Interesting. I just saw this post over on Tobold’s (I lurk and skim) and my first thought was; I’m not American – neener neener!
Of course, things are never that simple. I see in some of the comments that Tobold believes that because the hosting site is American he has to abide by the FTC or they can force his site to have the plug pulled. Now if the host wasn’t on American soil that would be a different story.
I have a hard time with people telling me what I can and cannot say, especially when it isn’t even some aspect of my elected government. Now there are some things just don’t say because it’s completely idiotic or might cause harm or panic; I wouldn’t do that sort of thing. But this isn’t about what you can and can’t say, it’s more about what you should say.
I don’t have a problem with saying the following:
I have never recieved any endorsements, up front previews or beta access with any known agreement to review it.
All contents of these posts are thanks to applying to betas and getting lucky (mass invites or open beta access) or they show up after a game is released and I’ve bought it with my own money.
I have never been approached with any deals to review a game, I do so out of my own interests and when the mood strikes me. I have been asked to advertise someone’s site with promise of money but I ignored it because, quite frankly, their site sucked.
All that said, my current addiction is WoW and I get no benefits or perks or what ever for talking about WoW. If I can hang on and resist hopping to MMOs, it’ll likely continue to be so for awhile longer.