It looks like GameSpot hasn’t yet recovered from the incident which led to its former reviewer Jeff Gerstmann’s termination. Another long-time GameSpot reviewer, freelance contributor Frank Provo, resigned from his post. More details in the full article.
A month after Jeff Gerstmann’s departure from GameSpot (and the corresponding drama that ensued), it seems GameSpot is still getting buffeted by the repercussions that the incident has caused. Another former GameSpot reviewer, Frank Provo, left the gaming site, citing differences with CNet management as the main reason why he wouldn’t contribute to GameSpot anymore.
Provo was a freelance writer for GameSpot for nearly eight years, from March 2000 to December 2007. He emphasized that the problem was CNet, and not GameSpot, as opposed to what several other gaming-related sites and readers believe. Part of his post reads:
I believe CNet management let Jeff go for all the wrong reasons. I believe CNet intends to soften the site’s tone and push for higher scores to make advertisers happy.
I won’t lie to people and tell them a game is good when it isn’t. I won’t downplay negatives that readers have a right to know about.
Later, as Provo replied to a comment in his farewell post, he said, “the GameSpot staff did not fire Jeff. The GameSpot staff are NOT corrupt. GameSpot itself is NOT the problem. CNet is. CNet’s management is. The problem lies with the puppet masters.”