The Devil you say! It appears that Gamespot (which, in the interest of full disclosure, is actually one of my preferred review sites..) might have fired a reviewer because he dumped all over a game that happened to be investing a lot in the website. Now, right off the top, if this is why they fired him (and the only fact known right now is that the reviewer is no longer with Gamespot) it's stupid and awful. No doubt about it. It is also 1000% unsurprising.
The funny part of this whole story, to me, is the hue and cry going up over this case. It's as if game players virginal ears had never been sullied with the awful truth of the real world. How dare base corporate tactics enter into our principled little hobby! You mean just because Kane & Lynch are plastered all over the website, Eidos expects a positive review. Why, it's almost as if they bought a good review. But, but.. That can't happen!
To me, this is a microcosm of what is wrong with capitalism. It is built on the idea that the market will somehow correct itself. That is BS. The market is only interested in perpetuating itself, not protecting the peons that encompass it. Libertarians (and it's getting harder and harder for me to say that word without a little sneer in my voice..) want us to think that corporations can't afford to screw us over, because we are their all important customers. Yeah, that has worked out real well.
I my big hope from this whole mess is that game reviews go the direction movie reviews have, and we get incredibly glowing reviews from bizarre little papers or sites that no one has ever heard of.
"Kane & Lynch did everything but fellate me!!!!!!!!" – Ed Stinson, notakane&lynchplant.com
"The best game I have played since Connect Four!!!!!!!!!!" – Margaret Achermann, Tuscaloosa Times
"Kane & Lynch? More like Great & Terrific!!!!!!!" – Rex Reed, his basement
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