View Full Version : Jeff Gerstmann fired from Gamespot after K&L review?

bent toe
30th Nov 2007, 17:44

You gotta be ****ting me?

We've heard an unsettling rumor today from an anonymous tipster that longtime game reviewer Jeff Gerstmann from Gamespot has been let go. That wouldn't necessarily be newsworthy, but the conditions under which he was allegedly dismissed were. According to the source, Gerstmann was fired "on the spot" due to advertiser pressure for his review of Eidos' Kane & Lynch: Dead Men. A visit to Gamespot shows that the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 game has taken over the site very prominently, with backgrounds and multiple banner ads all pitching Kane & Lynch. Allegedly, publisher Eidos "took issue with the review and threatened to pull its ad campaign."

Jeff's review was certainly less than glowing. He assigned the game a 6.0, otherwise known as "Fair" on the Gamespot scale. The game is currently enjoying a Metacritic score in the 65 to 69 range, which the site describes as "mixed or average reviews." According to our tipster, it wasn't necessarily the score that was reason for Gerstmann's rumored axing, but the "tone" of the review.

Gerstmann has been no stranger to controversial reviews, as his scores of 10 for Tony Hawk's Pro Skater and 8.8 for The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess had sensitive internet users up in arms. It's now possible that many bitter fanboys may have had their wishes for his firing granted.

As our tipster points out, if the rumor is true, it could point to a distressing precedent at Gamespot and parent company CNet. "As writers of what is supposed to be objective content, this is our worst nightmare coming to life," wrote the tipster.

Our efforts to confirm the story with Gamespot hasn't proved successful. Our current requests with PR, Gerstmann and other CNet contacts have either gone unanswered or yielded a "no comment."

This just proves what many have been saying for a long time, puplishers/developers pay for their reviews.

Jeff is one cool geek, hate to see him leave for an honest review.

bent toe
30th Nov 2007, 17:46
Update: We did get confirmation that Mr. Gerstmann is no longer with Gamespot. The circumstances in which he was terminated or left of his own accord, however, were not disclosed.


30th Nov 2007, 17:50
Apparently you weren't here last night night. lol

In my opinion though that review stunk. I respect "his" score for the game but it was his tone and how he reviewed the game in which I didn't like. The review seemed like it was written by a child. These things happen when you don't do your job properly.

Life goes on.

bent toe
30th Nov 2007, 17:52
Apparently you weren't here last night night. lol

Ever heard of timezones?

30th Nov 2007, 17:56
It is a rumour. That is all we here know.

And there will be no further discussion.

Sums it up.