First, thanks for all the feedback on yesterday’s post. Some of the responses amounted to, “Well, it’s OK if you do it,” which is flattering but, as I mentioned in the comments, not ideal. Integrity shouldn’t operate on a double-standard.
On the whole, though, most people seemed to be thinking along the same lines as me: That is, the nebulousness of being a Kickstarter backer for Mighty No. 9 means I should recuse myself from reviewing the game — or rather, being a Kickstarter backer at a high level does. I’ve also backed some other games at the basic “you get a copy of the game” level, which amounts to pre-paying for the game — something reviewers do all the time. Honestly, with all my moving expenses looming, I doubt I’ll even be able to maintain my current high backing level… but we’ll see. As a few people mentioned, there’s potential in some interesting stories to emerge from my involvement at that level. So while I shouldn’t be the site’s sole voice covering the game, being a Kickstarter supporter for Mighty No. 9 could actually help me cover the game better rather than in a more compromised fashion.
Speaking of my upcoming move, things fell into place with surprising speed last week. We kicked around some ideas and concerns and eventually settled on a location, at which point we had a lock on an apartment within 24 hours. Cat and I will be relocating in a little more than a month to Raleigh, NC. This may seem a weird choice, but it makes sense for us on a lot of levels. We definitely regard this as a temporary home and have every intention of migrating to NYC within a few years, but for the moment Raleigh is a good place for us. Our families both live in the Eastern time zone (and Cat has a bunch of family in Raleigh itself), it’s a short flight to every major city on the east coast, and the modest cost of living will make a nice change of pace from the tech-millionaire-oriented disaster that San Francisco has metamorphosed into since we moved here. I’ll miss fresh sushi and sleeping under a heavy down blanket with the window open in the dead of summer, but I won’t miss being so isolated from family.
It should be an interesting chapter in our lives. In the meantime, I’ll still be doing the same job with USgamer, minus the constant rush of SF-based appointments. As for Retronauts, we haven’t figured out the logistics yet, but I’ll still be doing that, too.