[update] Playing Telephone: Gerstmann “Lynched” by his own petard

1 12 2007

Disclaimer: I’ve never been one to report rumor as fact or support that act in anyway. What is being presented here is a series of facts and ideas about a very important, and probably very complicated, series of events. Whether they are causational or coincidental is up for interpretation, but nothing more.

[UPDATE] Wow. All I can say is, this makes me very happy. Good on you, 1up.

[UPDATE] So, maybe I was a little naive about the whole thing. 1up’s coverage of the issue says that sources are now pointing to Stephen Colvin, former President and CEO of Dennis Publishing—the group responsible for publications like Maxim, Blender and Stuff as the catalyst for the whole thing.

Stephen Colvin, former President and CEO of Dennis Publishing — the group responsible for publications like Maxim, Blender and Stuff — became CNET’s Executive Vice President at the end of October. One of Colvin’s jobs would be to oversee the growth of CNET websites, including GameSpot.

On Valleywag, an alleged GameSpot insider has come forward to deliver an anonymous response to musings on the Internet the last few days. One of his comments supports our belief the recent changes in management could be trickling down to GameSpot editorial:

“I was in the meeting where Josh Larson [Executive Editor replacement for now Electronic Arts employee Greg Kasavin] was trying to explain this firing and the guy had absolutely no response to any of the criticisms we were sending his way. He kept dodging the question, saying that there were “multiple instances of tone” in the reviews that he hadn’t been happy about, but that wasn’t Jeff’s problem since we all vet every review. He also implied that “AAA” titles deserved more attention when they were being reviewed, which sounded to all of us that he was implying that they should get higher scores, especially since those titles are usually more highly advertised on our site.”

So far all of this is still alleged, and we don’t know for sure if this poster is legit. That being said, it doesn’t look good for Gamespot, and it indeed hasn’t since this whole forest fire was sparked. A lot of people, including the illustrious neogaf forums, are following the sentiments of a former editor of mine by boycotting CNet altogether.

This shit is getting tense, and I think it’s coming to a climax pretty soon. I know I am.




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1 12 2007


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