I would like to light up the mood with a story not related to CNET. It seems to me that every blog and editorials are talking about the evil CNET empire right now, so how about something different? Let me share an interesting story with you so we can leave all the fighting and screaming behind for a few minutes.
When I was going to school in a small town in Pennsylvania, there was a big AMC theater in town and it was a big part of the town's commerce. I used to have a job there... selling pop corn. One day, this blond girl came in and asked for a job. She was a real cutie and it turned out that she was actually the property owner's daughter. That was quite a connection, so naturally she got the job right away.
Well, he family was fairly rich since they own a lot of land, so I asked her why she wanted to work in a theater selling tickets. She told me she loves rubbing her fingers against those pink tickets. Well, that was actually a secret I shouldn't have shared with you guys, since she told me that she was embarrassed by it and only revealed that to her very close friends. But oh well.
So, you figured it out! I was a close friend of hers! Well, it got even better than that, actually. Soon we shared many secrets and it wasn't before long that we started dating. We grew closeer together each day. On a Christmas Eve, she took me to her house and see her parents for the first time. I was invited for the dinner!
Her father was a very nice guy, and he was very big into investing his money into all these different funds and stuff. "Investment is the key to a wealthy life, son, especially in America," he said to me once. And every time he used that quote, he would always wipe out a cigar from a pocket located strangely close to his penis Soit felt like he just took out his penis and started smoking it.
One day, he was crossing the street from a grocery store. A truck hit him. The impact force was so large that his body parts flew everywhere. The entire town was shocked because he was a nice guy and respected by everyone in town. The mayor came to the funeral with many other council members. Many influential locals also showed up.
Ohh, and yeah, man, it was terrible. There were guts on the road when that happened. HIS guts. Sorry, I just have to mention it.
Fortunately, he knew he would die one day and he had his will made. The lawyer informed the family (that included my hot blond date) all the arrangements and that's when it hit me: if I end up marrying my date, I will own a lot of lands. AMC will be paying me the rent!
But for the time being, her mother was in charge. And instead of AMC, her mother had other ideas. One day, during a Thanksgiving dinner, she told us that she was not going to renew the contract with AMC. She wanted to convert the movie theater into a trendy restaurant. she got it all figured out: her friend, who was also a chef in New York, had always wanted to run her own restaurant, so she will be leasing the place to her.
"We should have done that a long time ago, "she said, "look at all the nice restaurants around this place. This is what the people in this town want."
If you are the smart type, you should have already figured out the rest of the story... the movie theater got converted into a restaurant, and the business wasn't that good because the reason why there are so many restaurants there in the first place was because there was a movie theater. With the theater, there was no crowd, and there was no business. This really got me thinking. What a lack of common sense! How could she not have realized that the reason those restaurants were there was because of the theater!?
So here we are back to the CNET business. Sorry guys, I lied; this post is 100% CNET related. The reason Gamespot makes money for you and becomes one of the better video game website around is because of it integrity. Over the past decades, this place established a community, and it built a bond of trust with everyone that reads Gamespot reviews.
Now, CNET, seeing how other shrimps selling out their dignity, thought "oh this is where the money is!" Without ever realizing that if you ditch the crowd, you ditch the money in the long run. How short-sighted.
When Greg K was leaving, CNET probably didn't make any real effort to keep him. After all, they probably just can't wait for him to leave so they can have more control over the site's direction. The, they realized there was people like Jeff. They might be different than Greg, but they are hardcore Gamespot people none the less. Now CNET is happy. All the obstacle is gone. CNET can do whatever he wants to do with Gamespot now.
You know how I feel? I thinki that it's not about content anymore. It's about control and greed. CNET was afraif that other editors under their flag would use Gamespot as an example to emphasize community and content above profit; after all, those who are in touch with the community not only makes money, but also enjoys what they do. Gamespot was a dream job. It was probably making all other staff at CNET jealous, and all the CNET executives angry. Every second Gamespot does thing with integrity, it shows how little CNET has it.
Roman Empire crucified Jesus for the very same reason, wasn't it? But Roman Empire fell apart anyway, and guess how many Christians we have today? Ohh, let me see. Emmm. Calculator plzzz...??
CNET will fall, but our respect to honesty, trust, and the value of integrity will stay. And most of all, our common sense of not biting the hands that feed you. Some damage cannot be controlled.
So, there, my rant against CNET. Oh wait, the story. I need to finish up what happened to the blond and her mom. Well, I made my point, so let me just make a quick ending. Um, oh, yeah, their house caught on fire and they screamed and screamed then they got burnt to death. And their hamsters got all the land. Then the town was nuked by aliens. THE END~!