your judgment to determine if a particular game is worth your time, energy and money.
This issue marks the start of our 31st consecutive year. From our very beginning, we have made a deal with the World of Games: to provide honest and trustworthy reviews from the finest writers on games to our worldwide readership, uninfluenced by financial considerations. With this issue, we continue “sealing the deal”.
In this issue, we do some TV programming, visit the merchant stalls of Morocco, trek to the stars and rediscover a Holy Grail! Greg J. Schloesser seeks profits, Kevin Whitmore stays sharp, Chris Kovac goes to war, Andrea “Liga” Ligabue gets happy while Chantal Noordeloos gets mad!! And, of course, much more.
Until next time, Good Gaming!
Herb Levy, President
Have feedback? We’d love to hear from you.
Fall 2016 GA Report Articles