About - Hard Reset
Video Games Are Awesome.
You’ve found Hard Reset. This is one of those independently run videogame websites, but with a difference. Why pick the name Hard Reset? Well, we want to stick our fat fingers on the big shiny red reset button on ordinary video game coverage online. Our ethos here at the HR underground moon base is summarised by six simple words… Created By Players, Powered By Community.
Everything on Hard Reset is created by passionate players who, just flatout, adore games, the game industry and everything inbetween. We provide an open platform for people who want to create anything about games to publish their own content to our site, meaning that everything you read, watch or listen to on Hard Reset is not only wholly owned by that creator, but it will be his or her own, uncensored, honest opinion.
At the same time, Hard Reset wants to build a sense of community between the creators and the consumers and of course between the creators themselves. Many of the creators who publish their content on Hard Reset will have access to the various HR social networks, giving you not only the latest fantastic stuff from the site, but a breadth of opinion in mostly 140 characters or less. We also want to turn the stereotype of comments section from negative to positive by encouraging conversation. Finally, we want to bring the creators together, despite the fact that they could live thousands of miles apart, to chat, laugh and shout at each other across various mediums for your entertainment.
As a general rule, we don’t have the time to review every game that is released. Instead, we bring give you our opinion on the games with most hype or the stuff that interests us the most. Expect us to give you facts, thoughts, metaphors, hyperbole and a mandatory number for everything from the biggest franchises to the most compelling new IPs.
We chose a five star review system for many, many reasons. Firstly, scores out of five is the universal system outside of games. From Amazon to the film reviews in your local paper; ?/5 gives the most amount of information, simply and at a glance.mA score out of five is also more precise than the more granular rating systems. When you rate something out of 10 or even 100, the lower numbers become pointless and unused. Anything under a 7 out of 10 is automatically classed as awful. How to you justify the difference between a 8.7 and 8.8? You can’t.
While we don’t believe a game can be perfect, this is a game you have to play. Without a doubt worth your time and money.
While still a very good and easy to recommend, it doesn’t quite live up what it could be.
A nice halfway point. While we appreciate the game’s specific style, narrative, subject matter, it isn’t as good as other similar titles. Recommended for people who love the franchise or gameplay style.
The bad outweighs the good. Not recommended but hell, you never know!
Just bad. Don’t buy it. Purchase is reserved for the criminally insane.
Proud Of Standards
All content creators subscribe to the following set of standards.
If we review a game at a publisher-sponsored event, we’ll disclose it in the review.Our writers will not accept gifts (including food and drinks) in excess of $50 in value.
We don’t discuss review scores with publishers or developers prior to the review being published. Hard Reset will adjust its assessment of games and hardware over the life of those products. These changes will always be explained and transparent.
Hard Reset staffers do not cover companies (1) in which they have a financial investment, (2) that have employed them previously or (3) employ the writer’s spouse, partner or someone else with whom the writer has a close relationship.
It is our policy not to pay sources. On rare occasions, we may contract with a source as a co-creator of content. Anonymous sources must prove their identity to Hard Reset to be cited in a story. We protect the identity of our sources.
Hard Reset makes every effort for stories to be completely accurate upon publication. Inaccurate stories will be corrected but not removed.
We have advertisements on our site and they are our main source of revenue. While we do not have a separate company securing advertising deals, adverts are chosen at the discretion of our editor-in-chief and do not effect the quality of our product.
We do not accept money or other consideration from companies as a condition or incentive to write a review or story, whether favorable or unfavorable.
All reviews and other editorial material on the site are based on our editorial discretion, and not based on the desire of any company, advertiser or PR firm.
Advertisers don’t ask us to cover their products and we don’t comment about their ads.
We will endeavor to clearly mark any advertisement or “infomercial” (videos, Flash animations, etc.) shown on Hard Reset as an advertisement or sponsored post.
From time to time, we will conduct contests and giveaways for readers on the site. We will post rules for each contest, which will be binding on contestants who decide to participate.Giveaways of products are not, and should never be considered, endorsements of the companies involved or their products.
If the occasion arises where editors and news writers are asked to appear in a professional capacity as experts on various television, news, radio, or other media. These appearances do not constitute endorsement of any products, companies, or services discussed; it is possible that we may accept reimbursement for our travel expenses associated with one of these professional appearances (as long as the media outlet is not affiliated with any game company or other company we cover).
PRODUCT SAMPLES FOR REVIEWS:
Companies may send games or other products or samples to our editors in order for our staff to review such samples and determine whether we will provide a review of the product on Hard Reset. We do not accept any samples on any preconditions, such as, that we will agree to provide a review simply because the company sent us a sample. Please note that companies may provide these samples before the product is commercially available, in which case, we may agree to an embargo with the company or its PR firm. This means we agree not to publish the review or associated news until a given time.
Occasionally, we decide to review something which has not been provided to us by a company. In this case, an editor will purchase the product for themselves.