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Jeff Gerstmann: Fuck Yoshi
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Best games of Q1 2014 - The Lobby
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Play Station Flashback (Classic Gamespot) part 1
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::2009/04/20::
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Jeff Gerstmann, WWE, and Rebooting Star Wars - The GameOverGreggy Show Ep. 31
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Jeff Gerstmann Vs. Anderson Silva - The Lobby
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::2014/06/26::
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::2014/04/13::
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::2014/07/11::
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OCTOBERKAST 2013 - Part 8 - Jeff Gerstmann, Jeff Green, Vinny Caravella, Darren Gladstone
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::2013/10/26::
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Jeff Gerstmann, 38, found dead after heated Yoshi discussion
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::2014/06/11::
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::2012/11/25::
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Jeff Gerstmann - Good Morning Commodore - Part 5
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::2014/02/14::
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Jeff Gerstmann, he likes video games
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::2013/06/01::
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Jeff Gerstmann gets Tebowed
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::2012/01/13::
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Kane and Lynch: Dead Men Gamespot Review
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::2007/11/29::
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Giantbombs Jeff Gerstmann Rappin
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::2010/09/30::
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Gamespot - The Musical (Jeff Gerstmann - Classic Gamespotting Live)
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::2012/12/25::
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OCTOBERKAST 2012 - Part 7 - Bricked Conclusion, Jeff Gerstmann, Brad Shoemaker
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Giant Bombcast - Jeff Gerstmann on Privacy
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::2013/10/09::
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GameSpot and Giant Bomb Announcement
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Jeff Gerstmann, Dreamcast on Good Morning America
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Jeff Gerstmann Seemingly Confirms Halo: The Master Chief Collection PC Version
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Best of Cards Against Humanity TNT - Giant Bomb
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::2013/05/17::
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BioShock Infinite SPOILED GAMES! Adam Sessler with Jeff Gerstmann and Kevin VanOrd
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::2013/05/14::
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Jeff Gerstmann - Good Morning Commodore - Part 3
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PS4 Decompression: Reactions from Adam Sessler, Jeff Gerstmann, and Chris Morris! PLAYSTATION 4
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Should J.J. Abrams Reboot Star Wars? (feat. Jeff Gerstmann) - The GameOverGreggy Show Ep. 31 (Pt. 4)
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Jeff Gerstmann and Ryan Davis are crazy in love with this ringtone
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Jeff Gerstmann at NYU Game Center - April 9th, 2014
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Jeff Gerstmann - Good Morning Commodore - Part 1
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Jeff Gerstmann
Born Jeffrey Michael Gerstmann
(1975-08-01) August 1, 1975 (age 39)
Residence Petaluma, California
Nationality American
Occupation Video game journalist
Notable credit(s) GameSpot editorial director (1996–2007)
Giant Bomb co-founder/editor (2008–)
Title Editor
Website
http://www.jeffgerstmann.net/

Jeffrey Michael Gerstmann (born August 1, 1975) is an American video game journalist and musician. Former editorial director of the gaming website GameSpot and the co-founder/editor of the gaming website Giant Bomb, Gerstmann began working at GameSpot in the fall of 1996, around the launch of VideoGameSpot when GameSpot split PC and console games into separate areas. He shared his thoughts on a variety of other subjects every Monday on his GameSpot blog before his dismissal from GameSpot in 2007 following a scandal over his review of Kane & Lynch: Dead Men. As a member of Spike Video Game Awards' advisory council, Gerstmann is 1 of 25 journalists responsible for voting the nominees and winners of the event.[1] Complex magazine named Gerstmann in their top 25 biggest celebrities in the video game industry.[2]

Early life[edit]

Gerstmann was born on August 1, 1975, to Thomas and Diane Gerstmann.[citation needed] He graduated from Casa Grande High School.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Gerstmann began work in video game journalism in the early 90s, having been involved with the game industry since age 17 doing freelance work as well as working for a print magazine for under a year. He was hired as an intern for GameSpot in 1996, eventually becoming editorial director.

Appearance on Good Morning America (1999)[edit]

Gerstmann appeared in a segment on Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer and Sega product analyst Dennis Lee in September 1999 to talk about the release of the Sega Dreamcast, playing NFL 2K and Ready 2 Rumble Boxing, notable for the Dreamcast crashing while live on national television in one of its first TV demonstrations. Gerstmann personally notes in an episode of the Giant Bombcast that he believes his appearance on the show wearing a FUBU Jersey contributed to the clothing company's fall from popularity.[3] The segment was also notable for the Sega product analyst's many falsehoods, stating "You can actually see the snow slowly blanketing the ground, as the game goes on, the snow will blanket the field" features which were not present in the product.[4]

Termination from GameSpot (2007–2008)[edit]

Gerstmann was dismissed from his position at GameSpot as Editorial Director on November 28, 2007.[5] Immediately after his termination, rumors circulated proclaiming his dismissal was a result of external pressure from Eidos Interactive the publisher of Kane & Lynch: Dead Men which Gerstmann had previously given a Fair rating, which is relatively undesirable, along with critique.[6] This was at a time when Eidos had been putting heavy advertising money into GameSpot,[6] going as far as transforming the entire website to use a Kane & Lynch theme and background instead of the regular GameSpot layout, regardless of which game or page viewers were seeing. In accordance with California State Law and CNET Networks, GameSpot could not give details as to why Gerstmann was terminated.[7] Both GameSpot and parent company CNET stated that his dismissal was unrelated to the negative review.[8] However, a subsequent interview with Gerstmann in 2012 countered this statement, with Gerstmann claiming that management gave in to publisher pressure.[9] Following Gerstmann's termination, editors Alex Navarro, Ryan Davis, Brad Shoemaker, and Vinny Caravella left GameSpot, feeling that they could no longer work for a publication that was perceived as having caved in to advertiser pressure.[6]

Shortly after leaving GameSpot, Gerstmann started an online blog saying: "I'm mainly starting this site up to give people a centralized place to hear directly from me, as all these bits and pieces that have gotten out to game news sites via interviews and the blog on my MySpace account aren't really the best way to communicate. So if you're interested in what I plan to do from here, this is the place. I'll also be sharing my thoughts on games and the business that surrounds them, perhaps with an occasional video or two."[10]

On the first episode of IGN's "GameSages" podcast, Gerstmann stated that he was talking with "old friends" (later revealed to be Shelby Bonnie, the former CEO and Co-founder of CNET, along with other former CNET people who left shortly before Gerstmann and founded Whiskey Media) in regards to his future plans.[6] On February 25, 2008, Gerstmann announced on his blog that he would be participating in an online podcast (Arrow Pointing Down) with his former co-worker Ryan Davis. Another former co-worker, Alex Navarro, also participated. On March 5, 2008, Gerstmann revealed that along with his previous co-worker Ryan Davis, he would be starting a brand new gaming site named Giant Bomb,[11] which launched on July 21, 2008.[12]

Giant Bomb (2008 – present)[edit]

Giant Bomb, launched in March 2008, is a video gaming website which is the current home of Gerstmann and other game journalists, including Brad Shoemaker, Vinny Caravella, and formerly Ryan Davis (all former GameSpot staff).[citation needed] The staff produces multiple video series' including the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 and Deadly Premonition Endurance Runs, and the "This Ain't No Game" segment, along with a podcast, the "BombCast" and "Quick Looks" for the website. They also write video game reviews and cover video game news for the website. Gerstmann claims that he defends video games as works of art[citation needed], not to be censored or reduced in ways that would negatively affect a certain game's quality. His music background has helped garner much appreciation for video game developers that refrain from censoring explicit lyrics in the music/rhythm genre.[citation needed]

Gerstmann also personally produces and uploads a regular premium-content video segment called "Jar Time with Jeff" to the site, hour long broadcasts often themed around jar related puns, in which Gerstmann drinks from a jar while answering questions submitted via email from Giantbomb users, over time the segment has begun to include various off topic inclusions such as showing off his video game and console collection, and discussing his own opinions on various non video-game related subjects.[citation needed]

Giant Bomb was voted by Time Magazine as one of the Top 50 websites of 2011.[13]

On March 15, 2012 Giant Bomb announced that they were acquired by CBS Interactive, owners of CNET, meaning that Gerstmann will be working alongside his former employer, GameSpot.[14]

On July 3, 2013, Ryan Davis, co-founder and main host of Giant Bomb's content, passed away at the age of 34 from natural causes.[15] Staff announced the news of Davis's passing through a news post on Giant Bomb 5 days later on July 8.[16]

Reason for GameSpot termination revealed[edit]

On March 15, 2012, it was announced that CBS Interactive, the parent company of GameSpot operator CNET, had acquired the Giant Bomb and Comic Vine websites from Whiskey Media.[14] As part of the deal, the non-disparagement agreement between Gerstmann and CNET was nullified, allowing him to finally speak publicly about his termination over four years prior. Later that evening on GameSpot's On the Spot web show, GameSpot VP John Davison appeared on camera with Gerstmann, marking Gerstmann's first appearance on the GameSpot web site since November 2007.[9] In the segment, Gerstmann revealed that his firing was in fact related to the low review score he had given to Kane & Lynch, though his explanation cited other similar events that led up to the termination, including a 7.5 (good) rating given to Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction by Aaron Thomas, then an employee under Gerstmann. Events such as these led to him being "called into a room" several times to discuss reviews posted on the site. Gerstmann went on to lay the blame on a new management team that was unable to properly handle tension between the marketing and editorial staff, laying additional blame on the marketing department, which he claimed was unprepared in how to handle publisher complaints and threats to withdraw advertising money over low review scores.

During the show, Gerstmann claimed he ran into a few members of [Kane & Lynch] developer IO Interactive at a convention a few months after his firing. He claims one of the people he ran into said, "Yeah, Kane & Lynch wasn't a very good game." Gerstmann responded, "You should totally call up my old bosses and tell them that."[17]

Other appearances[edit]

Gerstmann is a regular guest on Bonus Round, a panel topic discussion show on the video game industry presented by Geoff Keighley on GameTrailers.[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Meet the VGA 2011 Advisory Council". Spike TV. November 3, 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-03. 
  2. ^ "Power Players: The 25 Biggest Celebrities in the Video Game Industry". Complex magazine. January 5, 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-06. 
  3. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (September 9, 2009). "GiantBomcast – Dreamcasts 20th anniversary" (Podcast). Giant Bomb. 
  4. ^ "Jeff Gerstmann, Dreamcast on Good Morning America". Gloop. February 14, 2009. Retrieved 2012-03-06. [dead link]
  5. ^ "Spot On: GameSpot on Gerstmann". GameSpot. December 5, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-24. 
  6. ^ a b c d Kennedy, Sam (January 21, 2008). "GameSpot's Sad State of Affairs". 1UP. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  7. ^ http://www.gamespot.com/news/6183666.html
  8. ^ "CNET Denies 'External Pressure' Caused Gerstmann Termination". Shacknews. November 30, 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-24. 
  9. ^ a b Phil Hornshaw (March 15, 2012). "Jeff Gerstmann (Finally) Talks About GameSpot Firing". GameFront. Retrieved 2013-02-12. 
  10. ^ "Proof of Life (or "I want my shirt, I want my spoon.")". Jeff Gerstmann. January 2, 2008. Archived from the original on December 19, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-02. 
  11. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (March 6, 2008). X-Play Gaming Update 03.06.08. G4TV. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  12. ^ Gerstmann, Jeff (July 20, 2008). "Giant Bomb – Welcome Back!". Giant Bomb. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  13. ^ "Giant Bomb – The Top 50 Websites of 2011 – TIME". Time (magazine). August 16, 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-16. 
  14. ^ a b "Exciting News From Your Friends at Giant Bomb – Giant Bomb". Giant Bomb. March 15, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  15. ^ Scully, Sean. "Ryan Davis of video game website Giant Bomb dies at 34". The Press Democrat. http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20130711/articles/130719899. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  16. ^ Rorie, Matthew. "Ryan Davis, 1979-2013". Giant Bomb. Giant Bomb. Retrieved 13 June 2014. 
  17. ^ Giant Bomb and Comic Vine are joining the CBSi Team!. March 15, 2012. Retrieved 2012-03-15. 
  18. ^ 505: E3 2011 Review – Episode 505. June 10, 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-19. 

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