Rumour: Gamespot Editor fired over review

Written by Joe Martin

November 30, 2007 // 10:22 a.m.

Tags: #eidos #fired #gamespot #kane-and-lynch #rumour

This is still just a bit of a rumour at this stage, though parts of it have been confirmed, but it's starting to look like GameSpot may have fired its editor of ten years, Jeff Gerstmann, over a review which upset advertisers.

Gerstmann has been fired after ten years, that much has been confirmed by Kotaku, but the reasons for his dismissal are still unconfirmed.

The review in question is one for Kane and Lynch: Dead Men. Jeff gave the game a fairly harsh review, scoring it as 6/10. We were a tad more impressed however, scoring the game as a 7/10. The score isn't the problem allegedly though, rather Eidos were upset by the tone of the review and allegedly threatened to stop advertising with Gamespot until action was taken - that's the unconfirmed bit.

Gamespot, a company owned by CNet, has been no stranger to review controversies in the past. Jeff himself gave Tony Hawks Pro Skater a perfect score of ten, but scored Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess as an 8.8 game. Personally, I've always been more concerned by the fact that the reviewers can clearly distinguish between a score of 8.7 and 8.8.

Attempts to confirm the rumours have been unsuccessful, but it also looks like the advertising campaign on the site has been removed since the rumours started.

Luckily, there are still a few remaining honest reviewers out there - such as ourselves. So, if you've got a comment to make or if you just want to question our own review methodologies then head to the forums and let us know.
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