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Jeff Gerstmann Fired

posted by Guybrush Threepwood on - last edited - Viewed by 714 users
(sorry this is a bit late, it's due to the thread problems)

Long time staff member (11 years) Jeff Gerstmann has been fired from Gamespot due to... well, read news article and take what you believe with a pinch of salt.
A huge thread on the forums erupted, and is still going strong with 14,142 posts.
Even popular site Penny Arcade covered the news.
...plus, here is some player reviews of the game that is rumoured to have got him fired.

If this means nothing to you, Jeff Gerstmann reviewed all of Sam & Max Season 1 and was set to review the new game.
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  • adventuregamers.com even had an article on editorial integrity after this. Pretty funny. I hope he comes out with a tell all and capitalizes on all the attention while he's got it. At least get something out of the unfortunate situation.

    The one thing is that there could be nothing to this, but Gamespot is in a huge lose-lose situation. Either clear their name and get legal backfire from Gertsmann or keep quite and lose the respect of their readers.
  • I don't think Gamespot disabling user voting on Kane and Lynch did them any favours. If anything, it just told users that their reviews weren't wanted either, if they were bringing the game's score down to 2.3.
  • pfaffer;47811 said:
    adventuregamers.com even had an article on editorial integrity after this. Pretty funny. I hope he comes out with a tell all and capitalizes on all the attention while he's got it. At least get something out of the unfortunate situation.

    The one thing is that there could be nothing to this, but Gamespot is in a huge lose-lose situation. Either clear their name and get legal backfire from Gertsmann or keep quite and lose the respect of their readers.

    Gerstmann can't legally comment at this time.
  • Badwolf;47812 said:
    I don't think Gamespot disabling user voting on Kane and Lynch did them any favours. If anything, it just told users that their reviews weren't wanted either, if they were bringing the game's score down to 2.3.
    To be fair, that's about the only thing they DID right at GS. Those weren't review in any meaningfull way. Just garbage message with a 1.0 attached. Hundreds in a couple of hours, all useless really.

    GS is between a rock and hard place here, they didn't fire Gerstmann (CNET parent comp. did) and their public is now distrusting them. Which they can't fix themselves, they don't even KNOW why he was fired. CNet ain't talking to anybody and that seems to include GS staff. Well except their PR people who had a something of a 'FAQ' drafted which contained verrry little answers :)

    CNet has dug themselves a nicely deep hole and they've not yet figured out how to get out of it. They're close though, they've appointed some vice-director or such to investigate this problem. Sooo.. he'll blame someone for something and fire him/her and everything will be fixed :)

    Sorry... cynical today :D
  • Gamespot has been horrible for years now. The site itself is a sensory overload of ads and useless "features", the forums are as bad as GameFAQs' used to be, the reviews are often written with huge bias...

    It feels like a souped-up GeoCities site, really. It's a shame Happypuppy.com isn't around anymore, they were like GameSpot without the crap.
  • Yes, I am familiar with what how Jeff Gerstmann was fired by Josh Larson, and I have put a certain curse on Josh.
  • fpostma;47823 said:
    Which they can't fix themselves, they don't even KNOW why he was fired. CNet ain't talking to anybody and that seems to include GS staff.

    Actually, they do, they just can't tell everyone for legal (once again) reasons.
  • Guybrush Threepwood;47839 said:
    Actually, they do, they just can't tell everyone for legal (once again) reasons.
    I'm not so sure, they can guess of course but CNet management seems to have to done this all by themselves. The only reason why GS staff can't talk much is that they want to keep their job. There is no law against telling why you fired an employer (though CNet would love for you to believe so).

    The funny thing is, keeping all quiet isn't going to solve this. They will eventually need a new Chief Editor for starts :)
  • fpostma;47841 said:
    I'm not so sure, they can guess of course but CNet management seems to have to done this all by themselves. The only reason why GS staff can't talk much is that they want to keep their job. There is no law against telling why you fired an employer (though CNet would love for you to believe so).

    The funny thing is, keeping all quiet isn't going to solve this. They will eventually need a new Chief Editor for starts :)

    There is no law, but it is a CNET policy. If the staff were to talk about it at this time, they'd be fired.
  • Actually, there is a law. If they detail why he was fired, they're open to a libel/slander suit. Most employers are only allowed to acknowledge that someone worked there, and for how long.
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