GameSpot Wants To "Regain Your Trust"
You know, if everything was on the up-and-up during "Gerstmann-gate," would we really need somebody to "regain our trust?" Well, in the spirit of moving forward, we suppose it's the right thing to do...even though we still have a lot of unanswered questions.
There has been some staff shuffling going on over at GameSpot, and new Editor-in-Chief Ricardo Torres was recently interviewed by GameDaily.biz and spoke about Jeff Gerstmann's firing, staff morale, and "ultimately taking GameSpot forward in 2008." We still don't have a clarification on Jeff's exact reasons for departure, but that's a CNet company policy that will never be broken. Well, not publicly, anyway. But here's what Torres had to say-
"We were all pretty taken aback and surprised by how it all went down. ... Hindsight's always 20/20, and I think we've made it clear that we would have loved to have done things differently, but dwelling on it isn't going to help things. ... Our goal really is to just acknowledge what happened, that we're bummed about it, but we do still need to take Gamespot forward. ... Ultimately content is going to prove to people that we're untainted, uncorrupt and commited to serving our readers."
Well, he's somehow "acknowledging what happened" without actually saying anything, unless he's merely referring to Gerstmann's firing. Without any doubt, the site has suffered a big blow in recent months, and many gamers are questioning the reliability of GameSpot content, and if it is impacted by advertising dollars. But Torres simply wants to put it behind them and "make the site better."
"I want to make the site better, I want to regain that trust people have lost in us – those that are willing to give us a chance. For some people it's 'never again,' and that's fine. If people want to walk away and just not trust the site, that's their right. But those that are willing to give it a shot, just keep an eye on things, because I think there's a lot of potential here still."
On the same topic, GameSpot News Editor Tor Thorsen took a strong stance on the idea that advertising revenue might have an effect on reviews and other editorial content. He said, quite simply, that "sales has NEVER come over here to the GS edit area and told us how to write a review, ever." He also says the wall that "already stood between edit and sales is being reinforced to avoid any sense of impropriety." That's all well and good, but we have just one small question- if the wall is already there, and it's firm and stable and solid...why would it need "reinforcing?" Well, anyway, we do wish GameSpot the best and we hope all this nastiness subsides. It's just not good for gaming journalism in general.
1/31/2008 Ben Dutka