This was definitely a labor of love. The song is about the firing of Jeff Gerstmann at gamespot.com. While most may assume that this was done as a simple commentary on the events that took place I honestly can say his writing was something I looked forward to on a regular basis.
When Greg Kasavin left a year or two ago I took it pretty hard since him and Jeff were the best reviewers and commentators in the industry. And in the days where most game journalist are leaving for careers in game development its sad to see such a well known and respected member of the community be dispatched in such a terrible way.
He was one of my motivations into writing about games and these events have truly discouraged me from ever wanting to participate in a place where such events could take place.
I hope you enjoy the track and feel free to leave me feedback on what you thought about the song.
First time on a mac, first time with internet access.
Middle school rules limited the url address.
And I did what any kid at 13 years of age.
Broke the rules and typed the words videogames.
The surprise in my eyes that site did exist.
Turn my world upside down, never been the same since.
Its rare a teenager who when initially logs on.Chooses to see videogames over sex.com
This is before the words nerdcore or hardcore.
Before game concerts before star force.
Before l33t speak before CS aim bots.
Before the site you recognize today as gamespot.
Before Behind the games, button mashing, tournament tv.
Ocarina, Soul Calibur, Tony Hawk 3.
Before HDTV, games on DVDsBefore gamespot's destruction of their own http.
The Hypertext protocol lost its meaning to all.
Choosing money over integrity became your downfall.
At 3am on November 30th 07
My RSS received news beyond my comprehension.
When I read the news on joystiq it was hard to stomach.
I thought Kyle Orland must've fucking gone nuts or somethin.
I was sooner to believe that he was being punished.For pornography or siphoning money from the budget.
Thought it was another case that media made shit up.
Or small event that got exaggerated and blown up.
My own ignorance thought things can't be so corrupt.
It was two days later before I'd finally erupt.
Mitigating circumstances made me enlightened.
Taking down the video review and the advertisements.
Showed how guilty you are no way you can deny it.
No surprise that every gamer began unsubscribing.(Break)
Gamespot, Eidos, or Cnet no one’s sure who to blame.
I’ll break it down for you so you know who to flame.
Gamespot initially received the first few blows.
Logic dictates that Jeff was running the show.
So that isn’t where the damage should be dealt.
Cuz Jeff would basically have to fire himself.
Eidos definitely deserves the negative feelings.
However those guys were pissed for a legitimate reason.
You must admit that it’s a part of Eidos job.
To make sure their adverts are worth the cost.
Its business and it makes sense they’re pissed off.
And that they complain about the reviewer in charge.
This is the role played by those in PR.
Allowing them to effect you is when things go wrong.
Dan Shoe wrote they bribe with schwag, games, and flights.PR’s job’s on the line if scores aren’t at max height
However those that work at the Cnet networks
Are the bad guys that deserve the loss of net worth.
Since Jeff didn’t quit you know it’s a higher up.
That fired em over an advertisers bucks.
Deal with the consequences gamers are mad as fuck.
Fuck your no comment your actions were loud enough.
When an entire bus of gamers with signs and fliers upAdmire us outside of their office louder then fire trucks.
And those that heard the news and were quick to applaud.
Showed exactly how ignorant Nintendo fanboys are.
Reviews aren’t fact, but what one person thinks.
Same way I disagree with Jeff’s hate for Killer Instinct.
Firing Jeff saved money, but fans is what it cost em.
Seriously though the combo system was so awesome.
It was the best of Street Fighter and Mortal Combat combined.With an announcer that sounded like the unreal guy.
Even though Cnet is the largest target.
Its gamespot that will be hit the hardest.
Even though the staff may never be bought off.
Theirs anxiety that a review may end your job.
If I were a staff member I would have to walk out.
If everything I wrote is always meet with doubt.
Now anything they say will be subject to question.If a great reviews honest or great out of pressure.
That people disagree with it is a pain to think.
Expect to go online and get your ass flamed and lynched.
The game title’s unsaid and I won’t say it since.
It doesn’t deserve one god damn sale or cent.
Distrust in reviews will hurt all with no exceptions
Who to trust is obvious if you paid close attention.
What road you choose next isn’t the tracks message.Go to gamespot or not is at your own discretion.
I was an on the spot viewer, a hotspot listener.
Now I'm taking out the fire hydrants and extinguishers.
Pull the alarm and have everyone in the building running.
Set fire to their office, they ain't even Cnet comin.
Steven Colvin at Cnet must be a regular genius.
A veteran disgracefully fired how did you not see this.
Cnet is worse then the buzz rip off.Now I’m in front of your office armed and ticked off.
The first moment you see doors burst open
You’ll find a berserk person bloody with shirt open
The verse spoken purely made as a burn notice
Guns burstin with little to no words spoken
If you’re the dumb person to fire jeff gerstmann
I'm the worst person, you'd want to meet in first person
Or in person you impersonate a site with credibility.Your decision is worthy of the mass of negativity.