Recently, a reader left us a comment asking us what we think sets us apart from other Australian gaming websites.
“What do you plan to differentiate yourself from such peer gaming/tech websites?”
It was a great question that we had yet to discuss in-depth and explore fully. After attempting to reply to said comment, we realised that it may be better to address that question with its own post, so that we can communicate with our readers what OK Games is about and what we stand for. Consider this our ‘Ethics Policy’, for now at least.
So, what does differentiate ok games from other Australian gaming websites?
First off, we’re INDEPENDENT.
We’re not here because someone is paying us, we’re here because we like games. No one is telling us what to write or what to think, we express ourselves the way we want and we make no apologies for that. We’re free to speak our minds and express any differing opinions amongst ourselves, one person doesn’t speak for the rest of us, we celebrate our diversity. We may not be pushing out new content on a daily basis, but we strive for quality over quantity.
We are not here to push any form of agenda. As mentioned above, we are here because we love video games. We love playing video games, watching video games and talking about video games. We’re not professionals, so we’re not going to try to be. We’re going to use slang, we’re going to swear and we’re gonna respond to all of you. Disagree with everything we’ve said ever? We wanna know! Fallen in love with a game that we’ve recommended? We wanna know! Think we’re wasting our time and will never achieve anything beyond living in our parent’s houses and crying into our cuddle pillows? We wanna know! We want you to experience our articles in the same way you would experience a conversation between your best friends.
We’re against censorship, political agenda and we’re pro-consumer.
We wouldn’t support the removal of Grand Theft Auto V from Target’s shelves like Kotaku Australia would. We’re not going to try and inject our personal politics into articles and content, labelling you ‘sexist’ or ‘racist’ for not agreeing with our particular brand of ideologies. We’re not afraid to speak up when the Australian Classification Board bends the truth in order to refuse classification to a game because they personally don’t approve of it. We won’t turn around and tarnish the reputation of gamers globally in a self-righteous effort to appear morally superior to others. And we certainly wouldn’t turn against our audience, calling them ‘entitled’ when they call out bullcrap as they see it. You’re gamers, we’re gamers, and we’re in this together.
We’re all about ethics.
We wouldn’t promote a game made by someone we have a personal relationship with without fully disclosing said relationship, it doesn’t take a journalism degree to know that such a thing would be totally unethical and a betrayal of reader trust . We aim to be as transparent with our readers as possible. For what our opinions are worth, we think it’s important we express them clearly and honestly, no matter the subject. Expect many disclosures and disclaimers because actually, it is about ethics in games journalism.
In short, we’re here to facilitate that discussion that you want to have with like-minded video game fans. In a diverse, safe (but not too safe) and discrimination-free environment, we’re ready to go, just say the word, friends.
Thanks to Keith for posing the original question to us!