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GameSpots's Gertsmann Fired, Fallout is Harsh

Filed under: Video Game Business
Posted by Jeremy on December 4, 2007 9:08 AM
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I've been so busy writing the LB Mass Effect Walkthrough that I haven't had a chance to point out this story to you.

Jeff Gertsmann, until recently the editorial director at GameSpot, was fired for a not-so-kind review of Eidos' Kane and Lynch, or at least that's what most people are speculating.

If you need to do some catching up, Joystiq has it covered well here, here, and here.

What's most interesting to me is that this is bringing out the long held notion that game reviewers are under pressure to write favorable reviews for games so that the game companies will then advertise (or continue to advertise) on/in said reviewers site/magazine.

While it's still unclear what really happened the fallout from this story is far more important than any truth. The notion of biased game reviewers is instilled in gaming culture and this story, fact or fiction, only serves to perpetuate that notion.

It then goes further and brings in a giant parent company, CNet, who perhaps undeservedly so, is being cast as the evil villain squashing the independent, gamer-centric reviews of Gertsmann for the all-important advertising dollars.

I'll continue to keep my eye on this story as it is one of those situations where the perceived notions are, most likeyly, worse than reality, but that simply doesn't matter.

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