Greg Kasavin on Competitive Gaming, Game Design, His Roots and Dota 2

Greg Kasavin shares his passion for Dota 2, why he attends The International, his thoughts on competitive gaming and more.

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48 comments
chechak7
chechak7

long time Greg Kasavin nice to see ya

detlef
detlef

Miss your reviews Greg! Good to see ya man.

coldfusion25
coldfusion25

He had great reviews. 

Still remember his line: "...and stuff like that" 

brainiac1988
brainiac1988

I heard that when GameSpot gives out editors choice awards (games with 9.0 or above), the trophy they hand out is a plastic model of Greg Kasavin holding up the game's box art. 

Also, at the end of Greg's final On The Spot, he was given 2 of these that, instead of holding the box art, he was holding mini pictures of himself. :P


Is this true?

eldanon
eldanon

Greg was without a single doubt the best reviewer Gamespot has ever had. Nuts, I was just at the International. I can't believe I didn't run into Greg!

Shirotakahahshi
Shirotakahahshi

I don't have enough time to like every comment, but I can't say more on how I agree that Greg was the best reviewer Gamespot ever had.

YanniBG
YanniBG

Greg is such a cool guy! Love his Metroid Prime reviews. :-) 

ChiefFreeman
ChiefFreeman

Greg was the best editor this site ever had.  Go watch some of his old video reviews, and see how it was done during Gamespot's "Golden Age".     Also,  that interviewer sucks.

brainiac1988
brainiac1988

Ahh good old greg :)

Always loved his video reviews.  

IndySandbagTrik
IndySandbagTrik

Greg was always my favourite RPG reviewer, miss you bro!!

blast880
blast880

Shout out to you Greg! Gamespot has never been quite the same ever since you left... Cheers

Valkeerie
Valkeerie

He's a creative director now? Wow, great job! For some reason Kevin Van Ord lives up to the same standards. Who knows if he manages to fulfil a dream like Greg?

Kakaroti4
Kakaroti4

Good ol' Greg Kasavin, miss his reviews.

iraqips4
iraqips4

he was the best reviewer .............really !

gww101
gww101

Miss Greg haha, was a great reviewer.

FKlepackiFTW
FKlepackiFTW

This guy is freakin awesome. Too bad he got kicked out of GS for giving an honest review for a bad game.

wgerardi
wgerardi

Great seeing Greg Kasavin. Makes me miss the good ol' days.

berserker66666
berserker66666

Greg is AWSM. Loved his reviews. Loved his Oblivion and Skyrim 12 hour marathon.

derceto
derceto

Kasavin was the man when it came to reviews.   Good to see him doing what he loves now in the dev seat, although, I miss his reviews. 

rawkstar007
rawkstar007

I trusted Greg's reviews the most. I miss that guy.

wEEman33_IV
wEEman33_IV

Gamespot died once guys like Greg and the Giant Bomb crew left.

jose2390
jose2390

Nice to see you again Greg. Your style of reviewing is the best, ever! 

DiamondDM13
DiamondDM13

Greg was a great reviewer, and that payed off, as now he's making games himself. Kevin and Tom should take a lesson from this guy, if they ever hope to get further in the industry. Making controversial reviews will only get attention might you help on the short run, but if you want to go for the long run, learn to properly review.

ElDuderino1
ElDuderino1

Greg is the man.  I miss his reviews.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

It won't be long before those who idolize Greg Kasavin bitch about how this video misspelled his name. :P

YearoftheSnake5
YearoftheSnake5

Man, I miss Greg. He did great reviews for Gamespot. I'm glad to see he's doing what he loves.

duffarama
duffarama

@ChiefFreeman Indeed. I love Greg's Elder Scrolls: Oblivion video review in particular because he convinced me to buy a game from a genre that I wasn't familiar with and I ended up enjoying it.

NTM23
NTM23

@FKlepackiFTW 

That was Jeff Gerstmann that got fired for dumb reasons, this is another great reviewer, Greg Kasavin. He left in 2007 to pursue other things; Jeff was dismissed later that year. I'd say him and Jeff are some of the greatest reviewers out there, though Greg was the one that had many reviews and opinions that I agreed with most of the time. There aren't any reviewers now that are like him when it comes to agreeing with a review, not for me at least.

NTM23
NTM23

@wEEman33_IV 

I actually left the site, as in didn't watch, read or listen to any of their stuff for about a year after Giant Bomb started up. I didn't really care to get used to the crew here, but over time I grew to respect some of their opinions as I started coming back here. 

I sometimes listen to GameSpot gameplay, like I sometimes do the Giant Bombcast or a podcast on IGN; Game Informer as well as stuff on GameTrailers. I like them all equally now, since all I want is news, and sometimes it's interesting to hear discussions about the games I'm interested in.

jose2390
jose2390

@ElDuderino1 Me too. My personal favorite game reviewer! 

Erick
Erick moderator

@Gelugon_baat thats on me. I mispelled it and will own up to it. I apologize to the internet but to Greg especially. So I will fix the third too.

farhadd
farhadd

@Gelugon_baat Yeah, it's not like Gamespot should be held to even the lowest standards for journalism. Misspell everything, why not? It's just video games, after all, right? It's definitely not compounded by the fact that he used to work for this site- no way that's insult to injury. At least they spelled it right on the article page, if not the URL for said page or the headline on the home page.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

Unless that is how his name is pronounced in Cyrillic of course. He is born a Russian in Moscow, unbeknownst to some.

FKlepackiFTW
FKlepackiFTW

Ah you might be right since I think Greg and Jeff were both the best reviewers GameSpot has ever had. Now we got these silly idiots like Carolyn who writes stupid articles and gives bad reviews to good games, and Kevin Van Ord who acts like a pro but really is nowhere as intelligent as a reviewer as Greg and Jeff were. Pretty much the whole crew in GS doing reviews right now sucks. There are some exceptions to the rule but mostly it's all shit.

brainiac1988
brainiac1988

@NTM23  

yeah, it was about the video review Jeff did on Kane & Lynch: Dead Men.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@Erick Hey, if there is anyone that you should be apologizing to, it's Kasavin and Kasavin only - certainly not the Internet.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@farhadd What 'standards'?

I will say here that a lot of people, including you, think that there are "standards", but there really aren't any official conventions on these.

Also, I wouldn't be wearing a tin-foil hat just to be thinking that the misspelling was deliberate and an attempt to besmirch him for being a former GameSpot editor.

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@farhadd "Common sense" is a subjective thing.

It is also a weasel word used by those who cannot bring up anything convincingly concrete to support their assertions.

farhadd
farhadd

I'm pretty sure if you asked anyone who considers themselves a "journalist", amateur or otherwise, the following question:

"When referencing a proper name in your work, should you make sure it's spelled correctly before publishing?"

Their answer would be yes. Perhaps it's not a standard. I guess it's more common sense. And it shouldn't really just be limited to journalists. My apologies for the confusion.