In the wake of Jeff Gerstmann's controversial firing from Gamespot, the larger issue of journalistic integrity in the enthusiast gaming press has come to the forefront. I don't have much to say on the issue, aside from echoing N'Gai Croal's we haven't the faintest non-fatal suggestion for how to close up Pandora's box now that it is wide open. If you're not familiar with the story, it started after Gerstmann was suspiciously fired after a negative review of Eidos's Kane & Lynch, which had been heavily advertised on Gamespot in the days leading up to the review. A full rundown can be found at 1Up.
I'm really just writing this post as a way to gather a collection of what I think are some of the most important or interesting links surrounding the issue. Check them out if your interested; but, Croal's article is definitely recommended reading, regardless of your interest in this specific situation.
- A full, non-C|Net summary of the events at 1Up.
- The original story from Gamespot.
- N'Gai Croal from Level Up weighs in.
- Gamespot's editors, in a surprisingly honest (and angry) Hotspot, discuss the situation and its effects on the site, its community, and their workplace.
- 1Up, GFW and EGM discusses the overall issue on 1Up Yours.
- Ziff Davis, in the form of 1Up and EGM, march outside the C|Net offices.