I am not sure if all of you have heard this story yet, but I am sure some of you have, so I well tell you anyway.
As some of you may know, an editor at Gamespot by the name of Jeff Gerstmann was recently fired from the company, suppossedly because of a negative review he gave of the game “Kane & Lynch: Dead Men” by Eidos. The review was posted on Nov. 13th, 2007, and has just recently been pulled from the site. Apparently Gerstmann called it an “ugly game not worth a purchase”, and gave it a score of 6 out of 10. The advertising spread was also pulled for the game just hours after Gerstmann was fired.
Now there have been a number of excuses as to why he was fired. Some say that it was just a cause of bad timing, and that Gamespot was already unhappy with him as a reviewer, saying that his Kane & Lynch review just pushed the management over the edge and was the reason why they fired him. There is also talk as to the amount of pressure there is to appease game makers, and the amount of money they spent advertising by inflating scores so that sales will go up, which in return makes alot of money for their company. The guess would be that Gerstmann gave his honest opinion about the game instead of doing what he was told to do, and was fired because he did not make money for the game developers and his company.
Whatever the reason is, I do not see how a reviewer could get fired based on a review like this. I took a look at the video, and the only thing Gerstmann was doing, in my opinion, was giving an honest review about a game in which he thought sucked the big one. So if you pull someone from a site simply because he is telling people not to buy a game your advertising, then the site itself should simply not review anymore games if they do not want somebody to give their honest opinions about them.
Anyways, I have blabbed on too much as it is, take a look at the review, and judge for yourselves:
Until next time games, this is B4 signing off
Link to Story: http://www.gamerevolution.com/news/view.php?id=3466