Kane & Lynch Review Spin

Here's a little more controversy about Kane & Lynch reviews, already the subject of a firestorm over the GameSpot situation that surfaced last week (story). GameBump points out the Flash introduction on the Kane & Lynch: Dead Men features some finessed review quotes and scores that do not reflect the actual reception for IO Interactive's new action game. The intro lists the following blurbs, each preceded by five prominent stars: "'…it's the best emulation of being in the midst of a Michael Mann movie we've ever seen.' GameSpy," and 'A mercenary, a psychopath & a bundle of cash… what could go wrong? Game Informer'." The trouble is GameSpy gave the game three stars and Game Informer scored the game seven out of ten, and neither related quote is from the reviews, the GameSpy quote is from a E3 preview of the game, and it's not clear where the GameInformer quote/marketing blurb is from (presumably the print magazine). Finally, there's an article format Q&A with Jeff "Gertsmann" Gerstmann on Joystiq (thanks FiringSquad) where the ex-GameSpot editor cannot go into the reasons behind his parting with the website, but does defend his Kane & Lynch review, and says this recent experience does not leave him sharing the concern that "game writing is ethically bankrupt."
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Re: what is the big deal? Dec 3, 2007, 13:14
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I'm a big Gamespot fan. I visit the site every day, just about, along with this site. For me, the reviews and previews there usually strike a good balance between professionalism and entertainment. Meanwhile, sites like IGN seem to lean towards the sleazy entertainment side of things a bit too much. IGN feels more like a crappy tabloid. Gamespot isn't "high culture" or anything, but at least it feels more like a TIME magazine or Newsweek. Gamespot also threw an event here in San Francisco that was fun. I got to see all the Gamespot staff walking around which was cool. It's embarrasing to say but I consider those guys bigger celebs than most of the regular celebs that are admired on TV. I guess I'm that much of a gamer nerd.

That being said, my #1 complaint with Gamespot was the frequent military recruitment ads showing up on the site. I thought it was extremely unethical to have those ads there, where they were often alongside pictures of Pikachu and his various Pokemon friends. "Hey kids, Pikachu's latest adventure is great! By the way, DEFEND AMERICA WITH YOUR LIFE!"

Ironically, I've been long banned from Gamespot because of some comment I made on a racially-charged news story there.
I'm pretty dang sure there's no way my post, whatever it was, could be interpreted as racist, but somehow I got banned. I never got an explanation. WAH!
Adventures of a video game mercenary
http://virtualmerc.blogspot.com
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