Eidos, Gamespot and Gerstmann Feud Rumors Spanning the Internet
There are rumors and speculation burning up the internet this morning regarding whether or not Gamespot may have fired Jeff Gerstmann, over his Kane & Lynch review. Owned by CNET, Gertsmann had been with the company for over 11 years and while according to sources he was not the most popular “man on campus”, he was a respected reviewer and had fans that included several gambits of the gaming community.
One of the rumors circulating the internet is that Eidos requested the firing due to Gerstmann giving Kane & Lynch a less than stellar review. Eidos had pumped plenty of funds into advertising on Gamespot along with allowing site readers to cut their own trailers for the game. While conspiracy theorists are saying that this was the main reason for his dismissal, a source close to they fray is stating anonymously that it was indeed the review that got Gerstamnn axed. While the Kane & Lynch advertisements are still on the site, Gerstmann’s video review has been taken down – but thanks to the YouTube generation you can see it posted above.
The video I have posted is the reason people are saying Gerstmann’s was fired – not his text review in which he gave the game a 6/10. Another rumor states that he left in a huff over his review being edited for tone- this is the one I find hardest to believe. Most gaming sites (including this one) have each feature and review edited for accuracy, length, misspellings, quality or other reasons before they are posted. This is nothing new to any sort of site or actual magazine that publishes reviews or any other sort of content. Considering the fact that Gerstmann has been in this business for over 11 years, he would be used to the cutting room floor by now.
*** MORE AFTER THE BREAK INCLUDING PENNY ARCADE’S TAKE ON THIS***
Not only was Gerstmann head of the reviews team, he also hosted a weekly video show called “On The Spot”, and wrote the music for many different audio and video publications on the site. Tim Tracy, who was the former head of video at the company, has also left -but at this time it is not clear as to whether the two incidences are related; however, speculation as to whether each were fired or left on their own accord is increasing.
Rock, Paper, Shotgun posted the last paragraph on the K&L review on their site, and I cannot see anything really wrong with it. Here it is:
“Kane & Lynch: Dead Men is a premise with promise, and if you’ve been waiting patiently for a game to really dive into the whole “crew-based heist tale” concept, you might be able to look past some of the story flaws. But when you consider the nearly ridiculous number of extremely high-quality shooters available recently, there’s not much room for something like Kane & Lynch, even taking into account the somewhat unique nature of its story. That said, the multiplayer is a smart idea that’s worth seeing, even if playing it makes you wish that it was used in another, better game.”
How is that any different from what most reviewers are saying? It is not, thus the reasoning that Eidos may have threw a temper tantrum and threatened to pull much needed advertising dollars from Gamespot’s budget. While the need to receive money from advertisements is an essential part of keeping a magazine or online site afloat, most publishing companies act with integrity and stand by their writers’ opinions. Honesty and opinions are what make exciting and refreshing reading – if you want one sided just watch Fox News (Republicans) or MSNBC (Democrats). Gamers want the reviewer to be honest so that they can make an educated decision on whether they want to waste a rental fee on the game or their hard earned paychecks instead. We need this in our industry if it is going to survive, and to bow down to a publisher to wants nothing but a “good” review for their game no matter if it is crap or not – is just silly. Publishers should have the guts to admit when they have produced a pile of dung, then stick out their chin and try not to make the same mistake twice. It is called accountability – not grade school politics.
However at this time, Gamespot and Eidos have yet to made a public statement regarding the rumors and Gerstmann is also not saying anything either. The forums for both Eidos and Gamespot have been lighting up since last night and Eidos has for the present, locked all of the threads relating to this incident and have supposedly deleted any derogatory posts. How professional.
Until official word surfaces regarding the actual events that transpired over this unfortunate situation, we will all just have to sit and wait with baited breath. Hopefully, Gerstmann himself will make an official statement, but more than likely he cannot as I am sure he had to sign some sort of “nondisclosure agreement”. Stay tuned for more on this.
Thanks: Rock, Paper, Shotgun