Let me start off by saying that I really enjoy the Gamespot Community and the friends I have made here. I don't plan on fully disappearing from Gamespot, but I'm not going to be tossing my opinions, ad views, or other revenue sources at them anymore.
This means that I won't be posting reviews to the site anymore (though I stopped awhile back because I didn't have the time and I'm not that great) and I won't be rating games or running around tagging everything in sight.
I will drop by to read blogs, make comments, and enjoy some of the user created content that I have come to look forward to as much as some of my TV shows (looking at you here NeoJedi).
But the majority of my content time will be on Gametrailers now. I decided to join up there because of the GTD system, if I had started there I would have my 360 by now (not that I would trade my Gamespot time for anything). Getting a reward after (a ton of) time spent making them ad money is nice, and there seems to be a good community as well. Be sure to put me as a reference if you sign up, I'll cut you in on 25% of the GTD if you make level 5.
I have created a profile on 1up as well, and I'll drop in from time to time in case a friend has decided to take up residence there. I'd prefer not to lose track of folks if I can help it.
I'm sure that Cnets treatment of Jeff Gerstman being the reason for my change in content habits is no surprise to anyone that has been following the gaming news recently. As many of you know, I'm not a huge fan of Jeff's reviews. But like it or lump it, he was honest and you could trust him to be straight forward with his opinion.
What really bothers me is how he was let go, and the timing. It was done for minimum financial impact, and seemingly because of ad revenue concerns (specifically Eidos). From what we have heard they waited until all of the major reviews were done by Jeff and the other Gamespot folks and then simply locked his office door and told him to get lost. It is appalling, and the apparent influence of marketing on the entire process casts a bad light on the future of unbiased game reviews.
I am a very "moral" person, and this rubbed me the wrong way. I can't justify giving my ad buying power to Gamespot until this black mark is removed. So while I'll continue to visit Gamespot, I installed the Ad Blocker add-on for Firefox just for them. I know they can't track it so it doesn't help send a message, but it makes me feel better.
I'll be around, but be sure to look me up at Gametrailers also if you're in the area.