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Old 12-05-07, 11:30 AM   #25
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They took down the user reviews because they were being spammed with worthless numbers. People complain about the "integrity" of a review site, all while artificially dragging down the user score of a game when posting their complaints that have nothing to do with the game itself, which is VERY hypocritical as far as I'm concerned...I mean, if you're out looking for "legitimate unbiased reviews", why would you give a game a bad score just because you thought the publisher was shady? That shouldn't change the quality of the game.

I'm probably the only person who sees things that way

But I refuse to take up arms and defend some guy I don't know anything about, especially if he was fired for a reason that no one is willing to talk about. If he was treated unfairly, I'm pretty sure he would have been vocal about it. I sure as hell would have been.
And the video review?
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Old 12-05-07, 11:49 AM   #26
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Too much for me. That's the only time I can remember them taking down a video review.
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Old 12-05-07, 12:39 PM   #27
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The real question is, why would they take down the video review and leave up the written review if they were trying to cover something up?
Because at the end of the video review he took a big uncensored dump on the game's box.... and then pissed on it.
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Old 12-05-07, 01:31 PM   #28
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did someone say fight club???? O.O
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Old 12-05-07, 09:27 PM   #29
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Default Re: Gamespot has just responded to the Gerstmann controversy.

http://www.gamespot.com/news/6183666...stnews;title;0

I'm still iffy on trusting their reviews, but at least they responded. Though the answer is still vague, I work in the corporate world as a manager and I know these hurdles too damned well.
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Old 12-05-07, 10:32 PM   #30
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Default Re: Gamespot has just responded to the Gerstmann controversy.

the backbone of a review site is their reputation, so they will do anything to not admit they gave in to any type of pressure. this shouldn't be a shocker really.
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Old 12-05-07, 11:20 PM   #31
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If you listen to the hotspot, it explains quite a bit... still iffy myself though.
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Old 12-06-07, 02:46 AM   #32
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Well one thing is, we'll never know.

Of course, it's mandatory that they release the statement. There could be other reasons for the firing, such a sexual harrasment, or just repeated mistakes we never would know, that eventually led up to this, with the review and Eidos coming at a bad time.

However, given all the "anonymous" tipsters and reports from sources in Gamespot, and I've read a few of them (I'll try to find the links again later), they were pretty revealing into the whole sales/editorial aspects of how Gamespot is run. So who knows.

As it stands, I used Gamespot's reviews once in a while ins omething I'm interested in, but after this, I think I can save myself some time and just knock them out altogether. Just like everyone else, I value the feedback of our members more than any other reviewer's anyway.
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Old 12-06-07, 04:37 AM   #33
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Old 12-06-07, 04:38 AM   #34
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There are Fight Club style scenes where photos of Gerstmann's penis appear for a single frame.
whats the first rule about fight club? You do not talk about fight club!!!
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Default Re: Gamespot has just responded to the Gerstmann controversy.

His video review of the title was a little weird... he kept going on and on about the cussing and violence being naughty, which, when compared to a Michael Mann or Tarantino films, which is what the game emulates, it was was not.

Other than that, I was fine with it.

Still, we will never know enough details on this to make some kind of crusade out of it, unless Gerstman risks being sued to speak out.
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