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    • #6398
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      Allegedly…because they upset Eidos paid gamespot a truckfull of money to advertise the crap out of said game;

      Rumors have been swirling today that Jeff Gerstmann, executive editor at CNET-owned major video game site GameSpot, was fired after giving a generally unimpressed review of Io Interactive’s Kane & Lynch: Dead Men. Gerstmann awarded the game a 6.0. [Edit: Gerstmann had particularly negative words in his video review, which was removed from the site by GameSpot today.]

      According to the reports, the layoff came after Kane & Lynch publisher Eidos took issue with the review and threatened to pull its considerable ad contract. GameSpot’s front page is currently almost entirely re-skinned with Kane & Lynch imagery.[/quote:8498c45b66]

      http://www.shacknews.com/onearticle.x/50134

      Comic;
      http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2007/11/29

    • #39479
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      You beat me to it ;P

      In my opinion, this is Gamespot finished now,

      They shot themselves in both feet loosing Greg Kasavin, Carrie Gouskos (NOT carrie bradshaw! thanks peter! heh) and rich Gallup, and now it seems they just cut off their own head.

      and the worst thing is nonoe of the current employees can say anything or they will follow him.

      I hope the 1up network grab him, that would be great!

      the video review of Kane and Lynch that Gamespot removed can be found here

      Also found this blog, which puts an interesting spin on things, plus it’s featured on Gamespot’s front page which is odd.

      "I have noticed, and have always asked about, how it is possible that Jeff Gerstmann could find so much time to do all he does. The videos, the reviews, the music, maintaining his Gamerscore, the Gamerscore Points Report videos, etc. Then it started slowing down. Where before it seemed like Jeff was reviewing all of the top games himself, other reviewers like VanOrd started popping up more regularly. What did this mean? Was he tired? Was he involved in other projects? Was he lacking motivation?

      It was inevitable that at some point Jeff was going to move on. It is the nature of the business. You can’t sit stagnant in the same, high pressure, high stress position for too long without feeling like a failure. As Editor-in-Chief the only place he could be promoted to was a suit position at CNet. No fun at all. I think it just came as a surprise to everyone that it wasn’t his choice. That and that it was possibly as a result of pressure from a third party over his mediocre review of Kane & Lynch.

      The quality of the video review, while still pretty professional, had a tense and hurried look about it. One could imagine that this video was done as a last hurrah, a big F-U to the bigwigs. Watch it and listen to his voice. The audio seems like it wasn’t coming through especially well almost like he produced it in a very rushed manner. Its highly possible that this firing was a long time coming. We may never truly know the whole story. If Jeff was tired of the job, why would he admit it? If Eidos pressured GameSpot to fire him for posting the video review, why would they admit it? If GameSpot caved under said pressure, why would they admit it?"

      and the penny arcade comic went up early:

    • #39481
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      Cheers for the video link !

    • #39482
      Anonymous
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      Jeff noooooooooooooooooooooo. I hope he goes to 1UP.com and I also hope he is smart enough NOT to go to IGN.

      for a good wile their Jeff has been gamespot after a few key people left.

    • #39483
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      LoL Aaron should be the one to go. I got banned from their website for posting the rumor am so pissed off! :(

    • #39484
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      You beat me to it ;P

      In my opinion, this is Gamespot finished now,

      They shot themselves in both feet loosing Greg Kasavin, Carrie Bradshaw and rich Gallup, and now it seems they just cut off their own head.
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      Carrie Bradshaw???
      is she not the bird from sex in the city?

    • #39486
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      HAHAHAHHAHHAHAHAHAH

      YEAH IT IS!

      heh Christ I have to go change that :roll: :lol:

    • #39487
      Anonymous
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      Carrie Bradshaw???
      is she not the bird from sex in the city?[/quote:da3a0f4a69]

      Hang your head in shame for knowing that

    • #39488
      Anonymous
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      I know…. paramount has that shite on always..

    • #39492
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      this is the only response from jeff so far:

      This probably won’t come as much of a surprise, but I’m unable to comment on the rumors surrounding my termination. Though I will say that I wish people would stop calling my parents’ house at 2AM looking for comment…I know the proper stereotype of a game critic is a guy that lives in his parents’ basement and all, but jeez!

    • #39497
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      That’s what you get for trying to have integrity.

    • #39498
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      2 responses from Gamespot so far.

      One is from Ryan Davis, and can be found here

      The other is from Greg Kasavin, former editor-in-chief of Gamespot, the job which Jeff held until the other day. Not as much an insight as sort of a nostalgia thing, but anyway, that can be read here

      Also, there’s a great article from an apparent employee of Gamespot who was in the meeting regarding all these shenanigans, and if it’s real, then it’s a good insight into Gamespot’s past and future plans…..

      that can be read here

      I probably shouldn’t be this interested in this I know, but i liked Jeff and it’s such an interestingly cold and callous way to ditch someone who has carried the site for at least the last year that I can’t not google it every day out of sheer curiosity!

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