October 30, 2001
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Ed Blachman disagrees with Jessica Mulligan's claim that game critics should be capable of making computer games themselves. He notes that

"An entirely too common flaw of those who have engaged in the pursuit whose outputs they review is that they go soft. They won't criticize their friends, and the longer they're at it, the more friends they have. They won't criticize fellow authors because they know the pain of being criticized,.... or maybe because they don't want to jeopardize their chances of getting blurbed someday. Now, where's the corruption? To hell with all that! I don't want agenda-toting flamers dominating the reviews. "