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GameSpot loses another editor

GameSpot loses another editor

The dismissal of Jeff Gerstmann (pictured) is still causing problems for GameSpot.

Ryan Davis, eight year veteran and Associate Editor of GameSpot, has resigned from the site in the on-going wake of the deporably named Gerstmann-gate. The resignation comes two months to the day after anonymous GameSpot insiders warned of mass resignations from the site.

GameDaily.biz confirmed the resignation with Ryan who said that his resignation was connected to the controversial dismissal of Jeff Gerstmann a short while ago.

"I would not be in the video game business at all were it not for Jeff Gerstmann...this absolutely breaks my heart...it's the end of an era for both GameSpot and myself," Ryan said in a final GameSpot blog.

Davis joins the likes of Frank Provo and Alex Navarro - other editors who have resigned in protest to the way the site is now being run.

GameSpot itself hasn't issued an official comment on the on-going resignations of core staff members, but that itself isn't very surprising. GameSpot was also criticised for not responding to accusations of advertising pressure, which was believed to be the reason why Jeff Gerstmann was fired, in a timely manner.

Can GameSpot ever redeem itself in your eyes? Are you curious about our own journalistic integrity and policies? Drop your questions and comments into the forums.

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Bauul 5th February 2008, 12:30 Quote
Joe, everyone knows you're totally biased against every single game ever made for the simple reason they are, bar one, not Monkey Island 2.

j/k, we all love you really.
cjoyce1980 5th February 2008, 12:30 Quote
I'm actually glad that gamespot is going belly up! It shows that integrity is more important than money for once.
Krikkit 5th February 2008, 12:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by cjoyce1980
I'm actually glad that gamespot is going belly up! It shows that integrity is more important than money for once.

Yup - once integrity has publicly disappeared, no-one's really interested anymore tbh.
Jamie 5th February 2008, 12:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by cjoyce1980
I'm actually glad that gamespot is going belly up! It shows that integrity is more important than money for once.

Unfortunately I don't think marketing agencies even bother reading news on the market they are buying into so gamespot will continue to rake in the funds and just hire new staff. They might lose some readers but I bet a lot of their traffic comes from google.
Delphium 5th February 2008, 15:02 Quote
I was never much of a reader of gamespot anyways, however even if they do find new staff to write articles then I feel them new staff will be bent over the way the manager desire them to be, their integrity has been diminished for me, not that I was an avid reader anyways, but am now at least 1 less reader.
aggies11 5th February 2008, 15:28 Quote
It was one of my daily sites. Now it's not. I don't even listen to their podcast anymore. Cnet killed Gamespot, it sucks for the people working their, but as a consumer I can no longer support the site. It's a sinking ship so it makes sense that people are jumping overboard and trying to go somewhere else.
labsman 5th February 2008, 15:57 Quote
Early last year was the time i had bookmarked Gamespot for almost everyday read, but it wasn't long when J.G was fired, and i couldn't help it, just now another long time insider is stepping out... I was feeling bad about that since i found their game reviewing style much organized and better than others... With whats happening today, i think gamespot will soon loose its game review standards, reliability, and their solid credibility...
Amon 5th February 2008, 19:28 Quote
Ouch. I was also (briefly) a daily visitor there prior to bit-tech, this is really a far cry from their outlook a few years ago.
BurningFeetMan 6th February 2008, 00:20 Quote
These writers who are leaving left right and centre should start up their own indi review site. Gamers, such as myself, will use these indi smaller review sites over the bigwigs. Hell, I haven't used IGN in almost 10 years now, ever since they covered their website in ads. And as for gamespot, all this news has tarnished my view of it big time.

So yeah. Go the indi websites! Never give up! Trust your instincts! Do a barrel roll! That's it fox! ^_^
darkpikachu 6th February 2008, 07:03 Quote
I wouldn't trust IGN because it is owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, the same company that owns Faux Noise. I have stopped using Gamespot, too. Cnet can't seem to draw a line between marketing and editorial.
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Naberius 6th February 2008, 10:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by cjoyce1980
I'm actually glad that gamespot is going belly up! It shows that integrity is more important than money for once.

QFT, if they are willing to take the risk then they should feel the results. I have never really read many game reviews, i have always just used my instinct, it a game is going to be rubbish you can generally tell.
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