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# Gamespot editor fired over review of Eidos game

#### Anonymous Coward writes | more than 6 years ago

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PocketPick writes "Kotaku is reporting that following a unflatering review of the game Kane & Lynch: Dead Men, long-time editor Jeff Gerstmann is no longer under the employment of video gaming website Gamespot and it's parent, CNET. Kane & Lynch, a game published by Eidos for the Xbox 360, PS3 & PC, has been heavily featured in flash, image and text advertisments on Gamespot's website since the release on November 13th, inevitably leading to questions whether or not Mr. Gerstmann's firing was motivated by pressure from Eidos."

### 6.6 out of 10 shouldn't be considered bad (1)

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#### arth1 (UID: 260657) | more than 6 years ago

What's wrong here is that 6.6 out of 10 is considered a "bad" score.

That tells us how inflated scores really are. On a scale from 0 to 10, one would expect a bell curve with the majority of scores to be between 4 and 6, and 6.6 would be a very good score. Heck, even if linear (which leaves little room for exceptionally good or bad games), 6.6 would be a good score, meaning that it's better than two thirds of the other games.
In other words, this guy allegedly got fired for giving a good score.

In public interest, here's how to translate Gamespot inflated scores into what-they-really-mean scores:

real_score = 11/(11-stated_score)-1

In other words, the 6.6/10 score really means 1.5 out of 10. And that didn't sit well with the advertisers, who knows the formula, one should think. Whether that's the real reason he left is speculation, though.

A short conversion table for inflated scores to real scores, for the maths challenged:

0.0 means 0 "It won't run, or isn't a game"
5.5 means 1.0 "This isn't playable"
7.3 means 2.0
8.3 means 3.1 "Some may like it, we didn't"
8.8 means 4.0
9.2 means 5.1 "Compared to any random game, chances are that this one is better"
9.5 means 6.3
9.7 means 7.5 "Compared to any random three games, chances are that this one is better"
9.8 means 8.2
9.9 means 9.0 "As good as it gets"
10.0 means 10.0 "Perfect. Not a single imperfection allowed. Play this and die."

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#### Jaysyn (UID: 203771) | more than 6 years ago

Tycho & Gabe are, as usual, on the ball with this one already.

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