Cheapy and Shipwreck, you shouldn't feel bad about having an opinion that differs from the video game press. Wombat is pretty spot-on about most of the video game press being nothing more than a bunch of glad-handed pseudo-journalists. Be honest. Be yourself. That's why the CAGcast is my favorite video game podcast. Pull no punches and kick things in the dick.
I'll have to check out this StackSoap. I'm pretty picky about the soap I use—but it sounds like an excellent gift and idea.