Giga Omni Media - Wagner James Au, Thursday, December 6, 2007:
Last week, after 10-plus years with CNET's GameSpot, the Internet's top game coverage site, editorial director Jeff Gerstmann was summarily fired under mysterious circumstances. The subsequent outrage is still roiling the Net, so in the end, it doesn't really matter if (as the theory goes) he was defenestrated for rudely panning Kane & Lynch: Dead Men, a high-profile game from top GameSpot advertiser Eidos Interactive (CNET steadfastly denies this was the case). In light of the ongoing fury of gamers who have already assumed the worst, he might as well have been. More relevant is how the controversy will help restructure the industry, vastly accelerating three trends already at hand...
• Established Game Sites Must Consolidate or Die
• The Death of Hardcore Games (Mostly)
• Platform Chaos: 360 and PS3 Plummet; Wii, PS2, Casual Gaming Conquer
The article includes a full explanation for each of the three trends.