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Io Devs: We Know Nothing About "Gerstmann-Gate"

Over two years ago, you may recall the GameSpot/Gerstmann/Eidos fiasco that, admittedly, got way out of hand. Well, as Io Interactive prepares to deliver their anticipated sequel to Kane & Lynch - supposedly the catalyst for that ordeal - the developer wishes to toss in their two cents.

If you don't remember, here's what allegedly happened: GameSpot and many other sources advertised the hell out of Kane & Lynch, which didn't really meet our lofty expectations. GameSpot handed out one of the lowest scores around and this kinda contrasted with those full-page ads we saw on the site prior to the game's release. Not long after, the guy who reviewed the game - Jeff Gerstmann - left GameSpot for "mysterious reasons," although the belief was he was fired for not changing his review. See, the theory was that Eidos pressured GameSpot and Gerstmann to alter the score, but Gerstmann refused and was subsequently handed his walking papers. But according to VideoGamer.com, Io's Carsten Lund and Hakan Abrak think the whole thing got blown out of proportion. Said Lund, director for Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days:

"The fact that there was this whole scandal, the whole Gerstmann-gate thing, and the fact that it got mixed reviews are two different things. The Gerstmann-gate thing we know nothing about, actually. We know as little as you guys might know. We were watching from the sidelines as developers, and it was sad. It was not really nice, but we couldn't do anything about that. So there's actually nothing for us to say.

The fact that we got mixed reviews, of course we could do something about that. That is what we have been addressing with this title."

Abrak added that they've been nothing more than bystanders throughout this whole thing, and it "kind of got out of hand." He also freely admitted that the first game "had some problems with the mechanics" and since, the team has "spent a lot of time trying to fix it this time around." We're definitely encouraged by what we've seen and heard thus far; feel free to read our preview. For our part, we'll admit journalists definitely worked hard to make this a bigger deal than it probably was, and we admit that all of us in the industry are prone to that. But I guess our defense is, do you want the story, or not? If you say "no," you're likely lying through your teeth...

1/15/2010 9:31:07 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (13 posts)

WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, January 15, 2010 @ 10:33:59 PM
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Maybe it did get blown out of proportion, but that doesn't make it any less true. Actually I'm more worried about adult fanboy "reviewers" that will give anything on their beloved system a pass just because it happens to be in their front yard.

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ed_winchester
Saturday, January 16, 2010 @ 5:15:03 AM

and we know theres a lot of em out there

Last edited by ed_winchester on 1/16/2010 5:18:10 AM

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, January 16, 2010 @ 1:10:21 AM
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*Crickets* Really? Nobody else?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, January 16, 2010 @ 1:49:04 AM
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I'm gonna use this as my own personal forum then. Why the heck does PSXE keep logging me out when I reload? That used to be rare.

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Banky A
Saturday, January 16, 2010 @ 2:14:40 AM

Hhha.
It's just you and me here now World.

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ed_winchester
Saturday, January 16, 2010 @ 5:15:56 AM

me too (hey I sound like M$)

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Tristan
Saturday, January 16, 2010 @ 10:14:02 AM
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Kane & Lynch 2 better be good or that reviewer is gonna be fired again.

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Hezzron
Saturday, January 16, 2010 @ 10:40:31 AM
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If K&L2 is actually good, then Jeff deserves a big thank you from IO.

If K&L2 gets good reviews and it's still a lousy game, then Eidos must have a lot of dirt on game reviewers.

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Scarecrow
Saturday, January 16, 2010 @ 12:36:18 PM
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Owned

Gamespot will always be tainted by this (and dumb gamers still visit their site)........

Anyway, lol@Gamespot

Played the demo of the first, was ok...felt more like a last gen game.

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oldmike
Saturday, January 16, 2010 @ 11:32:29 PM

IGN is no better other then of hiding it

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JPBooch
Saturday, January 16, 2010 @ 12:40:15 PM
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I know if I was the owner of Gamespot and I just got a ton of money to promote a game then one of my employees gave it a bad review. I wouldn't exactly like my employee. Companies put pressure on their employees all the time for less than moral purpose in the "Name" of the company. It's a part of life.

Good for Gerstmann for sticking to his own personal integrity.

Although, what's he doing now? Is he making as much money or has he been blackballed? That would be the real answer to this for his sake.

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RykHavok
Saturday, January 16, 2010 @ 8:56:18 PM
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Gerstmann & another from GameSpot ended up making their own video game website GiantBomb

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Hezzron
Saturday, January 16, 2010 @ 9:36:15 PM

It's a good site too.

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