Penny Arcade 11/30/2007 Jeff Gerstmann fired from Gamespot, allegedly for K&L review

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mosaic

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So, tomorrow's comic was put up early:

http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic



And, umm, yeah... what happened in the last panel did happen... yesterday.

acklame said:
Summary of latest development:

- CNET issues totally predictable non-denial-denial statements trying to dodge their way out of this
- Josh Larson, the guy in charge who replaced Greg K when he left, is a marketing guy and he's in charge of the editorial content
- Previous article by Josh Larson: http://www.imediaconnection.com/content/9509.asp
- an anonymous account by a possible gamespot editor of this whole debacle: http://valleywag.com/tech/jeff-gerstmann/gamespot-editor--on-fired-reviewer-328775.php
- Alex N, a gamespot editor, posted this on his blog http://www.gamespot.c-om/users/AlexN/show_blog_entry.php?topic_id=m-100-25234567
- Kevin V, another gamespot editor's blog post: http://www.gamespot.c-om/users/Kevin-V/show_blog_entry.php?topic_id=m-100-25234747
 

mosaic

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I only have second-hand information, so I don't feel comfortable relating any of it.

But, did y'all notice there was no "On The Spot" show today? And no reviews went up?

The staff are, to put it mildly, skittish.
 
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I hope no one's cheering if this is true, Nintendo fan or no. There's supposed to be an iron wall between advertising and editorial, and if it's been breached, that's a really sad thing both for Gerstmann personally and GameSpot professionally.
 
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NichM said:
I hope no one's cheering if this is true, Nintendo fan or no. There's supposed to be an iron wall between advertising and editorial, and if it's been breached, that's a really sad thing both for Gerstmann personally and GameSpot professionally.
That's what I was gonna say. If it's true, then it'll be hard to consider Gamespot reviews as seriously as I used to.

I don't believe in review sites having biases in general, so whenever there's bitching about scores, I usually laugh at it.
 

jetjevons

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NichM said:
I hope no one's cheering if this is true, Nintendo fan or no. There's supposed to be an iron wall between advertising and editorial, and if it's been breached, that's a really sad thing both for Gerstmann personally and GameSpot professionally.
Not to mention it'll give the conspiracy nuts material for the forever.
 
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calder said:
I'm a little alarmed that anyone could read a web comic as a literal recounting of actual events. Stay away the Bible kids!
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DKnight said:
Well, the OP stated the last panel is actually true.
Wow, I stand corrected. Giving a mediocre game a mediocre review is grounds for being fired now?
 
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