At 1up, Sam Kennedy examines the disastrous state of competitor Gamespot after being caught red-handed engaging in shady dealings.|
I haven't trusted Gamespot's ratings for years, but this clinched it. On the other hand, I'm not sure how much I trust 1up's numerics either.
Amadeo points to the disparity between Bulletproof's preview and review coverage and questions whether it had something to do with the large advertising buy. "50 Cent: Bulletproof is shaping up to be a strong title capable of gaining notoriety because of its presentation and gameplay, not just its star," said the preview. "Bulletproof disappoints across the board," said the review a month later, penned by Gerstmann, with an accompanying score of 4.8.
Running this whole GameTrax operation was a guy named Josh Larson. But after Broady, Kasavin, and others left GameSpot, Larson took over the editorial aspect of the site as well. So here you had Josh Larson -- the man behind selling sponsorships of editorial -- now placed directly in charge of the editorial itself. You tell me if you see any potential conflict of interest there.