When deciding what game to spend
their hard earned dollars on, players often turn to review sites for
information if playable demos are not available. Naturally, one would hope that
the writers for these review sites are remaining unbiased in their views of a
game -- if it's wonderful, say as much, if it's flawed, point it out, and if
it's absolute rubbish, leave it at the side of the curb for pickup.
Unfortunately, when the game in
question is the same one that the front page of the website is devoting a
banner ad and a full-background splash to, problems can arise. What began as a
rumor across gaming forums worldwide last night has been all but confirmed
early this morning -- GameSpot's
editorial director, Jeff Gerstmann, has
been fired for writing a negative review.
While the text-based review for Kane & Lynch: Dead Men
certainly doesn't paint a sparkling picture of the game, it makes it seem like a
AAA title compared to the brutally scathing video review.
When many of the same written words are spoken, the context and inflection of
"Kane & Lynch is an ugly,
ugly game" and "if you have a chance to see it, take a look - but
it's probably not worth the purchase" takes it down to a whole new (lower)
level of garbage.
In a bit of prophetic
Arcade posted a comic outside of their
usual schedule (language may offend some) up last night, showing
poor Mr. Gerstmann being asked if he understands the connection between the
torrent of Kane & Lynch advertisements
and the box of his possessions outside his locked office.
While Jeff has responded to Joystiq
confirming his termination, he stated that he was "not really able to
comment on the specifics of (his) termination" at this time. Joystiq has promised to continue
digging, but already the Eidos forums have come under attack from legions of
angry fans, which required them to be taken offline and restored to a snapshot
from Thursday -- currently, some members are reporting that they are completely
unable to post.
The Kane & Lynch user review
score on GameSpot has also rapidly
plummeted -- currently sitting at 3.9 -- as reviews of "1.0 -
Abysmal" flood in from disgruntled users.
quote: Also, Jesus just took a dump on your eternal soul :P
quote: It requires a lot of integrity on the part of the news service to allow a writer to decline to write a story based on bias.
quote: Finally, I stated that REGARDLESS of WHAT the writer chose to do he would've been "compromised"
quote: Respond to my points, don't pick out subtle grammatical errors and focus on them like they're the meat of the argument.
quote: it's seriously messed up and GameSpot deserves a beating over it.