Gamespot's Gerstmann fired?

By Mel

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This is news that I just have to blog about.

I’ve been a loyal Gamespot.com fan for years. I frequently get all of my gaming news and reviews from the site and have found their reviews to be fairly accurate. I even love their weekly e-broadcasts because it gives me the opportunity to get to know more about the guys who run Gamespot. So it was a big surprise when I read that the site’s Editorial Director Jeff Gerstmann has left Gamespot after being with them for almost 11 years.

What was surprising about the news though are the speculations that Gerstmann was fired over a bad review he gave to Kane and Lynch, a game that was distributed by Eidos. The rumor is that Gerstmann was fired because of advertiser pressure. Now, i’ve been a journalist and writer for almost 15 years now (hey, maybe Jeff and I are of the same age!) and I can see censorship a mile away. The accusations do constitute elements of censorship and this is what is making this whole thing so controversial at the moment. Are gaming journalists being sacrificed because of the growing influence of bigtime gaming companies who can brandish about their big fat wallets just to get what they want out of the media?

I am fervently hoping that Gerstmann’s departure is not based on those allegations but if it does then authorities should really look into it.

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