Analytics: The only within-site cookies we use are from Google Analytics, to help us track user visits to the website. This helps us know what content people find most interesting and useful. We have limited time and resources, and so we’d rather put our effort into content people find engaging, instead of something no one will ever read. Beyond that, one of our goals is to cover events in person (E3, PAX, Comic Cons, etc.). Many of these events have specific requirements to consider places for media passes, which require analytics to verify.
Minimal Affiliate Link Cookies: So the short version is that what we do costs money, and we try to defer some of those costs with limited affiliate links (Amazon, for example). While you shouldn’t receive a cookie from our affiliate links by using the site, if you choose to click on an affiliate link, then it’ll give you a temporary cookie so that we’ll receive a tidbit of compensation in the event that you purchase/subscribe to a service after clicking through our links. Okay, so that wasn’t a short version, but it’s kind of a complicated deal.