Thought-experiment: You are a well-respected confection reviewer on Youtube (you make your monies off Sleep-Number ads). You've tasted and reviewed countless chocolate bars, taffies, lollie-pops, and gums by Herhey, Mars, Trident, and independent confectioners. One day you get a call from Willy Wonka himself. He wants you to take a VIP tour of his famous factory and enjoy his new product FREE, to review. You take him up on his offer. He's a charming man. The experience is wonderful. He let's you taste whatever you like. He loads you up with promotional items. Then he gives you an unopened box of his new product, saying sincerely, "I hope you enjoy." You go home after a warm farewell, open the box, take a bite of the candy and...it's average. Just an average-tasting piece of fruity liquorice rope. You sit at your computer, ready to tell the world the truth as you see it.
But can you honestly say, after that experience--however sinister or benign the intent--that your review might not err favorably (even if only slightly so) by the enchanting experience? Or might your review become colored by hostility from your observance of slave Oompah-Loompah labor?
Your reviews begrudge the points-system. You're one of those people who insists it's more about the personality than the candy you're reviewing--The People just love your ugly mug! That is why you extravagantly spit out truly terrible candy (as you see it) and moan like Homer Simpson at the truly worthy flavors of confectionary masterpieces. "People enjoy my style of muckraking," you say.
So as you make ridiculous faces juggling politeness with a mild but exaggerated offense at the blandness of the treat, Wonka takes comfort knowng that at the very least, he has earned free publicity for a bland product in exchange for $1.99 of "good will", or "giving back", or "interacting with his fan base", and poor schoolchildren decide to waste their allowance to see if the thing Jim Sterling--I mean you--is going on about is really as complex a treat as you claim.
*FYI* We had it from the horse's mouth that Jim Sterling buys his own games for review (triple-A, at least), but since he's gone on Patreon, I can't be sure he buys his own candy.