I didn't really follow Van Ord's work aside from his reviews, though I can easily say he always managed to be objective despite his personal feelings and that must certainly be acknowledged. Everytime I read one of his reviews, I knew that despite all the criticisms or compliments, the score would be fair. Probably the guy that I most agree with when it comes to giving scores.
For that, I believe GameSpot loses one of their best (if not the best) reviewers. The saddest loss since the departure of Jane Douglas (don't you dare leave us anytime soon, O'Dwyer). Good luck, Kevin, and godspeed.