Game journalism going down the tubes
We’ve heard an unsettling rumor today from an anonymous tipster that longtime
game reviewer Jeff Gerstmann from Gamespot has been let go. That wouldn’t
necessarily be newsworthy, but the conditions under which he was allegedly
dismissed were. According to the source, Gerstmann was fired "on the spot" due
to advertiser pressure for his review of Eidos’ Kane & Lynch: Dead
Men. A visit to Gamespot shows that the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game has
taken over the site very prominently, with backgrounds and multiple banner ads
all pitching Kane & Lynch. Allegedly, publisher Eidos "took issue
with the review and threatened to pull its ad campaign."
Penny-Arcade was quick to give their input: http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/11/29
Kotaku has confirmed that Jeff Gerstmann is indeed no longer with gamespot. What does this say about your major game review sites? The credability of all advertised gaming websites has completely gone downhill. I guess we’ll just have to rely on your smaller community websites for an honest opinion.
**Please note that the reason for Jeff’s leave is only speculative. As of this writing, there is no official response or reasoning as to why Jeff Gerstmann was let go.