Sunday, December 02, 2007

Gerstmann Story

Many of you will be aware of a editor called Jeff Gertmann. I am sure many of you are also aware of his recent termination at Gamespot, where he has been working for over 10 years, presenting all the live events and reviewing most big titles (including Halo) Visitors of GS will also know of the extensive advertisement campaign for Kane and Lynch. Jeff reviewed said game, but not very positively. I will briefly sum up the rumoured story and then add my opinion. It is rumoured that Edios, the publisher of K&L, following the review, withdrew thousands of dollars worth of advertising. The new head of CNET is apparently taking the company in a new, much more commercial direction and allowing advertising partners to have a much more editorial control on reviews. This would completely undermine every GS review as you would not know if they mean what they say, or just are being forced to.

So, what do I think of this? Well at first, I was furious. However, unlike many people, I am not going to delete my profile, as the GS community is still great and many members of staff and it is, after all, "where gamers go to know" Naturally, if there have been loads of ads on GS for a game, I will look at IGNs review and player reviews. What does everyone else think about this?

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous7:56 AM

    I've been reading Gamespot for years, on a regular basis. I almost never purchase a game until I check their review section. If this story is true, Gamespot is no longer useful to me in any way. Just another marketing site. I search for another source of game reviews.


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