Adam Sessler, a popular gaming reporter and former host of Attack of the Show on NBC’s now-defunct G4 (now known as the Esquire Network), has built his career on giving honest reviews of entertainment and tech products for his longtime, gaming-obsessed fans. As the host of online TV show network Revision 3′s weekly segment ”Sessler Something,” he’s successfully bringing his same upfront and magnetic personality to Youtube. But, his normally ardent fans felt Sessler hit a sour note last week, placing a Slim Jim ad that promoted a contest with Electronic Arts — right before a review of Dead Space 3. Immediately, viewers cried foul of his ethics.
In response to the accusation of a “pay for play” review — hinting that he could have taken a kick-back for a positive review of the game by EA — Sessler tackled the issue head-on in this week’s video, titled, “Publishers, Game Journalists, and OTHER EVILS!” In it, he firmly denies that the EA logo before the review was anything more than an honest mistake, and adds that he and his producers decided not to fix it because “The horses were out of the barn.” Read more