Welcome to High Ground Gaming’s Editorial Ethics, Principals, and Guidelines page. Our commitment to editorial excellence is unwavering, and these guidelines form the bedrock of our integrity and the trust our readers place in us. These principles govern our approach to all content we create, curate, and publish.
How We Create Content
At High Ground Gaming, our writers are passionate experts in specific games, sharing your own enthusiasm for favorite genres and titles. They bring their extensive experience and skills to the content on HGG, often incorporating screenshots from their gameplay to enhance their articles with visual insights. Our team operates remotely, using their personal gaming systems and game libraries to produce content that’s both authentic and informative. We greatly value your feedback on our work, so feel free to leave comments or reach out through our contact page. You can also join our community by becoming a member on our site.
We do not stand against AI and the many emerging technologies in this field. However, transparency with our readers is important to us. To ensure openness, we have introduced clear indicators: if the majority of the content on page is created with AI technologies, such as generative AI, the page will carry an “AI Assisted” badge near the top. On the other hand, content produced by the author listed in the article’s byline will be marked with a “Human Made” badge, differentiating the two for clarity.
For more information, see our AI Policy here.
Our team values its independence, operating without commercial pressure or influence from advertisers. This freedom allows us to make cool content and provide honest and critical evaluations of games, products, and industry practices.
Objectivity and Fairness
We are unwaveringly committed to impartiality, ensuring our content remains untainted by external influences or personal biases. Our aim is not just to achieve accuracy, but to actively acknowledge and rectify our mistakes. Through diligent fact-checking, we constantly update our content to correct any inaccuracies and to present the most up-to-date information. We firmly oppose plagiarism, upholding the belief that original creators should always receive due credit.
Our relationship with our audience is built on the bedrock of transparency. We openly disclose any partnerships, technologies, or relationships that might influence our coverage. When mistakes occur, we address them with prompt corrections, upholding our commitment to accuracy and reliability.
Advertising & Affiliate Links
At High Ground Gaming, our operations are supported by the revenue generated from advertisements on our site. We manage our own advertising with the help of our trusted partner Mediavine, ensuring that our ad space is utilized in a way that aligns with our content and audience.
It is our strict policy that monetary or other incentives from companies do not dictate our review process or editorial coverage. Every piece of content, including reviews and editorial commentary, is created at the discretion of our team, without influence from external companies, advertisers, or public relations firms. Advertisers have no say in the creation or presentation of our content, nor do we discuss their advertisements.
We do not engage in advertorial content; that is, paid content that mimics the form and function of editorial content. Should there ever be a need to publish any form of sponsored content, it will be clearly and conspicuously labeled as advertising to maintain transparency with our readers.
Additionally, High Ground Gaming may feature affiliate marketing links. These are instances where we may earn a commission if you purchase products or services through links in our content. We want to assure our readers that these links do not influence our editorial content. The trust of our community is paramount, and we are committed to integrity and transparency in every aspect of our work.
Respect & Dignity
The diversity of the gaming community is celebrated and respected in every piece of content we publish. We strive to create an inclusive environment that honors all players, irrespective of their background or identity. The privacy of individuals is paramount, and we are meticulous in obtaining consent before publishing any sensitive information.
Quality & Excellence
The content on our pages is the product of thorough research, crafted to provide depth and utility. We select our writers and contributors for their expertise and experience in the gaming industry, ensuring that our standards of quality are consistently met.
Corrections & Accountability
We make mistakes sometimes, and if we do, we’ll acknowledge and correct it as soon as we can.
We understand the weight of the responsibility we carry and the impact of the content we publish. To that end, we invite and value the feedback loop between ourselves and our readers, allowing it to guide us.
If you spot an error or have a complaint, feel free to contact us any time.
Product Samples for Reviews
We occasionally accept product samples from companies for the purpose of conducting in-depth reviews. However, the acceptance of such samples does not guarantee a favorable review, nor does it influence the content of our review in any way. Our assessments are based on comprehensive testing and the unbiased experience of our reviewers.
Be aware that there are occasions when we might receive samples prior to their official release to the public. In such instances, it’s common practice for us to enter into an embargo agreement with the providing company or their public relations team. An embargo is a mutual understanding that we will withhold our review or any related content until a specified date.
For a complete look at our review practices, see our review policy page.
We are champions of constructive dialogue and endeavor to cultivate a community space where respectful and harassment-free discussions can thrive. Our aim is to contribute positively to gaming culture and promote ethical practices within the industry.
Embracing the dynamic nature of gaming journalism, we are committed to continual improvement, adapting to evolving standards and practices. We encourage our team’s professional development, enhancing their skills and understanding of the ethics that underpin our craft.
By upholding these principles, High Ground Gaming stands as a bastion of trust and quality in the gaming community, delivering content that is not only engaging and informative but also rooted in ethical integrity and professional responsibility.