Gamespot Editor Fired
THIS has been bouncing around suddenly. Would have put it in the 'Games' section, but things are still unclear at this time, IMO.
Looks like Jeff Gerstmann of Gamespot was fired, shortly after the posting of a rather negative review (6/10) and video of the game "Kain & Lynch: Dead Men". The fact that Eidos blitzed the website with advertising for this game at the same time, and that the video has since been removed makes it all rather suspicious.
Needless to say, speculation is running rampant. When you see forums and blogs posting stuff like this -
This could turn into something of a black eye for Gamespot, or it might just blow over. Who knows.
I'm not surprised. GS reviews have been for sale for years now.
This is the norm.. alot of the fluff and bs out there is from the need for cash flow.. a strangle hold on writing and editorial freedom if people.
I look at reviews with tepid trepidation. The crap at toms hardware and favoritism towards certain hardware.. the fluff at hard ocp.. it is everywhere.. yeah I almost believe I am treading on thin ice...
You almost got to have an iron set, to resist the the padding of a site.
Hell I can give an honest review of every game out there, i get and and test them and usually throw them in the corner even though alot of sites are glowing with rehashed crap about it.. e
The same with hardware, I rarely get burned due to personal research, I like this site and have hopes for it.
after 30+ years of deigning building and tweaking computers... I have learned to walk a thin line of reality and fluff... one thing though.. if the reviews are too hot.. the product is not..
Well, at least the GPU core does. :whistle::ph34r:
Nah I read your review..... it was informative.. concise. I have an XFX 8800GT, which is in my gf's pc.. yeah like I am gonna give up a gtx.
One thing we noticed is the video playback is jaggy and not that fluid... we have a PX-810SA in her machine.... we tried lord of the rings and a few others and noted the edges and flowing of the video was not right...
might be the software.. or something i did though
..yup something i did.. fixed
This reminds me of SKY's post a little while back about the corruption in the hardware review industry, that's what is has become after all, an industry. Just goes to show that it doesn't matter what industry, item or other consumer product is being reviewed those with money will always try to extort influence on those who want some of it.
I seriously doubt that this chap will be out of work for long and probably already has had offers for his services.
Some people still value integrity, and honesty while for others they seem to be just buzzwords.
This whole debacle stinks. I am sure that if and when GS makes a public announcement, and the more heat they feel from members over this they will have to, it will go something like this...This guys dismissal had nothing at all to do with any particular review but instead had more to do with other circumstances that will not be made public...yea sure GS that must be it. It couldn't have to do with companies threat to pull all there ads worth whatever...heavens no couldn't be...
Companies must think that we as consumers are all idiots and will believe whatever some outfit tells us.
Whenever I am shopping for something I always read more then one review, then I'll read a couple more and when I have made a decision and am ready to commit I'll read a few more just to be sure, I suggest you all do the same or I suspect most do.
What really irks me more then anything else is the lack of respect that 'some' companies have for our dollars. Most of us had to work for the money to buy things and work damned hard for it. How dare they not show us the same proper respect, honesty and integrity we showed, hopefully, while earning it...
I can't help but think that GS just got unlucky enough to have a few attentive readers start up a sh*tstorm over it, which snowballed into the present situation.
For all we know, 9 times out of 10, the dismissal and the circumstances surrounding it goes unnoticed by the internet community at large.
I work for a mid/large manufacturer that sells the most expensive products in their industry. Is it because they are the best products compared to our competitors? No not at all. It's all about perception, positioning and separating you from as much of your money as possible with the least amount of effort needed. Sad but true.
Anyways good for the GS guy to not give in to the BS and too bad he got axed. My bet is he's going to be happier for it in the long run though.
That being said, I'm sure there are a lot of people who want to see beyond the fluff but are unsure of how to or where to go.
I for one am pretty impressed with HWC's commitment to report positive and negative aspects on their hardware reviews, which was one of my main draws to the site in the first place.
The whole incident is unfortunate, but expected. It happens almost everywhere now - whoever has the money has the control to the detriment of the consumers and the less than decent products they often get peddled.
At least the incident highlighted the fact that fundamentals do matter - if you make a good product, you're set. And if you (indirectly) pay people off because you control their salaries and want to make sales despite having a less than stellar product...well it will eventually come out.
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Does anyone remember the TV show Gamers? I remember watching an ep when it was reviewing a walt disney game and the girl with the pink hair said I giving this game a 5 out of 5 Gs, then in a whisper she said "it's one of our sponsor" :haha:
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